Over the last 100 years and more specifically throughout the last 50 years progressives have infiltrated our media, unions as progressive socialists, universities under the protection of tenure, K through 12 school systems via the socialist teachers’ unions and tenure, judiciary, and a host of other key areas of society, especially the U.S. Congress.
Of little note was the infiltration of our state legislatures, with 49 separate houses (Nebraska has only one), by progressive candidates masquerading as moderate and liberal Democrats and Republicans, yes Republican in name only – RINO. After the election of 2008 and the supreme take over of the U.S. Senate and the House, along with the White House, by the progressive socialists of America, now known as the Democratic party, these folks got pretty smug. Nancy Pelosi truly thought she could ram unpopular legislation through the Congress and did just that. President Barack Obama, stocked the executive branch with one communist or communist sympathizer after another to begin his quest for one branch rule of this nation,with the help of his union and other friends (by the way, who is on the other end of his Blackberry). The new Congress promptly accommodated him by abdicating its role of law making to the executive branch.
These folks knew that in 2010, a limited number of Senate seats were up for election and that the way congressional districts have been defined by federal law a host of safe seats existed, insuring that the core progressive faithfull, many ranking members of committees, would be reelected, and they were. Despite the historic turnover of Congress, Pelosi kept her role as the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Well surprise, the progressive playbook had a flaw. It did not properly consider the role of the state legislatures. 2010 meant that nearly 700 democrat and democrat progressives were thrown out and replaced by Republicans, conservative Republicans to boot. 27 states currently have both houses controlled by Republicans. Many more states have at least one branch and the executive branch controlled by Republicans with the other branch holding only a tiny majority for democrats. Wisconsin replaced a progressive Democrat controlled Senate, Assembly, and Executive Branch with Republicans.
The movements bubbling up from the states offering a host of federal government push back are building steam. These include efforts for state driven balanced budget, debt ceiling, nullification, and general states rights U.S. Constitutional Amendments. A reassertion of the 10th Amendment, herculean efforts to stop Obama-care, reclaim land seized by the federal government, anti-public union give-aways, and a host of other anti-federal government legislation and lawsuits.
The war between traditional individual liberty, free market, limited government believers – the Tea Party types, and the progressive socialists who despise our Constitution and equal justice system – everyone has an opportunity not a promise to succeed way of life – is not over, but of late the progressives have been seriously outflanked.