Just before the election last fall, David Kahane and I had the honor of addressing a Tea Party group in southern Illinois, just across the river from St. Louis. We were reading from Rules for Radical Conservatives and taking questions from the audience.
The area, which includes E. St. Louis, Ill., is called, I’m told, the Chicago of southern Illinois, a place ridden with the kind of thuggish corruption we’ve all now come to know and love from Windy City Democrats — and will see more of when Rahm Emanuel wins his all-but-rigged mayoral election.
My words to them were simple: The revolution against the pathology of Obamaism was going to have to come from the heartland. The coastal enclaves were too divorced from reality, too bedazzled by the smile and the snake oil, too wedded to the redemption myth, a myth that played to their own insecurities, if not to their own past and current sins.
And lo, it was the Midwest that rose up mightily in the last election, unleashing a mighty wind that blew west to Death Valley and east to the Hudson River. Not only did the character of the congressional delegations change but, more important, the state legislatures and governorships turned over as well — with the result that we are now witnessing in Wisconsin.
This isn’t just a fight about the teachers’ union, or even about the pusillanimous Democratic legislators who, like the hapless Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo, have fled the jurisdiction. This isn’t even really a fight about labor unions. It’s a fight about the nature of our federal union, and which is to be master: Barack Obama or the Constitution that he swore (twice!) to uphold.