By Fred Johnson
Even as the U.S. government is mired in scandals and incompetence, there are some encouraging developments for conservatives.
The first is Australia, where a conservative coalition won a crushing victory over the Labor Party which had ruled for six years. The new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, wants to cut taxes, is against gay marriage, thinks man-made global warming theory is bunkum, wants to reduce immigration and intends to end increases in overseas aid. Mr. Abbott won the election for Prime Minister in a land slide.
The second is Norway where the conservative party leader will become Norway’s new Prime Minister. The conservatives promise to diversify the economy away from oil, privatize state owned firms and reduce some of the world’s highest taxes rates to give the private sector more breathing room. Another factor in the race was the massacre of 93 teens by a madman in 2011. Investigations of the shootings revealed incredible incompetence in the national police bureaucracy and called into question rules that ban even policemen from carrying guns. The gunman’s massacre lasted for over an hour because there were no armed citizens or armed police to stop him.
Closer to home in Colorado, two Democrat members of the state legislature who pushed for stricter gun control measures were recalled in an unprecedented recall election. Although Democrats outspent Republicans by a 5-to-1 margin, both Democrats were replaced by Republicans. Interestingly, more Democrats and Independents signed the recall petition than Republicans. Fox News points out that the Colorado recall effort was really about the voter’s right to be heard by their legislators.
In Wisconsin, the third largest teachers union was recently decertified when the teachers voted to opt out of union membership. This was made possible by GOP Governor Scott Walker‘s collective bargaining reform law that ended forced union membership in the public sector and ended the automatic deduction of union dues from teachers’ paychecks. Since the law went into effect, tens of thousands of teachers and state and local workers have dropped out of their unions. The Milwaukee city and county workers union reportedly has lost about 66 percent of its membership, while other Wisconsin public employee unions has seen their membership drop by 30 to 60 percent.
So, even though our future looks bleak at the moment, there are stirrings around the globe indicating that voters are tired of being ignored by free spending elected officials and are waking up and making changes.