Freshman congressman Tim Huelskamp makes himself plain.
“This is so not the end. This is what makes people
more determined and makes them dig in.”
— Wisconsin protester Judy Gump, a 45-year-old English teacher at Madison Memorial High School, last Saturday
Judy Gump has it right.
Liberal she may be. But she gets it.
This is decidedly not the end. It most assuredly isn’t even the beginning.
Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp gets it as well. Huelskamp, a freshman Republican, is in the news for his announcement on Friday that he will vote against the proposal being pushed by some senior House Republicans that would fund the federal government for three more weeks.
The vote is scheduled for today.
Said the gutsy freshman in his statement:
We were elected to make bold changes to federal spending and to reverse our unsustainable deficits. By allowing President Obama and Senator Reid to stall a budget they should have completed 6 months ago, we are being distracted from even bigger tasks: tackling the $1.1 trillion deficit in the President’s reckless 2012 budget and negotiating real budget reform, such as a balanced budget amendment, within a debt ceiling debate.
Additionally, this CR omits many of the priorities the American people demanded we pass in H.R. 1: stopping job-killing EPA regulations, defunding Obamacare, and denying taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and abortion. By allowing continued funding of these liberal priorities, we are ignoring the mandate of the American people.
What are we really seeing here in what some may regard as nothing more than a rambunctious freshman congressman taking on the elders of his own party? And what exactly has liberal unionist teacher Judy Gump, marching around in the cold of Wisconsin with 100,000 liberals to protest Governor Scott Walker and the Republican legislature’s victory on collective bargaining for public employees, pinpointed with a crystal clear accuracy that seems to be lost even on some conservatives?
This is indeed a political war, as the albeit hilariously hypocritical Michael Moore has recently stated. Said the man who has made himself very rich by exploiting working class Americans (take a look here for a behind the scenes look at Michael Moore and what he really thinks of working class Americans): “This is war. This is class war that has been leveled against working class people in America.”
This war — a war in reality that is decidedly against freedom, liberty and capitalism, a war against private property and individual rights, all of which are at the core of the success of the American “working class” — is not new. It has been formally declared since at least the French Revolution in 1789, gaining strength in America as the industrial age of the late 19th and early 20th centuries picked up speed with the amusingly misnamed “progressive movement” and in various ports of call around the globe, from Russia to China to Europe to Latin America and more.
It is fought in various fashions, employing a good many methods that have at their core not simply the threat of violence but all too frequently violence itself. Whether beheading a French King in January of 1793 or shooting a President of the United States in November of 1963, whether bombing the University of Wisconsin in the Madison, Wisconsin of 1970 or trashing the State Capitol in the Madison, Wisconsin of 2011 while threatening both Wisconsin businesses and state legislators the objective is always some version of the same thing.
In the France of the 1790s those who sipped from this cup were called Jacobins. Then as now those who paraded under this banner saw themselves as an elite minority of virtue. Entitled, in the words of the late Irish writer and statesman Conor Cruise O’Brien, “by their superior moral character, courage, and abilities to rule over the rest of the people, for their own good.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online