Sunday, July 26, 2009

Waking the Sleeping Voter by guest blogger Julie Jones Carwile

Waking the Sleeping Voter: How much time and how much spending will it take….?

This writer has a lot of questions today. Here’s an essential question: how long will the voters tolerate the President calling a new legislative crisis the central key to economic healing? How stupid does he think voters are? Well,…. Clearly, a lot of people believed whatever was reported by Big Media without the slightest nod to some personal responsibility to question the background of this potential president. The November election results supply ample evidence that the American citizen can be very gullible, and thus, he can safely assume that some will not notice the inconsistency of his pronouncements and promises from day to day.

Back in October 2008, then-candidate Obama supported his vote for TARP by demonizing real estate agents, mortgage lenders, Wall Street fat-cats, banks, and other financial agents. It was the fault of these entities that our economy at that time was in a free-fall. Fast-forward to January and February 2009 and the latest emergency for more government funding was the automotive industry. Adding to the mix, many state budget crises and rising unemployment across the nation meant we must immediately pass a massive $787 billion bill without even reading it…..because we needed to stop the bleeding…. and so on. Then, there was Cap-and-trade, with energy becoming the economic demon of the day. Here it is late-July 2009 and the healthcare legislation is in trouble. Now, President Obama is urging that healthcare reform is “central” to repairing the economy. Which is it, Mr. President? What is causing the economy to limp along six months into your presidency?

This week, during his press conference, Obama conveyed that he understood why Americans are concerned about the healthcare legislation by stating, “They haven’t seen a lot of laws come out of Washington lately that help them, have they?” He pressed for and signed these laws, right?

Does his past record count for nothing? It didn’t affect voter turnout in favor of Barack Obama, turnout that belied the numerous “questions” surrounding the philosophical and true political leanings of this man. Obama now pronounces the “rightness” of healthcare reform, yet according to the Congressional Record, on numerous occasions Obama voted down healthcare reform legislation while a U.S. Senator. For example, the following two “No” votes related to healthcare reform were recorded:

a) Obama voted NO on Allowing Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines.(110th Congress, 1st Session, Roll Call 305).

b) Obama voted NO on Expanding Access to Small Business Health Plans. (110th Congress, Session 2, Roll Call 119).

He apparently is so shallow that he must depend upon his “personal appeal” to keep his favorability ratings up. This week, Obama held his fourth live press conference since he took office in late January 2009. His predecessor, George W. Bush, held only four live press conferences during his 8-year term!

Did his appearance on television (is it any wonder it earned the nickname, the “idiot-box”) allay the doubts that Obama-supporters might experience when hearing reports that government spending is skyrocketing and government interference in Americans’ lives will reduce freedom, reduce healthcare options, and cost Americans more overall? How many viewers figured out that after one hour on television, the President had said nothing? Did any of them hear him say, “"If we do not act, 14,000 Americans will continue to lose their health insurance every single day” and then wonder if perhaps those 14,000 Americans were losing health insurance because the President’s plan to stave off job losses has not worked?

People need to wake up and think for themselves! Everyone should ask questions when issues and political punditry do not make sense. Thankfully, there are people who are willing to share their knowledge, their expertise, and their passion for a free country. The efforts of these emboldened American citizens have begun to shake the sleeping voter from his (or her) slumber.

It appears that magical presidential performances cannot prevent the most recent polling results indicating a decline in public support for this president. “A new poll by ABC News and The Washington Post found public support for Obama’s leadership on health care reform dropped from 57 percent in April to 49 percent in July, while support for his handling of the economy dropped from 58 percent to 52 percent.” (San Francisco Examiner, July 22, 2009)

Now, it is incumbent upon these awakening Americans to stay engaged and not grow weary of the political sniping. Our founding fathers knew that the freedom of the people rested in the citizens’ hearts and minds. James Madison said, “well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”


Julie is a Chester Patriot and volunteers with Independence Caucus.

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