History Doesn’t Always Repeat
In November 1994, the Republican Party made record gains in the US House of Representatives. Speaker Newt Gingrich began setting the national agenda and the pundits began asking if President Bill Clinton was any longer relevant to US politics.
In April 1995, domestic terrorists Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols detonated a diesel-fertilizer truck bomb outside the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more. Clinton turned to the media and placed the blame on right-wing hate speech, cowed Republicans and regained much of his lost authority.
In November 2012, President Barack Obama won re-election and retained control of the US Senate. Republicans were disheartened and blaming themselves for their failure at the ballot box. The media was urging Republicans to become more like Democrats and proclaiming the end of the Reagan Revolution.
In December 2012, Adam Lanza killed 28 people, mostly children, in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama turned to the media and placed the blame on right-wing gun-owners, demanding Congress to enact sweeping new gun control laws.
But a strange thing happened.
Instead of increasing the power of the presidency like Clinton managed in 1995, Obama saw his influence wane over the following months. After months of Democrat politicians calling for various bans and confiscation, the American people began contacting their Representatives and Senators. Gun Control demonstrations were met with Gun Rights demonstrations. And even modest Gun Control legislation became a poison pill and failed.
Some might now ask if Obama is relevant.
In April 2013,Bombs planted at the finish line for the Boston marathon, killing 3 people and injuring 185 others. They killed 1 police officer and injured another trying to evade police. Democrat politicians and media made earnest effort to restore Obama’s authority by attempting to paint the perpetrators as white right-wing Tea Party Christians.
However, the terrorist Tsarnaev brothers were Chechen Muslims.
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