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Obama Agenda, Protests Gain Momentum

Thursday, 07 May 2009 01:30 PM

By Andrea Tantaros

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More and more Americans are gathering across the country to protest Obama’s leftist lurch, whether it be by drinking tea or by revolting against the Democratic hierarchy’s insistence on letting people eat government cheese. Note: cake is not an option, unless you want it taxed.

If the people are reacting this way to Obama’s proposals, imagine the fury when his plans are actually enacted?

The financials are staggering when it comes to the cost of his plans but this revolution is more than outrage at the numbers. It’s an uprising to save our culture from European, big-brother socialism that will erode and destroy our union’s values and forever damage American exceptionalism.

Drinking Earl Grey, instead of drinking the progressive Kool-Aid, however, isn’t enough to stop it.

The right must push to protect these values and save our culture, not just protest.

We can do this by showing that that we honor conservatives who jump into the cultural realm.

Instead of honoring some senator from the South at their annual galas, elected officials should honor the author, the filmmaker, and the head of the foundation, the professor -- those who are pushing back on the dominant liberal culture in a nonpolitical way.

As Mark Steyn writes: “If the nonpolitical sphere is permanently left of center -- the movies, the pop songs, the plays, the sitcoms, the newspapers, plus the churches, schools, and much else -- it's simply unreasonable to expect people to walk into a polling booth every other November and vote conservative. The culture is where the issues get framed and the boundaries set.”

We need to do more than show that we value culture. We need to take action by starting think tanks that focus on more than short-term legislation; create film studios; start publishing houses that publish conservative novels, not just political books; take over museum boards or start their own museums.

Conservative politicians and policymakers need to support all this by going after liberal cultural institutions such as universities. They need to hold hearings on how they waste money and how bizarre the curriculum is. The politicians are the supporting cast, not the central element.

Like bubbles from a hot pot on a stove, I believe the outcome of this outrage will be brought to a boil in 2010 during the midterm elections. While revolting can be effective methods of operation that provide scintillating media footage, we will hold our representatives accountable with our votes.

But we can only preserve our nation and the values we are endowed with -- “certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” -- by proactively providing an alternative. We must accelerate a rediscovery of our greatness, a great awakening to our principles.

Without a strong moral foundation there will be nothing left for us to fight for or reason for us to fight back. A cultural revival is afoot. But as the Constitution states, it’s up to we the people.

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