Wayne Root: The Citizen Revolution Has Begun!

 Post-Election Analysis

The Citizen Revolution Has Begun!

Any Attempt to Pass Universal Healthcare Now will Damage the Obama Presidency Beyond Repair…and Result in Unrest in the Streets.

Las Vegas Oddsmaker-Turned-Vice Presidential-Nominee Predicted Scott Brown Victory in Massachusetts…and Now Makes More Controversial Political Predictions.

Last Night’s Big Winners: Tea Parties, Conservatives, Libertarians, Small Business Owners, the Cop from Cambridge, and Hillary Clinton.

Last Night’s Big Losers: Obama, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Unions, and Universal Healthcare.

By Wayne Allyn Root, 2008 Libertarian Vice Presidential Nominee

A few thoughts and predictions on winners and losers after the historic upset in Massachusetts last night:

The citizen revolution- as predicted in the sub title of my new book- has begun. The Tea Parties really are the most popular political party in America.

Ted Kennedy is rolling over in his grave. His seat has gone not just to a Republican…not just to a conservative…but to a Tea Party-supported candidate who drives a pickup truck.

Obama denigrated the cop from Cambridge, Massachusetts only a few short months ago…now the Cambridge Police Department (who endorsed Scott Brown) and the state of Massachusetts have handed Obama the most humiliating defeat in political history. Call it the revenge of the Cambridge cops!

Obama just became the biggest flameout in U.S. political history. If you can’t win in the bluest state in America…you’re going to lose by a landslide in 2010 and 2012 everywhere else. Can you imagine? Obama and Obamacare were just repudiated by the same voters that brought us the Kennedys, McGovern, Dukakis and Kerry.

Why did this happen in Massachusetts of all places? Because Massachusetts just happens to be the only state in America that already has universal healthcare. They are the only voters who know for a fact that government-run healthcare is a catastrophe…and that every word coming out of Obama’s mouth is a lie. Their vote is witness to their anger and disillusion.



This was NOT a Republican victory. Those who think it is are sadly mistaken. Just as Obama’s victory was misunderstood from day one- it was never a vote for Obama and the Democrats. It was a vote against Bush. Scott Brown’s victory was a vote for conservative fiscal principles…against universal healthcare….against bigger government…against socialism…and against Obama.

The same Tea Party voters who handed Scott Brown the biggest upset in political history will throw his butt out of office if he betrays their principles of smaller government, lower taxes and power to the people. No one politician and no one party is in control now. The people are in control- just as the Founding Fathers intended.

Conservatives, Libertarians, small business owners, and anyone who stands for smaller government won a huge victory tonight…as did the American taxpayer. The grownups who actually pay the taxes and create the jobs are taking back the country.

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44 thoughts on “Wayne Root: The Citizen Revolution Has Begun!

 Post-Election Analysis

  1. Dennis

    I don’t think that Massachusetts is a prime example of the “people…in control-as the founding fathers intended.” Had the two party system been shattered, then yes. But as of right now, Root is trying to make a typical Libertarian showing seem like a victory.

  2. Robert Capozzi

    Jason, we’re not ALL anti-union. I suspect most Ls have problems with a myriad of labor laws, which might seem pro-worker, but often aren’t. There’s certainly nothing in L theory that I’m aware of that precludes collective bargaining per se.

  3. Epperson

    The assumption was that Joe Kennedy is a viable Libertarian candidate. He wasn’t.

    He made gaffes which exposed him as a neophyte and an opportunist.

    I would suggest drastic changes to the Libertarian strategy, unless they’re content with 1% of the votes.

  4. Anti-Union

    I am a libertarian, I also been an elective in Unions. They are full of it. I have seen a lot of wrong doings in the union. They kiss Upper management behinds and work with government, not us WE THE PEOPLE. PERIOD.

  5. wolfefan

    I agree with Mr. Root that this was an anti-incumbent vote. I’m not sure, though, that Mr. Root knows what Mr. Brown stands for. Mr. Brown is not a small-government conservative. He favors a national health care scheme, cap-and-trade, etc.

    I also have trouble with the idea that “the people are in control” now in some way that they weren’t before. This remarks smacks of the “real American” stuff that Gov. Palin spouts. Unlike Mr. Root, I believe that the people are in control even when they disagree with me. Those who supported Ms.Coakley are part of “the people”, just as much as those who supported Mr. Brown. Elections have not been cancelled, martial law has not been declared, political opponents have not been thrown in jail. This is not a tyranny or a dictatorship. The people chose Pres. Obama and the current Congress, and they will choose the next one as well. The people are in control now as much as they were when they elected Sen. Kennedy, for better or for worse, and as much as they will be later in 2010. The people may make bad decisions, but they are the ones making them.

  6. Erik Geib

    “the most humiliating defeat in political history” is a tad hyperbolic, no?

    And Jason, libertarians generally aren’t anti-union. Hack con artist “libertarian Republicans” may be though, who knows.

    Unfortunately, many frustrated conservatives view libertarians as their “little buddy” and try to use the LP to advance their agendas when their Republican strategy fails. The Greens face the same dilemma with frustrated Democrats (though it’s probably safer to say that frustrated Dems are far more influential in Green parties than Republicans are in attempting to influence Libertarians).

  7. Erik Geib

    wolfefan,

    Not to stoke fires, but how ‘in control’ are the people when you consider the following issues:

    1.) Plurality voting
    2.) Ballot Access
    3.) Debate Access
    4.) Gerrymandering of districts
    5.) Single-member districts
    6.) Campaign finance laws

  8. Robert Capozzi

    epperson, what changes do you suggest?

    Virtually all L candidates are neophytes, btw. And everyone running for office is an “opportunist” by definition.

  9. George Phillies

    I would urge readers interested in why Coakley lost to read the serious Republican and Democratic blogs, especially those including Massachusetts contributors. Clue: Coakley did very poorly in Boston and Lowell, two of our large cities. Coakley’s actual issues, especially as seen by people who want, or want to avoid, a repeat, include
    1) Lackadaisical Coakley campaign until the last minute, based on a sense of entitlement to the post. (Some readers will note Don Gorman noting that ‘sense of entitlement’ is one reason why New Hampshire Republicans got so thoroughly clobbered a few years back.)
    2) Lack of Coakley field effort until very late in the game.
    3) West vs East MA divide. As also happened to Gubernatorial candidate Shannon O’Brien, another western Mass Democrat who lost, eastern MA Democratic organizations came out weakly.
    4) Voter sense that Democrats were overfocusing on one issue, health insurance, while ignoring the wars, deficits, jobs, in a state in which most people are already covered on health one way or another.
    5) Less than ideal weather (‘winter; does not matter, as we have it every year; ‘bad driving conditions this AM’ did) coupled with an energized Republican voting block.
    6) Democratic Governor who is not, to put it mildly, widely respected for rising to the challenge.

    The notion that Massachusetts voters think Romneycare is a painful failure, and that this thought led to Brown’s victory, is largely unattached to reality. For starters, most voters in our state were insured before Romneycare, and were not affected by it. For another, there is not much prominent enforcement effort of Romneycare; you do not see uninsured people being arrested. In fact, there is no real plan to enforce the law against people who do not file for the state income tax.

    Brown may have benefited from some support for ‘Republican conservatism’, in that he supports the use of torture against prisoners of war, but those people would have voted for him anyhow.

  10. Steve

    “a Tea Party supported candidate who drives a pickup truck” If this is enough to make WAR cheer for a candidate, then I think I’m giving up my struggle to force myself to like him. That’s the same type of BS that Republicans cite as reasons to like George Bush or Sarah Palin.

    Really everyone should be happy with this outcome: Republicans won the horserace, Democrats get another liberal who will vote with them 90% of the time like he did as a state senator, and Libertarians got our message out in the debates and mainstream media.

  11. 91%

    Steve @ 13

    You are way off the mark! 🙂

    Brown’s record of voting with Democrats in the State Senate was 91%, not 90%.

    He also voted with the Teachers Union 94% of the time.

    A “citizens revolution” like that headed by a Benedict Arnold like Scott Brown can’t succeed.

  12. Stop huffing from that brown bag

    “The citizen revolution- as predicted in the sub title of my new book- has begun. The Tea Parties really are the most popular political party in America.”

    Brownbaggers are so gullible.

    Wake me up when they show some real independence from duopoly voting when it counts.

    And “revenge of the Cambridge Cops” is supposed to be a good thing?!

  13. 91%

    “The same Tea Party voters who handed Scott Brown the biggest upset in political history will throw his butt out of office if he betrays their principles of smaller government, lower taxes and power to the people.”

    I wish I could believe that. However, they’ll just tell us it is “the most important election in history” once again and either re-elect Brown in 2012 or else hand the seat back to another Coakley-style Democrat. Either way, it’s power to the politicians.

  14. wolfefan

    “The same Tea Party voters who handed Scott Brown the biggest upset in political history will throw his butt out of office if he betrays their principles of smaller government, lower taxes and power to the people.”

    If they do, they will elect a Democratic candidate to replace him.

  15. Jake

    Does anyone else feel that Wayne Allyn Root writes an essay/article like a 16 year old girl having a crush in math class and typing something on facebook?

    “And he looked at me… and asked me for a pencil….MARRIAGE!”

    compared to

    “this is not a republican victory it is a REVOLUTION!”

    Calm down Wayne Allyn Root even if it was a revolution no one would invite you to partake.

  16. Hillary Kitten

    Scott “RomneyCare” Brown has said that his problem with the Senate’s version of ObamaCare is that the bill hasn’t been debated “openly” and “fairly”, so he plans to “derail” it. Whatever that means.

    My prediction: The Rats will make a pretense of greater transparency in the Senate. A handful of thoroughly insignificant cosmetic changes will be very publicly made to the bill. The Rats will cut Brown and a select few other Republican leaders in for a bigger slice of the earmarks and other pork. Some earmarks will be stripped from the text of the bill and moved into the directions, recommendations, suggestions and discussions contained in the committee reports. The Republicans will proclaim a great victory, and the Rats will play along and publicly pretend to be bitter about the purported Republican strong arming. The insurance industry will be given legislative cover to cap sales commissions. Pharmaceutical companies will be given extended patent privileges. The large health insurance carriers will be guaranteed that they will get to administer the government insurance exchange components under fixed priced contracts with the federal government and limited financial liability. Obama will sign the resulting monstrosity in a heartbeat. And the American taxpayers will get to bend over.

    Wayne Root has been smoking too much medical marijuana.

  17. Solomon Drek

    “Call it the revenge of the Cambridge cops!”

    Are those the same cops who arrested a Harvard professor for disorderly conduct in his own home?

    Root sounds more like an authoritarian than a libertarian.

  18. Solomon Drek

    ““this is not a republican victory it is a REVOLUTION!”

    This was as much a revolution as southern politicians substituting yankee blue for confederate gray after the civil war.

  19. 91%

    I hate to say it but I can’t disagree with any of the comments since my last posting in this thread,

  20. Andy

    “The same Tea Party voters who handed Scott Brown the biggest upset in political history will throw his butt out of office if he betrays their principles of smaller government, lower taxes and power to the people.”

    You mean principles of smaller government which Scott Brown does NOT have a record of supporting?

    “No one politician and no one party is in control now.”

    The political establishment which controls both major parties is still in control.

    “The people are in control- just as the Founding Fathers intended.”

    No, the Republicrat/Demoblican establishment is still in control.

    “Conservatives, Libertarians, small business owners, and anyone who stands for smaller government won a huge victory tonight…as did the American taxpayer.”

    How is that when Scott Brown’s record in the Massachusetts State Legislature is a record of support for big government?

    “The grownups who actually pay the taxes and create the jobs are taking back the country.”

    The 1% of Massachusetts voters who voted yesterday for Joe Kennedy are the ones who actually voted in favor of the free market. Everyone else who voted in Massachusetts yesterday voted against the free market, whether they did so knowingly or not.

    I don’t see the election of Scott Brown as any kind of victory for liberty, I see it as the election of another Republican con-artist who is just going to continue this country’s slide into a totalitarian state.

  21. Bruce Cohen Post author

    Andy@23

    So you don’t think Scoot is even a teeny bit better than Martha?

    You don’t think it’s pretty surprising the sea changed so dramatically?

  22. Thomas L. Knapp

    Bruce,

    Can you specify any particular way in which Brown is better than Coakley? Yes, he SAYS he’ll vote against ObamaCare, but actions speak louder than words. He supported, and still defends, RomneyCare.

    I’m not sure why you think the sea has changed so dramatically. The major party in power always loses seats at midterm, and this particular election, being a one-off special, allowed for complete national focus by both parties. One party took advantage of that opportunity well, one didn’t.

    Brown’s win is a mildly surprising win for the Republican establishment over the Democratic establishment.

  23. Dennis

    @ Jake,

    I was hoping someone would call out his dramatic…er…qualities.

    “Scott Brown’s victory was a vote for conservative fiscal principles…against universal healthcare….against bigger government…against socialism…and against Obama.”

    I agree, the above statement may be true on some levels. But I really don’t know if Scott Brown is as conservative as Root hopes, nor is he the White Knight of conservative issues.

  24. Eric Sundwall

    Well, as usual on a WAR post on IPR, the comments are more insightful than whatever cap Wayne’s wearing (ie oddsmaker, former candidate, author of . . . etc.).

    What’s most telling is how quickly he’ll throw his own under the bus (ie LP folk) for a quick nip/fix of whatever else anybody is sniffing for kicks or jollies.

    Any candidate for LP chair or LPOTUS should exhibit some respect for the effort or the person involved in one’s own club. ” Joe presented the best arguments against healthcare “, whatever.
    Some reference in the last was present, but hardly in the bigger spirit of team building mode necessary for his LP aspirations.

    A large body of independents chose to vote defensively. It’s doubtful that Generals John Stark or Henry Knox are coming to Massachusetts rescue again.

    Kudos to Joe Kennedy. His fight was a good one on such a battlefield.

  25. Andy

    “Bruce Cohen // Jan 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Andy@23

    So you don’t think Scoot is even a teeny bit better than Martha?

    You don’t think it’s pretty surprising the sea changed so dramatically?”

    I don’t believe that it really makes a difference. All that happened in Massachusetts is that a bunch of people got duped into the phony “left vs. right” political paradigm that has been destroying freedom in this country for years.

    The Republicrat/Demoblican system of control has remained in tact.

    Any “Tea Party” supporter who voted for Scott Brown is just as naive as the typical Barack Obama voter.

  26. Jake Witmer

    Wayne contributed money and media contacts to Joe’s campaign. Did his critics here do that? Nope (not many of them, anyway). Root’s point is that the mainstream media takes Brown’s victory as a victory against socialized medicine. ie: “It was a victory of the Tea Party movement, as opposed to a victory of Scott Brown.”

    Where’s the downside in putting ourselves in a position to label every liberal move Brown makes as a “betrayal of the tea party people who elected him”?

    Now, I mostly disagreed with Wayne’s language on this one, as my views are very close to Andy Jacobs’ views.

    …But Wayne is not the enemy here. He continues to put the libertarian brand name, and libertarian ideas, in front of more voters than anyone else on this blog, week after week.

    Rather than infight with the converted, if the people here would post on local newspapers in NH and WY (low-population, pro-liberty states associated with Free State movements), they’d be vastly more effective at obtaining the thing we’re all after: individual liberty.

    Just my .02.

  27. Mik Robertson

    @25 “Brown’s win is a mildly surprising win for the Republican establishment over the Democratic establishment.

    That sums it up nicely. It does show that formidable political machines can be beaten. There is some encouragement that can be taken there.

    It took one machine to beat another, though. Getting a grassroots movement to beat a political machine will be a whole different animal.

  28. Michael H. Wilson

    @ 24 Bruce wrote; “You don’t think it’s pretty surprising the sea changed so dramatically?”

    Sorry Bruce I think you are off base. Massachusetts has a history of well known and active Republicans. Just off the top there were Henry Cabot Lodge, Edward Brooke and Elliot Richardson whom many consider one of the most ethical people ever to engage in politics. He resigned from Nixon’s cabinet as AG rather than fire Archibald Cox.

  29. Andy

    “Jake Witmer // Jan 20, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Wayne contributed money and media contacts to Joe’s campaign. Did his critics here do that? Nope (not many of them, anyway).”

    I applaud Wayne for doing that. I just don’t agree with his message about Scott Brown being elected representing a big change or being a positive.

    For those of you who don’t know, Jake and I played a big role in getting Joe Kennedy on the ballot. In fact, it is likely that if not for us, he would not have made it on the ballot.

    I actually did make a small donation to Joe Kennedy’s campaign in the form of not asking Joe to remember to reimburse me for the signatures that I mailed to the New Bedford City Clerk’s office. You see, in Massachusetts the petition signatures have to be delivered to each town and city clerks office and then they have to be picked up or mailed back to the campaign and then delivered to the Secretary of State’s office. It is a major pain in the butt. The town & city clerks will mail the signatures back to you only if you provide them with a self addressed stamped envelope. Joe gave me a list of cities & towns to deliver signatures too and on the list the hours for the various city & town clerks offices was listed. However, there was a mistake on the list he gave me for New Bedford as I arrived well before what the list said was closing time only to find that the office closed earlier than what it said the hours were on the list that Joe gave me. So I called up Joe and he said that I should mail them and that he’d reimburse me for the postage cost which was like $20 something (it included the self addressed return envelope). I was going to contact Joe and ask him for the $20 something but I decided to let him keep it as my campaign contribution.:)

    Also, I did hand out some Libertarian Party flyers to people (which I had paid for the printing cost out of my own pocket) to some people while I gathering petition signatures to place Joe on the ballot.

    I know that these were small contributions, but hey, it was better than nothing. I’ve donated money to a lot of pro-liberty causes over the years, in a couple of cases donating $300 to campaigns. I have also spent a lot of money out of my own pocket on photocopying pro-liberty flyers & pamphlets as well as for copying pro-liberty videos on to VHS tapes and DVDs (and I handed all of this stuff out on my own). I’m not rich but I do put my money where my mouth is.

    “Root’s point is that the mainstream media takes Brown’s victory as a victory against socialized medicine. ie: ‘It was a victory of the Tea Party movement, as opposed to a victory of Scott Brown.'”

    And the mainstream media is in bed with the political establishment which controls both major political parties, so it should not be a suprise that they spread this kind of propaganda rather than give people the straight scoop.

    “Where’s the downside in putting ourselves in a position to label every liberal move Brown makes as a ‘betrayal of the tea party people who elected him’?”

    We’ve heard this story before. Such as when the Republicans took control of Congress back in 1994, or when George W. Bush got elected back in 2000, or, going back further, when Ronald Reagan got elected back in 1980.

    Libertarians have been pointing out how Republicans have betrayed people who want much smaller government for years and where has it gotten us? Nowhere.

    “…But Wayne is not the enemy here. He continues to put the libertarian brand name, and libertarian ideas, in front of more voters than anyone else on this blog, week after week.”

    I’m not saying that Wayne is necessarily the enemy here. His intentions could very well be good. I’m just pointing out my disagreement with the way he frames the message.

    I long for the days when Harry Browne was the unofficial spokesman for the party. Harry always hit the nail on the head from a solid libertarian perspective and was really good at putting the message in terms that the average person couldn understand. He didn’t play into this phony “left vs. right” political paradigm. I wish that the Libertarian Party had a candidate right now that was regularly getting media coverage and issueing press releases that was as eloquent and solid on the issues as Harry Browne was.

    “Rather than infight with the converted, if the people here would post on local newspapers in NH and WY (low-population, pro-liberty states associated with Free State movements), they’d be vastly more effective at obtaining the thing we’re all after: individual liberty.”

    I agree with you here. Libertarians waste way too much time preaching and debating amongest themselves rather than spreading the message to the unconverted. If Libertarians spent more time doing outreach to the general public rather than preaching & debating amongest themselves we’d be much further ahead right now.

  30. Andy

    “Root’s point is that the mainstream media takes Brown’s victory as a victory against socialized medicine. ie: ‘It was a victory of the Tea Party movement, as opposed to a victory of Scott Brown.’”

    One more thing…

    The fact that much of the Tea Party movement got behind Scott Brown shows me that the Tea Party movement has been co-opted by neo-con Republicans and has been rendered ineffective.

    Scott Brown’s victory is being touted as a rejection of Obamacare, yet Scott Brown was one of the co-authors of Romneycare. Scott Brown’s victory is being touted as a rejection of high tax & spend Democrats, yet when Scott Brown was in the state legislautre in Massachusetts he voted for higher taxes & spending himself.

    There sure are a lot of naive people in the Tea Party movement.

    The Tea Party movement was a good thing which was started by libertarians, but it is obvious that the movement is being hijacked by big government Republicans which is a very bad thing.

  31. Dennis

    @ Andy,

    “The fact that much of the Tea Party movement got behind Scott Brown shows me that the Tea Party movement has been co-opted by neo-con Republicans and has been rendered ineffective.”

    Amen!

  32. Austin Battenberg

    I hear that some people say that Brown is the lesser of two evils over Coakley…and in one sense it might be true….he does allow Republicans the ability to fillibuster.

    But so what? he is still a liberal. I almost would rather have Coakley because she SAYS what she is. If Brown is trying to sell himself as a conservative candidate, getting the backing of some Tea Parties, then he is actively LYING to his constituents.

    Sorry, but he is a fiscal liberal, and he doesn’t give a rats ass about civil liberties. Oh and he is a foreign policy hawk too. He doesn’t believe in our consitution, and as a result is okay with destroying our rights. He might be liberal in some social issues which is okay by me…but my guess is that he will be another tool for big government excess, and will be a HUGE dissapointment.

    Boo this man!

  33. Tom Blanton

    This wasn’t a victory for the tea party movement because there is no tea party movement. The existence of a “movement” would suggest there is some coherent philosophy with defined goals. The only consistent thing most tea partiers agree on mirrors the predominant GOP political philosophy – Democratic Party fascism (that they call socialism) is bad and Republican Party fascism (that they call freedom) is good.

    It is my conclusion that Wayne Root is in dire need of a mega-dose of laxatives and a cleansing enema, although it may be too late for him. I’m afraid that Root’s brain has turned into fecal material.

  34. David F. Nolan

    As I noted the day after the election, cheering Brown’s victory over Coakley seems roughly akin to cheering the Soviet Army’s victory over Hitler in WWII. At the time, it probably felt good – but is the world really better off as a result?

  35. Gene Berkman

    Dave @ #40 – are you totally unaware of the reaction to Scott Brown’s victory? The media & the Democrat leadership are burying the Health Reform proposal that was on the verge of passing before Scott Brown’s victory.

    You may disagree with Senator Brown on many issues, but to compare him to the Soviet Red Army? Aside from Senator Brown’s support for intervention in Afghanistan, that is definitely an unfair comparison.

  36. Mr. John A. Estes (L)

    Wayne A. “Root(ForAmerica.com)” B.S.too, as Barr! Lawyer’s as ne Snator. Root has split te Nevada, LP’s (north/South)! Root, is a boston,(T)ea_Party(er) Umbrlla, Movement Protester. And, spoke a their meeting’s. Tea-Party, Express (Bus) Tour start’s in Nevada.
    Root, Barr & LNC as Mass U.S. Senator (elect) are Powr/Spin-Doctor’s & Smoke Mirro’s AS Ron Paul (crap) run’s back the Texas, RNC with a(L) Electoral College, Vote!
    State, regional, work wthout them , at college Club’s & Assocation’s (homeOwner’s) & Ward’s/Dist’s….. Local/s-tat'(s)?

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