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Thank You, Mr. Obama!

Awakening a sleeping giant.

By Petrarch  |  November 26, 2009

Our Gentle Readers may not have noticed, but Scragged's online archives go back all the way to the very first article we ever published, more than 680 articles ago.  It used to be said that newspapers were the first draft of history; online opinion sites now probably fill the role of real-time corrections to that first draft.

Just as a great author's notes and manuscript revisions are every bit as fascinating to the scholar as the completed work as published, so is it enlightening to look back at what we thought a year ago - even more so with today being Thanksgiving, when we consider all our many blessings and privileges as Americans.

One year ago today, the outlook for conservatives was grim with America having just elected the furthest-left president and Congress in our entire history.  Were the days of American exceptionalism over?  Were we fated to become just another Euro-sclerotic welfare state?

In "Thanks for Nothing," we argued that was far from the case; we could be thankful for the wisdom of our Founders, whose brilliant political designs would make it extremely difficult for even a determined President Obama to ram through his socialist agenda.

Yes, obviously there will be a sharp turn to the left.  Yes, there will be terrible, destructive laws enacted, but total power does not bring unity; instead, it brings infighting... All down the policy list, the inherent tensions and contradictions within the Democratic party are coming out.

It's nice to be able to give yourself a pat on the back, but it's not really deserved.  At the time, we did see the glimmering ray of hope best expressed by Will Rogers when he said, "I am not a member of any organized political party - I am a Democrat."  To be brutally frank, however, we didn't really believe it - the more so since the surviving Republicans had given every evidence of being total squishes with no comprehension of their own stated principles, much less willingness to fight for them.

By now, we'd have wagered, we would have a comprehensive single-payer universal health care system, a massive tax on energy, unlimited government-sponsored union thuggery, and be well on the way to a total government shutdown of talk radio.

How wrong we were!  Even as we spoke of the awesome thankfulness our Constitution deserves, we barely scratched the surface.  One year on, what harm has Mr. Obama managed to accomplish?

He has seriously diminished our standing in the world by insulting allies, coddling dictators, and apologizing for everything we've ever done - but he did that all by himself, he didn't need any cooperation from the legislature.

He has all but abandoned our troops in Afghanistan, neither throwing in the towel and bringing them safely home nor giving them the resources required to win the war and get it over with - but again, this is his sole decision as commander-in-chief.

He and his Democrat allies have severely harmed our exchequer by wasting vast sums on a bogus "stimulus" plan and by bailing out unionized industrial dinosaurs who ought to have been let go.

And... well, that's pretty much it!  The Orwellian Employee Free Choice Act is politically dead to all but the most foam-flecked lefties.  Cap-and-trade energy taxes are buried amidst intra-Democrat infighting and the Copenhagen dignitaries are admitting that nothing much will happen at their upcoming gabfest.

The infamous health care bill barely squeaked through the House on the back of compromises that probably mean it can never be passed and will certainly mean its total and very public ongoing failure throughout the next two election cycles if it finally gets enacted.  More to the point, every ounce of Mr. Obama's political capital and oxygen has been entirely consumed by that Quixotic quest, leaving no energy for much of anything else.

The price for all the damage done will be heavy, costing lives and our children's earnings for decades yet to come.  Yet the waste and cupidity has not put us under, and certainly not been for naught.

Sleepers Awake!

2009 saw a totally unexpected uprising of conservative views such as has not been seen in a century, driven not by a single great leader but by massive fury and self-organizing pressure from ordinary people in every city, town, and village in the land.

Where far-left groups can bring in thousands for a protest, the Tea Parties produce hundreds of thousands on a moment's notice - and without leaving a wake of smashed windows and destroyed parkland behind.

Republican party grandees foisted a far-left RINO on the good people of NY-23 as usual - and to general shock, ordinary Republican voters spewed Dede Scozzafava from the ballot in disgust, nearly driving the unknown but deeply conservative Doug Hoffman to victory.

In Florida, in Pennsylvania, in California, RINOs are running scared, and in other states, Blue Dog Democrats even more so.  It's not possible to have a true conservative in every state right now - Massachusetts is hardly going to vote for Sarah Palin any time soon - but the Republican base is demanding that every elected Republican be as conservative as possible for their district.

No need for namby-pamby middle-of-the-roaders in red states!  As McDonnell's victory in Virginia proves, a true conservative can be successful even in a purple state if he runs on competence and common sense.

America is thirsting for leadership and a return to the traditions that made our nation great.  Americans have awakened from the fluffy dream of Mr. Obama's Hope and Change and found it to be a nightmare.  More people are paying attention to the politics of their nation than ever before - and the more they learn, the more the Constitution's clarion call of freedom and limited government rings loud and clear.

One year ago, many of my friends still fought the good fight but had no expectation of ever winning.  Reagan's "Morning in America," Gingrich's Republican Revolution - these great eras of "conservative dominance" only slowed the growth of intrusive government, never reversed or shrunk it one iota.

Today, we still have no great standard-bearer on the right.  We have something far more valuable: a growing army of ordinary Americans who understand the principles our nation was founded on, and are committed to promoting them - by voting, by evangelizing, by explaining, by protesting, and more if need be.

Our nation is seeing a new birth of citizenship, as opposed to the subjects our elites want us to be.

A slide of a hundred years cannot be reversed overnight, or in a single election.  To fix any problem, though, you first have to realize you have a problem - and all America knows that now.

To whom can we give the credit for this resurgence of Americanism, this new patriotism, this restoration of conservative values, thought, principles, and morals to millions of Americans?

Why, to none other than Barack Hussein Obama Jr!  Thanks to his adamant determination to ram raw socialism down this country's throat whether it wanted it or not, he has awakened a sleeping giant.  When Americans rise up, there is nothing they cannot do.

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion[emphasis added]

- Thomas Jefferson

By his misbegotten actions, Mr. Obama has informed the discretion of the American people, and they are reclaiming their ultimate power at long last.  All credit where it's due: Thank you, Mr. Obama!