First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Oct 2013 08:12 am
Every conservative and independent voter should be asking their House GOP member “do you speak for us” – -whether we are citizens on Main Street America or in Blue Collar America.
We already know that Beltway GOP voices have been speaking for Big Business (Crony Capitalism and Amnesty), Big Education (Common Core), and of course Very Big Donors.
But the Beltway GOP and Congressional GOP leaders want to change the subject — they are into “smart deals”, not freedom vs. slavery.
In the House, Mr. Boehner and his circle sound very uncertain trumpets in any fight against Obamacare’s wicked transformation of America into a deeply statist society.
Too many members of the House Republican Conference apparently believe they should not be asked to risk their political careers in — what GOP nabobs and tame “conservative” pundits keep trying to convince them is — the dubious battle of defanging Obamacare. Of course, the members themselves are protected by the special Obamacare deal for senators and representatives and their staffs which the Heritage Foundation describes here.
This sense of GOP incumbent entitlement to a well compensated, largely-risk-free seat in the Congress is an outrage to most voters who already suffer not only from Obamacare, but from prosperity-killing EPA regulations which the GOP-controlled House shrinks from defunding.
And remember, the House GOP leadership is eager to put this ‘slimdown’ behind them and move right on to passing amnesty in behalf of big business seeking cheap labor, a severe blow to Blue Collar America.
John O’Sullivan explains – –
“This struggle pits a political coalition of the Republican and Democrat establishments versus blue-collar workers in both parties and of all ethnicities.”
The Disciplined Left v. A Soft, Self-Serving Beltway GOP
America’s Hard Left pushed Obamacare through in 2010 even knowing that the consequences might be losing control of the House.
Andrew McCarthy in NRO got it all right on March 4, 2010 here – –
“[T]he statists coldly calculate that these losses [even heavy election setbacks] are a price well worth paying in order to impose a transformative takeover of the economy. It is a perfectly rational calculation for two reasons. First, with a significantly bigger and more powerful government bureaucracy, there will be many avenues for leadership to reward Democrats who lose their seats after casting the unpopular votes necessary to enact the Left’s program. . . . Second, and more important, Democrats know the electoral setbacks will only be temporary. They are banking on the assurance that Republicans merely want to win elections and have no intention of rolling back Obamacare, much less of dismantling Leviathan. For my money (while I still have some), that’s an eminently sound bet.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)
We have written about how our freedom and our way of life are jeopardized by the wide reach of Obamacare.
The pain Obamacare is inflicting — or will inflict — on the American people is well documented: job losses; the prospect of citizens having to line up for access to quality medical care; increased tax and insurance-premium burdens; ‘rationing’ by death panels disguised with bureaucratic names like IPAB; the consequences of the invasion of their medical privacy; and, most important, the loss of basic freedoms in all matters relating to health care.
Facing The Next Steps?
Faithful readers will recall our February 21, 2013 post A New Party? How GOP Leaders ‘Orphan’ Conservative Voters about Angelo Codevilla’s article in Forbes — “As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned.” A quick review would shed some light on our present discontents:
Either we must convince our House GOP members to become soldiers of liberty, not merely soft deal-makers– or we must face up to a divorce in the GOP between those politicians who speak for the country or the yeoman party on the one hand, and on the other hand those who identify with ruling-class America and may even dream of a comfortable role in a New Feudalism.