Constitutional Thinking; Flame out at the capitol
"Tea Parties, we have a Problem!" The "right" engine of the Republican Party experienced at least a partial "flame-out" again. This engine has a history of un-reliability. Unless the leadership gets it restarted and keeps it running, the political trip from November 2010 to November 2012 could be a rough journey.
It appears that Senate Republicans sold out conservatives and allowed Senate leader Harry Reid to get away with shenanigans late Sunday night before Christmas. According to the Washington Post, S.510 was passed again, this time unanimously, just before adjournment. How could that happen?
Supposedly, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, made a deal that the GOP would not filibuster. No Republican objected. Why? The S. 510 bill was put into another bill whose original wording was stripped out. The first S. 510 was thought unconstitutional since it contained a revenue-raising provision.
I called Senator John Cornyn’s office for more an explanation, and am still waiting for their reply. The bill contains the Tester-Hagan amendment, exempting smaller businesses from the most burdensome provisions of the bill. Eventually we will get to the bottom of all this.
Nationally, Republican leadership under Michael Steele has been a disaster. The great Republican sweep was not the result of his efforts, but that of those who still believe in the constitution getting involved for a change. Unfortunately, as usual, the worst seem to rise to the top, as shown by the list of replacement candidates.
Renice Prebius, an attorney from Milwaukee, has as his greatest accomplishment – getting Obama stimulus money for his clients! Another candidate is Maria Cino, a former Bush administration operative, has been working for Pfizer for two years and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal as supporting Obamacare.
At least two other candidates for the position also appear to want the position for position and power rather than principle. Of course, faux conservatives have been roosting in the Republican Party and other "friendly" organizations for a long time – all the way back to Eisenhower, Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller.
One of them, William F. Buckley, Jr., led the National Review, and became the favorite "conservative" of the New York Times. He purged the real conservative, constitutional, and libertarian thinkers like Ann Rand, Joseph Sobran, Peter Brimelow, Pat Buchanan, and Murray Rothbard.
In their place, came neo-cons like William Rusher, Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, Garry Willis, Karl Rove and others. Buckley supported gay rights, pro-choice, the UN, the Federal Reserve, NAFTA, and the WTO.
These political positions are not surprising, since as a Young Republican, he wrote. "We have to accept Big Government for the duration-for neither an offensive nor a defensive war can be waged….except through the instrument of a totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores."
CNSNews just reported last week that the board of the American Conservative Union, a group that draws conservatives from across the country, has approved participation of the group GOProud, a group of homosexual Republicans activists, for the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference in 2011 (CPAC).
GOProud participated in 2010, and is evidence that conservative leadership in our country is not clear on the issues. Long-time leader David Keene (chair since 1984) needs to be replaced. Under his leadership, little has been done to get a conservative Republican Party. That’s not surprisingly, since he worked for the lobbying firm supporting George H.W. Bush against Reagan in 1980.
If you wonder why the conservative movement has not grown since 1984, look no farther than groups like ACU. Their inability to tell the good guys from the bad, and support of groups like the Heritage Foundation, a faux conservative think tank, shows weak leadership. Like most conservatives, they talk the talk, but never walk the walk at the critical times.
All the trouble is not in Washington, DC. Some is right here in Texas. Empower Texas is one group leading the fight for a conservative Speaker of the House to replace Joe Straus. They are absolutely right on this. Call Jim Pitts and tell him Straus must go.
I do call into question Michael Quinn Sullivan’s recommendation of Governor Rick Perry’s new book, Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, (a possible Presidential Candidate HAS to have written a book). While Rick had good political training from George and was lucky enough to be Governor in Texas instead of Illinois or New Jersey, he still is a GW clone, not a true conservative.
Question every leader. Make they walk the walk If we just back opportunists, we lose.