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July 26, 2013

Flushing The GOP Leadership

Joe Charlebois

The Joker, as played by the incomparable Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s production of Batman (1989), delivered a line that speaks directly to the true conservative grass roots of America. In response to his frustrations that Batman is stealing all of his press he concludes that “This town needs an enema.”


True conservatives are just as frustrated in the fact that Republican leadership seems to be stealing not only the new guard’s press, but their opportunity to actually turn back the statist agenda.


Over the last few election cycles, true conservatives have won popular support from their constituents and have made their mark. Of Republicans that are in the conversation for the White House in 2016, all are part of Tea Party movement.


The Republican Party is a statist party. If you don’t think so, then explain why Republican leadership and its carefully picked underlings are fighting conservatives such as Mike Lee (R., UT), Rand Paul (R., KY) and Ted Cruz (R., TX) when it comes to fighting the Obama Administration.


What grass roots conservatives need to realize is the fact that their Congressman just may not be the conservatives that they thought he or she was. Those who downplay attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act in the next Continuing Resolution as gimmickry or nonsense are de facto supporting the statist agenda. They want Obamacare to be in place come January of 2014.


This party needs an enema.


Republican leadership must go. Newly elected conservatives in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have not only had to fight the administration, but House Speaker John Boehner (R., OH), Eric Cantor (R., VA) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., KY) in the Senate.


Conservatives have lost committee assignments; they have faced opposition in recent elections and they have been left to fend for themselves in campaigns.


If any Republican doesn’t choose to defund Obamacare, he or she must go. They need to face fierce opposition in their primary races next year. They need to know that since the legislation will not be overturned with a Democrat-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama in the White House, the only means of halting the implementation of Obamacare will be to not fund it. If they don’t, they will pay a heavy price.


In the Senate, Mike Lee (R., UT) who wrote and 11 others who signed on to his letter – Senators Rubio (R., FL), Cruz, Jim Risch (R., ID), Paul, Jim Inhofe (R., OK), David Vitter (R., LA), John Thune (R., SD), Jeffrey Chiesa (R., NJ), Mike Enzi (R., WY), Deb Fischer (R., NE), and Chuck Grassley (R., IA) – gave notice to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., NV) that they cannot support funding Obamacare in the next Continuing Resolution as it is already shown not to be ready for January 2014, and that major portions of the law are already being ignored by the White House.


Senator Lee is right. Those who signed onto this letter are too. There are others too who had signed on but decided that fighting for what is right wasn’t worth the hassle.


Conservatives won’t forget this time. They will look to unseat those wobbly-in-the-knees statists that dare run for office again. No joke.


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