A few weeks ago, I was sitting at Starbuck’s with a good friend. (Something I do quite frequently.) I ordered my “usual” — a white mocha frappacuinno with an extra shot. My friend ordered her “usual” — an iced coffee. My coffee palette has never been as, er, “refined” as my friend’s. But, in an attempt to broaden my horizons, I had a sip of her drink.
When I tell you that I was immediately searching for some sort of receptacle into which I could vomit this excruciatingly bitter liquid, I am not exaggerating. A trashcan, a paper bag, a baby stroller, anything. Dear God, anything. Unfortunately, there was no container to be found within a convenient vicinity. So, like a four-year-old child forced to swallow cough syrup, I closed my eyes, gripped the edge of the table and downed this drink from Hell, undoubtedly created and brewed by Satan Himself.
Ok, maybe that’s a tad extreme. But you get the picture.
The taste lingered in my mouth for what felt like an eternity. An eternity in the pit of coffee Hell.
When something leaves a bad taste in your mouth, your first reaction is to reach for something else that will extinguish it. Something. Anything.
Right now, liberalism is the bad taste lingering in America’s mouth. It’s been lingering for almost seven years. And this week, America spit it out. The midterm elections, in which the Republicans took the House and Senate, was America’s rejection of not only liberal Democratic policies, but a full-fledged repudiation of President Obama and everything that he stands for. Everything he believes. Everything he has spent his political career defending.
But liberalism is bigger than just one man. It’s bigger than Obama. Bigger than Harry Reid. Bigger than Al Sharpton or Chris Matthews. It’s an ideological and philosophical disease that continues to plague our nation, infecting every aspect of American life like a virus. Last Tuesday, America said no more. We’ve had enough. We want something different.
Why? Because they’ve watched these policies fail. Economic growth is practically nonexistent. The job market continues to collapse. (Especially for college graduates.) Health insurance premiums and doctor visit copays have skyrocketed for millions of Americans. They’ve watched the tenets of liberalism create division and bankruptcy in a nation that is starving for unity and prosperity.
And liberalism isn’t just crappy political and economic policies. It’s also pro-abortion, pro-big government, pro-government intrusion into churches, pro-gay marriage, pro-everything that our Founding Fathers would reject. All of these things exist under the umbrella of modern liberalism. And liberalism, as a whole, has failed America.
That’s what makes these election results so monumental. When all was said and done, the net negative view of Obama was over 30 points in the majority of the battleground states. (Ouch, that stings.) This isn’t so surprising, though, considering his approval rating is at an all time low — just 46 percent. (Meaning almost 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s job performance.)
But while conservatives across the country are breaking out the champagne, dancing in the end zone and drenching each other in Gatorade, there’s a bigger question to consider. Do Americans actually believe that the Republicans can help the country or are they simply hoping that they will stop President Obama from destroying it? It’s obvious that people are fed up with Washington. They’re tired of the lack of solutions, the gridlock and the political warfare. But do they believe that Republicans have workable solutions for America’s problems?
And, even more importantly, do Republicans actually have those solutions? I’m not so sure.
Honestly, it’s astonishing that the Republicans, who have put forth no real unified strategy for fixing the economy, fixing healthcare or fixing the broken immigration system, won these midterm elections. But, I suppose it shouldn’t be that surprising. After all, we elected a president who had no strategy. (Not to mention no experience.)
I think that, if nothing else, this election cycle proved that America is tired of Obama and liberalism and has, for one reason or another, decided to give the GOP a chance.
Here’s hoping they don’t blow it.
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