and peril awaits them in up-coming elections. Debt is no longer
fashionable; a tool many bragged was trendy. One need not look far to
see citizens across the land rising in revolt to the status quo. The
Democratic Party brand of broad and far-reaching government has become
tarnished to say the least. And it wouldn’t be ridiculous to speculate
that Democrats have cursed themselves with such labeling, and they
could easily lose control of the White House and Congress for the next
It’s been said recently that the American dream is now to be
debt-free. That’s contrary to what the Democratic Party’s brand is
defined. One could envision that the vast majority of Americans are
tired of the shenanigans of big government and the massive debt being
Liberty and freedom is more fashionable than ever and conservatism is
on the rise, contrary to what many may say.
Yet, liberalism or socialism is failing in many parts of the country
and those who have favored the Democratic Party for years now question
The AFL-CIO has supported President Obama in the past, but they’re now
turning on his administration because of Obamacare. Much to the
dislike of the White House, the union has signed a resolution against
the new healthcare law. They say it would drive up healthcare costs
for their members. The union calls the law “highly disruptive.”
If Democrats lose support of the unions they will lose a vast voting
block, and their hopes of winning future elections would be impeded.
The Mayor of San Diego, a Democrat, recently resigned from office in
light of mounting sexual harassment charges he was facing from female
accusers. It would appear it’s no longer trendy or cool to bolster
Bill Clinton-ish type behavior while in office anymore.
Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and Democrat, also resigned his
post in light of lewd conduct while in office. It was once a belief
that Democrats could rebound from such escapades and regain the
confidence of voters and be reelected. That belief doesn’t seem to
have much credence anymore for Weiner drew roughly 5 percent of the
vote and finished last in the Democratic primary in the New York City
Mayor race for which he was running. After he gave his concession
speech a reporter tried to interview him, but through the glass of the
vehicle he was sitting in Weiner gave the reporter an obscene gesture
by flipping him the middle finger.
It’s safe to say a growing number of Americans believe most
politicians nowadays are flipping off their constituents too.
Evidence of that could recently be seen in Colorado where two
Democratic lawmakers, including the president of the state Senate,
were recalled on September 10th in elections brought about by their
support of gun control.
Recalled were State Senator John Morse, the body’s president, and
State Senator Angela Giron. Republicans will replace both those
Reported contributions to Morse and Giron totaled about $3 million,
but it didn’t matter.
The votes marked the first time in Colorado history that a state
lawmaker faced a recall effort.
In addition, dozens of elected Colorado county sheriffs have sued to
block the gun laws.
One of the Morse recall organizers said supporters were upset that
lawmakers limited debate on the gun legislation and seemed more
inclined to take cues from the White House than their constituents.
“If the people had been listened to, those recalls wouldn’t have
happened,” he said.
The Colorado Republican Party called the vote results “A loud and
clear message to out-of-touch Democrats across the nation.”
It’s quite reasonable to assert that the Republican Party is troubled
and fractured as well. The conservative, or Tea Party driven, side of
the Republican Party is on the rise. Yet, if the moderate
establishment half of the party doesn’t drive itself to the right and
sway from liberal tendencies many of those politicians will face a
tough primary fight in up-coming elections and some will no doubt lose
I’m not alone in saying there’s a stirring going on throughout the
land. Politicians who see the trend are wise and will retain what they
have worked so hard for, but those who don’t will be whisked away by
Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s
an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder
of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding
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