By Wayne Allyn Root
What a night! I cheered and celebrated watching Republicans sweep the Virginia and New Jersey Governor’s races (as well as other key races across the country in traditionally Democratic states like Pennsylvania). Not because I’m a Republican- I’m not anymore. But this was NOT a Republican victory. It was a victory for the Tea Party patriots. It was a victory for common sense independents and fiscal conservatives who oppose tax and spend. It was a crushing defeat for Obama and his radical leftist friends (led by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank). It was a defeat for Obamacare, cap and trade, and big government proponents. And most importantly, it was a warning shot across the bow for incumbents and political insiders everywhere- the Citizen Revolution that I predicted in my new book “The Conscience of a Libertarian” has begun.
Republicans didn’t actually win a thing. Voters simply repudiated Obama, socialism and the expansion of big government. Americans rose up to revolt against the party in power (Democrats)- just as they did in 2008 versus Bush and the GOP. Americans didn’t vote for Obama a year ago. They voted against Bush. They voted against the party in power. They voted against “business as usual in Washington D.C.” Against the lawyers and lobbyists and special interests that are destroying our economy and our country.
Only one year later they’ve proved it wasn’t a fluke by doing it again. They didn’t vote last night for the GOP. They voted against Obama. It turns out voters do indeed want change- but not the kind offered by Republicans, Democrats, or any incumbent. They want the kind of change that comes from throwing the bums out (the bums being career politicians), and voting in fresh faces who believe in smaller government, lower spending and more power to the people (just as the Constitution intended).
It wasn’t Republicans who swept to victory last night. It was the Tea Party crowds. The peasants with pitchforks that Obama, Pelosi, CNN, MSNBC and the mainstream media ignored, denigrated and humiliated. It was the small business owners who simply want government to get out of the way. It was the mothers and fathers of America who want to protect their children and grandchildren from a lifetime of slavery to deficit, debt, and big government.
Message to the media and political spin-meisters: Don’t misread the tea leaves- there is no Republican Revolution. But the citizen revolution (with a fiscal conservative and Libertarian base) that I predicted in my new book has begun with a vengeance. The liberal mainstream media is so biased and out of touch that they don’t realize it yet, but we are living through history. We are experiencing the start of a once-in-a-lifetime political revolution. Our generation’s 1776. Our version of the shot heard around the world. My prediction that voters might actually V.E.T.O. (Vote Everyone of Them Out) the entire U.S. Congress in 2010 has started even sooner than I imagined- and with a vengeance.
Last night was a sign of the anger and outrage that small business owners and average Americans are feeling towards “business as usual” in Washington D.C. This wasn’t about “conservative values” on social issues. This wasn’t about abortion, or gay marriage, or Terri Schiavo, or online gaming- all issues that damaged the Conservative/Libertarian coalition that makes up the Tea Party movement. This was about “the economy stupid.” Thiswas about FISCAL CONSERVATISM and personal responsibility. If peoplehave to cut back and live within our means, so does government. This was about the Triple Crown of cutting spending, cutting taxes, and cutting the size of government. The Tea Parties led the way. If Republicans think this was about party I.D., they’ve gotten the wrong message.
It turns out that the Tea Parties weren’t fake afterall. There was no “astro turf.” They were actual spontaneous outpourings of expression of independent, commonsense and patriot Americans. This isn’t some small grassfire. This is only the start of a full-fledged citizen revolution to save capitalism, save the Constitution, and save our beloved country.
Obama made a big mistake- his radical leftist power grab has awakened the sleeping giant of the Silent Majority. The centerpiece of this citizen revolution is simple: cutting the size, scope and power of government. Hear it loud and clear. Whoever supports those goals will emerge victorious in 2010 and 2012. And who ever doesn’t, better get out of the way. Because you’re standing in front of a train- the Tea Party Express. Our message for politicians is to stand by the people, serve the people, listen to the people, or face the wrath of the people. If you don’t get the message, we stand poised to THROW THE BUMS OUT.
This morning Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater are looking down on us with a great big smile. I’m proud to call myself a REAGAN LIBERTARIAN. What a great day to be alive and to be an American. I love the smell of revolution in the morning.
Wayne Allyn Root was the 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. His new book is entitled, “The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gambling & Tax Cuts.” For more of Wayne’s views, commentaries, or to watch his many national media appearances, please visit ROOTforAmerica.com.