2014 ELECTIONS: WHAT WILL THEY MEAN?by David L. Goetsch

The 2014 elections will be what are generally referred to as mid-term elections. Seats in Congress will be up for grabs, but of course the president does not have to run. Because the president is not running, mid-term elections typically generate less interest and, in turn, less participation from voters. However, the 2014 mid-term elections are likely to break the mold. What you may ask makes these mid-term elections different from those in the past? In a word, “Obamacare.” Whether the candidate in question is a Democrat, Republican, or from a third-party, there will be one issue that will stand out above all others in 2014, and that issue is Obamacare. Further, try as they might candidates will not be able to escape, gloss over, or kick the can down the road on this all-important issue. Obamacare will either be the unraveling of a presidency or the making of a legacy, and the mid-term elections of 2014 will determine which it will be.

The voting public is going to demand straight talk and straight answers from candidates. Waffling will be interpreted as support for Obamacare, and a voting public that is now much better informed is not likely to stand for it. Americans, including many former Obama supporters, now know they have been lied to, manipulated, and taken advantage of. Americans do not like to be lied to, manipulated, or taken advantage of. In 2014, politicians will either be for Obamacare or against it. There will be no middle ground and there will be nowhere to hide from the issue. Since 2009, Democrats, the press, the electronic media, and other assorted liberal organizations and individuals have aided and abetted Barack Obama in lying to the American public. As their chosen idol President Obama could do no wrong in the eyes of those who ironically call themselves progressives. But that was then and this is now. The travesty of Obamacare has knocked the air of self-proclaimed superiority out of even the most ardent of leftwing radicals and it has opened the eyes of those naïve Americans who thought Obamacare would be a good idea. As a result, in order to keep their seats in Congress many incumbent Democrats will have to throw the anointed one under the bus.

Here are the numbers. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be at risk. Every incumbent member of the House who wants to keep his or her seat will have to run to keep it, but not just run as in past elections. This time they will have to run from Obamacare. In the Senate, 33 seats will be up for grabs. This means that no member of the House of Representatives will be able to wiggle out of standing for or against Obamacare. Further, 33 members of the U.S. Senate will have to face the glare of the stage lights. One thing is for certain, every incumbent in both parties who is running is going to have to run against a candidate who is going to use Obamacare like a sledgehammer.

What the Congressional elections of 2014 come down is this. If the Democrats can manage to hold onto the status quo in the House and the Senate, nothing will change. In this unlikely case, Obama wins and his legacy will be Obamacare and all of the socio-political and economic damage it will do to America. If the Republicans can manage to win big—which they have every chance to do in 2014—Obama’s presidency will essentially be over in 2014 and will have amounted to nothing more than eight bad years his successors will be stuck with trying to clean up. Come 2014, America will either begin the long-hard trek back to limited government or it will begin the ugly transition from big-government statism to full-fledged socialism. Consequently, the mid-term elections of 2014 may turn out to be the most important mid-term elections in my lifetime—and yours.

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