Change That I CAN Believe In
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 iOwntheworld.com )