|It's time for principled leadership in DC...|
After decades of feckless "leadership" by the likes of John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, the GOP has a real shot to put someone capable of leading in the speaker's chair. Their decision will have massive ramifications for both their governing ability, but also their ability to articulate conservatism and attract voters for the 2016 election.
But that's only if the party is open to it and history suggests that it is not.
For years conservatives have been looked down on by the ruling class GOP leadership. We have been insulted, marginalized, mocked, lied to, and ignored. You don't see that on the Democratic side. Their leaders still hold the ruling class superiority complex, but they don't despise their base.
The GOP does with a searing passion unmatched in the political world.
And for years, talking heads and apologists for the corrupt crony capitalist-run GOP have told conservatives to know our place and fall in line. It's our best option. We're all on the same team.
That, however, is the GOP's problem. We know our place. It's in the seat of power. The government as designed by our constitution is one where the people have power. Our founders never intended for a new ruling class elite to arise to horde power for themselves and their cronies and lord it over the people the way career politicians do now.
The past few years have revealed beyond a shadow of a doubt that the GOP leadership is not on our side. It's no longer that they just lack the passion to advocate for conservatism, it's that in most things, they now advocate passionately against it and hope we don't notice if they hide it behind a few well-orchestrated show votes.
The fact is that we need term limits and we need them now. We need lifetime bans on members of congress and their immediate family members from serving as lobbyists. We need to end corporate welfare and cronyism and restore a true free market capitalism. NONE of that will occur with John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan or any of the other entrenched career politicians that live for their coveted seat in the Washington Cartel. Like Gollum with his precious ring, they have been corrupted. There is no turning back for them. They cannot be reasoned with and they simply do not see the problems facing us or their role in causing them.
And that's why it's important that the conservative members of the house continue to fight for this speaker election. It's no longer time to sit down and shut up. It's now or never. It's time to fight back and take back the GOP or accept their eternal animosity toward us and strike out on our own.
It's no longer relevant which party controls the government in DC. Both parties are part of the same crony capitalist system that is hellbent on maintaining the status quo and in continuing to usurp the personal liberty of everyday Americans so that they can eternally keep their own thrones in DC.
Now, it's unlikely that we will get a real solid conservative for speaker. But the conservative members of the house should continue to press this issue until we get the most conservative candidate that we can.
The new flavor of the moment is Paul Ryan. Ryan is not a conservative. Is he articulate most of the time? Sure. Less loathsome than John Boehner? Ok. But he's not a conservative. He's just not.
It's time for principled members of the house to stand for the office of speaker. It's not enough to get these quasi-conservatives like Daniel Webster and Jason Chaffetz. We need people unwilling to play the game, unwilling to accept the terms of the ruling class establishment, and unwilling to compromise their principles. Webster has a D Liberty Score from Conservative Review. Chaffetz has a better score, but was a willing stooge in carrying out the vengeful Boehner reprisals against insolent conservatives. That shows weakness on both of their parts. We need people who are more excited about their convictions than they are about their position. We need people who run for office to advance a common sense return to conservative constitutional governance and not people who run to enhance their resume or to usurp power. We need people, who when told by party leadership to fall in line and abandon their principles, don't just say no, they say HELL NO.
The GOP leadership has been gorging on power for too long. It's time to completely clean house. And this is the moment to do it. This can be a great political awakening that will reverberate for years.
When people stand on principle over the money and trappings of power, they inspire others to do the same. When they refuse to sit down and shut up in the face of overwhelming vitriol and opposition, they embolden others to do the same. We're seeing that every day. People are flocking to Trump's refusal to be silenced by the media or party leadership. People are celebrating Ted Cruz's refusal to put "decorum" and senatorial sycophancy over stopping the slaughter of babies and stopping the deranged Iran deal from empowering Jihadists. People are inspired by Ben Carson as he stands firm under a barrage of racism and vitriol from the intolerant left that is seething with rage that an uppity black man would dare leave the leftist thought plantation.
We want to win. We want to restore America. We want to be led. And we no longer care what letter is affixed to the end of your name. We care about your vision for America and about your integrity.
We need people worthy of the legacy of Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan. It's time to reignite the promise of America and stop playing the games of the Washington insiders.