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The Democratic Party leadership has watched in surprise as their hold on elected positions at all levels of government has slowly eroded. Commencing with the election of former President Barack Hussein Obama in 2008, the number of seats lost is staggering. Things were looking good for the Democratic Party at the Inauguration of President Obama in 2009; The Democratic Party had a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives 256-179, Harry Reid was Majority Leader of the Senate with a comfortable majority of 57-41-2 (I) having picked up 8 seats from the Republicans in the 2008 election. The shift in power from a Republican to Democrat President in addition to the substantial gains made in both Houses seemed to indicate that America was giving the Party full support. Meanwhile, the GOP appeared to be on life-support; their message unclear and the Party leadership being scrutinized for their recent failures. State Governor-ships were also favoring the Democrats, with a comfortable margin of 29-21, having gained one additional spot in the 2008 election.
From Obama to Trump
Fast forwarding to the Inauguration of current Republican President Donald Trump shows a striking and dramatic change in the political landscape of the nation. Republicans now control the Senate with a 52-46-2 makeup of the legislative body. The House is also firmly in GOP hands with a 238-193 split; 4 seats are currently vacant awaiting special elections. State Governor-ships have also shifted toward the Republican side of the fence, with 33 states run by GOP candidates, 16 by Democrats, and 1 by an Independent. The shift of the Presidency, the Senate, Congress, and State Governor-ships only tells a portion of the story. With nearly 1,000 seats switching from Democrat to Republican or Independent since the first election of former President Obama, Republicans now control the Legislatures in 32 states to the Democrats 16; 6 states have split legislatures.
Political Make-up of the US
National polling firm, Gallup, observed that the greatest move away from the Democratic Party occurred between 2009 and 2010. The number of states with a Democratic advantage fell from 33 to 22. But more important, a new trend was established; a trend in which favored GOP support. As pollsters watched the trend continue, there was speculation that the GOP would retake the White House in the 2012 election. The nation was mired in controversial issues; a list led by the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act. Then President Obama was highly popular with his constituents, but his policies were considered divisive by many. The GOP put their support behind Mitt Romney, a Mormon businessman with a huge portfolio and deep bank account, who had formerly served as Governor of Massachusetts. Unfortunately for candidate Romney, he spent too much time on the campaign trail touting his “white knight” persona of being the “savior” of the nation, instead of presenting the electorate with real solutions to the nation’s problems. In the end, President Obama secured a second term without much concern, yet concern was growing as the Republicans had regained control of the House in the 2010 mid-term election.
Shift in Power
The swing from Democrat control to Republican control was immense, with 63 seats being picked up by the GOP. This was the single largest gain by Republicans since 1938 and the largest swing in the House in over 60 years. At the time these losses were blamed on opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and the way it was pushed through Congress, the poor economy, and the out of control spending from the Executive Branch; adding to the deficit on a record pace. These issues resonated with the electorate, but seemed to fall short of convincing Democratic Party leaders to change their platform. Perhaps the pickup of 2 additional Senate seats in 2012 and 8 House seats gave the Democrats the feeling that President Obama would somehow turn things around on the major issues and “right the ship.” Yet, 2 years later, the Republicans returned to their winning ways and strengthened their hold on the House by picking up 13 seats and also retook the Senate by winning an additional 9 seats in that body. This was the first time since 1918 that the Democrats had lost control of the Senate in a 6th year midterm election. It was also the largest gain in the Senate by the GOP in over 30 years. Political analysts tried to explain the losses by poor voter turnouts in key swing states; estimates are that it was the worst turnout since the 1942 election. The House and Senate were firmly in Republican hands at that point, but once again, the States Legislatures shift toward more GOP control seemed to be low priority for the Democrat Party bosses.
The subsequent election of businessman and political upstart Donald J. Trump put total control of the Federal bureaucracy in the hands of the Republican Party. That election was historic as it was the first time a U.S. President would be elected in the modern ear having never served in government beforehand. It was also the first time a woman ran for the highest office in the land at the top of a major party ticket; prior to the 2016 election several women were on the ticket as Vice Presidential candidates (Sarah Palin, 2008, and Geraldine Ferraro, 1984.) The aftermath of the 2016 election will be remembered in many different ways, but mostly negative. By the numbers, the most obvious fact was that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote; a subject which many activists have kept their focus on. Despite the fact that America elects the President utilizing the Electoral College, there has been outrage by Democrats who felt Mrs. Clinton was somehow robbed of the White House.
The aftermath of this historic election has been the top story on most news sites, nearly every day since the swearing-in. The stories aren’t always the same, but the narrative is similar; Democrats and their supporters have committed themselves to constant protests; many are violent with protestors wearing quasi-military garb and masks to hide their identities. Sympathetic members of the news media are working overtime to smear the President, even going so far as to continue the false-narrative of a Russian cover-up. Even the big wins for the country, such as the unemployment level dropping to it's lowest level in over a decade, are being ignored for highly speculative stories from unreputable sources. As President Trump continues to “drain the swamp” the rhetoric gets louder and louder. Every action by the White House is challenged, every Executive Order reviewed by the courts, and there are constant leaks at all levels of government in an attempt to ruin any chance for the President to succeed. The recent firing of James Comey, the former Director of the FBI, has added yet another layer of angst to Democrats narrative. Despite the fact that many Democratic leaders called for his firing, once Trump gave him the axe, there was a lot of faux outrage. Most pundits expect this behavior to continue from the minority party; at least until the midterms. The looming questions are still whether any of the post-election activities will improve the future chances for Democrats to get elected, or will they alienate themselves from the American public even more by playing politics instead of working with the President to improve conditions in the job market and economy. Time will tell.
Vivian Coblentz on July 10, 2019:
Even since this article was published, the Democrat Party has spiraled so out of control it's in its death throes now. Trump's policies are working for all Americans. The Dems have nothing to offer but taking 70% of our incomes and implementing policies that take away all of our freedom--not palatable to most Americans.
The Logician from then to now on on May 17, 2017:
Forget bringing back moderates. Like everything else the left touches, the cities and states that have been run into the ground for decades by liberals and their policies they have run the Democrat Party into the ground and will not let go until they have totally buried it under socialism.
Which is a good thing if you ask me.
Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 17, 2017:
The democratic party has lost its way. They have been taken over by the most liberal wing of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They are Godless atheists who sides with the ACLU and uses the courts to get around our Constitution. They will not succeed again until they being back more moderates to the party. People who are tranditionalists and who follow the Constitution and who stands for the common people instead of special interests. In another word, become more conservative like 40% of the American people.
The Logician from then to now on on May 17, 2017:
Jesus had to ask Peter three times "Do you love me" when Jesus was having breakfast with His disciples soon after His resurrection. By His repeated question Jesus is subtly reminding Peter of his three denials. There’s no doubt those denials and how he felt when Jesus turned to look at him at that moment were seared deeply into Peter’s mind (Luke 22:54–62). It wasn’t lost on Peter that Jesus repeated His question to him three times, just as Peter previously denied Him three times.
I have a hard time imagining any of those Democrats, sounded like much more than half, who booed the inclusion of God in their platform being asked that question by Jesus and answering yes three times.
email@example.com from upstate, NY on May 16, 2017:
TSAD - "they voted three times to keep the name of God out."
That's the same number of times Peter denied Christ, let's hope they repent like Peter did.
While addressing the Massachusetts Militia on 11 October 1798, John Adam said:
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Can there be any doubt that America's problems are spiritual?
The Logician from then to now on on May 16, 2017:
You couldn't be more right WBA. Just look at what the Democrat Party has become reflected in the fact after removing God from their platform they voted three times to keep the name of God out.
No better sign of the times than that. They had to actually lie that there was a 2/3 approval to keep it in. Why? Because their leaders calculated that in a country where polls say nine in 10 Americans say they believe in God, and only one in 10 say they do not, they don't want to be judged as the one in ten, (which today they actually are).
Brad on May 15, 2017:
I don't think there is anything religious here.
firstname.lastname@example.org from upstate, NY on May 15, 2017:
bradmaster- Nations can survive poor leaders, leftist conspiracies, corruption, wars etc... But if the people themselves go bad, no one but God can turn things around. The problem with America is spiritual, the turmoil around us is just a symptom of a deeper problem.
A national repentance, I believe is a good place to start (2 Chronicles 7:14). When that happens everything else should fall in place!
Brad on May 15, 2017:
So what now?
Ralph Schwartz (author) from Idaho Falls, Idaho on May 15, 2017:
Will - you've nailed it. You can be sure that the Liberals knew what they were doing decades ago when they locked up the media and the education system; willing minds that carelessly walk to the proverbial slaughter.
email@example.com from upstate, NY on May 15, 2017:
As long as our educational system churns out newly minted minds full of Marxist mush and controls the media and popular culture, the Democrats will control the future. I think Obama took us (thank God) too far too fast towards socialism and the leftist ideology.
Large swathes of people in Middle America, felt like strangers in their own nation. I think the reason for Trumps success was more cultural than economic.
I believe we've been granted a brief reprieve from the tyranny of leftist control over America. Unless we can take back our educational system and make inroads in Media and popular culture, America will soon go back down the road to tyranny.
Brad on May 14, 2017:
While I totally agree with your comments on the democratic party, it doesn't tell the whole picture of congress today.
When you have a 217 vs 213 win on Obamacare repeal, You have 67 republicans that didn't help Trump?
There are too many RINOS and republicans that don't want Trump to make good on his campaign promises.
The Republican party, she ains't what she is supposed to be.
Thanks, that we never elected John McCain as president. It was unfortunate that he ran against Obama. And also thanks, that Obama beat out Hillary.
But, today we have to pay for all those thanks, as we have the seriously wound democrat party, allowed to take the moral high ground, and tell us their version of the US Constitution, and we have so many weak republicans that are running with their tails between their legs.
We have to place the ultimate blame for all of this on the loyal party voters of both parties.
It is time for the voters to tell their public servants, you serve at the will of the people. 2018 and 202o can be a purge of the bad and the evil.
The Logician from then to now on on May 14, 2017:
Jack, yeah Obama was the puppet but the people, the ideology (if you want to call anarchism an ideology) pulling the strings are who brought us here. The people are left wing socialists, communists and anarchist, the evil among us who want nothing but to gain power over our lives by any means possible just as they did in communist Russia, China and anywhere else freedom and human rights are scoffed at behind closed doors. Closed doors, where they used to lurk but since they have managed to close the doors on reason, education and honest journalism in this country they are now out in the open.
Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 14, 2017:
Paula, the answer to your question is simple. How did we get here?
It is the election of President Obama and his progressive policies that caused the country to turn against him and his policies.
Not only that, it is his injection of politics to all levels of our government that has corrupted it, including the IRS, the EPA, the NSA, and even the FBI. The last is his racial politics that pit groups against each other and constant attack on the police which hurt the very people he thought he was helping the poor in the inner cities like Chicago. Shooting and gun violence at all time high...The forcing of the ACA down America's throat was a key element. It is a failed policy that is unfolding now and which Americans for the moist part didn't want.
Suzie from Carson City on May 14, 2017:
All that has happened in the past 2 years ( at least since the very beginning of the 2016 campaign) has occurred as though according to a carefully sculpted master plan. I, for one, have watched and listened in intermittent moments of shock and awe. In my 7 decades of life, I have not seen, heard nor experienced anything quite like what has unfolded and continues to unfold before us.
Lies and defamation, violence, anger and hatred has spread throughout our nation, pitting human against human, party against party and morals & ideals against a "whatever works" mentality.
How we got here, requires a much bigger, better, more advanced grasp on all the details of this country's movements and activities, decisions, results & Politics, than one average American such as I, can claim. It has reached outrageous levels of understanding and acceptability, from violence and havoc in the streets of America to disillusionment and real fear in homes across our nation.
Like never before there is a massive lack of trust, belief and unity and hope has slipped behind impenetrable obstacles.
All of us, each and every human being, must assume at least a tiny portion of responsibility, to be real and fair. However, the out of control behavior and antics of the left, have gone so far beyond the realm of understanding, as to be blatantly unacceptable-to-an-insane-level. False accusations, constant badgering, protesting, lying and actual criminal activities.
These are desperate people taking desperate chances, throwing all decency, self-respect and dignity out the window.
I likened the fiascos, circus-like atmosphere in our country currently, in terms of the American people, as watching a perfectly healthy, mature & intelligent loved one, transform into a sick, unreasonable, brain-injured drug addict. Particularly, the radical leftists who have become whining, hateful, crazed creatures, having lost all sense of morals and common sense.
Now we ask what to do? How to stop it, change it, repair it? Is it even possible? Start praying for a miracle. Yes, even you, atheists. Look at the destruction created by choosing SIDES and insisting on firm boundaries between us.
We cannot give up, but first we need to WAKE up.
breakfastpop on May 13, 2017:
The Dems are trying to destroy Trump even if it spells disaster for the American people. I have never witnessed anything like this in my entire life, and it is painful to watch their monstrous behavior unfold. The MSM is part of the problem. If it were possible I would love to see our new president tell the Dems and the media that they "are fired!"
The Logician from then to now on on May 13, 2017:
Well VP, if your false god is science and you believe that that false god, science, says mankind is destroying the planet with CO2 and if you believe that that god, science, says mankind evolved from purely chance or random chemical reactions millions of years ago, why wouldn't you believe that murdering your baby in the womb is your right? Science after all is amoral. It has nothing to do with God and remember the Democrats voted to remove God from their platform, three times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJE9YfsbNQ
Verily Prime from New York on May 12, 2017:
It is a party whose major plank is the murdering of babies (Abortion) - and many of them they actually believe it is moral and 'look down' at those for believing otherwise.