The election we just had was an unexpected, hard to imagine shock to the ruling Democratic party. In fact, it had to be a surprise to a lot of people, myself included. And yet, when I recall the opinions on national issues that I gathered from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City last year, I should have seen it coming. Here are a few lines from my radio commentary entitled “Heartland Attitude” delivered last year right after the NAFB Convention.
Last week, I attended the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. I was surprised to witness the almost universal anger and disenchantment with the leadership in Washington, D.C.
They think the government is spending way too much money.
They are convinced that the healthcare overhaul will cost a ton of money that we don’t have.
Cap and trade legislation will result in more taxes and do nothing to help our plant.
As we all know, the widespread disenchantment with the Obama Administration’s policies did not improve in the ensuing year. In fact, it just got worse and culminated in the political blood bath on November 2.
I think that with the growing power and influence that the Tea Party movement has demonstrated, this is our chance to put the brakes on big government’s power grab.
In 1964 (46 years ago), Ronald Reagan gave a speech entitled “A Time for Choosing.” That famous speech was timely then as its message is timely now. He said, “The issue to decide is whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”
I think we have chosen to take our government back. It won’t be easy but neither was the Reagan Revolution.
In closing, I would encourage you to access my website which archives my radio commentaries dating back 10 years and will go back 20 years when complete. Check on what I said back then. Go to www.johnblockreports.com.
Until next week, I am John Block in Washington.