Skip to comments.Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry
Posted on 06/22/2011 1:36:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The winds of change are blowing. A political rebellion is brewing. The 2012 Republican presidential nomination is taking place within historic times: The decline and fall of big-government liberalism.
President Obamas attempt to transform America is finally creating a powerful backlash. The Obama presidency lies in rubble; failure has been its defining characteristic. The country is facing an economic crisis. Unemployment is high. Growth is anemic. Gas prices are sky-high. America is choking on its debt. We are bogged down in three failed wars. Mr. Obamas popularity is plummeting. The liberal regime once dominant is tottering.
For months, many GOP voters have not been enthusiastic about the current crop of candidates because none of them seem able to address the dangers confronting America. Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman Jr. they are conventional Republicans with establishment ideas. The presumptive front-runner is former Gov. Mitt Romney. His support may be wide, but its thin. His flip-flops on homosexual marriage and abortion, defense of Romneycare (universal health care in Massachusetts) and watered-down internationalism in foreign affairs make him vulnerable to an insurgent challenger.
Yet, at last, the Republican race is heating up with two rising stars. The dark horse is Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. She clearly won the debate in New Hampshire.
Mrs. Bachmann is articulate, telegenic and feisty. She is a populist conservative who champions God, country and family. She is closely aligned with the Tea Party movement, and is serious about slashing deficits and controlling spending. She is a devout Christian, who is staunchly pro-life, pro-family and pro-gun rights. Moreover, Mrs. Bachmann is a nationalist in foreign policy. She opposes the Libyan intervention, rightly demanding that constitutional checks and balances be reimposed upon Mr. Obamas war-making powers. With the exception of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, she has the best grasp of one seminal reality: America can no longer afford the welfare-warfare state. The era of nation-building and global democratic revolution is over.
Mrs. Bachmann is more than a Sarah Palin clone. On domestic policy, the Minnesota Republican is more substantive; on foreign policy, she is more serious; and most importantly, she has much lower negative ratings especially among independents.
Mrs. Palin (should she run) may be able to win the GOP nomination. The presidency, however, is a bridge too far. The media will eviscerate her. Outside of her intense base, she is despised and distrusted. She personifies the cheap politics of celebrity.
Mrs. Bachmann is the opposite: a relentless enemy of cultural liberalism, who can forge a diverse populist coalition. She appeals to the vast middle of America. Her campaign has the potential to tap into the countrys profound alienation from Washington. And thus, she is surging in the polls.
The other potential major candidate is Texas Gov. Rick Perry. His top aides are signaling that he is clearly thinking about running. If he does, Mr. Perry would skyrocket to the top of the heap, smashing most of his GOP rivals including Mr. Romney. He is the anti-Romney an authentic Texan, who has a long record of achievement and proven conservative governance.
Mr. Romney talks a good game; Mr. Perry actually plays one. The rap against Mr. Perry is that he looks and sounds too much like former President George W. Bush. He has the same twang and cowboy swagger. After the disastrous Bush years, the country does not want another Texas Republican in the White House, say his critics. Maybe.
Yet, Mr. Perry has one trump card: Texas. Under his leadership, the economy has boomed. As the country remains mired in a deep recession, Texas is growing. It has created more private-sector jobs than any other state. He has reined in public spending, restored fiscal responsibility, removed regulatory red tape, maintained flexible labor markets and stood up to the unions. There is no state income tax. He is a real Reaganite. He has combined pro-growth policies with flinty social conservatism.
Moreover, he is a principled defender of the 10th Amendment. He understands that federalism and states rights are not just buzzwords. They have been the key to Americas prosperity and success. The most urgent problem of our day is the expansion of the federal leviathan. It is strangling the economy, burying America under a mountain of debt and sapping the countrys vitality. Power must be devolved back to the states, enabling them to become the laboratories of democracy as our Founding Fathers intended. On a range of economic and regulatory issues, Mr. Perry has directly challenged Washingtons overreach and incompetence.
Both Mrs. Bachmann and Mr. Perry signify a new development in American politics: the rise of nationalist populism.
For decades, liberalism has been ascendant. The New Deal erected an entitlement state and brought to power a liberal ruling class what the conservative philosopher James Burnham called the managerial class. This political and cultural cadre has dominated American life. Government agencies, the permanent bureaucracies, the mainstream media, universities, public schools, Hollywood, the arts, trial lawyers, the Federal Reserve, big banks and large financial institutions they have all helped to sustain the progressive project of turning America into a rootless social democracy.
For a while, it seemed to work. Peace and prosperity ensured that any ideological assault on liberal hegemony could be contained and eventually marginalized. Now, however, Mr. Obamas misrule, combined with the growing economic chaos, threatens the very moral legitimacy of our liberal minders. They can no longer be believed or trusted.
Liberalism is in crisis. And as the regime cracks, insurgent populists are starting to fill the void. Middle America is on the march.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio talk show personality and a columnist at The Washington Times and WorldTribune.com.
I can sum up the fatal flaw of Obama’s presidency with a simple analogy:
You’ve all heard that the way you boil a frog alive is to put him in cold water and turn up the heat so slowly that the frog never jumps out until it is too late.
Well, capitalism and conservatism has been slowly cooked this way for over 50 years to the point it was “almost” fatal. Obama made the huge mistake of grabbing the temperature knob and cranking it to full heat.
The frog noticed and is jumping out of the water.
An as the article states, we truly are living in historic times. I fear they are about to become much more “historic”.
(Thanks for giving credit where it was due........and it went right to the top. :)
What I like was the way he attacked liberalism and it's institutions. He pulled no punches and capped off the commentary with what I think is a very catchy statement that we and our fellow conservatives can take to heart.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on her support for Israel [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
Update from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Israel [Michele Bachmann]
We Now Have A Total Gangster Government [Dangerous Michele Bachmann]
Bachmann: Not All Cultures Are Equal [Dangerous Michele Bachmann]
Michele Bachmann: CO2 Is A Natural Byproduct of Nature! [Dangerous Michele Bachmann]
Michele Bachmann After 2013 You Wont Be Able To Purchase Private Health Insurance Anymore! [Dangerous Michele Bachmann]
Bachmann Warned Of Pelosi Security Crackdown On Capitol Tea Party [”Dangerous” Michele Bachmann]
I have only one word to say about Ron Paul.
That alone makes him more than suspect.
I think a Perry/Bachmann ticket would win and do America a whole hell of a lot of good. 8 years of Perry, renewing jobs and cutting spending, and then set the stage for a Bachmann administration.
Makes me wonder why Paul supporters are even permitted to post on a conservative forum, let alone spam every thread with their divisive anti-conservative propaganda.
The bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Jared Polis of Colorado and Barbara Lee of California.
I repeat.........why are supporters of this lunatic permitted to post on this forum disguised as conservatives?
Barney Frank and Ron Paul........birds of a feather??
These Paultards are lunatics, just like Paul himself. They truly are an insignificant and irrelevent herd of twits. I think over time they tend to forget their passwords or wander off into the woods or weeds if Jim and the mods don’t zot them first.
They are the singularly most annoying and tedious pests I've encountered since I joined the forum 11 years ago.
And they pretend that THEY are the conservatives.
It's a joke. THEY are a joke.
I completely agree, but I would never tell them that, it would only encourage them! LOL!
Their mission in life is to be annoying and divisive.
Those are the two I like the best. Maybe they can pair up.
And have you considered how that is exactly the way Obama behaves?
I truly wonder if Paulites aren't lefties in disguise. Of course, with Paul teaming up with Bawney, it's not much of a disguise any more, now is it?
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