Commentary: Correctly Framing the 2012 Elections
By Christopher G. Adamo
As the nation lurches into the 2012 election season, the propagandists of the liberal media have gone into high gear. Their singular job is to prevent the American people from correctly assessing the precarious condition of their country, what needs to be done about it and, most dangerously of all, who among the major Republican contenders could best assume the helm of the nation’s government in order to implement a proper course of action.
To date, the Republican presidential “debates” have done little more than denigrate the entire field of candidates. All too often, the only “debating” occurs between the targeted candidate of the week and a contentious, unabashedly biased, liberal “moderator.” Thus they have proven little better than a sorry mix of survivor styled “reality TV” and cheesy beauty pageants. Rarely have the candidates been allowed to openly hash out their stands on the issues of the day. Nor have they been allowed to sufficiently expound on the starkness of their political differences with Barack Obama.
In an objective and fact-based discussion of such topic matter, the dire condition of this country would take center stage, with the primary purpose being to determine the root cause for its disastrous downturn. The damage done since the advent of the Pelosi-Reid Congress and eventually abetted by
the Obama White House, by which a formerly robust and secure America has been transformed into an economic basket case, increasingly subservient and vulnerable to frequently hostile foreign powers, simply does not play well on “Main Street.” Once the common citizen fully comprehends the straits into which the nation has been maneuvered, and who is ultimately responsible for the problems, every practitioner of “politics as usual” can expect to be shortly shown the door.
Barack Obama is once again demanding more than a trillion dollar increase in the nation’s “debt ceiling” which, if it can be arbitrarily raised, actually represents no ceiling at all. And once again, the enormity of that sum needs to be pondered in its ugly reality, lest the nation eventually grow completely indifferent to the catastrophe that such reckless expenditures represent. From its founding, the United States of America did not accrue its first trillion dollars of debt until 1982. Yet Obama, with no honest plan to address this hemorrhaging of the American people’s former industry and prosperity, will eagerly squander such a sum between now and the November elections, and then demand even more.
Perhaps more distressing is that, in the wake of Obama’s hideous expansion of the nanny state, the tendency of the “ruling class,” irrespective of political affiliation, is to preserve and maintain the new order. Far too many “Republicans” have willingly accepted the current status of the nation as being ripe for such a transition from freedom and self-reliance to state control and its inevitable finale of subservience and meager sustenance. Power, once wrested from the people, is not readily or willingly conceded back to them by any who find themselves at its epicenter.
Only by recognizing this truth can the abysmal behavior of the “Republican” Congress be understood. Since being handed a decisive majority status in the landslide 2010 elections, which were an adamant repudiation of the leftward shift of ’06 and ’08, it has become painfully clear that the ultimate goal of
“Republican” House Speaker John Boehner and his inner circle is to avoid any appearance of aggressive opposition to the ravages of liberalism and socialism.
Somehow, despite former promises of fiscal responsibility and assertions of how toxic the current spending practices are, they continue unabated. These Beltway insiders have been duped into believing that Real America is either wholly ignorant of the degree to which the fundamental nature of this nation is being altered, or that they actually suppose it to be a good thing. It only seems to require a few “polls,” ostensibly reflecting a sudden new fondness for the nanny state, to convince the political class, that this is indeed the case.
In short, among those currently holding the reins of power on Capitol Hill, “draconian spending cuts” signifies their intention to delicately adjust the manner in which business as usual is painstakingly perpetuated. Neither the villainous Democrat controlled Senate nor the compliant Republican dominated House of Representatives have exhibited the will to actually implement the degree of change needed to prevent an eventual economic meltdown. That prospect is of minor importance, and can somehow wait for another day.
Consequently, as electoral contests heat up, “We the People” are once again required to rally behind candidates who can strengthen the standing of real conservatism and accountability within such thoroughly corrupted institutions. The only alternative is to accept the notion that Washington is beyond repair. However, such a concession affirms the inevitability of eventual national collapse on a catastrophic scale.
Clearly, those liberal statists in every branch of government who deliberately carried out the perversion of constitutional government should be identified, and their removal from office elevated to the highest priority. But close behind them must be the spineless pragmatists who were willing to allow the travesty to carry on. Those who have accepted the degeneration of the American ideal are every bit as guilty as anyone who actively pursued its dissolution.
Whether among the individual congressional districts, statewide Senate races, or the race for the White House, any inclination by an aspiring candidate to keep the nation on its present, disastrous course represents an immediately disqualifying condition. Such a crisis as presently threatens America cannot be allowed to continue unabated, regardless of the eloquent excuses and justifications offered for it. But the nation will fare not better if it is merely put into a holding pattern by a spineless “moderate,” drifting placidly until the next devout liberal takes the helm and resumes the demolition.
Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming. He has been involved in politics at the local and state level for many years. His archives and contact information can be found at www.chrisadamo.com