About the campaign primaries of 2008, commentators are remarking that this is the biggest voter response in the history of America. Prisoners in a dank dungeon struggle with each other and die in hopeless agony until a light breaks upon them and a voice says that freedom is at hand ... and the prisoners rise up in excited (and deadly dangerous) expectation ... for they have been starved for too long ... and you (we) are food-chain ...
by Ted L Glines
There is an energy tsunami surging in America. You can see it in the political campaigning, and you can feel it growing. I have not seen nor felt such an up-swelling of public energy in many decades. It is good to see this again.
Why is this happening? What is it that has turned us on?
An angry and nationally energized Eagle flies well in the hearts and minds of Americans. We saw and felt this, briefly, following that infamous terrorist uber-kamakazi attack which brought down the Twin Towers. Suddenly the Internet blossomed with Eagle-decorated Web-sites. Suddenly American flags fluttered on American automobiles. The fabric factories of China and India were back-logged on orders for American flags of all sizes. For a short time, patriotism and national fervor reigned from sea to shining sea. The American people stood as one - wanting swift vengeance against the organization which had dispensed death and destruction into New York City. Such high energy can work miracles, but the energy died when the Eagle went to war against Iraq. While there is no doubt that Saddam needed hanging, and most people know that the Bush administration has done an excellent job in prosecuting the Iraqi engagement. However, everyone knew that Iraq had nothing to do with the Twin Towers travesty. The offending terrorist organization was never dealt with, and its leader still runs free today. Somewhere in northern Pakistan, Osama smiles. In front of the whole world, Americans were perceived as ugly ... again. We saw the little flags disappear from the cars, and the Eagles on the Web-sites were replaced by smiley faces. But, in a deep sense, the aftermath of national disappointment has created today's change-energized American uprising.
Democratic candidates are riding the curl of this wave of American energy. The front-running candidates are playing to packed houses not only in liberal states, but in conservative states as well. The major complaint has been that the candidates chose venues which were far too small to accommodate all of their potential attendees, and vast numbers of people have been left to stand outside. Turn-out has by far exceeded expectations. Election officials are already forecasting vote-counting challenges in November.
When used in the same sentence, “change” and “conservative” defy each other. But, in these pre-election state primaries, we are seeing and hearing Republican candidates striding forth on a platform of change. The Republican PAC meeting, this most important forum for conservative planning, aired on C-SPAN on 10 February, featured a keynote speaker calling for change as a method of preserving conservative interests. He did everything but outright call for a house-cleaning in Washington. Hearing him expressing such thoughts was stunning, like an earthquake (and this may be the “Big One”).
“I will get our troops out of Iraq in sixteen months.” “I know how to find Osama bin Laden, and I will bring him to justice.” “I will provide universal health care for all Americans.” “I will close the borders and bring the illegal alien problem to an end.” Listen to the crowds roar. Standing ovations, signs waving, all of this signaling our engaged and emotional American excitement. Do the American people really believe these campaign promises? Not at all. What they are hearing and wildly appreciating, are broad-stroke statements of change-intent. And look at the huge turn-out of young people in those crowds. Many election-year campaigns have come and gone with an absentee young demographic. It is obvious that our Eagle is, indeed, alive and well and flying again.