You might remember that earlier in the week, the Speaker had removed some of the conservative members from their committee posts rather unceremoniously. The Speaker felt that the members were renegades on party votes, particularly taxes, and needed to be taught the lesson that he and the old guard were not to be ignored.
So, Thursday night, the Speaker was taught the same unceremonious lesson. Conservatives are sick of the Speaker and the OLD Republicans ignoring them in their “negotiations.” That’s politics!
Conservatism Is Not Dead
Since Obama’s reelection it has become chic to once again blame the loss on the Tea Party and its recalcitrant members. In some ways, the blame is justified, and the flap over “Plan B” is evidence. When conservative members told their constituencies they would not vote to raise taxes, they meant it and they showed their serious commitment in the caucus meeting. Perhaps, if the party had listened to the conservatives, a different candidate might have been chosen and the outcome might be different.
But the party didn’t listen, partially because they believed the media that banged the drum for a Romney candidacy. Unfortunately, the nation does not receive objective news, it receives editorialized propaganda that supports a liberal, socialist agenda. During the cold war, the Soviet Union had such a media, it was called Pravda. NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, most of the print media, and even to a degree, FOX are no better.
If one takes the time to actually investigate, the national election was very close. There was no landslide victory for Obama’s agenda. The liberal, socialist democrats did NOT receive a mandate from the country to turn as hard left as possible. It just didn’t happen at the polls.
The Democrats ran a very savvy campaign and won the states necessary to garner sufficient electoral votes to win the national election, and I give them credit for their politically astute campaign. But, the popular vote was as close as it has been in every election since 2000.
The fact is that this nation is divided. It is about as evenly divided as it can be. Race-baiting, class warfare does nothing to unite us, but simply divides us, emotionally, even further. The Joseph Goebblels style media has trumpeted that the nation wants Congress to support every Obama idea and “get things done.” Conservatives are not about just getting things done, the want to get the right things done, and showed that in the caucus vote Thursday night.
Don’t Sell Out Our Principles
In the past, the Republicans just “went along to get along” while the Democrats persistently pursued their liberal agenda. What Boehner and the so-called moderate Republicans have learned is that there is a new breed of Republican that is as dedicated to a conservative agenda as the liberal Democrats is to his and the new breed will not “go along to get along.” He stands on principle, something that has been lost to this government for far too long.
During the Revolutionary War, our Continental Army lost some significant battles. We were ridiculed as being just a rag-tag bunch of people fighting the “machine” that was the British military. Our chances of victory were less than 1 in 10. Even though we lost some battles, our principle of freedom from tyranny motivated us, dare I say, drove us to an impossible victory.
The stakes are as high today. Our country’s soul is at stake. We fight now, not with muskets, but with votes and ideas. We may have lost a battle last November, but no one should assume (and Thursday night was proof) that the conservative movement is dead and that Washington business as usual has returned.
Congratulations to the Members who voted “NO” on Plan B. Keep your chins up, your shoulders square, and your principles close. YOU represented us well and we thank you.
Duane Miller, President of NuVOICE Nation