TULSA, Okla. -- We may be in Oklahoma, but here in the American heartland, it's not "OK" anymore. Though thousands of fans -- here for the fifth of eight Sean Hannity Freedom Concerts -- are fired up to support our troops serving in harm's way, they are anything but enthusiastic about what's happening in Washington. Perhaps that's because so many of us -- including the millions of Americans now unemployed, underemployed and struggling to keep their homes out of foreclosure -- remember President Barack Obama's promise in February that "jobs will be our No. 1 focus in 2010."
Pollsters and pundits across the political spectrum are having a field day analyzing the Obama administration's plummeting popularity -- and the likely consequences for the midterm elections less than 80 days away. These "experts" suggest all manner of reasons that the O-Team in particular and Democrats in general are in such serious trouble. The kindest explanations offered by Freedom Concert fans run the gamut from "Obama has the attention span of a fruit fly" to "they are wearing blinders and earplugs."
Whether Obama and his cronies on Capitol Hill are suffering from attention-deficit disorder, ideological blindness or both may not matter. Whatever the diagnosis, the majority of Americans appear to have decided on a cure, and they have been shouting it out at town hall meetings and tea party gatherings: "Throw the rascals out!"
That's certainly not a new paradigm or even a novel slogan. But what is new is the unprecedented collapse in Obama's personal standing and his promises of "hope" and "change." In every public opinion poll, Obama now has less than 50 percent approval ratings. Republicans and independents running for office are tying their Democratic opponents to Obama administration policies -- even in tiny mayoral and sheriff races. Democratic congressional seats traditionally considered "safe" are now up for grabs.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to members of the president's party. His radical agenda may have been carefully disguised during the 2008 campaign season, but it became amply evident once he was in office. His anti-Israel foreign policy, the never-ending "grand apology tour" of world capitals and commitments to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan alarmed pro-defense Democrats right from the start. Then, aided and abetted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he whipped members of his party into supporting costly bailouts, government seizure of businesses, so-called "stimulus" spending bills and a dramatic restructuring of American health care that threatens to bankrupt our children.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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