August 05, 2010


I was surfing by Ace's place and caught this extraordinary bit of video of Democrat Pat Caddell discussing the fracturing of his party, among far more ominous rumblings. Watch it all the way through. I'll wait.

Ace's reaction is dead on, as is Caddell's.

The Democratic Party has fractured (past tense), and the elitist extremists in the Democratic leadership are giddy at the thought of purging themselves of moderate Democrats. Waxman's admission is the symptom of a larger disease, an arrogant ruling class mentality that neither respects the will of the American people, nor the separation of powers, nor the Constitution.

Says Caddell:

The Democratic Party has essentially been hijacked by an educated—over-educated—elite group, who basically don't care about the people who constitute the Democratic Party...

It's a much graver constitutional crisis. They believe we have a situation where 21% of the people believe that the government is operating with the consent of the governed, from the Declaration of Independence. 21. 68% say no. 57% of the people in a CNN poll a few months ago said they believe that the federal government is becoming a direct and immediate threat to their own freedom. Now, I'm telling you that is pre-revolutionary.

And in democratic—and what is happening is this sense of pushing people—'we're going to shove this down your throat, we're going to shove this, we know better for you,' the issue is very simple: who is sovereign in the country, the people, or the political class?

It is quite obvious that the elites believe that they are the sovereign powers and the arbiters of our fates. It is just as certain that they feel entitled to that power, are intent on keeping that power, and have shelved the Constitution in favor of making this a nation of men, not a nation of law. The have illusions of keeping that power to themselves, and have put only the thinnest of veneers over their attempt to create a nation where the people serve the ruling class.

Even more shocking? The don't seem to care and don't even try to hide their disdain for the people, the culture, or our shared history.

Ace vents:

When it was just a policy debate, it was intellectual.

But now they've gone and made it personal.

That was a mistake. Because you can sell people down the river if you can keep them asleep while you do it.

When you rouse them...? When you alert them...? When you incense them...?


And it's not just personal, but fundamental: Who decides in America? The people, as the books claim? Or the elite, as common practice seems to have it?

And so the rage.

And soon the fire.

What astounds me about our would be rulers is the utter contempt with which they hold their constituents. They act as if their power grab is complete and they don't even need to pay lip service to respecting the law or the people.

This will go badly for all concerned. It remains to be seen if it will go violently.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 5, 2010 08:01 PM

Great analysis. Final sentence too pessimistic, however. It's already going so badly for the elites, it will be over before it's over (I think maybe that's a Yogi Berra quote).
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Posted by: LibertyAtStake at August 5, 2010 09:15 PM

who is sovereign in the country, the people, or the political class?

The judges!

Posted by: Walker at August 5, 2010 09:39 PM

The Democratic Party has fractured (past tense), and the elitist extremists in the Democratic leadership are giddy at the thought of purging themselves of moderate Democrats.

Sadly, one can substitute Republican(s) for Democratic/Democrats and nod along with the beat. It cuts two ways. The GOP didn't get whacked in '06 and '08 for pleasing a majority of the electorate. The "political class" is playing us between two extremes, but they're still a separate class regardless of party.

Posted by: Tully at August 5, 2010 10:08 PM


That's why it's *our* job to make damn sure we hold their feet to the fire for the next 2 years, minimum, and they start rolling back much of the damage that's been done.

Posted by: ECM at August 5, 2010 11:55 PM

I do not trust either party anymore. Republican congresses have over spent, not the nation destroying degree of this 114th Congress, but that is hardly a recommendation for their fiscal restraint.

Someone needs to cowboy up and just admit, the Government can not be the solution to your problems if you want the freedom to ask questions of it. I am really coming to resent those that depend on government goodies can vote themselves more goodies.

Posted by: MunDane68 at August 6, 2010 09:26 AM

Violently? Not quite yet. One of our national virtues--some might call it a weakness--is that because of our enduring faith in the American system of democracy, we are willing to accept a great deal of usurpation before resorting to force to retain that system, just as we are commonly willing to accept a great deal of provocation before going to war.

But what's happening now is unprecedented. A ruling elite is, without bothering to cover their intentions, is doing their best to destroy that democratic system. While violence is not inevitable, there is surely a line which, once crossed by narcissistic, self-important elitists, will lead to the kind of violence that will ensure the permanent removal of enough of that class to restore liberty. The important question should not be whether violence is possible, but what will be the final trigger.

A Republican assumption of sufficient legislative power in November, assuming sufficient Republicans really do understand that they are the servants of the people and not their masters (are republicans truly so stupid, so corrupt that they don't understand that they too are in the public's crosshair, so to speak?), may turn the clock back a few hours. The election of a true conservative leader who is focused on restoring proper constitutional boundaries in 2012 would also turn the clock back a few hours, but unless and until those events occur, America is on the path to revolutionary upheaval.

Posted by: mikemcdaniel at August 6, 2010 10:26 AM

meanwhile, in other news, sales of ammunition and firearms continue to set records throughout the country.....

Posted by: redc1c4 at August 6, 2010 02:04 PM

I don't think the voting process will work. The spark to violence will occur when people begin to realize that their savings and money are not there.

Posted by: David at August 6, 2010 05:07 PM

Best headline ever? Yes. Yes it is.

Posted by: Kevin at August 7, 2010 01:49 AM

Buy More Ammo.

Posted by: dad29 at August 7, 2010 09:02 PM

AT the local gun show here, the classes for the concealed-carry license were full all day.

Posted by: emdfl at August 7, 2010 10:02 PM

Violenct resoluton/revolution? I didn't think we could talk about it in the PC world of today. If we don't talk about it, surely it couldn't ever happen, however, the sides are being drawn as we speak. Is it to be a "French Revolution" or an American Revolution II? As the foment continues to build towards the rulling class and the largess taken from us for the government employees, it could very well become a "French" style revolution. With the current group, aiming right at the heart of the citizens and their rights, it could be Part II. The trigger has yet to be known but it will be a defining trigger that ultimately determines French or American II.

Posted by: Steve Fisher at August 9, 2010 01:19 PM

Steve Fisher, good post and I agree. We don't want the FRENCH one (or, God forbid the RUSSIAN one). If there has to be one, it would have to be American, or the Republic will be lost either way (revolution v. no revolution).

mikemcdaniel is correct as well - we can't just hand the Republicans anything. Sure, we've got more of a chance of getting people who will abide by the Constitution, but not much more of a chance.

If we let them in, we can't just walk away. We have to hold their feet to the fire. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance!

Posted by: ladykrystyna at August 9, 2010 08:12 PM

These times are amazing to me. Never in my life have I heard so many private discussions center on the prospects of something significant about the happen. It seems the majority of folks that I interact with have a deep nawing sense that someting big is about the happen like there is some great "second shoe to fall". Economic callamity is always part of it but with a President pushing and inciting race-politics,a DC elite class (major media included)so out of step with the people,a simmering mindset that two party elections don't work except for the elites,and a Marxist thrust towards socialsim it seems ripe to me. Everyone watching, worrying, thinking, becoming actively engaged from a base point of anger and fear, all it needs is the trigger. Boston Massacre didn't start the revolution, tea party didn't, Stamp Act didn't, was when the British moved on the ammo and arms stored in Concord that the shot was heard around the world. What do we currently have that is that important to us?,....the internet?

Posted by: bad-daddy at August 10, 2010 02:56 PM

as posted on another thread here by someone i would give credit to if i could. (no insult or plagurisim meant, i'm not very internet savvy) this is summarized.

"come september or august, don't be surprised to see some kind of national emergency that will give the government a reason to cancel or forestall the november elections"

this is an idea that chilled my blood. i am no consipiracy theorist on 9-11 or anything else. but THIS? could this really happen?

could the ruling class be so afraid of the voter turnout in november that they would so blatantly sodomize us without us seeing it? are they so desperate to cling to power while thinking we're all "sheople"?

never before in our history has a national election been suspended, should this come to pass, this would be the trigger we all fear.

this is an idea that will cause me to lose sleep for many nites to come.

Posted by: makswel at August 11, 2010 07:36 AM