Elected tea partiers in name only doom America
[See update in last section below]
The silence of the 87 and not a dime's worth of difference
Since President John F. Kennedy was gunned down there has been many dimes' worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans, and there still is. The problem is that government has grown so large for so long and the economy is so weak that even establishment Republican dimes could tip us over the edge of the abyss.
Hence, the hope of the heretofore non-political tea partier candidates and their promise to fix the problems wrought by the professional politicians in Washington that buy their re-elections via the spending of other people's money.
Their message resulted in the largest GOP House seat turnover since 1946. If ever there was a mandate for conservative change, this was it. Bigger even that the 1984 Reagan Morning in America and Newt's 1994 Contract for America, the tea partiers promised to reign even the smaller dimes of Republican with 87 new faces.
Hopes were muted as the Lame Duck Congress gave Obama more power of the food we eat and allowed Obama Donkey-Ducks to betray Britain in favor of Russia; and, GI Jack in Jill in favor of Jack and Joe.
But fear not, we were told in the dead of winter. Just wait till those 87 new members arrive in January within sight of the McConnells and the Lugars of the world. Then you will see real change!
It is now four days before the Vernal Equinox and Republicans have unilaterally surrendered on a government shutdown; refused to de-fund the Legal Services Corporation; expanded ObamaCare to cover the spading of dogs and cats; and betrayed their promise to cut even a puny $100B form a $3.7T budget.
My conservative friends, if the GOP won't significantly cut government spending after the 2010 wave, it will never be cut, no matter how many real conservatives are installed as elected Republicans or Republican Party precinct committeemen before 2012.
We were just handed the greatest conservative mandate since Elvis was a child and we are wasting it, and for what? Fear of Obama at 44%? Fear of the media that failed to stop the tea partier election wave? Just what cat has the tongues of the 87? And even when they speak, what do they say? Michelle Bachman is "a little disappointed" in the refusal of The Speaker to allow the $100B+ de-funding of ObamaCare for fiscal 2011 supposedly for reasons of rules "fairness" when 23 non-ObamaCare exceptions were made to the same "rule".
A "little" disappointed?
Merely electing people that say the right things in even year Octobers solves nothing if they vote with the tax collectors for the welfare state, i.e. establishment Republicans.
There always seems to be an excuse for not cutting government, but this time, THIS TIME, it would be different. The tea partiers were different.
So far, their tea is unsweetened, lukewarm and bitter; and this after the greatest mandate possible in electoral politics. But not to worry you long-time opposer of third parties, we can get grass root bloggers in party positions before 2012 and then we will fix this matter.
Are we also going to insist that 2012 GOP freshmen hire us as bodyguards to protect them from Potomac Fever?
Is it really fear of the media or Obama that changes these grassroots firebrands between Halloween and St. Patrick's Day? Is it really the desire for committee assignments that drives the golden silence? (Because if they remain silent, more gold will be bought as the American dollar collapses. Besides Bernanke's trillions, it has been the hope that the 87 would take bold action that has held up the Dow and held back the deluge.)
Before the 2009 passage of the Stimulus of Democratic Party union dues withholding and ObamaCare, this column urged Democrats to vote NO and run for re-election on having voted NO on Obama's agenda. That plea was not heeded. How many Dems would take that do over now?
Could it be that the 87 simply lack the courage to run on a record of having taken away government welfare for the middle class and would rather take their chances on touting the $15 they saved their gated-community voters on cutting the testicles off their Water Spaniel?
Have we slouched PAST Gomorrah, even while drinking tea? We insult the opposers of King George's taxation without representation!
My friends, we haven't the luxury of Democrat-lite. We are in a crisis economically. Under-employment and job market participation rates are at Great Depression levels. The jobs depression we live in is the longest, BY FAR, since the 1930s. Obama's deficits rival those of WWII. The Fed's trillions are already triggering inflation in food and energy that has the Middle East in flames as the price of going from Point A to Point B in these United States has folks passing over Le Seuer peas for the store brand lest they have to leave the '99 Chevy on the side of the road as they lug the gruel ingredients the rest of the way home.
It may be too late to prevent a crisis already, but unless the elected tea partier servants of We the People BREAK WITH BOEHNER NOW, then the deluge will surely wash us away. Our call today is one step short of a call for a Third Party. In fact, we have never even used the term "tea party". Rather, we call on the 87 tea partiers to break with Speaker Boehner's caucus and oppose all RINO, puny, pathetic, and insulting moves meant to lure away a few Democrats to avoid crocodile tears by kids outside Yellowstone.
Reid has made clear that even $61B will ensure a shutdown.
We said here weeks ago that the GOP should embrace a selective shutdown strategy given this inevitability. Wouldn't it be better to have a shutdown over Rand Paul's $500B than the sissy $61B pro-rated lie?
I think so.
The Democratic Party is irrelevant to this discussion about saving America. They long ago left the playing field. Now, the only grownups left are the Republicans, who appear to be divided between the senile and cowards.
But there is still time. Hopefully, when Bachman is not re-drawing state lines between Massachusetts and Live Free or Die, she is in Cantor's face threatening a caucus break. If she is not, then I am afraid that the disconnect between the voters and the Republic's representatives is too wide for salvation in time to matter.
We can elect all the tea drinkers we want, but if they have not courage, it is all for naught. We can't fix America from Wisconsin in the short term. If it is to be fixed, it must be done in D.C. National elections, tea partier speeches and progress in states are mere sideshows as compared to what is and is not done in the place where the gravy train went off the tracks, i.e. Washington.
In the short term we need to pull out all stops whether it be via oil drilling-, private property rights-, and free speech civil disobedience or even state nullification of unconstitutional mandates from D.C. Maybe we need another American Drive-In as well.
[UPDATE - MARCH 16, 2011]
We were right to beware the Ides of March
Arguably, Caesar deserved it. Tea partier voters, decidedly, don't.
Voters for large numbers of elected tea partiers (54 republicans did vote against the betrayal of We the People as Caesar) now in the GOP House got stabbed in the back again yesterday with Speaker Boehner's latest passage of another puny Continuing Resolution, essentially on terms dictated last session by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
ObamaCare continues to be funded. The Lame Duck Food Safety Bill, Betrayal of Britain for Obama's START with Russia, and DADT are funded and/or in law. Three stabs by a Lame Duck, but you just wait till The 87 arrive! They arrived. The Legal Services Corporation, Amtrak, PBS, and NPR all continue to be funded. ObamaCare? $100B+ funding as per Pelosi rider from 2010.
Meanwhile, tea partier voters are betrayed even as to the promised yet puny $100B in spending cuts. It seems $61B = $100B in D.C.
Let me dispense some Gamecock math. We long ago wrote off the Democrats as irrelevant to the fight to save America what with 1975 betrayals of the Hmong, appeasement of the Soviets, Bushlied lies, and the massive expansion of the welfare state. We settled for Newt's puny Contract with America after the penultimate GOP wave election. We settled for compassionate Bush conservatism insult redundancies since at least he cut taxes, killed terrorists and appointed Roberts-Alito.
But now after the ultimate GOP wave election conservative mandate since 1946, we have to endure outright lying betrayals on ObamaCare? Maybe we do have to endure it and suffer from it since we can't appoint individual minders to accompany Republican office holders into the Chamber to vote. But we don't have to support them.
As for me and my Hen House...
It will not be enough for even tea partiers to vote right. It is now the duty of the elected to change the minds of a majority of the House on the above issues or insist that Speaker Boehner step down. Speeches of outrage will not be enough. Speeches don't change the laws that have weakened the nation and continue to deter investment that could ease the debt crisis and the great recession.
People are suffering and a worse crisis looms. Words are cheap.
Elected conservatives must act. Why fear a shutdown when We the People endure economic hard times and Harry Reid will shut it down over as little as $20B? Embrace a shutdown on our terms!
Those terms now include retiring Boehner to Cincy, so he'll have more time to enjoy March Buckeye Madness.
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