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GOP Leadership Stifles Conservatism

By Jedediah Bila

By now, you have heard the news of conservative House members–including Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), among others–being removed from key committees by GOP leadership. On the matter, Rep. Huelskamp recently told Heritage that “It confirms in my mind the deepest suspicions of most Americans about Washington, D.C.–it’s petty, it’s vindictive, and if you have any conservative principles, you will be punished for articulating those.” He added, “It’s about blind obedience. And that does a disservice to the institution, it does a disservice to a representational system.”

Heritage adds that Huelskamp “noted that many members were removed from committees dealing with issues in which those members have expertise. Huelskamp himself is a former farmer, but was removed from the Agriculture Committee. He cited Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) as well, who was booted from the Finance Committee despite his business background.”

In other words, if representatives vote according to their principles and the wishes of their constituents, but don’t agree with GOP leadership, they are punished. It’s a disgrace that disrespects the rights of conservative elected officials to speak their minds and represent the values and policies they were elected to represent. It tramples on the voices and policy wishes of the people who voted for these conservative representatives. And, perhaps most importantly, it stifles free thinking and principled decision-making in the name of promoting the homogeneity of thought that leadership requires to cut the kind of deals it deems appropriate.

Each and every one of you should be angry that anyone in a political leadership position would seek to disregard your votes and the ability of your representatives to protect your policy wishes.

In a larger sense, what exactly does GOP leadership think they are accomplishing here? Do they think the public is blind and/or stupid? (Because we’re not.)

Do they think this won’t cause more and more people to turn away from the GOP in disgust? (Because it already has.)

Do they think that alienating conservatives and all those who respect the rights of representatives to think and vote freely is a smart strategic move? (Because it clearly isn’t.)

And do they think they can win future elections without the enthusiasm and commitment of conservatives and libertarian-conservatives who are sickened by this kind of egocentric behavior? (Because they can’t.)

As Rep. Huelskamp told Mark Levin last night, “I think the Republican establishment has decided that the way they grow into a majority party is they attack conservatives and they tell libertarians to go take a hike.” It’s a strategy, but it’s a losing one.

GOP leadership, suppressing freedom of thought among elected representatives will not be tolerated by voters. We deeply value the rights of our elected officials to defend what they were sent to D.C. to defend. And if alienating conservatives and libertarian-conservatives–which you have been doing consistently for some time–continues to be part of your strategic plan, you will only succeed in weakening the Party and its relevance in future elections.

 

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GARY THOMPSON
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think anything will change until another attack on our country occurs. God forbid that that will never ever happen again.

Paul
3 years 6 months ago
Electing Boehner as House Speaker once again after 4 years of failed attempts to convince the needed majority of Congress the need for prudent and honest legislation tells me just how entrenched the career politicians are. They are a bane to bringing back to order the conservative principles upon which the Party was founded. We cannot afford another 4 years of a do-nothing Congress, abetting Obama’s increasing use of executive orders and illegal shenanigans which he now knows he can continue with impunity. I think the RNC has been long corrupted right alongside the DNC…each only looking to retain seats with their ever increasing war chests. I have often asked politicians if they would support term limits to which the closest affirmation I received was well, maybe, but that you know we already have that and it’s called the ballot box. True, but it takes money to win elections and… Read more »
Timothy
3 years 7 months ago

YES! Let us repeal the 16′th Amendment, the Federal Individual Income Tax, go to a head tax upon the several States based upon the most recent census, no taxation without equal representation! I suspect that the Federal bureaucrats won’t have time to figure out how to tax us more when their trying to figure out how to corral a herd of 50 furious cats with budgets for huge legal expenditures! Amen! Let the games begin!

Willi
3 years 7 months ago

republicans are supporting the marxists-in-charge.

We need to abandon the republican party and get ONE Tea Party/Conservative Party established.

Allen West, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann come to mind as the most able to stand up to the
enemy within.

Mary
3 years 7 months ago

I agree with you 100%. Until we get rid of the RINO republicans, we don’t stand a chance of stopping the socialist takeover of our country. West, Palin & Bachmann are the perfect examples of true conservatives who love their country, stand up for their principles & would take this country in the right direction. If we continue to run & elect these RINO’S, then we will get what we deserve & the liberals are loving every minute of it. Most of the republicans in office right now are willing to compromise anything as long as they get to stay in DC & get their perks, McCain & Boehner come to mind. They promise us they will stay conservative then cave in & “compromise”. Compromise in DC means liberals get their way & conservatives get nothing. If we could get a Tea Party/Conservative Party, I would join in a heartbeat.

Ruth Massarotti
3 years 7 months ago

Norman:
In my earlier comment I said “tried and true” Governors; I don’t think former Governor Huckabee fits your impression of a Governor, does he?
Tell me your full opinion of how a party organized as one who represents each state individually would function, get off the ground and enable the People to get their power back?

Ruth Massarotti
3 years 7 months ago

Okay! I have made a decision to study the principles and basic premise of the Heritage Foundation and then possibly become a member and put some money where my mouth is.
I’ll keep you all posted as to progress and what I learn from the experience if you want!

Tom Barrs
3 years 7 months ago

You may want to think further about giving money to Heritage. I have sent them letters asking about some of their policies and have never received any kind of response. I don’t see that they have any clout with the GOP (look at the last election) and I have, for the time being, suspended my support to them. I may reconsider later, but as of now, I don’t see that what they are doing is making a difference. If I am wrong, I would love to hear from Heritage to set me straight.

Melvin Volle
3 years 7 months ago

Conservatives need to UNITE and ORGANIZE behind a Central Figure like Rand Paul, Marc Rubio or statement like “TAKE AMERICAN BACK”.

We can do this thru the internet and with our money.

For example, When called this morning by the RNC for a renewal Donation. I WENT OFF ON THE CALLER and told him that my doantion is going to Rand Paul and they can go to -ELL for cutting HULESKAMP AND AMASH off of their committees because they are doing what they were elected to do.

I do not know if that my statement has done anything, but a MILLION like me would sure get their ATTENTION.

What do you think ?

We need to use our financial powers to fight on all fronts.

How about BOYCOTTING the COMMERCIAL SPONSERS OF ALL THE LIBERAL MEDIA SHOWS ?

Call it “Lobbying with out Lobbyists”

Anna deBlanc
3 years 7 months ago
I agree with you. I am angry that the GOP thought Romney (or even McCain!) were good candidates to go against the Dems. We need good leaders with strong conservative values, who can work with the liberals and make positive changes for the country to create jobs. We need to stay involved in politics and let them know we will not stand for kicking conservatives to the curb! We have allowed the attacks on Christian values to escalate through the years, believing “it could never happen in America!” Now we have Christian values expunged from schools and growing Muslim factions in this country. There used to be limits on certain immigrants, but that is all out the window with a president who picks and chooses which laws he wants enforced or not or using executive decree to push through what he wants without thinking about repercussions. He is showing how… Read more »
Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago
Democrats win by uniting and organizing behind a central figure because they will do ANYTHING to create and maintain the illusion that their figurehead is indeed the Messiah . It is unlikely that Republicans or Conservatives will ever be willing or able to outperform the democrats when it comes to deceiving the American People . If we are to save America , we must unite and organize behind high profile individuals and organizations that are willing to fight for the great ideas that will restore the government of the People . Ideas like the repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments will put us on the road to recovery . Ideas for new Constitutional Amendments to rein in the federal aristocracy and return power to the People can put an end to the tyranny of the ruling class . By hook or by crook , the dems can find a… Read more »
Willi
3 years 7 months ago

I de-registered as a republican just before the last election and fully agree that we need to get some leaders in place.

The most intelligent, principled, honest Conservatives were also recently trashed by the rnc:
Allen West, Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin.

They are the only ones with real experience, character and ability to stand up to the the rino vermin currently at the helm. The rest of the “soft Conservatives” are no match for the supreme agitator or the country club
cocktail party repubs.

Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago

AMAC and the Heritage Foundation could lead the charge , but they seem to be focused on raking in the donations so that their execs can continue living high on the hog .

Tom Barrs
3 years 7 months ago
Right on Norman!! I couldn’t agree more! As far I can see Heritage and AMAC are incapable of persuading the GOP to do anything. Once the election was over, I quickly received the next round of “give me money” letters, particularly from Heritage. If AMAC and Heritage (which implies conservatives) were so “influential,” where were they during the election? Obviously, the GOP doesn’t care what we / they think. Until we can present a united front that wants to win based on the philosophy of Adam Smith, et.al. and get that message to the American people so that they understand that government is not the answer, the class dividers and liberals will win. Unfortunately, when the 2014 elections come around and the Dems take back the house and Hillary or her likeness is elected in 2016, the horse will be out of the barn . I fear that we and… Read more »
John QP
3 years 7 months ago
I have been a conservative all my political life-some 50 years. I have been a memeber of the GOP most of those years. I am now formally switching from the GOP to an Indepenjdent.This is not becauswe my values have changed but because the GOP has changed and frankly I am embarrassed to say I am a Republican. Republicans are no better than the Democrats. Neither is faithful to their agenda or to the constituents that elect them. The poor showing taking place in Washington over the fiscal Cliff is sickening, The GOP is wimping out and the Democrats will get tax increase along with open end spending and moe quantiative easing. Where is Bohener’s backbone? The GOP policy of deleting their own members from Committees because the members won’t do as they are told- reminds me of how the democrats run their house and senate., Many of the GOP… Read more »
Ruth Massarotti
3 years 7 months ago
I also feel we need a new party and here it is: the Party of the United States Citizens!!!! In other words, I would be registered in my states voting registry as: Ruth Massarotti of District #? of the Commonwealth of Virginia THE FOLLOWING IS MY POST AS OF 12/08/2012 THAT HAS LEAD ME UP TO THE PRESENT: 12/08/2012 at 8:59 am Here’s my opinion and I cannot believe that we do not have riots in our streets (not yet!!). Ever since these “progressives” became bolder (Hillary Clinton has proclaimed herself as one and seemed proud of it at the time) our Constitution has been under fire. I have been thinking of these states who are reaching toward secession and I have to wonder if that is necessary. I love the United States and I want to throw this out (for your opinion) as an option to secession: We know… Read more »
Timothy
3 years 7 months ago

YES! Let us repeal the 16’th Amendment, the Federal Individual Income Tax, go to a head tax upon the several States based upon the most recent census, no taxation without equal representation! I suspect that the Federal bureaucrats won’t have time to figure out how to tax us more when their trying to figure out how to corral a herd of 50 furious cats with budgets for huge legal expenditures! Amen! Let the games begin!

Cathy B.
3 years 7 months ago
I’m on board with you, Ruth. Although I’m registered as a Republican, I am a conservative first and foremost. I like your ideas especially the one about having to be a Governor first before you could be qualified to run for President. At least you have a record to look at. I always wondered when it would come to this point where you basically have an enemy of the U.S. leading this country, forcing his agenda and loading the government up with his community organizer, liberal, socialist followers. It’s infuriating that the President is getting away with the Benghazi event and the whole gun running scheme in Mexico where our U.S. border patrol agent was killed. I hold him ultimately responsible. I am in my early 50s and live in northeastern Ohio. I have tried to bring all my family, friends and relatives to listen to Mark Levin, Quinn &… Read more »
Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago

Much of the government that you say you want is the government we had up until about 100 years ago when voters apparently ratified the 16th and 17th Amendments . What voters of 1912/1913 ratified , voters of 2012/2013 can repeal .
I do have reservations about limiting the pool of eligible presidential candidates to a group of lazy self-serving governors who wouldn’t fight for the rights of the States or the People .

Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments !

mighty manfried
3 years 7 months ago

Lets face it. We as republicans failed to get people out to vote. Democrats are training people to vote and vote often. So, either in 2014 you get people from complaining and go to the voting booth or to bend over, stick their head between their legs and kiss this nation goodby.

PaulE
3 years 7 months ago
The Democrats understand the power of indoctrination. The public school system has been an excellent platform for the mass indoctrination of youth since the mid 60s. They get the young and drill them at an early age and all the way through college on ideas of socialism. Real American history is no longer taught. What you have now is social studies and revisionist history as filtered through the lens of the left. Everything is framed as America is at fault for this and that or America has stood in the way of true democratic rule (how they phrase the rise of socialism, communism or Islamic religious theocracies) around the world. The same goes for how economics is taught. All that’s taught in most colleges is a bastardized version of Keynesian economics with a heavy emphasis on “government stimulus spending” and “government price control methodologies”. Even Keynes wouldn’t recognize this version… Read more »
JerryM
3 years 7 months ago

Right on PaulE! Everyone should view the “Agenda – Grinding America Down” DVD documentary available at AgendaDocumentary.com.

PaulE
3 years 7 months ago
The Democrats understand the power of indoctrination. The public school system has been an excellent platform for the mass indoctrination of youth since the mid 60s. They get the young and drill them at an early age and all the way through college on ideas of socialism. Real American history is no longer taught. What you have now is social studies and revisionist history as filtered through the lens of the left. Everything is framed as America is at fault for this and that or America has stood in the way of true democratic rule (how they phrase the rise of socialism, communism or Islamic religious theocracies) around the world. The same goes for how economics is taught. All that’s taught in most colleges is a bastardized version of Keynesian economics with a heavy emphasis on “government stimulus spending” and “government price control methodologies”. Even Keynes wouldn’t recognize this version… Read more »
Phil
3 years 7 months ago

PaulE you are right on! We have lost most of our young people to Socialistic thinking and give me everything free so I don’t have to work or it.

Charles Rhodes
3 years 7 months ago

It’s time to walk away from the Republicans as I did the Democrats under Jimmy Carter. Conservatives unite and walk away from both these self serving, devolved egomaniacs while there is still something worth saving. Or we can all become another third world country.

Vern
3 years 7 months ago

It looks like it is time to switch to the Tea Party. If you can’t count on Reagan’s party to toe the like something is wrong.

pete
3 years 7 months ago

As Benjamin Franklin observed:..’If we don’t hang together, we will hang separately.’ Time to lock ranks and resist the foolishness at every twist and turn.

PaulE
3 years 7 months ago
The Republican Party has never been about real conservatism. It’s been about “going along to get along” for decades. If you remember, Reagan had to first defeat H.W. Bush, the Party’s desired candidate, before he stood a shot at going after Jimmy Carter. The Party was never really on board with the Reagan revolution until they saw how well it resonated with the public at the time. Then they couldn’t jump on board fast enough and only as long as it looked like easy sailing. Every time there has ever been any push back from the Dems or the Party had to stand on principle, the first thing the Republican Party has done is to try and throw the conservative wing overboard and adopt Democrat-lite policies. What we see going on in Washington, within the Republican Party this week, is simply more of the same. The knee jerk reaction to… Read more »
livedlong
3 years 7 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Richard Benton
3 years 7 months ago

When you have places like Florida ( full of retired people) voting for Oboma because they are afraid of losing their freebes and beliving all the lies from the left how we ever fix things.

We have let the Republican Party know that we will remember come next election what they are doing to congressmen that standing up for conservative values. They have to stop letting the Democrats define them and remind everyone what they have done for this country and minoraties. We are losing the media war and this has to change.

I hope there is a change for Speaker of the House

Dan
3 years 7 months ago

I’m 67 and will not live long enough to see meaningful change. I withdrew from the (r)epublican Party after “No More Taxes” Bush was ousted from the WH, and they haven’t gotten a dime from me since. As good as W was, he was not a Conservative. Since I don’t have a voice in any organized party, I will become a part of the problem, not wasting my time in voting and politics but concentrating on getting my wife cured of lung cancer (Obamacare willing), and let somebody else come up with the solutions. My daughters and sons in law are all Liberals, products of government schools and too little guidance from me and Mom, so I have told them they can fix this country my generation has screwed up so badly in their own way. Lotsa luck.

KP
3 years 7 months ago

I hate when someone says that if the Repubs actually ran a conservative they would lose the presidental election, but i think it is true. As long as the educational system graduate thousands of liberals every year conservatives don’t stand a chance. i hate to say it but I BELIEVE IT IS TRUE.

c brown
3 years 7 months ago

I have been a Republican since I was 21. I am a white conservative female but no longer fee welcome in the Republican party. I am not liberal, minority nor dependent on anyone as my late husband and I worked to save for our own retirement and paid off ALL our debts. I will be registering as in independent and when will the Tea Party become a real political party? Already Jim DeMint has left a Senate that is very far left.

getitright112
3 years 7 months ago

I am 70 & been a Republican since I got out of high school. I was married twice to Southern Democrats. Both switched to the Republican party & it had nothing to do with ME but every thing to do with the Democrats. I won’t stay in this party if they can’t get real about my country & less concerned about themselves. I always thought voting for a 3rd party was throwing my vote away but it can’t get any worse. I throw it away anyway here in Ca.

No faith in government
3 years 7 months ago
Mrs. Brown, stay strong. We are all disheartened and deeply disappointed. We all feel betrayed by our fellow citizens who have “lost their way.” The teachers across America must feel very smug about how they have “dumbed down America.” My wife does not feel like the Republican party is “anti” women. It is really a matter of we have the wrong people leading our party and they are not articulating the conservative principles and values in a way that reaches our fellow Americans. Sadly, Romney really blew his opportunity for many reasons. I personally believe he would have been able to turn our economy and jobs situation around even with all the resistance he would have met. Why not join a women’s Republican party group and help establish your conservative ideas. You know our country is truly at risk. We all need to fight Obama to the very end.
No faith in government
3 years 7 months ago
Boehner would not be Speaker today if it were not for the conservative Tea Party voters who made it possible in 2010. HE IS AN INGRATE. HE MUST HAVE “SELECTIVE MEMORY”. Since we put him in, we can take him out in 2014. We, The Tea Party, gave the House a Republican majority. We also changed the landscape for the state legislators and governors. WE HAVE TO DO THIS IN 2014 AND NOW IS THE TIME TO GET STARTED. HERE IS WHAT BOEHNER MUST SAY TO OBAMA, ONE FOOT FROM HIS FACE, IN FRONT OF THE MEDIA RECORDING, AND WITH A NATIONAL AUDIENCE WATCHING: “Mr. President. Stop your class warfare. It is not the way America became great. Stop inciting class envy.” “Mr. President. Your incessant desire to raise taxes on the “rich”, the 2%ers, will only run the government for approx. 8 to 10 days, at most. I assume… Read more »
TM Schlechty
3 years 7 months ago

I think when your friends and neighbors ask you to be their representative in the Congress it should be a humbling experience and impress upon you your duty to actually represent their views. It should not be celebrated as entry into the cash and influence grabbing club it now is. Term limits are a great idea to allow our best and brightest to take their/our ideas to Washington and yet return to their communities no more than two terms later with more understanding of the political process and therefore able to more ably assist their communities in becoming more informed and responsible citizens. The current old boys club (whether male or female) needs to understand that the will of the people is to be championed, not the pursuit and exercise of power, Power is supposed to repose in the people.

Art LeBeau
3 years 7 months ago

Lots of good comments, but we never get to the point. How can Boehner do this on his own? Are not other Republicans also abetting Boehner? Why aren’t they named? Let’s name all of them and keep their names
in front of the voters as to what “traitors” they are. My rep Blaine Luetkemeyer is also a spinelss person. Lots of talk but no positive corrective action from him Gosh do we need term limits and no pensions!

Jerry Pfaffly
3 years 7 months ago
The people that are putting Jeb Bush up as a possible candidate in 2016 are barking up the wrong tree. Anyone that has followed the political scene closely knows the policies of the Dubya administration is the catalyst that brought us the community organizer from Chicago. The name Bush should not be mentioned for president for years to come. It will drive away to many voters. Any Democrat that could breathe would have had a good chance to be elected against any Republican four years ago. We need a firebrand to run that will tell the American people about their adversary. If John McCain or Mitt Romney would have publicly ask about all the ultra right wing backers of Obama and brought them up in the debates we may have had a different outcome.When you are in a street fight with the Chicago political machine you have to take off… Read more »
Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

George W. Bush is an honorable and honest man. He did very well as President of this republic. For Republicans to scorn one of our champions is to push many Republicans out of the party. I’m a fan of George W. Bush. My opinion about this essay is strong disagreement. But Ron Paul is a Libertarian and I’m not at all impressed by his views. I’ll remain a Republican and call for repentance from such as this writer. He doesn’t speak for ME.

Eric Rhodus
3 years 7 months ago
I agree Mr. Downen, that “W” is an honest and honorable man. Having said that, he DID NOT do very well as a president, because he had very poor advisers and “handlers” (aka Channey)! He lost me, after standing on the rubble of the world trade center and vehemently swearing that “We will no allow them (terrorist) to change the way we live!” Then, with in months, we had the biggest “Big Brother”, Gestapo-like agency ever created in the federal government! The rampant trampler of civil rights in the history of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security!” They have managed to creep into ever facet of American life, with voluminous regulations and red-tape, that have not done one thing to make us safer! A bloated, insidious, incompetent bunch of SS neanderthals, even worse than the 2nd worse group, the BATFE! I just voted in a local runoff election,… Read more »
Jane Mohline
3 years 7 months ago

I agree with Vernon Hulbert (10:25 this morning). If every disappointed, hurt, emotionally tired Republican pulls out of the Party, you definitely will be handing over the whole USA to the Obama (Muslim filled) Machine.

JD
3 years 7 months ago

There is a truely conservative party in virtually every state. I’m changing my registration to the Constitutional Party. Please look into doing the same in your state. If enough of us do this it will send a clear message that, at some point, will be noticed and responded to by the RINO elite.

In my state, members of any party can vote in any other party’s primaries. I will take full advantage at each primary election to throw the bums out.

Wayne Phillips
3 years 7 months ago

This week, after 48 years of being a loyal Republican, I re-registered as a Libertarian.
I have had enough!

Jim H H
3 years 7 months ago

We should work to get more Tea Party types elected. Getting into any third party just guarantee’s the liberal’s keep getting power.

Fred
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed, very true.

Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago

Since all humans are corruptible , it will do us no good to simply send different people to join the ruling class . We must defund and rein in the federal aristocracy by repealing the 16th and 17th Amendments .

Marty
3 years 7 months ago

Whenever the RNC called for a donation I proudly told them they did not represent my conservative values and all my donations went either to the candidate directly or the NRA.

Marty

Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago

The democrat and republican establishments are two sides of the same poison pill . The ONLY way to rein in the federal aristocracy is to defund the ruling class by repealing the 16th Amendment . The best way to begin the restoration of the government of the People and the 10th Amendment rights of the States and the People is to repeal the 17th Amendment .

It is understandable that pols and bureaucrats want to defend their unlimited 16th Amendment power to seize unlimited amounts of Taxpayer money . It is hard to understand why AMAC and the Heritage Foundation are not fighting for repeal of the poisonous 16th and 17th Amendments .

Fred
3 years 7 months ago

Norman Linnell–Totally agree, just the way you said. Amac let’s repeal the 16th amendment soon.

Mike
3 years 7 months ago

Norman, where exactly are you going to get the votes. We must take a lesson from the last election, if we ever want to regain the white house and senate. We must compromise or fall on the sword of oblivion. Power is the only thing that matters and the only way we will get anything done.

Norman Linnell
3 years 7 months ago

I couldn’t get enough votes to get elected Dog Catcher , but by banding together in groups like AMAC and the Heritage Foundation , we have a chance to correct the mistakes American voters made 100 years ago .

Fred
3 years 7 months ago

Mike says:–Totally disagree, the party Republican’s have been compromising for years, that’s partly why we are where we are. It may be too late when Mexicans and Blacks don’t vote their beliefs any way.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not true that power is the only thing that matters. Honesty matters. I feel that Romney was honest in his approach to becoming our President. I was proud to vote for him. Nearly half the electorate, possibly more than half of the honest votes, favored Romney. I feel that Obama must be impeached and ousted if this nation is to have any future. Unless that is speedily done, surely some states will secede as the only practical alternative to continuing to be led by a Muslim.

Bruce
3 years 7 months ago

This is why I dropped out of the Stupid, I mean the Republican Party. All they are is Democrat lite.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

You do not speak for the Republicans I know in this corner of Missouri. And I figure there are a good many like us in every state. It’s good for rats to remove themselves from the Republican Party. But surely they should join the other Democ-rats.

JOE OHIO
3 years 7 months ago

I AM DISGUSTED WITM MY ” REPRESENTATIVE ” JOHN BOEHNER. I HAD MY DOUBTS ABOUT HIM
ALL ALONG. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN REPS. ARE IN OFFICE FOR TOO LONG. IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING RE ELECTED NOT WHAT’S BEST FOR THE COUNTRY . I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT TRUE
CONSERVATIVES. TEA PARTY ALL THE WAY!! REMEMBER BOEHNER AND THE ESTABLISHMENT
AT ELECTION TIME.
” DON’T TREAD ON ME!”

No faith in government
3 years 7 months ago

Dump Boehner in 2014. Find a good replacement for him now. Maybe Allen West should move into his district now and run against him. He’ll win, hands down.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve never met John Boehner, but I figure he’s doing the best he can to keep the nation safe and secure. I don’t like what the House committee has done, and feel that should be immediately reversed by replacing these conservatives in the offices they’ve held until now. I’ve wished the House would find a way to make it impossible for Obama to spend us into ruination. I’ve hoped they would at least impeach the man to make public our dislike of his dishonesty and disregard of the Constitution. I don’t understand what pressures have kept them from impeaching Obama. But when there is little possible, we need to do at least all that IS possible. And surely Boehner is doing all that he feels is possible.

Chris Sinclair
3 years 7 months ago

It doesn’t sound like there is any hope of ever working together to get rid of this $16 trillion plus in national debt that is stifling our country’s growth and competitiveness.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

With Obama still in office every day sees an increased national debt. Why has he not been impeached? It’s granted that the Senate might not agree. But they might, only the impeachment has to start in the House, as I understand it, and for some reason, now more than two years have passed since Obama first stated his refusal to do the job he swore he would do and still no impeachment. With Republicans the majority in the House, I figured they would do the right thing even when they knew the Senate would block the impeachment. It’s beginning to look as if the only step we can take is the secession of Republican-led states out of the union!

Bobbi June Smith
3 years 7 months ago

How can we get Boehner outta there? He is a huge lump of worthlessness!

Goodbye GOP. I’m re-registering as either a Libertarian or an Independent. Enuf is more than enuf! Grrrrr.

Fred
3 years 7 months ago

Bobbi June Smith– Sorry, all either one does is divide conservatives. There will never be a Libertarian or Independent President. We have to clean out the Republican party and get Tea Party type people running the it.

Vernon Hulbert
3 years 7 months ago

I have a concern that leaving the party will only strengthen the Democrat party. I believe it would be better to purge the Rinos’ out in two years by increasing the Tea party’s membership in the Republican party in their places, Tea party money should employ the right publicity experts to work on behalf of conservative candidates in the Rino’s districts to help prevent the wrong choice of words that scare away voters like “legitimate rape” did.

Another concern I have has to do with the voting process so the fraud is eliminated. The liberals have made a joke of the vote and get whatever outcome they desire. Preventing our military overseas from getting their ballots, 107% of voter turnout, finding boxes of ballots after the election and on and on. It really stinks.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

In both cases of poor choice of words about women’s “rights,” it was Tea Party candidates who spoke out of turn. Some suggest we all would have won except for those two saying poorly that babies have rights too.

Jane Mohline
3 years 7 months ago

AGREE!!

Bob
3 years 7 months ago

I am very disappointed with Boehner’s actions. As a matter of fact, I am having a lot of trouble with the overall actions of the GOP which seems to be backing down on their principles. I am seriously considering changing my political association to something other than Republican.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

Many share disappointment that we lost this past election for President. I feel one reason we lost was exactly this lack of enthusiasm for the party, the feeling that something is not right in our party leadership. I like Romney and felt his campaign was conducted well. But others, better acquainted than I with political reality, say that he made some mistakes. In any case, our lack of enthusiasm allowed Obama to steal the election with only a few provably stolen votes when there should have been a landslide against Obama if voters had understood truly what he stands for and is accomplishing. Some apparently believed the lies he told about Romney. Some didn’t want to vote for a Mormon. So we’re saddled with a Muslim in charge for another four years of misery and even greater loss of freedom.

Ruth Massarotti
3 years 7 months ago
Here’s my opinion and I cannot believe that we do not have riots in our streets (not yet!!). Ever since these “progressives” became bolder (Hillary Clinton has proclaimed herself as one and seemed proud of it at the time) our Constitution has been under fire. I have been thinking of these states who are reaching toward secession and I have to wonder if that is necessary. I love the United States and I want to throw this out (for your opinion) as an option to secession: We know that each state has its own Constitution: Each state would collect all the taxes from its own people and except for “doling ” out to the government what it is due to take care of its limited business (as written in the Constitution) that is what the government gets…period. In other words, we would control the Government. The people will be able… Read more »
Ron Bentley
3 years 7 months ago

Let your voice be heard, All the letters receive from the GOP with return postage send back with your letter. Please do the same with AARP, Banks etc. It’s great fun for free.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

Some adults act like kindergartners, but most adults admire courtesy and consideration for others.

Bob Palmer
3 years 7 months ago

The GOP is dead. Bury it and move on; Independent , Tea, Libertarian, whaterever, anything except Demorat. Not another DIME will I give to the GOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put that in your pipe and choke on it…………………..The sooner this country goes over the Clift the quicker we can take it back from the Dems. Just wait until no one can afford to go to the movies and see how shallow is Hollywoods loyalty! The working man will find a way to survive; bankers need deposits and lawyers need folks with money also; lets see how Washington gets along when common people take to the Underground Economy to live. The Barter system can and will cut US taxes to the bone/Problem Solved!!!

Wan
3 years 7 months ago

I’m switching to the “Constatution Party”. In hopes that we can revive the law of the land one day.

Speaker Boehner has got to go!

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

How admirable is mature conversation. And it’s admirable to be honest and accept reality. The U.S.A. has done very well with a two-party system. Other nations have many parties and constant turmoil. Some seem to want us to be like those other countries. Obama surely wants it. And here are others with the same goal.

slk
3 years 7 months ago

another reason, why i’ve always been an independent, with a big thirst for tea!!!

Jonahton Kerkhoff
3 years 7 months ago

It was painfully obvious to me last budget crisis that Mr Bohner along with the Republican leadership is in bed with the Democrats. While he put on his conservative act for the constituents fighting tax increases all I could think of was the verse from an old song, “Your lips tell me no no, but there’s yes yes in your eyes”.
When I registered to vote in Indiana many years ago the only options were Democrat or Republican. My kids told me that now you can register as Independent so I recently went to the Registrar of Voters to change my registration but they told me we still only had two choices. When I bemoaned this situation she told me that there has been a lot of people coming in to try to do the same.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago
We are a free republic. We’ve done well with two parties. We obviously now have many Republicans who feel the party leadership does not well represent our views. I live in a county where many of us are Republicans and we have good representatives who are Republican and serve both at the state and national levels. I recommend that dissatisfied Republicans simply work at the local level to get things right at home in their precinct and county and state and soon things will be right also in the nation. But since we narrowly lost in the past election, some are ready to give up and join the tiny parties which only siphon away patriots from the Republican party. I say the right thing to do is straighten out the Republican Party! And it has to start at the local level. I also feel things are so bad at the… Read more »
slk
3 years 7 months ago

i don’t care what they call the party, as long as it’s got a very strong flavor of “tea”!!!

John Walsh
3 years 7 months ago

We need to unite and stand up for conservative principles. Stop bickering over trivial maters. I’ve been a Republican since I attended a rally for Herbert Hoover in 1928 with my grandfather and I’d like to see our Grand Old Party lead our nation out of the morass we’re in under the present administration.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago
Good advice, John! But it’s major matters which bother some just now. We don’t see why so many chose to not vote for Romney, as is evident in the total number of votes counted. Those who chose to not vote for Romney are responsible for Obama being reelected, and for the very strong probability that our only recourse now is drastic as we consider probably needing to simply walk away from the nation we’ve loved so well all our lives. Obama rules, and the nation is doomed. Whoever is responsible must bear the blame. And patriots must do whatever is necessary to establish a new nation which will respect the Constitution which has been honored by the U.S.A. until now. We will be fewer states and with a great many problems facing us, much like when the U.S.A. began. As those pioneers did, we can overcome and succeed by shared… Read more »
Robert Irvine
3 years 7 months ago

I say get Boehner out and put a Conservative in the Office of Speaker. We need to get back to basics!

Elle
3 years 7 months ago

Amen!

Frank
3 years 7 months ago

Congressman Boehner is my rep and the moment I heard about this I sent an email and called his office to tell him how disappointed I was in him and the Republican leadership.

William R. Barker
3 years 7 months ago

Umm… either I missed it… or else after expanding all her energies writing an otherwise fine column, Ms. Bila failed to actually call for Boehner’s ouster.

Seriously, folks… is it me…? Am I alone in noting that so far not one “name” conservative had actually called for Boehner’s ouster… responded to Boehner’s declaration of war against libertarian-leaning constitutionist conservatives?

Boehner is who he is. Cantor is who he is. McConnell is who he is.

Folks… the civil war is here… it’s been here… only we’re not fighting back!

Let me put it this way: To my way of thinking, any Republican member of the House who supports Boehner for “leader” of the Republican House caucus and thus Speaker is dead to me.

It really is that simple. It really needs to be that simple.

Boehner must go. McConnell must go. The RINOs must go. Period.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

You want to blame Boehner for an action taken by a committee.

Poppa Blues
3 years 7 months ago

I view Boehner’s action as a good thing because it motivates those of us that want to return founding principles and smaller government, to get involved and work to elect more conservatives and libertarians to the party. We must purge big government, unprincipled Republicans like Bohener!

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

I figure that Boehner is doing his best for us. But the action of the committee seems unwise and should be reconsidered. We do not want to see taxes raised by ANY amount until expenditures are reduced by at least twice what the increase will be.

Paul Stahl
3 years 7 months ago

I will no longer vote for the gop they are a bunch of backstabbing hypocrites to conservatives. I will vote tea party.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

I’m a Republican. I’m not a backstabbing hypocrite. I will NOT vote tea party. I will vote for the best Republican I am allowed to vote for, the one most committed to Republican principles which are conservative.

No faith in government
3 years 7 months ago
Ray ~ your logic is a little fuzzy. The Tea Party IS CONSERVATIVE and the best Republican is a Tea Party member….you know, like Allen West, for example. The Tea Party WAS the catalyst and the reason why Republicans took control of the House in 2010, and over 700 (or is it 900?) Republican state legislators were elected, which changed the face of many state legislative bodies. Also, Boehner has shown himself to be an ingrate. He would not be Speaker today if it were not for the Tea Party. He needs to be replaced, A.S.A.P. He is a disgrace and embarrassment to our party. (See my comments about what he should say to Obama, next time he meets him face to face on national media. Ray ~ I know what you are trying to say, but you are a little fuzzy in your thinking. HERE ARE OUR PRIORTIES: GOD… Read more »
Peggy Thompson
3 years 7 months ago

I think that is what happened to Romney’s campaign. At the convention Boehner publicly slapped down the TEA PARTY. Romney himself didn’t reach out to the TEA Party, or any of the Libertarians, except Ron Paul himself. Nor did he reach out to Conservative talk show hosts. In the first debate he sounded like a Conservative then suddenly in debates two and three he hunkered down and sounded like a RINO. He pick Paul Ryan then sent him into hiding or something for he disappeared. The Speaker is just continuing his purge he earlier began with Alan West. This trail they are on will destroy the party it’s as simple as that.

Kwt
3 years 7 months ago

I have officially changed my party affiliation. I no longer want to be a part of the GOP. It’s the Libertarian Party for this gal!!!

Mlynn
3 years 7 months ago

To be honest, I’m not surprised at all. I see it as they are finally showing their true colors — brightly!! Some of my friends call them “RINOS” — or “Republican in Name Only”. I am an independent conservative — will NOT be a part of either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Here in South Carolina, which is largely Republican, you would think that there were at least two Republican parties here the way they fight each other, especially in the county I live in. The mess we are seeing in Congress similarly goes on here in several ways.

I am truly concerned for our country — not only concerning the fiscal things, but other things that are going on.

Marty
3 years 7 months ago

I really hate to read all these articles slamming the GOP. I think we need to just get our party back in the game any way we can. Obama and the left loves to read articles like the one above and through it in our faces that the Republican party is falling apart. I do think if we stay hard right and not budge and inch then the party will be dead. JMO

MaryEllen
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t care what Obama thinks. I would like the arrogant GOP to wake up. How many letters did you get from the GOP asking for your opinion and your money? At the convention the RNC/GOP changed the rules,shut out Ron Paul, refusing to seat his delegates. Big mistake. Did they think they didn’t need those votes? After all, most of them are republicans. As a consequence, Gary Johnson got 1,500,000 plus votes. Others wrote in Ron Paul and still others stayed at home, If, as we hear now, Marco Rubio and I have read Jeb Bush in 2016. They will lose again. Many years ago George Wallace said there wasn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. He wasn’t wrong.

Douglas hudgins
3 years 7 months ago

Timely and well stated Jedediah.

Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

I agree Jedediah.

As a Conservative I think the GOP ain’t so Grand anymore.

Found this in a search query for Conservative:
“One for whom the Republican Party no longer truly speaks.”

Lets continue to vote the GOP Establishment out!

Enjoy your appearances and contributions on TV.

Keep up the great work!

Michael Duncan
3 years 7 months ago

Fantastic points, Jedediah. It pains me to think this way, but I wonder if the GOP leadership believes that the only way to have a clear road to victory is to adopt the principles of liberalism? If the GOP leadership morphs the Republican party into a half-baked version of the Democrat party, what’s the point in having a two party system? We need strong, conservative voices that will speak out against an over-reaching government. Speaker Boehner called the Republican controlled House the “primary line of defense” against the encroaching liberalism in Washington – but what defense is it really when conservative voices are shut out of the conversation?

Tim Fay
3 years 7 months ago

Well said Michael. Why are they trying to silence the conservative voice of reason?

Michael Lepp
3 years 7 months ago

I have been a republican all my life and believe in conservatism….. This is not a center right country anymore…. I don’t mean to drop all conservative values, but where did we adopt the Tax cuts for the rich as our platform ?? Conservatism, in my mind, means fiscally responsible. That means raising taxes, cutting spending across the board, and growing the economy. When we have gone down the path for sometime and we have got rid of budget deficits and cut our national debt back down to below 4 trillion ( this will take a long time!!), we can look at tax cuts for the rich !!

Calcon10
3 years 7 months ago

You’re no kind of conservative. You’re what Limbaugh calls a “seminar caller”: you’re repeating left-wing talking points, pretending to be one of us.

Get lost.

Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

The Republican party is not the Libertarian party. It doesn’t pretend to be so. It offers sensible solutions to national problems. These are not liberal solutions. They are conservative. But they are not foolish as some solutions are which are suggested by Libertarians. The Republican party will do well to strike a happy medium between ultra-conservatism and liberalism. That was Eisenhower’s approach. That was Reagan’s approach. We are not helped by ultra-conservatives who want to take over the Republican party.

R. Blake
3 years 7 months ago
You sound like a half RHINO to me. Time and again history shows that tax hikes on the wealthy DO NOT increase revenue. Thos people just move there money out of the country and/or take advantage of the LEGAL tax loop holes. The proposed tax increase on the rich will have a miniscule effect on the deficit. And what pile of sand have you had your head burried in re: “cutting spending across the board”??? Neither party has been willing to make serious cuts in the ongoing deficit spending. If any “cuts” are made, it’s been a cut in the automatic increases built into the budget. The Fair Tax would be a first step in the Obama “fairness” mantra. What could be more fair than everyone taxed at the same rate with those below a certain income level still paying essentially no taxes? In addition, this would eliminatethe ridiculous concept… Read more »
Cheetah1956
3 years 7 months ago
Excellent points, Jedediah. It’s important to note that this recent purging is not an isolated incident. Consider the following: – The Florida GOP was responsible for re-districting in a way that resulted in conservatives Allen West and Sandy Adams losing. – Michelle Bachmann received no financial support from the party (fortunately she won anyway). – No Tea Party mention or real presence at the RNC convention in August. – Sarah Palin did zero campaign rallies during Sept/Oct, leading me to believe that she was told to stay away or else. – Massive power-grab by the party at the RNC convention which changed the rules so that the Establishment can hand-pick the GOP nominee in 2016 (probably Jeb Bush). If anyone things there will be a real primary in 2016, you’re nuts! I’ve had it with the Republican party and will be changing my registration to independent. I’m really hoping that… Read more »
Ray Downen
3 years 7 months ago

You may be throwing Sarah and Michelle and Allen and Jim out of the Republican party, but since you’ve left it, I suggest that you let us do our own throwing out, and we like those 4 very well. I also like the four conservatives who were removed from the appropriate posts in the House, and would like to see that action reversed.

Craig
3 years 7 months ago
JB, I’m glad you included libertarian-conservatives in your remarks. I honestly feel that if Mitt Romney had reached out to libertarians in a sincere way, he would have won the election. His own friend, Ron Paul, did not even endorse him from what I understand. I have neighbors who voted for Obama in 2008 and did not want to vote for him this time but couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Romney. They ended up not voting at all (which is sad), but most of them commented that they liked Ron Paul’s ideas. Interesting: who would have thought that a bunch of self-proclaimed Democrats (union members some of them) would consider the ideas of a Libertarian? I felt left out of this last political cycle – there are those of us who consider ourselves conservative, truly want government out of our lives as much as possible and don’t necessarily follow… Read more »
BobE
3 years 7 months ago
I agree with you, Craig. And to take your last paragraph one step farther, those experienced, conservative congressmen who stood up for their principles and the principles of those they represent, are now being pushed out–abandoned–by their party. In effect, we as conservatives are being disowned from the…dare I say it?…the new left Republican party by proxy. Now is truly the time for a conservative party to emerge. Like you, I have my own personal beliefs, but they are rapidly becoming political issues now, and I don’t believe they should be. And like you, I am all for smaller government, and a government of the people. In other words, I believe no one in elective offices should be granted “tenure” after one year of service and be given…GIVEN…an entitlement (unlike Social Security, which I paid into) of a pension. The members of the senate and house are supposed to be… Read more »
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