A terrible thing has happened to the Democratic Party. America’s security was threatened on not one, but two fronts. ISIS was bad enough, but who could have imagined that the president would be chewing up his Saturday morning airtime three weeks before midterms talking about disease?
Big changes have been taking place all year, but Democrats refuse to face the reality that their party is just about over. Most Americans probably aren’t giving the big picture much attention, either. We are so inundated with the usual campaign season lies and mudslinging that the obvious goes ignored, which is precisely what candidates want. If we gave some serious thought to what’s really going on in this country, there would be a run on feathers and buckets of tar.
Here they are: five big issues for the 2014 elections that have changed the political climate. They aren’t being talked about in spots and news broadcasts. They should be. This is one of those times when the big picture is a lot more important than splitting hairs over problems that no longer matter.
1. Final verdict: materialism or socialism?
This is less about a consensus over where the country is going and more about hammering a final nail into the coffin of Obama socialism. It gets harder and harder to listen to babbling about the 1%, about stagnant wages, and about giving Americans an opportunity to succeed when the unemployment rate has dropped from the 9.6% we had before the 2010 midterms that handed Republicans the House.
There’s more to this battle than jobs and wages. The real fight is between materialism and socialism. Do we want to acquire wealth, save more money, and consume, or do we want to let the government draw the line between success and greed? More people are going back to work. The voluntary quit rate is up. Democrats can keep pushing for their minimum living wage and demand that we punish financial success if it helps pass the time, but we all know that as far as Congress passing legislation is concerned the fight is over. It’s time for Americans to succeed or fail on our own merits, not on terms dictated by our government.
2. Obama’s legacy is sealed
The 2014 elections aren’t going to secure Obama’s legacy. That legacy has already failed. There is no more Obama legislative agenda. Republicans aren’t going to lose both houses of Congress, so at worst we’re going to get more of the stalemate we already have. The bad news for Obama is that every order he tries to pass to get around Congress is going to come under intense scrutiny and renew threats of a GOP lawsuit. The gravy days are over. It’s all downhill from here.
3. No believable spin for ISIS and Ebola
GOP.gov says it all: Ebola = accountability. The country never looks to Democrats when security is the issue. On Election Day, no matter what voters are thinking, they will have heard about ISIS and Ebola for weeks and whatever spin has been applied won’t be believable. They know that a higher minimum wage or raising taxes won’t help you when you’re bleeding from the eyes and ears and that’s what everyone, including the government, seems to be worried about.
No Democratic candidate can confront national security issues with any credibility, given the inaction on both problems (see: Genocide Before Plague? Ebola Fights for Attention.). Do they still expect us to swallow promises of no boots on the ground to fight ISIS?
4. No more leftist hot buttons to push
Immigration reform expired on the backburner. If the GOP gives the issue a nod, it won’t be because members favor amnesty.
The states are taking charge of empowering the LGBT set, just like they will ultimately decide the living wage issue. Changing the tax code to raid the incomes, investments, and estates of higher earners is not going to happen. What’s left? Go back to #3. There are no more viable hot buttons for the left, only the reality of the crises their president won’t face. If Democrats lose the Senate, there will be no hot buttons good for anything but laughter for a very long time.
5. Biggest issue for the 2014 elections: no confidence
If you have been relying on Democrats to make your life better, you lost the bet. If you are an illegal immigrant the best you can hope for is staying in the shadows because that amnesty life preserver isn’t coming. There is not going to be a $30,000 per year handout from employers if you flip burgers from 9 to 5. Health care reform has already happened. There is no massive plan for new giveaways now or in the future. If you agree with what Democrats are pushing, your life right now is pretty much the same as it is going to be for quite some time, unless something bad happens. For that, go back to #3. Then ask yourself, how do you like living in fear?
The biggest issue of the 2014 elections is confidence. We don’t have any. Americans can deal with terrorism, with a plague, with economic downturns, and with job loss. What we can’t deal with is lack of confidence in our government’s ability to deliver the goods when the chips are down. If we ever had any measure of confidence in Washington we lost it over the course of the Obama presidency. Watch what happens on November 4 and then tell me it isn’t true.