Why is America's Heartland so furious and finally making their voices heard? Answering the question of who is the Heartland is required when addressing the current emotional response to government intervention.
Heartland is defined as "the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, esp. a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency" (dictionary.com). If we apply this definition and add the people who make this statement true, what do we have? We have the people who do the majority of the work, pay the lion's share of taxes, and hold the core values spelled out in the founding documents. These are the people who still believe and hold dear, the truths found in the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness" (Declaration of Independence). This is one small portion of this great document. In these turbulent times it is paramount, we the people, re-read and remind ourselves the values upon which our country was founded. The recognition of the raping of our founding principles, by the government, defines why I believe the voices heard today are the heartland of America.
What are these people so furious about and why now? The answer is not simple, but a combination of past and present government usurpation of power and freedoms. Americans are finally waking from the trance they have been in for virtually two generations, beginning with President Wilson. The stupor was stripped away by the current administration of Obamatrons moving faster then any previous administrations. Previously administrations took small steps as they stole the rights laid out in the founding documents. They used "catastrophes and enemies" to orchestrate the theft of our freedom. By using these Americans believed it in their best interest to give up small freedoms for the greater good. Obama's administration forgot, or simply ignored, the established method of usurping our freedoms and went straight at America. No longer content with the slow overthrow of our country they deemed this the time to go socialist.
Angry, hell yes, and for good reason.
The Heartland is now the enemy of the government. Janet Napolitano's DHS listed America's veterans as terrorists' risks. The House of Representatives and Senate passed Cap and Trade legislation which will destroy businesses and productivity against the wishes of the people. America currently faces health care legislation which arguably will destroy the best health care system in the world. People read the bill even though Congress could not bother to do the same. The bill is so complicated, they tell us, and only lawyers can understand its complexities. Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House D) and Steny Hoyer (Majority Leader D) called citizens who protest Obamacare un-American. John Dingell (D-MI), "last seen being flummoxed by his own constituents last week. At the time, Dingell dismissed his critics as "infiltrators." Today, they're the equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan" (via The Weekly Standard): Arlen Spector (D) telling constituents he does not have to deign them with his presence to explain anything. Rep. David Scott (D) "shouting down a constituent, a doctor for daring to question him on healthcare in a public forum." Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D) who refuses to hold town hall meeting with her constituents and admits her decision is final on healthcare. Why should she bother talking to voters? "Asked if she will have a town hall meeting in the county during this month's congressional recess to specifically address rural health care, Giffords said no. If a town hall meeting were held, it would probably turn into an event where people would not want to listen," she said (Sierra Vista Herald). Let's not forget Obama promising Mexico on August 10, 2009 his next step is tackling immigration reform. Political doublespeak for amnesty to the millions of illegal aliens currently sucking billions out of the American economy and sending it to Mexico. He must repay the illegal vote for his elevation to supreme ruler. This is a sampling of an out of touch congress which deems the Heartland of America the enemy.
The Heartland of America is furious and is finally finding its voice. It is time for the slumbering populace to wake up, read the founding documents, remind themselves of the truths of our country and fight this illegal usurpation of power by an out-of-control federal government. America is at a crossroads. Will the Heartland take back its country or is it destined for collapse? You decide.
Phillip Parham [send him mail] is a retired US Army Sergeant Major. He has an MBA and is a Project Management Professional. Read his blog at usarmyguyretired.com. He and his family live in the southwest, where they strive for self-sufficiency.