This is dedicated to Nancy Huzar and to all those readers who, while waking up to the Tea Party Experience, now find themselves in an unfamiliar landscape with career politicians all claiming to be “Common Sense Conservatives”.
As we begin the second decade of the 21st Century in the United States, perhaps we should reflect on the crossroads that loom before us. Should we proceed along the path to a Old World European Socialist Democratic form of governance? Or perhaps we should continue the moderate centrist Constitutional Republic form of governance bequeathed to us by the Founders of our country?
Today, the Progressive Left would have you believe that they are America’s center, that they represent a centrist value position of the majority of Americans… all 300+ million of us. But do they?
Perhaps the United States is fundamentally a centrist country holding moderate values that allow for tolerance of the extremes. Perhaps this recent election is a statement by that once silent majority that they reject the progressive socialist agenda that the current administration is pursuing seemingly at all costs.
Consider this: It was rugged individualists who believed that redemption was an individual matter between themselves and Nature’s God founded America. Contrast that with the individual who now resides in the White House. It is his core belief, and that of those around him, that redemption collective. It is in the group, not the individual where one finds redemption. How alien is that to what our Founders believed? What’s worse, there is an entire cadre of adherents in academia working 24/7 to re-write history to suit their worldview.
People’s view of the proper role of government is a continuum stretching from the extreme Left (Totalitarian Communism) to the extreme Right (Totalitarian Fascism). Most Americans hold Moderate Values and fall as “Centrists” on this scale.
The current administration in Washington, and those of its allies on college and university campuses, tend to fall much further to the left of center than do most Americans. This is one reason that voting districts in large urban areas and around major universities tend to be “Blue” on the election maps while large tracts of suburban and rural America vote “Red”. The election of 2010 drove this contrast to the forefront of the county’s awareness. It would be a strategic mistake for the statist members of the Republican Party if they didn’t pay close attention to the message of 2010.
America is becoming polarized, pulled to the left of the Constitutional Divide by an increasingly aggressive Socialist minority with their vision of a Collective utopia. It is any wonder that today; the majority of Americans have such poor esteem for their members of Congress? Is it any wonder that today, a majority of American’s sense something is terribly wrong? It is exactly this awakening that drives talk radio and edutainment shows like Glenn Beck. Americans know that the “Hope & Change” they were promised isn’t consistent with America’s core centrist moderate values.
Take this simple test. Remember, each is a sliding scale from Left to Right. Ask yourself; “What do I believe? Do I believe in individualism or collectivism? Which describes my thoughts best?”
Well, there it is, the Great Constitutional Divide. Given that most Americans describe themselves as being “in the center” you may correctly conclude that the column on the right most accurately describes most Americans and, the column on the right is pretty much the center for the United States. The stress many are feeling is that of a minority within the government, the major media and in our colleges and universities who are tugging us unwillingly into their Brave New World.
While this has been evolving since the early 20th Century, we may thank Barak Hussain Obama for forcing the issue and for waking up the great silent majority. Just remember, you are the center and they are the extreme.
 With many thanks to Alan Korwin for providing most of the contrasting text within the two boxes. Be sure to visit him at www.gunlaws.com