The following is a response to the State of the Union address from former Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-8).
He was the first Tea Party conservative Republican to win his primary in Feb 2010, and then went on to defeat a 3 term incumbent friend of Obama and Sen. Durbin that November. It was a grassroots campaign led by many volunteers. He won by a very narrow margin of 270 votes out of approximantely 200.000 ballots cast. Volunteers from many local grassroots groups, such as Awaken America chapters in Barrington and Palatine, IL, worked tirelessly to support his campaigns. He was also a popular speaker at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville in Feb. 2010, right after his primary..
His district was severely gerrymandered in 2011 by the Democrats who control Illinois, which led to his defeat in 2012 as a top DCCC target, like Rep. Allen West in Florida. He is known not merely for his many candid national media appearances, but also for holding an incredible number of public events and town halls with his constituents to discuss any concerns as their representative. He did such public events virtually every week throughout his term in office. His successor, another loyal supporter of Obama and Durbin, prefers to meet with radical progressive groups and donors.
Although he lost in November, he will be back. Follow him at "Walsh Freedom" on Facebook or Twitter, or his new website is http://walshfreedom.com/ He continues to be an outspoken advocate for conservative principles. Check his top score in Illinois from Heritage Action (93) or other conservative groups. You will find that it is among the highest in the country. He recently also commented on the dismal State of the State in Illinois.
Smiling and Clapping Our Way Toward Bankruptcy
I don’t blame President Obama. He doesn’t know any better. He was never ready to be president to begin with. We’ve never asked him tough questions. No, I blame a people that would elect President Obama for the loss of America as we knew it. It was all perfectly on display during last night’s State of the Union speech.
As the president ticked off his list of new government programs and investments, with all the new government spending and increased government involvement in all of our lives, and as he purposely ignored the debt we’re placing on the backs of future generations, the audience — our representatives — smiled and clapped repeatedly as if to say, “Give me more.”
“Nobody deserves to be shot by guns, so I propose a new government program to …” The audience stood, smiled, and clapped and said, “Yes, lets have government fix it … Yes, give me more, Mr. President…”
“Nobody should work and not get paid properly, so I propose to raise the minimum wage to … ” The audience beamed and roared, “Oh, yes Mr. President, do more … Raise the minimum wage even higher.”
“Everybody deserves to have a job, so I propose a new program to put everyone to work … ” The audience clapped and patted each other on the back. “Yes, Mr. President, let’s have government guarantee jobs for everyone … more, more,” they cheered.
“Every four-year old deserves top quality pre school education,” the President said, “So I propose a new government program that will guarantee…” He couldn’t even finish the sentence, the audience was so overwhelmed.
“Yes, Mr. President … top rated schools for all of our kids … more, more … All of our energy should be clean energy, so I propose new government investments to make sure every home is powered by the wind and the sun by the end of the decade,”… The audience was nearly delirious with joy,
“Yes, Mr. President, whatever it takes, keep our environment clean, make sure government stops climate change,” they smiled.
They were so busy clapping and smiling last night they didn’t hear him lie that none of this would add to the deficit.
They were so busy clapping and smiling that they didn’t bother to ask if we could afford any of these new things. They didn’t ask how you lower a debt by spending more. They didn’t ask if any of these new programs would actually work.
They didn’t ask if these are things government should be doing in the first place. Most tragically for their kids and grandkids, they were so busy in the audience last night smiling and clapping, nobody asked whether it was right to stick future generations with the bill for all these new government programs and all this additional debt.
One day in the not too terribly distant future, our grandchildren will read about the founding of this country, and they’ll read that our founders believed in ideas like freedom, limited government, and individual responsibility. Our grandchildren will ask what those things are.
Their parents will smile and instead show them the video of last night’s State of the Union speech, where everybody smiled and clapped down the big government road to bankruptcy.
Then, they’ll go out outside to the street corner together to beg for food.