Here we are, rounding out another long week in which we’ve seen our government rule a transgendered student who self-identifies as female but was born male (and still has male genitalia) must be allowed to shower with the girls on the school soccer team; a Muslim student praise Allah before he stabs students in an incident authorities maintain has nothing to do with religion or possible terrorism; one of the most blatant liberal media smears of a GOP candidate we’ve seen in some time; and President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone Pipeline, just to name a sampling. Oh, and Hillary Clinton is STILL not in jail, despite continuing fresh evidence that keeps on coming.
This is Obama’s America.
So here’s a bit a good news about Obama’s legacy. Yes, good news.
Via The Daily Caller:
The damage the Obama presidency has done to Democrats in Congress and state legislatures has been widely reported on over the last 7 years, but, until Wednesday, no one had summed it up in just 140 characters (or less). Republican operative Rory Cooper tied a bow on Democrats’ fall from grace with a Tweet that simply tallied up the losses.
Under President Obama, Democrats have lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats. That’s some legacy.
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) November 4, 2015
Republicans expanded on 2014 mid-term gains at the state level in elections around the country Tuesday, holding control of the Virginia and New York senates, maintaining majorities in both Mississippi houses and picking up seats in Pennsylvania.
And in a surprise win, Republican businessman Matt Bevin handily defeated Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway for the governor’s seat in Kentucky. Bevin’s win makes a total of 12 Republican governor pick-ups since Obama took office. We also reported here on the historic election of Matt Bevin’s lieutenant governor running mate, Jenean Hampton, who’s become the first African American elected to statewide office ever in the state’s history. Yep, another black Tea Party conservative elected to office — oh, the horror for Democrats!
Republicans took control of a record 67 state chambers in the 2014 mid-term elections, and continue to control both chambers in 23 states. Democrats have complete control of just seven. And Republicans of course hold majorities in Congress, where Democrats hold just 44 Senate seats and 188 House seats.
OK, so this is good news in a bad news/good news sorta way in that the pendulum swinging right likely reflects just how resoundingly bad things have veered under President Obama. But nonetheless, it’s heartening to see the electorate acting on this. The Washington Post went so far to declare 2015 the “election tightened the Republican stranglehold on state government.” Stranglehold? Yeah, tell us how you really feel about this, WaPo?
But there’s one big problem still for the voters who are coming out to local elections to express their support for conservative, constitutional principles: and that is an overreaching, expanding federal government. As conservative author and talk radio host Mark Levin points out:
Conservatives are winning election after election at the state level during President Obama’s two terms, but the problem is the federal government trumps everything and anything it wants to at the state and local level. State legislatures and governorships are going Republican in ways we’ve never seen in modern American history. Our strength is at the state level and we need to tap into it in order to restore our republic and put the federal government back in the Constitutional box.
Indeed, what we’ve been seeing increasingly under President Obama is the federal government stranglehold on state government all the way down to small businesses and individuals. Not how our founders designed things.
Sorry, I veered away from the good news back into the harsh reality for a moment. The results of the 2015 elections, and the chart below from The Washington Post, reveal a momentum that we can — and must — build upon to take back the executive branch in 2016.
We can do this. And we must.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]