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Democratic strategists have always said that elections can be won by espousing gun control, doubting the existence of God, and fighting for Gay rights. They put forward that platform in 2004 and again in 2008. The only difference is that in 2008, they also had George Bush to blame for all the ills the American people were feeling at the time. So Obama and the Democrats promised to pull America from the brink of Depression as long as the government was able to spend $875 billion.


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Fast-forward to the third month of President Obama’s second term. Suddenly, the Democrats’ stance is not looking so good anymore. It’s not hard to see why they’re changing gears to fight a culture war of their own choosing.

They promised the economy would rebound in 4 years. The U.S. economy is still suffering through the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. In some areas of the country, they are still suffering the effects of the recession. Unemployment is stubbornly high, especially for Black Americans and others age 25 to 54, who make up the core of the nation’s would-be workforce. All of the polls show that the American public does not approve of Obama’s bumbling and ineffectual attempts to handle the economy.

Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare), is becoming more and more unpopular as the many parts of the law are exposed for the burdens they are. Health care premiums are rising fast, as its opponents predicted and the CBO confirmed; and now even the Nanny Press is being forced to highlight how the law is either discouraging new hiring altogether or forcing more Americans to accept part-time work to stay employed. The key component of the law, the state-based insurance exchanges, are supposed to be up and running in just over seven months; and no one at the state level believes they will be functioning properly. Many states have chosen not to fund the changeover. In the words of the federal bureaucrat in charge of implementing the exchanges, “I am no longer trying to make these exchanges provide a ‘world-class experience,’ but instead merely hoping they won’t provide ‘a Third World experience.'” Suddenly, guns, God, and gays are looking better and better to Democratic strategists.

On Saturday, Obama devoted his weekly radio address to proposed new gun control laws (including background checks, which everyone agrees would not have prevented the tragedy in Newtown) and the restoration of a demonstrably ineffective assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. None of this will do anything to attack the true cause of senseless slaughter and mass shootings. It is not the tool, but the person using the tool that needs to be addressed. Given that nearly all gun violence is perpetrated with handguns — not long guns and not so-called “assault weapons” — it is evident that Obama’s new focus on guns is designed not so much to prevent gun deaths, but rather to energize Nanny-driven Democratic voters who look down their noses at gun enthusiasts because they can’t do anything else. Over the past week, the most demonstrative change in Washington DC has been the evolving opinions of Democratic politicians looking to announce their newfound support for same-sex marriage. Democrats, detecting a softening of public opinion on the issue, are falling all over each other to take advantage of the change.

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