We sit back helplessly watching our elected Republicans cut backroom deals with Chuck Schumer to sell out the Republic and create a permanent Democrat majority. Yet we have nobody to blame but ourselves for electing these liars in the first place.
Back in 2006, conservatives split their votes in Tennessee between Van Hilleary and Ed Bryant, handing a solid red seat to progressive Bob Corker. At the time, immigration was a hot-button issue, and Bob Corker screamed from the hilltops that he was just as strong on the issue as his conservative opponents. He not only opposed any amnesty before enforcement, he opposed amnesty period. He consistently said that all those who came here illegally would have to go back home and come here legally.
During the general election, he ran strong on the issue against Harold Ford. On September 15, he began airing the following two ads:
“For centuries, immigrants have come to America
legally. They worked hard and made America great. But today,
we’ve lost control of our borders. We need a new immigration
policy that reflects America’s values. First, secure this
border. Allow people to work here but only if they’re legal.
No amnesty. Those employed but here illegally must go home and
return through legal channels. And those who want to become
citizens must learn the English language. I’m Bob Corker and I approve this message.
“Listen to Congressman Harold Ford.” FORD: “Every day
fifty-seven hundred miles of border stands unsecured. It must
stop.” ANNCR: “More talk. But what’s his record? Ford voted
against allowing the military to secure the border. Against
tougher penalties for illegal immigrants caught smuggling drugs.
He says he opposes amnesty for illegals, but he’s also said he
could support a bill that included amnesty. Harold Ford. Ten
years in Washington. Tennessee’s most liberal congressman.”
CORKER: “I’m Bob Corker and I approve this message.
Now he is saving a dying amnesty bill by placing phony triggers in a bill 10 years after amnesty is granted. John Hoeven explained the amendment like this: the “whole effort has been to build a bipartisan group that will support the bill.”
Folks, this is what the entire Mitch McConnell caucus is all about. They work indefatigably to put lipstick on Democrat proposals so they will win bipartisan support. This is why we can’t trust establishment candidates to fulfill their promises even on the few issues they officially check the boxes on the right. Ultimately, they are working for the political class, and if that political class decides that an onerous bill must pass, they will work overtime to lend Republican prestige to that proposal – either publicly or privately. They will often vote against the bill once passage is inevitable, but they will work behind the scenes to sabotage any unified opposition.
We expected this treachery from a guy like Corker, yet we allowed him to lie to us. Yes, it would be nice if these people would air TV ads and explain their support for amnesty and the need to elect Chuck Schumer Republicans. But they lack the courage to vouch for the veracity of their views when standing before the voters. That’s why it behooves us to identify these trouble-makers early on. We should not be electing establishment-types like Bill Cassidy in Louisiana and Mike Rounds in South Dakota next year. We should not reflexively reelect incumbents like Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander. We should not credulously buy into the lies that will flood airwaves.
As for Bob Corker, we just gave him a reelection pass last year. The least we can do is make it clear this will be his last term and that his partner in crime, who is up for reelection next year, should not return to the Senate in 2015.
Moreover, it’s time for the Tennessee House delegation to stand up and speak out against this travesty. They all campaigned strongly against amnesty. Will they condemn the Corker-Hoeven treachery?
Call their offices and ask them to stand with the people of Tennessee:
Phil Roe: (202) 225-5714
Scott DesJarlais: 202.225.6831
John Duncan: (202) 225-5435
Diane Black: (202) 225-4231
Chuck Fleischmann: (202) 225-3271
Marsha Blackburn: 202-225-2811
Stephen Fincher: (202) 225-4714
Cross-posted from The Madison Project