And that eagle, long since hatched, has been flying high and proud for the better part of 233 years. Let’s just make sure not to keep her majesty tethered. For, in flight, she has not only embodied the principles of liberty our founders fought for over two hundred years ago, but has also inspired people around the world, including those who protest today in Iran.
In the past month or so, as polls have shown increased public dissatisfaction with President Obama’s policies, revealing that the American people have a predilection for the small government ideas the Republican Party ostensibly champions. I say “ostensibly” because in the past few years (as many have noted), the GOP has lost sight of its principles and signed on to the ways of Washington.
Yet, at a moment when conservative ideas are in the ascendancy (at least in terms of public opinion), conservative politicians seem not to be. What has been a good month for conservative ideas has been a bad month for conservative politicians, with a principled small government Governor disgracing himself by acting like a geeky teenager suddenly discovering that girls really like him, a responsible moderate conservative losing a Senate seat to an irresponsible name-calling left-wing former comedian and an (up until yesterday) up-and-coming Governor with a a natural charm and stage presence, stepping down.
While people may be flocking to our banner, there seems to be fewer and fewer people ready, willing and capable of carry that banner into battle. We may be winning the ideological battle in the public square, only doomed to lose it at the ballot box. Ideas may rally the troops, but they can’t win election to office.
Teapartiescontinuetodrawlargecrowds. They have clearly tapped into something, an idea which resonates across the country. But, who is going to harness the energy unleashed at these rallies?
As I drove north yesterday across California’s Central Valley, perhaps the most fertile region in the country, I saw these signs sprouting up everywhere.
Wondered if they were referring to something reader to which Peter Hughes alerted me two weeks ago when he e-mailed me a link to Sean Hannity’s interview with comedian Paul Rodriguez. That funny man, whose mother and family farm in the San Joaquin Valley (the southern part of the Central Valley), has spoken out as federal authorities, under the cloak of the Endangered Species Act, have “shut down vital pumps to farmers to help preserve” the delta smelt, a two-inch minnow.
This government action is costing many farmers their livelihood. As it prevents them from farming their land, it means the overall harvest decreases which means less food for all of us which means higher prices.
Oh, yeah, and if there’s less food, more people go hungry. All to save a tiny minnow. And I bet there are better ways to save this species, less costly to our own.