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No Rest for the Weary

When it comes to taking our country back, it’s never safe to get back in the water. The great white shark that is the democrat party is always circling and never sleeps.

We have written previously about the insidious creeping invasion on our personal liberties and right to work. We have also addressed the fact that there is no depth to which the democrats will stoop to scare the underprivileged and older voter away from pragmatic and imperative Republican ideas. And Opine Needles has addressed the lunacy of the politically correct (PC) leftist movement; it’s their way or the highway.

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports the following: “Clarence, N.Y.—A Democratic congressional candidate has built a slight lead in a traditionally Republican district, according to a new poll on a special election Tuesday eyed by some in both parties as a referendum on the House GOP plan to overhaul Medicare.

The Republican in the race, Jane Corwin, has endorsed the overhaul and spent part of the weekend seeking to assure seniors their benefits would not change. Democrat Kathy Hochul opposes the GOP Medicare plan.”

This is a significant event. It shows that democrats are successfully using the fear factor to turn the tide of progress achieved since the 2010 election. The ugly truth half our country does not want to accept is that our government cannot sustain its benefit payments in their present form. The government is broke. As long as one party is willing to continue to curry favor and spin populist yarns to the electorate, we will continue our slide into destitution.

Opine Needles thinks Republicans need to be more strategic as they head into the 2012 election. The ground-rules have been established, so the GOP should not fall so easily into the democrat’s trap. Republican candidates across the country need to make sure their constituents understand that GOP policies will not treat them unfairly. Republicans simply cannot let the democrats paint them as uncaring, selfish, wealthy, heartless bureaucrats. Firstly, it is not true. More to the point, while the economy (jobs) will continue to be issue # 1, the voter’s perception about which party can fix the deficit (and yet maintain a heart) will rank as the # 2 concern.

Thirty years ago this week, the poet Maya Angelou gave a commencement address at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. These are direct quotes:

“I congratulate your professors, your lecturers, counselors, and teachers who in persisting to overcome their own ignorance have prepared themselves to separate you from yours.”

“Many of you are privileges. I mean in the material sense. One of your professors told me that you have grown up and lived in an insulated community.”

“I would like to remind you of the real world which exists.”

“Now how do you for the most part, a group of well-to-do white girls, make your existence count in a world which is populated, for the most part, by people who do not resemble you?”

“You have lived in the eye of a terrifying hurricane. Many of you will stay in the center and ignore the maelstrom swirling around you.”

“Today you are being ejected from your sage cocoon into a strange and new America. For the first time in 50 years, our government is publicly turning its back on the needy, the aged, the veterans of foreign wars, the young, the handicapped. We have suddenly, as it were, regressed into a dark age of uncaring, of might over right, without even the semblance, the merest, sheerest semblance of a pretense at just action.”

Maya Angelou is an accomplished poet. She no doubt would run intellectual circles around the Opine Needles’ nerve center. But that is not the point. The gathering station in this pipeline rests at the heart of our contention. The PC movement has been active for decades. At its core, is proponents believe all that is traditional is rotten. The year was 1981. In her soaring rhetoric, Maya Angelou was effectively condemning the Reagan Revolution. She told bright eyed college graduates that the world they were being handed was a bad place. She made it very clear that Reagan was undoing all the good FDR and those who followed had done.

The good news is that most Wheaton graduates that day were probably too hung over to pay attention. Those who listened (and some definitely did) probably set out to change the world. And in Maya’s context, that could mean only one thing: to fight everything for which the Reagan/Bush administration stood.

Our fight is not new. It is simply more intense and exaggerated today than it was in decades past. Back then, we could talk in hypothetical terms of the oncoming deficit Armageddon. Now, unfortunately, the crisis is very real and very real time.

We implore you to care. Find a way to do your part to make a difference. Maya was right about one thing. There is an entirely different world out there that does not resemble us. It is a revisionist, bitter world; one seeking to blame anyone anywhere for its troubles. That world has evolved since 1981. Thanks to government largesse there are now more of them than there are of you. If you don’t make your voice heard, their sheer numbers will consume you and your way of life.

There is no rest for the weary.

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