I have to admit watching the antics of the Town Hall protesters with a bit of shock and awe. I am in awe that they have really moved the debate from a done deal on health care to DOA. I am a tad shocked in that this is the second time in my life I have witnessed this from the right.
I want to point out that for the second time in recent years Commies have been forced to sit on the sidelines as a mass movement sweeps the nation. Some far leftists also were on board for the anti immigration reform backlash.
I am watching the media describe the protesters in less than flattering terms. True, some of the rhetoric about Nazis and talk of Emmanuel borders on hysteria and Nuremburg style Jew hatred.Some of the talk is clearly racist, but not the majority. I want to contrast this with the silence by the media with exactly who organizes your average peace protest. There is also zero coverage of the most rabid forms of Jew hatred at those events and the Bush = Hitler crowd is airbrushed out.
Obama, Frank and Pelosi must be at wits ends because they never have to deal with passionate opposition outside of talk radio and a few blogs. Thus far Obama has done a dreadful job in trying to allay the concerns of the American people. Allaying the fears of the American people in this case may indeed be "A Bridge Too Far".
Sudenly, I see the future winds changing before us. Obama may lose seats in the Senate and House. I was also seeing immigration reform next, but that would kill the approval ratings of all parties.
Protesters on the right, with some ( small) anti semitic elements stoping a policy. The GOP making gains in the next election cycle. People I thought were hippies complaining about taxes.
The other day my closest friend at work told me in private. Obama was a symbol and just not ready to govern. Just months ago she was praising him as I said guard your wallet.
I remember long ago I wrote something picked up by Urban Elephants. In my day Conservatives were isolated. We were individualists and trained as street fighters with a Marxist
enemy. We were tough individualists. In my day a young Jewish Republcan was as rare as a whoping crane. I look about me at the young and see I was ahead of my time by ten or fifteen years. Today's conservatives are out there protesting and using satire effectively. They are not the pit warrior individualists of my era, but in fact are something entirely fresh and vibrant.
The winds of change are blowing and it is 1977. The difference is I am older. The energy on the right is growing and the country is ready for a Reaganesque It is Morning in America again vision. Obama seems like a lower IQ, but more competant version of Jimmy Carter minus the smile. The media will try to save him, but something has changed. Even folks who never say a nice word about the GOP are getting concerned.
I still remain a Rudy Republican, but what the country needs is another Reagan type who can lead us with vsion and optimism. Obama going over to Europe and Cairo and sending out apologies isn't going to help at home. Its the folks in Palestine Texas and not the folks in Gaza he needs to worry about.
Beamish in 12.