Monday, September 23, 2013

Why is the GOP Placating Conservatives While Seeking to Destroy Conservatives?

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Yesterday, Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday," said Republicans in Washington DC are savaging Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) behind Cruz's back prior to his appearance on the Fox News show yesterday.

Cruz was there to talk about de-funding Obamacare.

The Hill, not a conservative voice, says Sen. Cruz has become more popular than ever with conservatives because this past week, he succeeded in forcing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to zero out funding for Obamacare in the continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding for the government.

Wallace says, "I will tell you I have never in my years in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own."

Is the Republican Party trying to placate evangelicals and conservatives, while continuing their misguided quest to elect a "moderate Republican"? And destroy conservatives who happen to get in their way?

How many losses will it take before the Republican Party learns what so many of us little people have already figured out? So-called moderate Republicans can't and don't win.

Millions of conservatives and evangelicals won't vote for the so-called "moderate" anyway. They just stay home and don't vote. Look at the stats from recent national elections.

Is this why certain Republicans are working so hard to destroy Cruz? Are they afraid he could actually win the presidential primary, rally conservatives and evangelicals in large numbers and become president?

This issue has been simmering for a while, but it boiled over this weekend as Cruz forced the hand of Boehner, who had been saying he would not attempt to de-fund Obamacare, then went on television building further support for de-funding Obamacare.

As you know, a majority of Americans already oppose Obamacare.

The "moderates" are saying it can't be done---Congress can't de-fund Obamacare, it's too late, etc.

Sarah Palin weighed in on the matter Saturday.

It appears there are, in the very near future, some very defining moments for people of faith and conservatives. And some want-to-be politicians.

Chris Wallace said on Fox News Sunday, these "top Republicans" gave him "unsolicited research and questions" to "hammer" Cruz.

He told Fox 5 in Washington DC, "Since we announced Ted Cruz was going to be on the show, I've been getting background research and questions going after Cruz, not from Democrats, but from other Republicans. They feel he has put them in this corner that they can't get out of gracefully and they're not happy with him."

If this issue puts them in a "corner," they are certainly not in the "corner" of most conservatives.

Sarah Palin wrote a column Saturday weighing in on the matter.

She said,

"Americans who are fed up with Obamacare won a victory yesterday. The House voted to defund Obamacare while still funding the federal government to avoid a “devastating” shutdown. (I shall not digress, but it’s beyond distressing to hear liberals try to convince Americans that any government slowdown is comparable to “terrorism.”)

Now the battle goes to the Senate, and we’ll find out if Harry Reid is so committed to the horrendous “Un-affordable Care Act” that he’ll be the one to shut down the government to fund the unworkable Obamacare.

Let’s be clear. Republicans in Congress aren't advocating a government shutdown. That’s why they voted in the House to fully fund our bureaucracy while defunding Obamacare. The conservatives in Congress are listening to the majority of Americans who do not want Obamacare.

Following the will of the people is apparently a novel idea in D.C. these days. Just ask Senator Ted Cruz and his liberty-loving posse on Capitol Hill who have led the charge to defund Obama’s train wreck.

Those of us who hang in there supporting a major political party with our energy, time, and contributions would like to believe that that party would praise principled conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for following through on campaign promises. We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way these bold leaders have rallied the grassroots to their cause. But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless.

We’re now, once again, subjected to the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. The Capitol Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Senator Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.

Welcome to our world, Ted. The same people have been denouncing conservatives like me for years (right after they ask for help fundraising for themselves or endorsing the latest candidate they’ve suckered into paying their exorbitant consulting fees). We can compare shiv marks next time we meet, my friend.

If the Senate doesn’t get behind Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund Obamacare, it won’t be because of any failure on Ted’s part. It’ll be because there weren’t enough principled leaders to stand with him, and that would be a tragic loss, not for Ted, but for America.

More and more Americans are waking up to the nightmare of Obamacare as its rollout continues. Hardworking families are losing their employer-provided health care coverage. Businesses are cutting back their employees’ hours to skirt Obamacare’s mandates. Americans barely scrapping by are discovering that Obamacare has made health care completely unaffordable. Those who aren’t part of a protected special interest group have been left in the cold.

When you’re living on a fixed income, having to pay hundreds of dollars more each month for health care will cut into your ability to pay for basic necessities like food, electricity, or gas (which has increased 90% under Obama). Open your eyes, America. When the full reality of Obamacare strikes home, we’ll thank God that principled leaders like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee took a stand to stop it in its tracks.

But the permanent political class is handwringing and howling that if there’s a government shutdown the media will blame Republicans for it. Here’s a little newsflash, GOP establishment: Whenever anything bad happens, the media blames Republicans for it.

I want no pity. I need no empathy. But use me as a barometer. Over the years, the leftwing media has falsely and irrationally accused me of everything from faking a pregnancy to abetting murder. They lie. Deal with it.

As I said in my speech at CPAC this year, it’s time for the Senate to put itself on Cruz Control.

But here’s the important thing that none of these establishment backstabbers understand. It’s not the messenger that matters. It’s the message. You can try to take out someone like Ted Cruz, but that won’t stop the message from catching fire. The message is liberty, and it’s been resounding ever since a band of patriots dumped tea in Boston harbor.

The message only grows stronger. The grassroots is bigger than any one person. We the People will rise up, and we will make our voices heard. Right now, Ted Cruz is speaking for us in this Obamacare fight. God bless him for it.

Hang in there, Ted and Mike. You have millions of supporters among ordinary hardworking Americans. We support you because you don’t shy away from the fray. May your colleagues in the Senate gain the wisdom to support your excellent efforts so that you can see that the view is better from inside the bus than under it.

This national showdown between so-called "moderates" and conservatives and people of faith is not unlike the last election in Washington State. The Republican Party tried to force values voters to support candidates for statewide office who, while Republicans in name, did not support our values. It didn't work out very well---and it won't work in the future.

Our passion is not about Party---it's about principles. And values.

The call to vote for a certain candidate because the candidate is "better" than the Democratic far left progressive candidate, doesn't resonate much with people who are willing to give their time and treasure to something and someone in whom they believe and hold shared beliefs.

Palin concludes her column with this: "Oh, and a little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week."

Indeed we will. We will be watching and we will be remembering.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.