Most changes in American public life are gradual, filled with fits and starts, pushes and pulls. From our founding to the Civil War, we fought, politically, on progressive issues such as internal improvements and a national bank even as we re-wrote the Revolutionary War with Britain.
Then came the Civil War, which changed everything, to put an end to the great evil of slavery which constrained our Republic. It was a transformational change for the good, even if it centralized power in the national government.
We then moved forward, building railroads and transforming our economy from farming to manufacturing, step by step. Again, we argued about banks, so Congress created the Federal Reserve. Not at all transformational.
Then came the economic implosion we call the Great Depression. It was transformational, changing politics and everything else, giving Democrats an advantage that continues to this day. And again more power flowed to Washington, DC
It should be noted that neither World War I, nor World War II, nor even the Cold War of the last century created true transformational change.
But something is happening in America today. Are technological changes, combined with a pandemic and widespread discontent with politics, creating a political milieu that could make the election nine months from now a transformational one? Or will it be another incremental change?
All indicators are that he will favor Republicans, especially in the US House. But will we see transformational change brought about by COVID and the surprisingly poor performance of President Joe Biden and the National Democrats?
The president’s abysmal polling numbers and bitter public mood leave little room for debate over where Democrats stand as we head into the Nov. 8 midterm elections. gradual change.
But will it be transformational, a realignment once every 70 to 100 years.
This is the conviction of this columnist. The public, a large non-partisan majority, is fed up with mandates, diktats and hypocrisy. The excessive bureaucratic state might have a case with the voter if its rule worked. But the government is failing at every level.
And what about health care? Can you understand the invoice? More than fifty years of growing federal government involvement in health care has created complexity, cost shifting, physician burnout, and an opaque and immoral financial system.
We can’t get direct information about COVID from our government, but you can get free tests and masks after the need passes, while the national debt soars. The border is porous and the administration insensitive to the application of immigration laws. It’s normal for the supply chain to be entangled, because real change would eliminate unionized jobs in the ports.
The bet here is that the American public has reached a tipping point, with school closings and the stubbornness of teachers’ unions as catalyst events. There’s no particular fondness for Republicans – they’re just not in charge during this dark time.
The voter will not consciously consider that politicians – including the courts – have aggregate power in national government and then shirk their responsibilities. This emboldened the permanent government and compelled the courts to deal with matters beyond their sphere of competence.
No, voters just want more freedom. They want to regain the freedom that is their birthright. Most of our problems are solved by more freedom, not more government. This is the fundamental miscalculation of this President and the National Democrats. We will find out in November how much this miscalculation cost.•
Smith is president of the Indiana Family Institute and author of “Deicide: Why Eliminating The Deity is Destroying America.” Send your comments to [email protected]
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