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“Bipartisanship is another word for date rape”

I’ve been acquainted with this quote for quite a few years, now, but following the events surrounding the first several weeks of the Obama administration and his allies in Congress, culminating in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the first time I truly understand what the author meant – because that exactly how they view it, as demonstrated by their actions.

Here’s what Saint John had to say to the moderates of his era:

I could wish that you were hot or cold, but because you are lukewarm…I will vomit you out of my mouth

And with that prologue, I will address the behavior of three Senators with Rs next to their names, those who willingly yielded to the pick-up line of those asking them to be bipartisan.

For months, the so-called moderates in the Republican party, especially those allied with the Republican Main Street Partnership, have decried the pernicious influence of social conservatives, accusing them of ignoring fiscal conservatism.

Well folks, this week we see who are the fiscal conservatives. And guess what, it’s not the maligned social conservatives who have left the team.

Rather, it’s the “moderate” – the RMSP members* who have abandoned fiscal conservatism is the most egregious act of irresponsibility in our nation’s history. The “moderates” not the “social conservatives”. I will remember who took a stand for fiscal conservatism in the hour when our nation’s future was a stake, and who sold out for thirty pieces of silver. You need to also.

Worse they have aided and abetted a process in which the largest appropriation bill in history was rushed through to passage without either our representatives or the people of this country even having a chance to read the contents. A rush precipitated by the President of Hope and Change™ appealing to the base emotions of fear and scapegoating.

The second action, even more than the first, is a betrayal of fundamental representative principles, and for that betrayal they need to be primaried and cast out if possible. We are on the verge of a legislative tyranny of the majority – which will only invite retaliation in kind if the Republicans ever regain the ascendancy. This degeneration is deeply injurious to the principles of deliberative government.

Democracy itself has taken a body blow today, one that may prove fatal. Those who enabled it must be held accountable.

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*From the RMSP website: Who we are:

    Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
    Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
    Sen. John McCain, Arizona
    Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
    Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania

That’s a fascinating list of names, wouldn’t you say. Of these 5 names, 3 are the very Republican senators who provided the critical Republican votes needed to pass the stimulus bill. Sen. Coleman, of course, is not seated since he is still in a election court contest. Sen. McCain to his credit publicly called bullsh*t on President Obama’s attempt to label the bill bipartisan.

Senator McCain, you’ve really done grave damage to the conservative movement with your inept campaign. But you have left the door open to redemption with your position on the stimulus bill, if this represents a new awakening on your part that we are now in a war for the survival of our country – with possibly its very existence on the line, but certainly its existence as a Constitutional republic of free mean and women. We shall see.

(cross-posted at And Rightly So!)

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