Chris Adamo
The biggest earthquake of the 2010 elections
By Chris Adamo
November 5, 2010

A net sixty-four seat Republican gain in the U.S. Congress is no trifling matter. In a single night, the House of Representatives has been transformed from a leftist hotbed into a conservative dominated legislative body once again representing the people of the Heartland. And though the Republicans did not achieve majority status in the Senate, they picked up six seats and are well positioned to protect the nation from any new outrages of the Obama agenda, if they can muster the backbone to do so.

From coast to coast, and despite being undermined by corrupt activism from the left and its media mouthpieces, the engaged citizens of real America, now widely known as the "Tea Party Movement," flexed their combined muscle and began the vital task of restoring their country. After having suffered so many setbacks and defeats at the hands of increasingly out-of-control federal and state governments, they decided that they had had enough, and joined together in an effort to reassert their role as the ultimate authority in this land.

In numerous major upsets, they challenged the Beltway status quo, sending career politicians such as Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold into retirement, effectively replacing Pennsylvania RINO-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter with conservative Republican Pat Toomey, thereby sending an unmistakable warning to other turncoats that they may well be next to get the boot. Against enormous odds, the shakeup of corrupt and entrenched political autocrats has begun. But nowhere did this effort hold a greater potential for long-term impact than in the state of Iowa.

Amazingly, the events in Iowa are getting comparatively little news attention, possibly because their key players are relatively unknown to the American people. Or, more likely, the liberal political establishment recognizes the looming enormity of their ramifications and does not want the general public made any more aware of them than necessary. In either case, they bear closer examination.

What happened in Iowa was simply that three members of the state's Supreme Court were up for a "retention" vote. This traditionally has meant that their continued position on the bench would appear on the ballot, to be given a rubber stamp by the overwhelming majority of the electorate. But this year, things were different.

On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously struck down a state statute defending traditional marriage. By court fiat, the "justices" imposed same-sex "marriage" on a state that, like every other in which the people had been able to express their sentiments, it had been resoundingly rejected. Yet the court determined that neither the will of the people nor the duly passed bill from its legislature carried any weight against the progressive mindset of the "justices."

So, based on their presumed ability to issue edicts from the bench, the seven jurists compelled the people of the state to accept a morality at total odds with their convention. On Tuesday, by the lawful will of the people, who rejected such an abomination to the values and traditions of the country, all three members of the rogue court who were up for consideration had their positions terminated.

Here, in this single episode, the purpose and impact of the "Tea Party" movement is exemplified in its best and most powerful form. In response to the arrogance and malevolence of a court system that, across the nation, is increasingly iron-fisted, indifferent and out-of-control, the citizens of Iowa reasserted their God-given right elucidated in the Declaration of Independence, to "alter or abolish" any form of government that portends a threat to their life, liberty, and happiness.

Even beyond their same-sex "marriage" decision, the Iowa "justices" in question were proven unfit to remain in office as evidenced by the flagrant arrogance of their attempts to deflect the onslaught prior to Election Day. According to Marsha Ternus, the now deposed Chief Justice, the effort to hold judges accountable could "politicize the system." In short, she and her cohorts should be considered above the law, and immune to any sort of citizen review. Apparently, making governing autocrats answerable to the rabble out on Main Street would in her words, "dismantle Iowa's highly regarded merit system."

Imagine any other vocation in which the principal insists on remaining unaccountable for any decisions made. And in no other line of work does such an individual have the potential to impact all fellow citizens by such decisions. These judges were endeavoring to fundamentally remake the social fabric of Iowa in a manner that has, from the dawn of civilization, proven destructive to society. Yet they expected to be secure from any lawful evaluation of their actions by the people of the state. Every dire aspect of "absolute power" can be observed in both their original decision as well as the attempts at defense which they presented on various occasions as November 2 approached.

Though in recent years activist judges across the nation have enjoyed free reign to impose their morally bankrupt philosophies on a typically compliant and law-abiding people, in the last two years, the public mood has irreversibly changed. Most infuriating to those who have successfully used the courts to instigate radical social transformation, the events in Iowa will resonate far beyond its borders, serving as a warning to judicial activists throughout the nation that they too may face a day of reckoning.

If America is to be reclaimed for its citizens, the action must take place at every station of government in which power has been abused. For too long, the courts have enjoyed an unwritten "protected status," leaving them free to wreak havoc on the order and decency of society with impunity. In the midst of the tectonic shifts of Tuesday's Congressional and Senate races, the heroic people of Iowa took a historic first step towards realigning the courts to their original purpose.

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Chris Adamo

Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming and has been involved in state and local politics for many years.

He writes for several prominent conservative websites, and has written for regional and national magazines. He is currently the Chief Editorial Writer for The Proud Americans, a membership advocacy group for America's seniors, and for all Americans.

His contact information and article archives can be found at, and he can be followed on Twitter @CGAdamo.


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