One of Newton’s laws of motion states that “every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” Conservatives would be wise to internalize that law when observing the behavior of the Republican Party. They will not change on their own. We need an external force to supplant the current leadership of the party – a mixture of rudderless and duplicitous characters.
Sadly, instead of fighting for the American people against the federal healthcare takeover, Republican leaders are blithely ignoring the October travesty. Instead of fighting every day in September to stand on the side of job creators, workers, and consumers, Republicans initially tried to clear their schedule to help Obama with his unpopular and deleterious distractions. House leadership already embraced the Syria nonsense before it blew up, and Mitch McConnell was sitting on the fence until it became clear that the issue was dead.
Meanwhile, House leadership is attempting to make an end-run around the base by passing a CR defunding Obamacare with instructions to separate out the defund portion when it reaches the Senate. The new dog and pony strategy will allow the establishment Republicans to vote to defund Obamacare, thereby saving them from primary challenges, all the while ensuring that the bill magically breaks apart on its way to Obama’s office.
Folks, we are not winning this battle. Nor will we ever win anything so long as our party is controlled by finger lickin’ frauds and fence sittin’ scoundrels. Newton’s other law of motion is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is not the case in Washington. For every aggressive action from the left, we never see and equal and opposite reaction from Republicans. We can’t fight truculence with fence sitting and equivocation – or worse – a team that actually works to complement the forces of the left.
We can either come to grips with the fact that the current party leadership doesn’t share our values or we can wait another election cycle. With superb recruitment in the primaries thus far, it would be foolish to sit out these primaries. As we can see from the new dog and pony CR plan, Republicans obviously fear primaries. That is the only way we will change the status quo. Rep. Bill Shuster, Rep. Mike Simpson, and Senator McConnell – three prominent members who refuse to join the defund effort – already have solid challengers; Art Halvorson, Bryan Smith, and Matt Bevin. There are a number of other solid recruits waiting in the wings over the next few weeks.
Now is the time to strike. According to a new Pew poll, 71% of self-identified tea partiers disapprove of GOP leadership. It’s time for us to get off the fence and permanently replace the finger lickers with conservative fighters.
Cross-posted from The Madison Project
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