A Dangerous Time for America
America has departed its “summer of discontent” and will soon pass through what I predict will be a very dangerous period in our history – the three months between election day and installation of the new Congress.
The revolutionary ferment brewing within citizens has been ignored, ridiculed or attacked by the political class and media (the elitists). It is quite evident that the biggest division in the country is NOT between Republicans and Democrats but between elitists and voters. Grassroots political insurgency is under way because Americans do not want so much government in their lives, a fact confirmed repeatedly by pollster Scott Rasmussen: 67% of elitists believe the U.S. is moving in the right direction while 84% of voters think the nation is moving in the wrong direction.
The Tea Party movement is a reflection of this sentiment and totally misread by elitists because they cannot recognize their fallibility. The president and the ultra-liberal House and Senate are out of touch with Americans who lack confidence in this political leadership. Both Legislative and Executive branches fail to inspire the public; ignore citizens’ direct messages not to enact health care reform, energy taxes or deficit/stimulus spending; and project both confused and incoherent foreign and national-security policy messages. According to polls, two of three Americans are embarrassed by their federal government on the world stage and do not trust it.
Being honest about it, less than 90 Democrat House seats are really contestable; maybe 50 are non-incumbent wins. So, Republicans could win marginal control of the House and possibly be led by John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker, who said the TARP bill was a “crap sandwich” and then voted for it twice. This is not what the American public wants.
What may happen as a result of this coming election, whichever way it goes? What are the ramifications for U.S. industry? Higher taxes next year has frozen private-sector spending this year; the new health-care law has frozen expansion in the medical sector, 16% of national GDP; pending financial-reform legislation has frozen lending, which freezes job creation; threat of energy cap-and-trade law and tax has frozen manufacturing and energy sectors; and threat of changed rules for union elections is freezing business expansion. Acquiescence to the elitist agenda ensures more recession, if not depression.
Historical roots of “progressivism,” the self-preferred name of Congressional leftists, are in fascism. (Don’t take my word for it, read a history book.) American discontent with governmental processes happened less than 90 years ago when 125,000 Americans were interred in prisons at behest of Woodrow Wilson, the first “progressive” U.S. president, and lionized today by the political left because they objected to charges of “sedition” against entry to World War I. Fifteen years later, Franklin Roosevelt, the next progressive, put America on an irreversible socialist path that is maintained today by the yuppie elitists. I predict the public will reject these out-of-touch, “do-good pontificators” with disgust in this coming election.
The lame-duck Congressional session after elections and before installation of the 112th legislative meeting will have a chance to reflect on the “will of the people,” but the sitting Congress remains until late January 2011. This Congressional session may acknowledge the people’s message and refrain from passing additional unwanted laws, but I predict that during this time progressives will be more “in your face” than ever and attempt to force passage of as much socialism as possible. This is a formula for violent responses from the public. My warning is that this will be an extremely dangerous period. How the Administration responds to any public objections will be another concern.
How the new Congress responds to election results after January is also an indicator of where America is headed – toward continued elitist control or some moderation. Will there be an effective effort to de-fund or repeal the past year’s legislative nightmares, or will politics as usual prevail? My strong advice is to buy a pitchfork and be prepared. These are some thoughts on why this narrow window in time is so very important to America’s future, both personally and for industry. IH