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‘We the People’ Are Taking Action

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 02:53 PM EDT

President Obama and his progressive allies better look out; We the People are taking action to restore liberty in America.

Our actions and, more important, our results are speaking louder than words.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns with Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock after his tea-party supported primary win.
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From Tea Party-supported candidates winning long-shot primaries against established Republican Party elected officials to coal miners confronting environmental activists in West Virginia, there is an undeniable uprising of citizen patriots who are rejecting progressive policies and breaking traditional political boundaries.

This wave of political backlash against government gone wild has the potential to wash away President Obama and liberals in Congress in November and usher in a new brand of elected officials who will be charged with reinstating liberty through constitutional government.

Tea party principles of limited government and liberty, not party politics, are driving the political momentum. Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite and political long-shot, just defeated establishment-ordained Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Texas.

Calling Cruz a long-shot was an understatement. He started the race with a 2 percent approval rating against the sitting lieutenant governor in January and he overcame Dewhurst’s considerable wealth, which allowed Dewhurst to spend about $25 million of his own money in the race. Dewhurst also had the backing of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican Party officials.

Despite these long odds, Cruz sailed to victory by about 13 points because he had the backing of the anti-establishment movement bolstered by tea party grassroots activists, including my group, FreedomWorks.

Cruz’s stunning victory follows the upset in the Republican Senate primary in Indiana, where State Treasurer Richard Mourdock beat 36-year incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar.

Similar to Cruz, Mourdock was considered a long-shot to beat Lugar, who was elected to the Senate in 1977 and was among the longest-serving members in Congress. Again, tea party support was the key for Mourdock’s surprise and decisive victory — he won with a convincing 61 percent of the vote.

The uprising of We the People goes beyond Republican primaries. President Obama’s war on coal is alienating coal-dependent constituents in key battleground states and this backlash could cost him his second term.

In my book “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation,” I describe how President Obama’s anti-coal policy is rooted in killing coal-generated electricity and replacing it with renewable energy in order to reward his political donors.

However, destroying an industry will have political consequences. The devastation of the coal industry and its corresponding loss of coal mining jobs are fracturing the Democratic Party coalition of unions and environmentalists.

The first hint of rebellion against Obama in coal country occurred during the Democratic Party presidential primary vote in West Virginia, where convict Keith Judd, who is serving a 17-year prison sentence in Texas, got 41 percent of the vote. Obama did not fare much better in Kentucky and other coal dependent states, where 42 percent of Democrats voted for “uncommitted” instead of the president.

While West Virginia and Kentucky voted for McCain in 2008, President Obama’s war on coal will likely impact states he won in the last election — Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Union coal miners who are losing their jobs because of President Obama’s assault on their livelihood are waking up to the consequences of the president’s progressive energy policy.

Stories in the Wall Street Journal and CBS News over the past several months point out the negative impact of President Obama’s war on coal for his re-election bid.

The leader of the United Mine Workers Union, who campaigned for President Obama in 2008, compared the impact of new climate change rules on the coal industry issued by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to that of the killing of Osama bin Laden saying, “The Navy SEAL’s shot Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington.”

Emotions are clearly running high in coal country, and President Obama’s anti-coal policy is pitting environmentalists against coal miners.

Adding fuel to the fire, environmental activists who recently protested a West Virginian coal mine were confronted by coal miners who are very concerned about the hundreds of job losses in the state.

While there was no physical confrontation between these traditional Democratic Party coalition partners, coal miners and their families verbally challenged the environmental protestors to leave their way of life alone.

Twenty of the protestors were arrested and now they are calling for state officials to investigate policy brutality.

At one point, Joshua Nelson, a coal miner and Republican candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates, delivered a passionate impromptu speech which was captured on video and posted on YouTube.

Nelson, a former marine and current member of the West Virginia Air National Guard, is now fighting for his and his fellow miners’ right to work.

President Obama and his progressive allies have awakened the American people setting the stage to soundly reject him and his fellow Democrats in November.

Deneen Borelli is the author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation,” and is Director of Outreach with FreedomWorks, a grassroots organization that educates, trains and mobilizes volunteer activists to fight for limited government. Read more reports from Deneen Borelli — Click Here Now.

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