As the presidential election draws near, many of us who joined in the battle to retake & reform congress in 2010 may be suffering from ‘distraction-itis’. We may be losing focus, concentrating too much on one small skirmish, instead of paying attention to the ‘BIG PICTURE’.
For those who may identify with this notion, please read this. I’ve snipped a quote from the article below, bit I encourage all to read the entire piece, at RedState:
So, What Actually Came of the ‘Tea Party Election’ of 2010?
by Frank Salvato
We were so full of “hope” for “change.” No, I am not talking about the election of Barack Obama, one of the most effective Progressive presidents in American history. I am speaking of the excitement felt within the Conservative, Libertarian and Center Right and Left political communities after the 2010 election delivered the House and a non-filibuster proof Senate to the American people. Finally, most of us thought, some balance in the federal government. Maybe, just maybe, the Progressives and Liberal Democrats in federal government would be forced to the table of true and honest compromise; compromise fitting of a truly free people. But, as we look back over the year, what did we really get for all that so-called “compromise?”
With Republicans in control of the US House of Representatives, the body where – by the mandate of the US Constitution – all legislation relating to revenue is to begin, many on the Right and in the Center believed that the reckless and spendthrift fiscal actions of the 111th Congress would be constrained if not reversed. With a sizable number of new members identifying with the oft demonized TEA Party, there was high hope for a glimmer of fiscal sanity to emerge from the halls of Congress. And while the TEA Party members of Congress are to be congratulated for doing exactly what their constituents sent them to Washington to do, in the end, they were thwarted by establishment, inside the beltway Republicans and the despotic obstructionism foisted upon them by Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-NV, (to be fair, Reid was aided by a less than reform-minded Republican leadership in the senate, led by Mitch McConnell, R-KY).
In short, this battle was not, and will not be won in just one or two election cycles. We The People must remain focused, alert and involved in our governmental process, at local levels as well as state and federal. The amount of corruption and ‘establishment bullying’ that goes on in D.C. shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but, we should not be numb to it either, merely because it’s the path of least resistance.
Stay focused folks. This is going to be a long, strange journey, and if we want to control the ride, instead of forever taking a backseat and holding on for dear life, we’ve GOT to stay in the fight!
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