Clearly, despite the decisive victory in 2010 where Republicans took back the lower chamber of Congress. But one has to ask, is 2012 America’s last stand? Let’s explore why and why not.
Politically, 2012 is a must win election for Republicans. Republicans must take back the Senate and White House if we are to have a fighting chance to reverse the economic and moral decline imposed by President Obama and the Democratic Party. Locally, 2012 is a absolute must-win for the Delaware Republican Party where the GOP must at least win back the General Assembly.
Nationally, the implications on the economy and moral systems are at stake should the Democrats retain the Senate and White House, and even worse if they re-take the House. If the worst case scenario occurs, Americans can expect continued advances of progressive programs to steal more money from American taxpayers. The probability of repealing Obamacare will be absolute zero. Continued encroachments on the civil liberties of Americans will continue, eroding all liberties espoused in the U.S. Constitution.
If travelers think the aggressive scans and pat downs at the airports are out of line, what will government proposed next if progressives continue to reign in power?
If Americans think their freedom to speech and assemble are in danger now due to increased presence of a police state, what freedoms will Americans have in the future?
If Americans think that they are being told how raise their child as they see fit, or eat what they want now, what will those rights be down the road?
The liberties of Americans are eroding with each passing day that progressives are in power. The nanny state mentality in their eyes is simply government stating they are smarter than we are. Liberties will be lost, if we let it happen.
A local lesson on how bad government can encroach on the liberties of civilians occurred a few months ago. In 2008, state legislators passed the Clear Zone Act which prohibits objects of any kind from being within seven feet of the edge of the pavement in subdivisions. It took three years until after the passage of the bill, and acting as if the bill implied retroactive punishment for Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Transportation to use taxpayer funds to remove seven basketball hoops from a Delaware subdivision. Not even the current state legislator who authored a letter to the former state Secretary of Transportation could save the basketball hoops. One basketball hoop was in place for over sixty years.
Why is this important? Because government make bad laws and decided how those bad laws are implemented. In the case of the basketball hoop, the state police officer threatened one home owner with arrest if they did not stop verbally questioning the state transportation workers tasked with removing the basketball hoop. The trooper then lied about the homeowner keeping their own personal property, and ordered the offending basketball hoop to be carted away.
The video of this incident became a Internet phenomenon, with wide-spread criticism from Americans throughout the nation. The seizure of personal property is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the state police officer instructing the homeowner to remain quiet despite criminal activity by the State is violation of the First Amendment.
Until voters realize that progressives are directly responsible for their continue loss of liberty, the government will continue to encroach on them. Remember, if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. But that is if we let them. That is unless the voters in 2012 wake up to what is happening locally and nationally and reject progressivism. Reject the nanny state mentality or we just might lose it all.
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,
"A republic, if you can keep it."
"A republic, if you can keep it."