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Dear Fellow Conservative:
Right now, something is happening in America that, try as they might, the liberal media can't stop simply by distorting or ignoring it.
I'm talking about the surging opposition to President Obama's plans to 'remake' America (his word) from an independent republic of freedom-loving, self-reliant citizens into a Euro-socialist nanny state.
Call it a backlash. Call it a counter-revolution. Call it a conservative comeback. Call it what you will -- but it's real, it's massive, and it's about to boil over into something the liberals can't deny any longer.
How do I know? Because it's my job, as editor in chief of HUMAN EVENTS, to report on things that the liberal media won't.
And everywhere my staff and I look these days we see the signs of this extraordinary political uprising... IN THE POLLS showing a sudden and dramatic erosion in President Obama's approval ratings -- and an even steeper, faster decline in support for his neo-socialist policies
ON THE STREETS of mainstream America where 'tea party' tax protests and other expressions of populist outrage are spreading like wildfire from town to town, city to city nationwide
IN STATEHOUSES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS where voters are forcing legislators -- by popular referendum if necessary -- to roll back the tax-and-spend policies that have brought so many states and localities to the brink of bankruptcy
ON THE AIRWAVES where conservative TV and radio personalities such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are soaring to new heights of popularity -- while the ratings for liberals like Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman are plummeting
ON THE BESTSELLER LISTS where books like Mark Levin's 'Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto' and 'Glenn Beck's Common Sense' have dominated for months, outselling liberal tomes by hundreds of thousands
AND EVEN, AT LONG LAST, IN CONGRESS where, after years of selling out conservative principles, a small but growing number of Republicans are loudly voicing and voting those principles once again -- despite the loud complaints of the liberal media. What's driving this extraordinary phenomenon? In a word -- outrage.
After trusting Barack Obama's soothing promises, and the media's constant reassurances, that once in office he would 'transcend' partisan politics, Americans quickly realized they had elected the most radical leftist ever to serve as President of the United States.
They also realized that for all Obama's talk of 'transparency' and 'accountability,' his administration was creating the conditions for a level of political sleaze, corruption and back-room wheeling-and-dealing far worse than anything Washington has seen in a very long time.
And now that the gap between Obama's smooth-talking rhetoric and his actual performance has finally become plain to anyone but the most besotted of his admirers, Americans have had enough. They have had enough of the out-of-control spending on bailouts and 'stimulus' that have sent the federal deficit soaring to $1.8 trillion for 2009 alone -- and even higher down the road -- threatening to bankrupt our nation, destroy our currency, and impoverish our descendents for generations to come
They have had enough of Obama's crusade to replace private healthcare with a government-run system that will empower federal bureaucrats to make life-and-death decisions about your medical care -- and that will put all your private medical records in a government database (don't worry, they promise never to use them to harm you)
They have had enough of Obama's proposed tax hikes and tax 'surcharges' to pay for all his spending programs that will drive U.S. tax rates higher even than the welfare-state economies of Europe (New Yorkers, for instance, could face a combined federal-state income tax rate of nearly 60 percent)
They have had enough of the appalling rogue's gallery of crooks, cronies, tax cheats, and political big-spending leftists that Obama has appointed to the highest levels of our government -- while firing or abruptly 'retiring' official government watchdogs who have blown the whistle on his cronies and their schemes
They have had enough of the outrageous threats to investigate and prosecute Bush-era anti-terrorist agents and officials for the heroic work they did in keeping our country safe
They have had enough of the endless procession of unelected 'czars' President Obama has appointed -- 32 at last count! -- to bring one sector after another of our economy and government under his direct control (come to think of it, why don't we just call him 'Czar Obama'?)
They have had enough, in short, of how President Obama and his allies are rapidly destroying so much of what has made our country prosperous and free -- while arrogating to themselves a degree of power that would make Hugo Chavez blush. And what about you, my friend? Have you had enough? Are you ready to join the swelling ranks of Americans who are determined to put a stop to this madness? Are you ready to add your voice to theirs in demanding an end to this assault on our liberties... an end to this era of fiscal insanity... an end to this government 'of the cronies, by the cronies, and for the cronies'?
If you are -- if you are among those who refuse to tolerate even for one more day what is happening in our nation's capital, then I have only one thing to ask of you... Join the conservative counter-revolution today.
'But where, say some, is the King of America? I'll tell you, friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Great Britain.... so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king.'
'Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.'
Thomas Paine 1776