Defining “Establishment”

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 and is filed under Elections

Crossposted from The Resurgent.

There has been a lot of discussion around the terms “conservative” and “Establishment.”

If you are reading this blog, you are not unaware of the ever increasing divide between the Republican Party bosses and their minions in Washington, DC and those who live in real America. At the center of this fight are ideology and control of the Party of Reagan. Even just as important are the definitions of the words “conservative” and “Establishment.”

In 2014, the team at Madison Project and I corporately wrote a blog titled, “Defining Conservatism.” Having just re-read the post, I believe it still holds up. There are tenets that define the word “conservatism” as a whole, much like the tenets of faith. You either believe in something or you don’t. For those living in our modern age, the thought of actually believing or not believing in something is an antithesis to how recent generations have been taught to think. To sum all that up, it boils down to, “Hey, if it works for you, do it.” There is nothing new under the sun. There was, after all, a time when “every man did what was right in his own eyes.”

Bottom line is that you can define “conservatism” in a very concise way. It is the belief that individuals know best, not the government, in all areas of life. Any attempt to grow the latter and its intrusion into our lives is, well, not conservative. Taxes, ever expanding bureaucracy, more government red tape-these and more fall into the “not conservative” column.

Enter the term “Establishment.” It was with some interest that I noticed Senator John Thune of South Dakota (who I know-my dad and he served in the House of Representatives together) said last week that he was “very offended by being called ‘The Establishment’.”

If you click on the hyper-link above, you will note that Senator Thune has a 48% on the Conservative Review scorecard. He also holds a 54% on the Heritage Action scorecard and a -25.5% on the Madison Performance Index. Some will trot out other scorecards like the American Conservative Union and say, “Buuh, but he has an 86% on the American Conservative Scorecard!” Keep in mind the ACU is the same group that also gives out awards to the likes of Mitch McConnell, including the Award for Conservative Achievement in 2015.

Chew on that one for a second. . . .

So what does “Establishment” mean? How do we define it?

The simple answer is: the opposite of conservatism. And if conservatism is the approach that individuals know best, not the government, and therefore seek to constrain the size, scope and intrusion of government into our lives, then being part of the Establishment means that those who are part of it believe government knows best, not individuals, and do nothing to constrain the size, scope and intrusion of it into our lives and, in fact, seek to grow it that they may benefit from its growth. The latter is collusion between Big Business and Big Government.

Can it be that simple, you ask?

Yes.

But for more clarity, in 2015 alone, Senator Thune voted for the DHS bill that funded amnesty. He voted for the $500 billion Doc Fix, No Child Left Behind Reauthorization, the Continuing Resolution that funds Planned Parenthood and in 2014 for the $956 billion Farm Bill, calling it “a significant win.” Add to all this what the Conservative Review team wrote:

“Not surprisingly, as a member of the Agriculture Committee, Thune has supported consistent federal involvement in farm subsidies.  And as a member of the panel overseeing transportation, he has supported federal control of infrastructure and is a proponent of earmarks.”

There’s a lot more I could add to this. Things like, “If you are part of the Establishment, you work to maintain the status quo.” Or, “If you are part of the Establishment, you run around talking about all the stand alone bills you voted for that have no chance of becoming law.”

Or, last but not least, your sentences justifying your political existence begin with, “Look, there is no one more conservative (or pro-life) than I am, but. . . ”

While not the definitive post on what “Establishment” means, let’s at least use this as a marker going forward.

Drew Ryun on The Steve Deace Show

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values

Listen as the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun breaks down the Presidential race, the GOP Establishment and other topics with Steve Deace, the Rush Limbaugh of Iowa.

To hear Drew’s interview, click here.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #8

Friday, September 25th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In today’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun dives into the intellectual thought that gave rise to the American Republic. Who was John Locke and what work of his heavily influenced our Founding Fathers? To find out, listen to the new podcast below.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #6

Monday, May 18th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In today’s podcast, episode #6 in our series How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun discusses local offices and why they are so important to conservatives.

 

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #5

Monday, May 11th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

Today, in Episode #5 of our series, How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun finishes up his series within a series on precinct work, GOTV and how Mitt Romney narrowly lost the Presidential election in 2012.

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #4

Monday, May 4th, 2015 and is filed under Blog

In this week’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun of the Madison Project delves further into precinct level strategies for grassroots activists and candidates at all levels.

 

How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Episode #3

Monday, April 27th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Elections

In this week’s episode of How To Save Your Country In 5 Minutes, Drew Ryun discusses the initial steps in your roadmap to victory: winning in the precincts.

 

My appearance on ABC News/Yahoo News’ Topline Program

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, News, Videos

In case you missed it, here is my interview with Rick Klein of ABC News and Olivier Knox of Yahoo News.

From the fight over Obamacare to Ted Cruz to the 2014 primary season-we discuss it all and more.

My Interview With Neil Cavuto

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 and is filed under Issues, Videos

Yesterday I had the chance to go on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to discuss the recent fight to defund Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz and the betrayal of conservatives by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. To view that interview, click here.

The fact of the matter is that we can win this fight in Washington, DC. We just cannot win it with the current make-up of the Republican Party, especially those in the United States Senate. Do we need whole scale change? In a perfect world, yes. In reality, all we really need is two more Senators like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to win in the 2014 election cycle. We accomplish that and we are on the path to victory.

The Madison Project’s Statement on the CR Fight and a Path Forward

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Obamacare

For Immediate Release:

October 1, 2013

Contact: press@madisonproject.com

 

 

Madison Project: “Republicans have come too far in the fight against Obamacare to show weakness and retreat from this opportunity.

 

Washington, D.C. – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement today regarding the current Obamacare fight in Congress:

 

“As the glitches in Obamacare continue to be highlighted today, we must remember why it is so important to force the issue of defunding Obamacare now – before this disaster takes root,” said Drew Ryun of Madison Project.  “Last night, President Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) made it clear that they wish to shut down the government in order to uphold a law that is killing jobs and isn’t ready for prime time.  Conservatives have fought hard over the past few months to push a strategy to fund the government and shut down Obamacare. Now is not the time for the Republicans to weaken and diminish this critical debate to a few shiny objects like repealing the medical device tax or the congressional exemption. While these provisions are harmful and unfair, they do not cut to the heart of Obamacare.”

 

“It is critical that Congress avoid passing a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds Obamacare,” said Daniel Horowitz of Madison Project.  “Republicans have come too far in the fight against Obamacare to show weakness and retreat from this opportunity. In order to continue with the objective of funding the government and defunding Obamacare, the House should begin passing small Appropriations bills funding the essential functions of government and those departments and agencies not responsible for implementing Obamacare.”

 

The Madison Project supports and raises money for conservative candidates that have demonstrated a commitment to full-spectrum conservatism. The Madison Project website can be found at http://madisonproject.com/

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