Our little “guerilla war” is turning into a full blown battle. What started with the Guerilla tactics out of the view of the mainstream media by the likes of Newt Gingrich’s Drill Here Drill Now Pay Less Petition drive to Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, and Dan Burton standing in the well of the House talking to a small CSPAN audience after hours and introducing what I called a “by the door Petition“ about increasing oil production for the legislators to see and hopefully sign on their way into the chamber. To Michigan’s Tim Walberg’s “Discharge Petition”. Then finally to the Republican Leadership of the house and Senate taking notice and getting behind the troops. The seed had been planted. The American public is changing their minds with this constant drumbeat that is beginning to be picked up by the Media. I give Kudos in this blog today to John Boehner, the Republican House leader.
The more I follow John Boehner’s web site, the more I realize that he is on top of things, he is taking the lead in this battle as he should. He is really putting the Democrat’s feet to the fire over drilling for oil. Below is his excellent article from 7/3/08. He has been posting everyday. Congress may be on vacation but he is still posting on the net. John Boehner has been working over time.
In the article he mentions the latest PEW poll and the effect it should have on the average Democratic members who are up for election in November. The link to the PEW poll is below. As I studied it I was amazed. This poll should be devastating to the Democratic middle.
This poll gives proof that within 4 months the American public has been changing their minds about drilling (exploration) all across the board. The most amazing thing was that the Democratic base showed the highest percentage of change for all the groups. Here I’m talking about the following groups, all double digit change in favor of drilling vs. conserving our way out of the problem: Young voters, college students, women of all ages and those calling themselves liberals. I’m talking up to 20^% change of attitude towards drilling. The findings are indeed amazing. Almost the entire Democratic base has changed their minds. Dan Burton highlighted a blog of mine in the past and his joy that someone had noticed what he Price and Westmoreland were doing seemingly alone. The battle they were fighting against hopeless odds. Well it seems that I wasn’t the only one listening, and the PEW poll shows that the odds are piling up in their favor.
While I’m praising the Wayward Son, those who know the bible will understand my deep undying gratitude and respect for those who put it all out there with little chance of success and got the ball rolling. That ball seems to have taken on a life of it’s own. This is what I keep referring to as “Bottom Up Politics” after the British model. Take what we have to work with, to put forward a Conservative based solution to a problem. Put it into practice to prove that our ideas work. This whole idea of drilling, simply fit’s a conservative mantra of supply and demand. We have a chance to prove that this mantra works.
Our National leaders have a chance to get behind this and expand it and increase it’s scope to include a “Manhattan Like Project” for energy independence, A Kennedy like effort to be energy independent by 2015. Don’t be afraid of the Kennedy thing, use it to find the common ground for solutions that work. We as conservatives want things to work we should be willing to share the praise for doing so. We know the Congress has been a do nothing Congress on both sides and the people have had enough. We as Republicans have a chance show how all members can be a part of a “Get it Done” Congress. Help restore the peoples faith in their institutions. I’m sure there are many on either side of the aisle that would welcome that title and respect.
Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative
PS AN OH MY GOD LOOK WHAT I SAW MOMENT. The only thing we have to fear is ourselves.
A word of caution upon re studying the PEW poll. Those calling themselves conservatives showed no change holding at only 47%, those people over 65 showed a decline of 2% in favor of increased exploration, mining drilling and new power plants. The most scary was that among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; Republicans only showed a decline and it was 6% bringing them and became the group most against trying to increase production. MAN OHOOO MAN OOOOH MAN. What the Heck is the deal?? Are the Country Club Republicans going to take this gift and ruin it again as they have in the past? Are we going to let the Democrats slither their way into leading and taking charge of this popular movement? This movement that we created? Our one good chance. Please what can I do about it? Are we so conditioned to the beating the Radical Environmentalist have given us over the years that in our misguided quest to get along at the Club, we have lost our will to fight?? If we do lose this issue, that’s it. The guerilla war will just have to start from the bottom up and find it’s own leaders. Again Thank God for the Wayward sons. Thank God for the Guerillas and Thank you John Boehner. Let’s hope that the others will get off their high horse of charts graphs and market analysis long enough to see the forest through the trees. Either that or get the hell out of the way.
Warmest regards to some.
Live Dangerously Be A Conservative