I was flamed by many on the right in 2008 for suggesting there might be a silver lining associated with the election of Barack Obama.
Some actually accused me of supporting Obama by suggesting freedom-loving Americans abstain from voting for John McCain.
First of all, let's set the record straight on my position on Obama and a Democratic vote in 2008:
- I am vilified to this day for my outspoken leadership in pointing out that Obama was never required to prove his constitutional eligibility to serve. He still hasn't.
- Jerome Corsi, the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, "The Obama Nation," a devastating exposé I helped the author title and market, was and remains a full-time, senior staff writer for my news agency.
- WND was quite possibly responsible for as much critical reporting of Obama during the campaign as the rest of the media combined.
- I personally characterized a vote for Obama in 2008 as a vote for "evil."
However, I did make a remarkable and controversial claim in 2008 that, in an odd way, the election of Obama, while sure to result in horrific pain for the country, could actually be, in the long term, better for America than the election of McCain.
I'm sure that is still hard to see for many Americans – especially those losing their jobs, losing their freedom and watching helplessly as the Constitution is shredded on a daily basis.
Yet, I'm still surprised how many Americans cannot yet see the silver lining beneath the Obama Nation's dark cloud.
Again, I saw it coming. I predicted it. I explained that a unique phenomenon in modern American political history would arise as a direct result of the election of Obama. What I foresaw was the genesis of a massive, unprecedented, spontaneous grass-roots movement of ordinary Americans who had never before carried a protest sign or marched in a rally. I did all but name it.
What I prophesied soon became known as the tea-party movement.
Both the speed at which it developed and the strength of the movement surprised me. I'll admit that. But this is a movement so long overdue in America and so needed to correct the nation's direction that, some day, we may have to thank Obama for giving us the wake-up call we the people needed.
It's like the old story of the frog in the kettle. As long as heat under the kettle remains on low, the frog doesn't sense danger. By the time the frog gets uncomfortable, it's too late for him to jump out of the kettle and save himself.
Americans were like that frog for the last 22 years as our nation slowly moved toward socialism and statism. McCain and a Democratic Congress would have kept the heat on low. But Obama's policies turned up the heat – and Americans by the tens of millions awakened to the danger and jumped out of the pot.
That's what the tea-party movement is all about.
It's America's best chance for a political realignment since 1980 – and it could be bigger and longer-lasting.
It wouldn't have happened with McCain. In fact, I predicted in 2008 that, if McCain won, he would be successfully blamed for most of the economic woes we're seeing today. The Democrats, right now, would be on the verge of strengthening their hold on the House and Senate. McCain would be a one-term president. And in 2012, a much more sophisticated and experienced Obama would likely win the presidency.
Isn't it better that we got this tragic experiment over with when we did? Isn't it nice to have tens of millions of newly mobilized activists eager to end business as usual in Washington? Won't it be good to get started now on the economic and moral recovery America so desperately needs, rather than eight years from now?
As I write in "The Tea Party Manifesto," it's the Democratic Party that should be regretting its victory in 2008. It's the so-called "progressive" movement that faces an exile in the political wilderness as a result of the overreaching by Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Not since Jimmy Carter's four years of misery and malaise have Americans been better educated about the real-world effects of socialism and moral relativism.
And, in fewer than 100 days, Americans will start the repudiation process.