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Change That I CAN Believe In

October 27, 2009

Thank you, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid!

A poll released by Gallup this Summer indicated that self-identified conservatives out-number self-identified liberals, even in some blue states.

The strength of “conservative” over “liberal” in the realm of political labels is vividly apparent in Gallup’s state-level data, where a significantly higher percentage of Americans in most states — even some solidly Democratic ones — call themselves conservative rather than liberal.

The most conservative states are found primarily in the South, led by Alabama and Mississippi. The figure approaches 50% in several Southern states, plus Utah. The most liberal states tend to be the on the East and West coasts, led by Washington, D.C., and then Massachusetts, Vermont, and Oregon.

And even newer polling data shows that the break-down is 40% Conservative, 36% Moderate and only 20% liberal. From 2005 through 2008, moderates were tied with conservatives. This is huge .. while conservatives are still most prevalent within the Republican party-identification, Moderates are now embracing it as well. As noted at Hot Air:

The overall increase in this ideological stance since 2008 comes largely from political independents, among whom 35% say they are conservatives thus far in 2009 — compared with 29% last year. Independents have also become more conservative on a number of specific policy issues, including government and union power, the role of government relative to promoting values, gun laws, immigration, global warming, and abortion. Republicans, most of whom considered themselves ideologically conservative in 2008, have also grown more conservative on several of these issues this year, while less change is seen among Democrats.

All of this has potentially important implications at the ballot box, particularly for the 2010 midterm elections. The question is whether increased conservatism, particularly among independents, will translate into heightened support for Republican candidates.
Right now, it appears it may. Although Gallup polling continues to show the Democratic Party leading the Republican Party in Americans’ party identification, that lead has been narrowing since the beginning of the year and now stands at six points, the smallest since 2005.

Huh. It seems as if more people are once again realizing something, liberal promises are merely full of feel-goodiness, and utterly empty platitudes, designed entirely to tug on emotions and embrace victimhood and entitlement mentality. They are used solely to encourage people to never think on their own. And it can be dangerously tempting. They sound nice in unexamined theory. Everyone likes free candy! So, it’s easy for some to believe that one should have A Right to everything one simply wants.

President Obama and the liberal congress are showing Americans these twisted theories in practice, and the truth is beening revealed, albeit unintentionally. The reality is that throwing (other people’s) money around, the feel good-y meaningless rhetoric and naive utopian ideas never  work in practice. In fact, they do the opposite. They are actually detrimental in practice. Worse, they aren’t even meant to work; they are only meant to gain and keep Power. They are meant to keep the citizenry dependent and sheeplike. The Left would like nothing more than to change “We, the People” to “We, The Sheeple.”

Thankfully, more and more people are waking up each day.  They are coming to understand that there is only one thing which everyone does have a true Right to, which doesn’t require a monetary “stimulus package” (yet is also oh-so- invaluable) nor does it have a need for “reform.”



(cross-posted at )

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2009 6:17 pm

    Bill Kristol had an article in todays WaPo, entitled “A good time to be a conservative,” that lines up decently with your post, LZ. Although I think you have a better presentation. Seriously. His is here (via my cheezy take on it – just under the Killer Rabbit – link word ‘nasty’). Keep up the great work, my friend.

  2. October 27, 2009 6:55 pm

    Quite the snarkstress, this one. Yahoo likey. And then, there’s boobs. It’s like a 2 for 1 happy hour or something…..

    Well, the polls give us hope, but let us see whether election day brings us the joy we expect.

    The R party needs to get some stones, yesterday. That’s the problem with this picture. Maybe, if we on the right smack them around in just the right way, they will respond with a more limited government approach.

    At least, that is the hope. Otherwise, the struggle will be longer and more bitter than need be.

  3. Wsorrian permalink
    October 27, 2009 10:35 pm

    Republicans are on the verge of blowing their best opportunity since Reagan. If the GOP keeps up this nonsense of backing liberals like Dede Scozzafava just because they wear an “R”, then it won’t matter how many conservatives there are.

    Gingrich will end up destroying the republican party forever if he keeps ignoring conservatives. He and the GOP are taking the conservative vote for granted.

    • Reiuxcat permalink
      October 27, 2009 11:39 pm

      Gingrich is running for pres in 2012 and is trying on his McCain suit right now. Afterall, us conservtive wackos aren’t enough to carry him, or so he wrongly thinks. Did this man forget what the contract with America was?

  4. October 27, 2009 10:36 pm

    Well, I agree with you, Wsorrian, but am a tad more optimistic……

  5. mikenh permalink
    October 27, 2009 11:33 pm

    I agree things are looking up, but it’s not time yet to get cocky. We need to keep the pressure on. Especially the squishy RINOs.

    I’m with Wsorrian here. No need to abandon the party, just support primary challengers to soft Republicans. Stand for something!

    Always good reading Snark!

  6. Reiuxcat permalink
    October 27, 2009 11:49 pm

    For the conservative republicans to abandon the RINOs, they will need to be bitch slapped daily until they are knocked out of their stupor. This is done via populist protest, aka tea parties and other functions. I just joined ACTIVE, via friends I have made via Twitter. It’s not big, but they seem to keep up national protests and organize local protests. (One was a few miles from where I live and the other was the media protest held in downtown Atlanta in conjunction with other locations nationwide.)

    If we want a govt for the people, by the people, we have to make our REPRESENTITIVE understand that if they refuse to represent us, for example, health care, they will be out of a job, no matter what kind of pork the bring home.

    Forgive the language, but I’m steamed.

    Good work again LZ, you are a conservative/liberatarian goddess!

  7. dmoyeroh permalink
    October 28, 2009 5:27 pm

    Conservatives need to end the practice of voting for the party hack out of fear of “splitting the ticket”. If Hoffman can win in NY and Dagget make at least a good showing in NJ, many other independent conservatives will be encouraged to run in 2010. I, like many others, voted for McCain last year as a vote against Obama. No more. From now on, I’ll write myself in if there is not an acceptable conservative candidate on the ballot. At least I’ll get one vote!

  8. 1MadJack permalink
    October 29, 2009 8:20 am

    Lori, great read as always!;) For now I am done with the Republican party. I no longer have an (R) behind my name. It is now an (I) and will probably stay that way for the rest of my life. I used to at one time like Newt Gingrich but his recent toeing the party line with the election in New York has made me cast him aside with the rest of the RINOs. We need folks running for office with true conservative values who don’t give a damn about what party they belong to. We need patriotic Americans running for office that believe our Constitution is just as viable today as when it was written over two hundred years ago. Until that time I will remain One Mad Jack. 😡

  9. October 29, 2009 8:11 pm

    Gingrich is finished, of that I am sure, and his embrace of Scozzafava has got nearly everyone disgusted.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      October 29, 2009 8:13 pm

      Yup. And I’m normally a Gingrich fan, for the most part, as I think he’s usually very bright and knows his history. Started getting turned off by his embrace of the Global Warming BS .. this Scozzafava stuff has sealed the deal. Or, rather, the NO deal.

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