Americans Have SufferedOn one hand, Americans have suffered through much over the past few years. A new Rasmussen survey showed 60 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the country has become more divided since Joe Biden assumed office, an accomplishment some still believe he came by illegitimately. This was preceded by the fear, chaos, and eventual depression and anger inflicted on the world by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Then came the protests at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, where unarmed Trump supporters were attacked and killed by Capitol Police officers.
Then came daily reports of protesters being arrested and turned in by neighbors and even family. Some never even went to the Capitol Building. Tip lines were set up, encouraging people to report anyone they suspect of having attended the protest. Hundreds have been imprisoned, most without a trial. Two have committed suicide.
Americans Are AngryAn online survey by Daily Mail shows over 70 percent of their readers disapprove of the Mar-a-Lago raid. Another (pdf) found that 79 percent of likely U.S. voters interviewed believe “there are two tiers of justice: one set of laws for politicians and Washington D.C. insiders vs one set of laws for everyday Americans.”
Asked if the culmination of events over the past few years has caused the shift reflected in recent surveys, Meckler—now President of Convention of States Action—did not hesitate.
The Tea PartyMeckler reflected upon how his own political activism began around 2009 when he co-founded the largest Tea Party organization in the nation.
"The last time we saw a big political movement was in 2009–2012, and that was the Tea Party movement. Obviously, it transformed the political landscape," Meckler said.
The Tea Party, as Meckler explained, "had a pretty long tail," which was ridden to success in many races between its founding in 2009 through the 2016 elections. U.S. Senators like Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marko Rubio (R-Florida); members of the U.S. House like Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio); and former governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Matt Bevin in Kentucky; all owe their victories to the backing of the Tea Party. The same goes for state legislators like Nebraska's incumbent Sen. Deb Fischer.
The MAGA Movement"What I think we're seeing now is similar but I would argue more important The reason why I think it's more important is, while the average age of those in the Tea Party movement was around 50 years old, what we're seeing now is a political movement that has a lot of younger people involved, which Meckler believes began when 25/30-something-year-old parents began showing up to school board meetings to push back against the effort to indoctrinate their children through critical race theory and radical gender ideology, not to mention their rejection of forced masking and vaccine mandates in the aftermath of the CCP virus.
"Parents who would have otherwise just been raising their kids and earning a living while coaching baseball and soccer are suddenly starting to pay attention to politics," Meckler recalled. "They went to the school board meetings and realized they had a bit of power. Maybe they ran for school board, or knew someone who did, and they turned over a school board. They're realizing it's rather enjoyable to be engaged in politics. Rather than just yelling about it, they realized they really can make a difference and they are making a difference. So I think this is very important. I think the MAGA movement is broader than it was back in the days of the Tea Party and I think it has a much longer tail. These are people who are going to be engaged in politics in a much deeper and broader way for the next 50 years. So I think this will have a profound impact in the American body of politics."
No Common Ground“Independents and Republicans understand the long-term implications of the FBI raid on President Trump; that we either correct this now, make sure it never happens again, or we lose the freedom Americans have fought and died for over many generations. If they can use the federal government to punish their political enemies, we no longer live in a nation governed by the rule of law,” Meckler said in an Aug. 11 press release, announcing the results of the survey. “Democrats overwhelmingly believe this raid was justified, reasonable, and actually strengthens our democracy. That’s because they have been taught that 'Trump is Hitler,' and has nothing to do with whether or not this raid was right or wrong. When we can’t see the issues through the personalities, this clearly demonstrates the deep polarization and division in our body politic.”
One key insight revealed by the survey is that independents and Republicans have different opinions of the Mar-a-Lago raid.
A majority of independents, nearly 60 percent, believe "the FBI raid on President Trump’s home was not a reasonable step to pursue justice." Fewer, 41.4 percent, said they believe the raid was "a reasonable step to pursue justice." Among Republicans, 84 percent believe the raid was not a reasonable step to pursue justice and only 16 percent said it was a reasonable step to pursue justice.
In stark contrast, only 8.5 percent of Democrat voters believe "the FBI raid on President Trump’s home was not a reasonable step to pursue justice." The overwhelming majority, 91.5 percent, believe it was a reasonable step to pursue justice.
Asked if they believe "the FBI raid on the private residence of a former President of the United States moves America further away from being a freedom based democratic republic," 58.6 percent of independent voters and 81.8 percent of Republican voters said yes. Where 41.4 percent of independents believe the FBI raid brings America closer to being a freedom-based democratic republic, only 18.2 percent of Republicans feel the same.
Among Democrats, only 12 percent believe the FBI raid on the private residence of a former President of the United States moves America further away from being a freedom-based democratic republic. Again, an overwhelming majority of 88 percent believe the FBI raid brings America closer to being a freedom-based democratic republic.
Apathy vs. EnergyA key takeaway Meckler finds in the results of the survey about the raid is that, while Democrats are apathetic about the invasion of someone's home and actually "favor of this kind of behavior when it goes after people they don't like," independents and Republicans are becoming "more energized and involved politically" in an effort to put a stop to it.
Corrupt to the Bone"We have simply never seen this before in American history," Meckler asserted, speaking of the raid of the private residence of a former president of the United States, and he suggested "people are sick and tired of statements by politicians about how bad" the move was.
"What it's really time to do is to just get rid of the FBI," he said bluntly.
While conceding the FBI "does have some important law enforcement functions," Meckler said those functions can be parsed out to other agencies.