The Year of the Governors

By S.E. Cupp

Back in 2010, during the midterm elections, people in my field were of course panting in breathless anticipation as we watched important congressional races to see how many seats Republicans would pick up two years after Barack Obama came into office. Would it be a turnover of the Senate? How sweeping would the House pickups be? Who’d take Pelosi’s place? What would it mean for the tea party? We all know how it turned out. I’m fond of the way one notable described it…as a “shellacking.”

But overlooked were the equally important governors races. I had my eye on them here and there, just to keep up with redistricting possibilities. But no one could have predicted just how important the state houses would be so soon into 2011. In short, whether you’re Chris Christie or Scott Walker, governors are having the best month ever, and it’s clear the Republican gains in the state houses last year are having a huge impact on domestic policy. (And, let’s face it, they’re a major thorn in President Obama’s side.)

In 2010 Democrats took five governorships from the Republicans…California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota and Vermont. But Republicans took a whopping 11 governorships from the Democrats, including key states like Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Who knew how big THAT one would turn out. Republicans also won Florida, which had previously been held by an Independent. Before he was a Republican. So Republicans held a majority of governorships for the first time since 2006.

No one would have predicted just a few months ago that it would be these governors, and not celebrity senators like the thus far invisible Marco Rubio or the tea party favorite Rand Paul, who would be making the most noise.

First, of course, there’s Chris Christie, the biggest celebrity governor on the Republican roster right now, thanks to some memorable scuffles with New Jersey teachers unions, and near constant prodding to run for president in 2012 by, well, everyone. He was on Face the Nation this weekend with Bob Scheiffer, talking about another US governor’s battle with teachers’ unions. In typical Christie fashion, the governor pulled no punches and spoke of his support for rigorous debate over the future of public sector unions and the compensation they command.

Which brings us to Scott Walker, an unassuming former Eagle Scout and IBM salesman, who – inexplicably – decided to do the thing he campaigned to do: take on Wisconsin’s budget shortfall and address the overweening power of the public employee unions. His throw down with the teacher’s union and Democratic Senators in Wisconsin has been so important and stunning, that it prompted President Obama to wade into what should be a local issue when he announced that Governor Walker’s actions constituted an “assault on the unions.”

The problem, however, with Obama’s disdain for Walker’s proposal is that it’s the absolute height of hypocrisy and myopia.

Kimberley Strassel had an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal on Friday called “Union Power For Thee But Not For Me,” in which she points out that President Obama’s reckless criticism of weakening collective bargaining power for public employees ignores the glaring fact that he oversees 2 million federal workers who (drumroll please) have no collective bargaining rights for wages or benefits.

And thanks to who? The one and only Jimmy Carter, who passed the Civil Service Reform Act in 1978, with the help of a Democratic Congress. And in the two years since Obama took office, which were spent under a Democratic majority, how important was it for him to overturn this cruel and unjust piece of legislation that is tantamount to an “assault on unions”? Not important at all, because it’s still very much in place. In fact, Washington DC is effectively a ‘right to work’ town because of Jimmy Carter. Put that in your protest and smoke it.

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Ohio Governor John Kasich are also fighting budget battles in their states, and while they may be wielding scalpels compared to Walker’s chain saw, they’re still managing to put the power of the state houses on full display.

The media seems to recognize this interesting shift, and is giving unprecedented face time to the govs. On This Week with Jake Tapper yesterday, he featured an interesting gubernatorial panel discussion between Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Jan Brewer of Arizona. The annual Governors meeting was in Washington DC this weekend, so it was probably pretty easy to corral these four into one studio. But it was interesting to watch these four executives – two Republican women and two Democratic men – discuss their role in various national debates. Of course no one knows how influential a governor can be more than Jan Brewer right now.

Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels all made the rounds on the Sunday shows…a quick cutaways to senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman in Cairo on the Sunday shows was no match for the star power of the big name governors who are quickly reminding us that all politics is local.

It seems that the impact of the GOP govs has at least one Democratic executive feeling a little left out. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is getting sick and tired of the pesky Tea Party, which he thinks is leading the country into a “civil war.” And why? Because they’d like to nullify certain federal laws that they say just don’t make sense anymore. GASP! Thomas Jefferson, by the way, was a big proponent of this. But for holding the federal government accountable, for daring to question the legitimacy, constitutionality, morality and wisdom of an ever-expanding Democratic agenda, and for attempting to spare their children and grandchildren from bankruptcy, the Tea Party is leading the march toward a civil war? Talk about old tone. Looks like somebody’s throwing a bit of a temper tantrum. Take a time out Governor Schweitzer. Mommy and Daddy are talking.

The next few weeks and months will reveal just how important those midterm state house elections were. For the short term at least, it looks like the governors are running the show, and no one’s going to tell them to sit down and shut up. So, better get used to it, Mr. President. The states are taking back some power.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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