I saw a news feed headline that crime and inflation are at the top of voters’ concerns and, momentarily, it caused a flashback to the 90’s. What a strange trip, indeed.
Crime a top concern and mood for Congress souring deep into the country’s psyche? Damn. It was time for a plan, something new. Along came Newt Gingrich riding to the rescue, Teddy Roosevelt style. There were probably a lot of deniers about the atmosphere around the halls in the Capitol. Sound familiar?
But Newt knew what the country knew, it was time for change and the people’s pet peeve had legs. (lots of them) Remember it was the same dissatisfaction that cost Bush Sr the top job. He wasn’t focused on domestic policy. Betting on Clinton was no jackpot.
The stage was set for Newt’s revolution and contract with America. Still there were many deniers until it happened. Remember Clinton’s pivot to save his ass?
Public mood seems a lot the same today. Crime and policing are issues. We’ve taken a kick in the gut. Then you watch a Democrat majority turn around to push a faux voter rights bill that no one seems to care about. (or sees the need for)
As if we the people were not already fed up enough with the Congressional jackknife.
Word is Newt is now working with Kevin McCarthy, and other Republicans, on a new contract. After past talk of doing it fizzled before, now seems like the right time. I can say it is time for something new because we are as disgusted as I can remember.
Notice though that when that happens, a lot of people in the beltway don’t know it or can’t see it coming. It usually works that way for some reason. (shout out to Liz Cheney)
The people may get it wrong a lot, but once in a while they do get right. Like in 2016 when they sent Trump into the White House. But there were a lot of denials about that too.
So when homicides busted the record in LA in 1992, it got people’s attention. Violent crimes also spiked by 41% in Kansas that year.
But when you read the statistical reports, crime rates of many types saw declines in the late 90’s. What accounted for that? Well, a lot of laws were passed on crime, such as juveniles and sex offender registries. “40 states enacted crime legislation pertaining to adults.” Read about it here.
They were getting tough on crime. Sure prison numbers increased. What you might expect to happen. But in those greater statistics is another surprise. In 2016, crime increased by 8.91% from 2015. Crime also increased in 2015 by 11.37% over 2014.
Then guess what happened later? In 2017 and 2018 it decreased. Now we are hearing all the calls to release prisoners, no bail, revolving doors, or not to prosecute crime to start with. The people are seeing and living the results of these policies. Cities are turning into hellholes. And people are tired of it.
Of course all this minutia and attitude of the people is lost on Congress Crawlers. People are sick of the George Soros screenplay. Congress isn’t liked any better either.
See how this works?
But don’t expect Congress to get the message until it happens, after the fact. Even though history is clear about people getting fed up with them. Sure there have to be some members that have just enough brains to read the writing on the wall. That might explain all the members leaving, you know, “to spend more quality time with their families.”
Regardless whether people show up protesting in the streets is not the point. The stage is set that they are so ready for change. And I bet a good many of them have seen the movie before and remember. Newt being one of them.
I can only hope Republicans do come up with some good contract/plan. But the die is already cast, in my opinion. People know what they want. They don’t need to be spoon fed or told. Then after they expect results to follow.
Running and campaigning against Democrats?
Yeah, what is the problem with that? Some say you cannot just run against Democrats. Sorry, we have living videotape documentation. They damn sure better use it. I don’t need wonky policy talk. Say what you mean, what you will do and by golly, just do it. We don’t need fancy verbiage or power point lists. I can give you all the lists you need of problems. Isn’t that enough of an indictment to make the case?
Then let the Democrats try to deny those are very real problems. (they don’t want us comparing notes) Let everyone know what we are fed up with. If you can’t do that, how can you present any alternative? Those commercials can be graphic. Like we haven’t seen it or read about it in the news? We’re all adults here, and we have a justifiable bitch.
The people have a voice in this and need to be heard, too, not just pontificating politicians.
We saw a preview of the process in VA. Also in NJ, if it wasn’t mysteriously pulled out for Democrats. Time is now or never. Take all the territory we can get, because we’re going to need it. Let Democrats have hellhole cities they ran into the ground. Let them hold onto them like the trophies of failures. We’ll circle and surround them everywhere. There should be no way out or escape for Democrats. Let them drown in their swamp.
Oh, it can be a slow process; I don’t really care. Playing footsie games never wins. Personally, I want a crystal clear indictment. And let it flow like a river.
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