Combined, these actions create a political reality that many moderates and liberals feared after the Republican wave of victories in 2010. Their nightmares are coming true: Republicans in power are looking to use the current economic crisis to slash budgets, ignore the existing economic disparities facing disadvantaged Americans, and promote policies that contravene sustainability and recovery for struggling, everyday Americans.
Some of the measures Republicans want to enact make fiscal sense, but some also project a message that when it comes to planning for the future, Republican philosophy means more than the American people. For the crowd that crowed about the fear of socialism at former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats during the past two years, the last thing Republicans can afford to do is allow philosophical extremism to drive their leadership. If this perception continues throughout 2011, Republicans can expect to have to fight off a revolution of their own — one that will push back against their budgetary cuts and, eventually, will push back against Republicans at the polls, as well.
Lenny McAllister is a syndicated political commentator and the host of the morning radio show Launching Chicago With Lenny McAllister at 5 a.m. on WVON, The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM. He is the author of an upcoming edition of the book The Obama Era, Part I (2008-2010): Diary of a Mad Black PYC (Proud Young Conservative). Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.