When will Democrats and Republicans learn? As November 2nd rapidly approaches, Democrats find themselves extremely nervous. The party is bracing for a majority loss in the House of Representatives, and very possibly, the Senate. Today, Rasmussen predicted Republican gains in the House of Representative by 55 seats. Even in the Senate race, Republicans lead Democrats 48 to 47 with only 5 seats undecided; California, Illinois, Nevada, West Virginia, and Washington.
While Republican leadership stands to gain control of Congress, this does not begin to address the concerns of the conservative voter which is vital to the stability of the nation as a whole. Why?
The ‘conservative’ represents the part of American society that believes in fiscal responsibility as a nation, strong national defense, private land ownership, gun ownership, a capitalist economic system, a fair and understandable tax code, limited government, and the States right to govern within the bounds of the Constitution. This used to be referred to as a Republican.
The ‘liberal’ represents the part of American society that believes in social responsibility as a nation, greater taxation as a way to solve domestic problems, gun laws as a way to solve domestic violence, a social-economic system, larger federal government involvement in the ‘general welfare’ of it’s people, and the rights of all people, groups, and religions. This used to be referred to as a Democrat.
In many ways, it is easier to explain the liberal point of view to the general public because it relates to our needs as a society. However, the conservative’s task is not quite as simple. Telling someone that they can not have a promised entitlement because we can not afford it is not popular. It is, however, realistic.
In 2008, Democrats won control of Congress by overwhelming support. They immediately pushed liberal agendas because that is what they thought Americans voted them into office to do. They knew that America was angry with the Republican party, but misunderstood the reasoning. You can not fault a Democrat for being a liberal, however, you can fault a Republican for voting and spending like one.
In April of 2008, just 4 months after the Democrats took office, the Tea Party arose with very strong grass root level support for conservatism. So strong, in fact, that in less than two years it has candidates that have unseated incumbent politicians nation wide sending Republican leaders such as Karl Rove into tirades.The Democrat response? Typical..
On November 2nd, it will be apparent to Democrats that the swing voters of America did not want more liberal policies nor laws to be governed by and that it was a political mistake to demonize the Tea Party. Whether Republicans understand that conservatives are punishing them for not fulfilling their part of the delicate conservative/liberal balance in this nation remains to be seen. I have my doubts that the Republican National Committee leaders fully comprehend what they are up against.
So will Democrats and Republicans learn the lessons of the past few election results? Doubtful. I predict the Tea Party will become a Caucus and represent the far right, Democrats will represent the far left, and the Republican party will be defunct.
As the Japanese Fleet is reported to have said after retaliation for the bombing Pearl Harbor, “I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant”. Likewise, the Republicans should fear that conservatives will make the party irrelevant.