Thursday, January 30, 2014

Life of the Party

Liveleak copy of the most recent Snowden interview.

Last week, Politico reported that the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution condemning the 'unconstitutional' policies of President Obama.

Yes, your first thought is probably "of which unconstitutional policies of President Obama does the RNC speak, there are so many!"

No, it wasn't his unconstitutional appointments, his unilateral re-writing of laws, or his exemption granted to Obamacare for members of Congress and insurance policies.

It was his spy programs.

The condemnation of the activities of the NSA is well placed, given that it operates under the President's executive authority alone.  Only the President can truly modify the policies of this entity.  So, it goes without saying that the President must also allow policies for them to exist.

In short, President Obama owns the NSA's spying on innocent Americans.  It simply cannot occur without his approval and he could put a stop to it in an instant.  But, he hasn't.  Which is likely the reason why the Democrats have been silent on the issue, creating a political opening.

These programs started under President Bush but were expanded greatly under President Obama.  The beginnings of this program are understandable given the climate immediately following 9/11.  Americans were desperate for a solution to protect the United States and they temporarily opted for a little security at the expense of their liberty.  But no more.

Now, more than half of Americans distrust President Obama and 72% percent say big government is the biggest threat to the U.S. in the future (the highest figure ever recorded since this was calculated.)

This happened on the heels of the start of the Snowden revelations.  As they continue to expand, it will only get worse for President Obama and the Democrats.

The Republicans are admittedly terribly late to the dance, but it's good to see them finally step up.  It might actually breathe some life into the party.  You see, President Obama is losing millennials and this group really hates all this NSA stuff that is permeating every facet of our lives.  You can't even play Angry Birds without the Obama Administration taking a peek at what you're doing.  And, if you asked your average college student who was better with protecting their privacy before Snowden, they probably would have said the Democrats.  Again, no more.

Millennials are also particularly vulnerable to Obamacare's individual mandate, now that they have to carry insurance that they probably don't need at a price they probably can't pay.  That should play into Republican's favor.

And, whether they are aware of it or not, the aforementioned debt that President Obama will bite them squarely in their collective butts soon enough with higher taxes and decreased employment prospects.  More debt means more taxes and more taxes means less jobs.  Millennials are already hard hit by the Obama economy.  If the GOP stops playing footsie with President Obama and his ever-increasing debt, it will resonate with the youth vote.  That, coupled with some serious monetary policy (like ending or at least auditing the FED) would be excellent and play well to both the current base and the youth vote.

President Obama and the Democrats have presented the GOP with a great opportunity to  capture votes that are absolutely attainable if the GOP embraces policies that further liberty and empower individuals.  That is what the activist portion of the GOP base is all about and it is what the millennials are all about, whether they know it or not.

Drawing a line in the sand on illegal searches is a great opening shot.  Now, they need to continue to pursue liberty, independence, and empowerment and contrast it with the control, dependence, and subservience that punctuates progressive political philosophy.  If they do, they can win again and give new life to the Republican Party.

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