Comments About the Results of the Recent Election
by John F. McManus, President
1. While the unpopularity of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi certainly contributed to what Mr. Obama aptly described as a “shellacking” of his party, the major issues fueling the Republican Party’s gains were economic slowdown, unemployment, and too much government. This is good news and should present all with prospects for JBS membership.
2. Republican gains will slow the nation’s plunge into total socialism. But termination of numerous federal programs is needed, not just a halt to creating more agencies.
3. Many newly energized voters are referring to the Constitution as America’s standard, not just to “conservatism.” The Constitution is defined, but conservatism isn’t. Today’s “conservatives” can generally be counted on to promote internationalism, additional socialism, and tinkering with existing unconstitutional programs instead of abolishing them. Growing emphasis on the Constitution is very encouraging, and all JBS members should make it their duty to explain the Constitution to the newly awakened.
4. Prospects for the 2012 election are already being discussed widely. Let’s remember — and let’s remind the newly elected freshmen — that in any election year when a president is chosen, there will be approximately one-third more voters than in a year when there is no presidential race. In general, these additional voters, most of whom consider themselves excellent patriots by simply voting every fourth year, are not at all “well-informed” Americans. They can almost universally be counted on to vote for candidates who will retain unconstitutional government programs and create more. New members of Congress must be made aware that reelection in 2012 will not be easy.
5. Attempts will be made by Democrats and Labor Unions to create an even larger Latino voting bloc. At least 80 percent of this segment of the U.S. population can be counted on to support more government, not less.
6. All members of Congress should be reminded that campaigns based on “compromise,” “common ground,” “consensus building,” and “revision rather than repeal” are not acceptable. Speaking about consensus, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stated: “It seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies [in favor of] something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” The same can be said of appeals to support anything less than principle-backed understanding.
7. Several high-ranking committee chairmen were among the losers in House races: Transportation Committee Chairman James Oberstar of Minnesota (36-year veteran), Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton of Missouri (34-year veteran), and House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt of South Carolina (a 28-year veteran who is also a CFR member). Numerous other 10- and 20-year veterans were ousted.
8. Ohioan John Boehner is expected to succeed Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. He will certainly be less dangerous than she has been. But, sad to say, he considers as his “proudest achievement” his work in enacting the flawed and dangerous “No Child Left Behind” measure. Soon after he arrived in Congress in 1993, he helped Newt Gingrich ignore the Constitution and create the powder-puff 1994 “Contract With America.” He also voted for the huge TARP stimulus measure in 2008. Although he earned a respectable cumulative score of 89 percent in The New American’s “Freedom Index” for the 111th Congress, he only scored 64 percent for the 110th Congress and 36 percent for the 109th.
a) Two Black Republicans won House seats: Allen West in Florida and Tim Scott in South Carolina.
b) The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle won an Arizona House seat.
c) Three judges in Iowa who had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage were voted out of office.
d) On his third try, Republican Lou Barletta defeated 26-year incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorski. The former mayor of Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Barletta drew national attention several years ago when his city enacted a tough stand against illegal immigration.
e) Voters in California elected Jenny Oropeza to the state Senate even though she died two weeks before Election Day. There will soon be a special election to fill the seat.
f) In addition to some JBS members who were reelected to the state legislature in New Hampshire, five additional JBS members won seats. Birchers in the New Hampshire legislature, the largest in the nation with 400 members, may need a section leader, not just a chapter leader.
10. No substantive political gains will ever be accomplished except as a result of an informed electorate. There are no quick fixes and no shortcuts. The work already undertaken to bring awareness to fellow Americans over many years has paid off to some degree. If more progress is to be gained, voter education has to continue, even grow. Robert Welch said at the close of the inaugural two-day meeting when JBS was launched, “All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding.” He was correct then and no less correct today.