An old Buffalo Springfield song from another tumultuous time in American history starts out, “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.” Judging from the hundreds of thousands who turned out at radio and TV commentator Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in Washington last weekend, something’s definitely happening here. And while it may not be exactly clear, there are some pretty good indications of what it is.
What’s amazing is the fact that Beck’s rally was more of a cultural event than it was a political one. He asserted that it was a “reflection of who we are, where we are, where we’re going, what each of us have to do. How do we get our way out of this? And it’s not politics, gang. It’s not politics.” It was a visual and aural feast for anyone who feels we’re forgetting our roots as a Judeo-Christian nation, codified by our founding documents and the writings of our Founding Fathers. Indeed the whole rally centered on a need for this God-fearing nation to return to the faith of our forefathers, and the need for all of us individually to live with honor and integrity. As Beck asserted, those were traits in ready abundance at the time of our founding but seem in short supply today.
While not overtly political, the political underpinnings were clear. And it’s not just that our national leaders have been lying to us about what Obamacare is going to do or not do, or the promises of no more than 8% unemployment if the stimulus was passed. Misrepresentation and dishonesty is all too common from the ruling class in order to bring us lowly subjects into accord with their statist and big government solution ideas.
There is a backlash that is building like a tsunami in the country, and it’s represented only in part by the contemporary Tea Party movement. And again, it’s not just over policy and politics, it’s fundamentally about what America is as a nation and what we as Americans are all about. This notion that we all have to think a certain way, because the power elite in Washington states it, the mainstream media parrots it, academics teach it as orthodoxy, and we’re all supposed to abandon our common sense and our sense of values to be good subjects and an acquiescing proletariat.
Americans are tired of being called every pejorative name in the book because we have opinions or values that don’t ape those of the ruling, reporting and academic elite. We’re tired of being called homophobes because we believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage. We’re tired of being called bigots or racists because we believe the nation needs protection at the borders. We’re tired of the attempts to belittle, disparage, and trivialize our beliefs because they don’t happen to coincide with those of the effete self-identified “elites” and “enlightened” of the country. We’re tired of the mischaracterizations of us, and abject incomprehension of our traditional values and belief systems, as “bitter clingers” and as people who have “antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”
As Charles Krauthammer said in the Investor’s Business Daily last week, “liberals have lost the argument in the court of public opinion. Majorities — often lopsided majorities — oppose President Obama’s social-democratic agenda (e.g., the stimulus, ObamaCare), support the Arizona law, oppose gay marriage and reject a Ground Zero mosque. What’s a liberal to do? Pull out the bigotry charge, the trump that pre-empts debate and gives no credit to the seriousness and substance of the contrary argument. The most venerable of these trumps is, of course, the race card.” And those cards are played, pardon the pun, liberally.
We’re unifying as a country, but not on the coattails of those who want to strip us of our liberty and convert us all to collectivists. No, we’re an obstreperous bunch and likely to become increasingly so as more force is exerted to make us cower in the shadows of the burgeoning monolithic government, calamitous national debt, and a godless society. If, as Hillary Clinton has said, dissent is patriotic, we’re the most ardent of patriots for we object to the hijacking of our nation and imposition of tyrannical, liberty-destroying statutes and court judgments that denigrate and invalidate the will of the people.
Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute claims we live in a 70/30 nation, where poll after poll indicates 70% of us are supporters of the free enterprise system, and 30% prefer European-style statism. And it’s not just regarding economics, it spills into cultural and social areas as well, he asserts. In other words, we are not a minority to be whipped into submission by the statists, we’re a clear majority and it’s high time for us to stand up and defend what has made America exceptional.
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