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From the Writings of David Horowitz: February 3, 2010
Posted By David Swindle On February 3, 2010 @ 6:45 am In David's Blog,NewsReal Blog | No Comments
A specter is haunting America – the specter of a people rising. From one coast to the other and across the great plains, Americans are waking up to the threat from a leftist elite that is determined to fundamentally change the American system, push through a socialist agenda, and make every citizen dependent on the state. The Obamamachine has already spent trillions of tax-payer dollars to finance a takeover of the American workplace and to stifle the independence of the American people. But America is a resilient nation, bred on the frontiers of individualism and enterprise, and built on the principles of private property and individual freedom; and the resistance to their socialist plans has already begun.
In May 2009, just five months into the Obama administration, the people of California launched a tax revolt in the biggest spending state in the nation. So reckless were the leftist Democrats who run California (and have done so for more than half a century) that its deficit alone was larger than the budgets of most other states in the Union and of many of the nations of the world. Leftwing politicians don’t cut budgets; they propose new taxes. And California’s leftwing legislature did just that. But thanks to a constitutional amendment put in place by the California electorate through the state Initiative process, California legislators can’t raise taxes without a two-thirds referendum of the people. So they were forced to hold a special election in May to appeal to the electorate to pass five new ballot Initiatives to raise taxes.
But when the votes were counted, all five tax-raising Initiatives had been defeated by 60% margins. Even in San Francisco. A sixth Initiative designed by tax opponents to punish legislators who do not balance the budget passed by a more than 70% margin. Even in San Francisco. If one of the most liberal states in the Union is saying no to the soak-the-public philosophy of leftwing legislators, Obama socialism is in big trouble. The revolt in California quickly spread to the entire nation through the efforts of the Tea Parties movement, the most innovative, exciting and powerful grassroots force in the history of American conservatism. It is vital to the health of this country that the Tea Parties movement grows. More to the point: it is essential to American survival that the Tea Parties movement succeeds. On the eve of the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama said “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” The Tea Parties movement is the American people saying no to Obama’s plans for revolution.
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