Republican comeback

By John J. Duncan Jr.

As almost all Focus readers know, I grew up in a political family.  I have been involved in politics since I was a small boy.

After all these years, about the only certain thing I can tell you is that the pendulum swings.

Sometimes it swings for you and sometimes it swings against you.

Many times, the pundits and analysts have said the Republican party was dead or dying only to see it come back stronger than ever.

In 1964, the Republican nominee for President, Barry Goldwater, lost in a landslide.  The U.S. House ended with a 295 to 140 majority for the Democrats.

Two years later, in 1966, Republicans picked up 46 seats in the House, six in the Senate, including Howard Baker, and eight governorships, including Ronald Reagan, one of their best elections.

In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected President and some said the Republican party was dying.

Two years later, so many had soured on Clinton that the Republicans took control of the U.S. House for the first time in 42 years.

Fast forward to 2008, Barrack Obama was elected, and once again some commentators said the Republican party was on its deathbed.

Former Sen. Baker wrote a column for the Washington Post after that election saying those analysts were wrong, that Republicans would come back strong, because the Obama administration would either “over-reach or under-achieve.”

He was right, and two years later, in 2010, Republicans took control of the Congress.

This limited history makes me somewhat hopeful that 2022 will be another Republican year.

Very many low-information voters – the kind that know more about what is on TV than what is going on in Congress- don’t vote in off-year elections.  This is usually good for Republicans.

The only caveat is that the next elections may be very difficult because the big media, big tech, big government combine is stronger than ever.

The national media has become an arm of the Democratic party and will do everything it can to protect and promote President Biden just as it did in the campaign.

Rush Limbaugh said on a recent program, that the United States is being ruled by what he called “tech titans.”

He said, “Congress never did one thing to stop them.  Oh, they huffed and they puffed” but “Congress never did one thing to stop them, never did one thing to get in their way, ever…  Still haven’t.  You know why?  Scared to death.”

British columnist Niall Ferguson wrote recently of a U.S. Supreme Court case which said sex offenders could not be kept off internet platforms because they are “the modern public square.”

Mr. Ferguson wrote that “Twitter is apparently within its rights to delete the President’s account altogether.  Sex offenders have a right of access to online social networks, but the President does not.”

This is not a conspiracy.  Big tech, big media, and big government are openly colluding to do away with true freedom of speech in this country.

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