For the next week, partisan forecasters will spar over the precise number of seats that will change hands in the midterms, but a few races here or there will not obscure the plain meaning of this election: it’s one and done for the Pelosi/Obama socialist agenda.
In one sense, we owe them both a debt of gratitude, for it was their legislative overreaching and transparent disdain for ordinary Americans that ignited the liberty movement and fueled the passion of the tea parties.
Creeping socialism is difficult to see plainly; it took comrade Nancy’s because-I-deemed-it-mister style to awaken the American public to the threat.
It was her blithe dismissal of the Constitution - “are you serious?” - that united libertarians, conservatives, constitutionalists, and free-thinking independents in renewed opposition to the unchecked expansion of government power.
“We have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill” has moved ahead of “Let them eat cake!” as the #1 all-time fury-inciting utterance in the clueless female category. It makes anything Christine O’Donnell ever said seem positively Socratic.
This midterm election has become more than a referendum on President Obama; it has become a referendum on government itself. Every major race across the nation can be reduced to this essential question: do we want more government or less? In the third year of a recession with no end in sight, and the ninth year in a foreign war without a clear victory strategy, few Americans have any appetite for more.
The impotence of the BP spill response and the incompetence of the economic stimulus response clearly measured the distance between the swell government that is promised and the pathetic one that is practiced. Only the most rigid liberal ideologue still believes in tooth fairy government in the fourth year of Speaker Pelosi’s disastrous reign.
We have seen enough. On November 2, the American people will not simply choose candidate A over candidate B; we will choose liberty over government, capitalism over socialism, the private sector over the public, the liberty movement over the arrogance of party establishments.
The only question to be decided in this last week of the campaign is the magnitude of the rout - will it be a tidal wave, an avalanche, or a tsunami? And who cares? The point will be made, and the sprint towards socialism will be stopped in its tracks, and the first step in reclaiming our liberty will be taken.
And for the first time in four years, we will have one reason to say, “Thank You, Nancy”.
“Moment Of Clarity” is a weekly commentary by Libertarian writer and speaker Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. Visit Tim’s website www.timnerenz.com to find your moment and order his new book, “Tooth Fairy Government.”