Conservatism on the Rise

By Aaron Bandler

When the Founding Fathers of America wrote the Constitution, they intended the document to restrict the power of government to guarantee natural rights to the American individual and to promote free enterprise.

When the Founding Fathers of America wrote the Constitution, they intended the document to restrict the power of government to guarantee natural rights to the American individual and to promote free enterprise.

When President Barack Obama campaigned as a candidate in the 2008 election, he promised tax cuts, fiscal responsibility and bipartisanship.

Instead, the Obama administration and a Democratic Congress have increased the power of government far beyond the Constitution’s limitations through reckless spending that will cause higher taxes and passing legislation while ignoring the opinions of Republicans and the American people.

The American people are tired of it, making a conservative comeback in 2010 inevitable.

Congress recently passed a health care bill, which will burden taxpayers even further with federal funding for abortion, raise taxes that will force business owners to lay off employees in order to pay these taxes, and fine people who don’t buy insurance.

The bill was passed on March 21 without the support of the American people, receiving an approval rating of 41 percent, according to

Earlier this year, Republican Senator Scott Brown was elected to a traditionally liberal seat in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, taking away the 60 votes needed for the Senate to pass any revised version of the Senate health care bill in committee with the House.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D – San Francisco) was still able to circumvent this setback by convincing 51 senators to pass the bill with the understanding that any changes to the bill would be voted on at a later date.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the bill “would exclude professional committee staff, joint committee staff, some shared staff, as well as potentially those staff employed by leadership offices.”

The American people have clearly had enough of this abuse of government.

After Senator Bart Stupak (D – Michigan) provided the key final vote to pass the health care bill, Daniel Benishek, his Republican opponent in the upcoming November election, saw his Facebook followers more than double to 4,200 in four hours, with people asking how they can help fund his campaign.

Many have also protested through what’s known as “Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties,” which have been growing since Obama first began trying to gain support for the health care bill about a year ago.

The Tea Party movement’s official Web site describes the movement as “a community committed to standing together…to protect our country and the Constitution.”

The Tea Party movement represents the rise of conservatism, because conservative principles include small government, free enterprise and lower taxes, which is exactly what the Tea Party protesters are supporting.

The protesters are just average American citizens angry at how their taxes are going to be raised from wasteful government spending and from the increased role of government.

For instance, at one of the first tea parties in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 15, 2009, a protesting businessman named Doug Burnett was quoted as saying in a MSNBC article that he’s mad because “this country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can’t afford.”

The trend has still continued, because at the most recent tea party protesting the health care bill on March 20, a protester named Ana Buig said in a Fox News article, “The people are excited. They feel this is our last chance to really let these people here at the House know that we don’t want them to pass this bill. It’s unconstitutional.”

There have also been Tea Party protests on the streets of San Ramon, Danville and Pleasanton, showing the rise of conservatism is even here in the liberal Bay Area.

In fact, there were 300 protesters in Pleasanton on March 20 rallying on a freeway overpass trying to urge Congressman Jerry McNerney (D – Pleasanton) to vote no on the health care bill, according to a CBS article.

Though undecided until the day of the vote, McNerney voted for the health care bill.

Clearly, the American people are tired of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress extending the size of government to huge proportions.

The American public wants elected representatives who are by the people and for the people. And the people want the conservative concepts of smaller government.

And it’s this trend for the conservative concepts that shows how conservatism is on the rise, and will certainly be seen at the polls in the November election.