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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.

 

About The Author

Jedediah Bila is a co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News from 12-1pm ET. She is a TV and radio personality, author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Her book, Outnumbered, was published in May of 2011. Her columns have been published at PolicyMic, Human Events, Verily, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, FoxNews.com, Breitbart News, The Blaze, Townhall, and in AMAC’s newsletter and print magazine. Topics include culture, education, politics, relationships, media, fitness, and more. Jedediah has guest hosted Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and is a regular guest co-host of The Five on Fox News and The Independents on Fox Business. She has also guest hosted talk radio and been a Contributor on a wide range of Fox News and Fox Business programming. She joined the Fox News team in January 2013. Prior to that, she had also appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, The Blaze, and several radio shows. Jedediah graduated Valedictorian of Wagner College and earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University. She went on to hold leadership positions in the fields of Education and Marketing. She is a former high-school academic dean and academic adviser, and has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. She completed an advanced adult workshop in the Saturday program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and has worked with students ages three to adult in such fields as creative and academic writing, Spanish, public speaking, monologue coaching, and more. Jedediah is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Manhattan. She loves animals, fitness, superheroes, and organic foods. She is represented by Javelin.

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Comments (111)

  1. GARY THOMPSON says:

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

  2. Paul says:

    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 the longer a politician stays in office, the more favors he receives for their votes and as an incumbent the election most often goes to them because of lazy voters who do not research their voting records; the money they have at their disposal if not from corporations for their loyalty, then money from the RNC itself as they pick and choose winners; and of course there is always name recognition. This Congress just like the last with Boehner at the helm in the House and Speaker McConnell in the Senate will continue as it has. The greater number of true conservative House members will be a distraction at best. Those politicians who are deeply entrenched will not want to relinguish any of their powers…this shown already by the ousting of such members as chairpersons for key committees. I fear that the time it takes for America to awaken to what is really going on with the coordination of the obfuscation of facts in essentially all branches of government, our freedoms fought and paid for in blood long ago will continue to diminish as we find ourselves like frogs in a kettle. As good citizens we must take a greater interest in the daily running of our government at all levels. Too many rights and freedoms have already been inked away– to the willing ignorance of our citizens. Amazing how involved a small nation became only on two issues: freedom of religion and no taxation without representation. Sadly we have given both of these away and more without a hint of mass public outcry. We tend to not get involved unless a known particular threat directly impacts us, and that not until legislation has already been passed and we are appalled by the audacity of our elected officials. And then most likely 80% will shrug their shoulders and say what is done is done. Maybe the other 20% will write their Congressmen and probably less than 5% will actually be enraged enough to campaign for its repeal. For all the information we now have at our fingertips it is amazing how ignorant we still choose to be on issues that will effect our very futures. It is like as a nation we have embraced fatalism as our lot.
    A real test is headed our way and very fast on gun legislation. How many have expressed their informed opinion? Will our nation suffer the loss of the Second Amendment as a reinterpretation of its meaning of two parts as a well regulated state militia and an individual citizen’s inherit right to keep and bare arms of his choosing? With the absence of adjectives in the Second Amendment, will that leave room for regulation to dictate type and number of weapons citizens will “legally” be able to own? And finally will the “well regulated” slip into the second part of the statement and give federal regulators the “right” to require registration? And later will it mean that all weapons of private citizens be locked up in an armory? This is worrisome if one understands the original purpose of the Second Amendment, but wait, that takes research and people haven’t the time to see where this may take us a nation. This is on the agenda of the Obama administration. If it does not pass legislatively, he only needs to wait for an appointment or two to the Supreme Court to rule judicially in his favor and since we have given the Supreme Court the position of the final say on everything, that ruling will stand. We have lost our way on checks and balances and it is hurting our nation going forward. Frustration abounds with our current condition as a nation. Perhaps that is an underlying excuse taken up by the shooters of late. Angry young men, jobless, unthinking, irresponsibly directing that anger toward innocent victims. There must arise at some point a feeling of empowerment with things functioning as they should, but that may only come on the other side of heaven!

  3. Timothy says:

    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!

  4. Willi says:

    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 says:

      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.

  5. Ruth Massarotti says:

    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?

    • Norman Linnell says:

      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 says:

        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 our children are lost, not in the future, but rather starting now.

    • Melvin Volle says:

      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”

      • Willi says:

        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 says:

        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 way to defeat the greatest of individual candidates .
        The dems cannot defeat great ideas that are properly presented and supported .

      • Anna deBlanc says:

        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 little he cares for the middle class in his single minded fight to tax the rich more at our expense. I am 6 years out from retirement and I am scared of the changes he is making.
        I am angry that the GOP is not holding the line when Obama show no good faith offer when the GOP tried to work with him. Obama did win, but he does not have the mandate he believes he has, but the GOP is giving it to him and changing to Democrat lite!!!

    • Ruth Massarotti says:

      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 says:

        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.

  6. John QP says:

    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 canditates are Republic in name only. They talk “conservative” and then vote liberal. The one thing you can say about the democrats is that they are consistent- they talk liberal and vote liberal.

    God Bless America and save America from its elected officials.

  7. Ruth Massarotti says:

    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 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 to keep track of their State and Local Officials and how their governing affects the state’s population. We would truly MAKE our own transparency. As far as all the programs and welfare and committees and all of the things “big” government has arrogantly made their business (and thumbs their nose at us and makes fools of us and underestimates our intelligence); it would be the decision of each state to decide to keep the programs they can afford and dismiss those that are too expensive to maintain. NOW, this may cause us to “go over the fiscal cliff” temporarily but if the Congress doesn’t have the courage to step up and be counted and give up their “freebies” then We the People must do something. THINK ABOUT IT!!
    p.s. Also, do you believe the Obama Care Bill was declared Constitutional? How’s that for justice? One more thing, it would be a good thing also that Governors and only Governors (tried and true) would be able to run for President.
    I WOULD TRULY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR OPINIONS ON THIS COMMENT!

    • Norman Linnell says:

      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 !

    • Cathy B. says:

      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 & Rose, Rush and Sean Hannity. I watch Fox Cable News Network (only certain shows and news commentators do I like). I have never followed politics as close as I follow it now. I more than ever want to unite find a way to stop what this President is doing.

    • Timothy says:

      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!

  8. mighty manfried says:

    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 says:

      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 of economics being taught using his name.

      Is it any wonder so many people today can’t recognize the snake oil being sold to them by the Democrats? This garbage is all that they’ve been taught, so therefore it must be right in their minds. This is not an issue we’re going to turn around in two or four years. The Democrats have had decades to dumb down a large segment of the population to the point where they are essentially “useful idiots”. We all know what happened to the useful idiots in Russia after the revolution.

      • Phil says:

        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.

    • PaulE says:

      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 of economics being taught using his name.

      Is it any wonder so many people today can’t recognize the snake oil being sold to them by the Democrats? This garbage is all that they’ve been taught, so therefore it must be right in their minds. This is not an issue we’re going to turn around in two or four years. The Democrats have had decades to dumb down a large segment of the population to the point where they are essentially “useful idiots”. We all know what happened to the useful idiots in Russia after the revolution. It wasn’t very pretty.

      • JerryM says:

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

  9. Charles Rhodes says:

    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.

  10. Vern says:

    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.

  11. pete says:

    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.

  12. PaulE says:

    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 the GOP leadership’s decision to run a half-hearted, weak presidential campaign, for fear of alienating some supposed Independents, is to of course blame the conservatives and start talking about adopting more Democrat friendly policy positions in the hopes of winning votes down the road. Are we really surprised this is happening?

  13. Richard Benton says:

    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

  14. Dan says:

    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 says:

      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.

  15. c brown says:

    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.

    • No faith in government says:

      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.

    • getitright112 says:

      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.

  16. No faith in government says:

    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 you know, Mr. President, that this does nothing to fix the deficit or pay down the debt. You want this just to satisfy your desire for class warfare.”

    “And, Mr. President, if taxing the rich is your way of fixing the deficit, why don’t you just go ahead and confiscate every penny and asset of anyone with a n/w of $250,000, or greater? And you know what? That would only run the government for a matter of a few months. AND YOU CAN ONLY DO THAT ONCE. The next year there would be nothing to take. How will you explain this to your followers next year? The former rich will have no way of starting a business or hiring anyone. Happy now? Now, you would have to go after the middle class, with a vengeance, to support your wasteful policies and spending. THE CITIZENRY NEEDS TO KNOW THIS, SO THEY CAN SEE YOUR TAXING THE RICH POLICY IS WRONG AND IS NOTHING MORE THAN PETTY PUNISHMENT OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.

    “Mr. President. Let’s sit down RIGHT NOW, in front of the cameras and our citizenry, and start our negotiations. OUR COUNTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU OR ANY PARTY. YOU TOOK AN OATH. ABIDE BY IT. IT IS TIME TO BE TRANSPARENT AS YOU AND NANCY PELOSI HAVE PROMISED. YOU DO KEEP YOUR PROMISES DON’T YOU?” (Under Boehner’s breath…..’you lying POS’ (short for POTUS).

  17. TM Schlechty says:

    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.

  18. Art LeBeau says:

    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!

  19. Jerry Pfaffly says:

    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 the kid gloves.

    • Ray Downen says:

      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 says:

        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, here in Louisiana, and I will now change my party affiliation to Independent! I have been a loyal Republican, since I first registered to vote, in 1967. And, sorrowfully, I have to say, that the only Republican presidential candidate I have EVER voted FOR, was Ronnie Reagan! All the rest, I voted for, as the lesser of two evils! That translates into the Republican leadership, never being able to put fort a decent candidate, that reflects the views of the majority of Southern Conservative Republicans.
        Personally, since 11/6/12, I’ve been hearing a lot of “Red State” secession talk. And again personally, I’m all for it!
        If you are happy with the current Republican leadership and party direction, then I can only assume that you are a moderate, at best. You know, the Republican Party WAS an upstart 3rd party in 1859!! They replaced the “Wigs”, because of the same type of leadership arrogance and unresponsiveness to the electorate. “Those who don’t study history, are doomed to repeat it!” It’s time for a fresh new party to rise up. There is no law that says we can only have two major parties.

  20. Jane Mohline says:

    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.

  21. JD says:

    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.

  22. Wayne Phillips says:

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

  23. Jim H H says:

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

    • Norman Linnell says:

      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 .

    • Fred says:

      Agreed, very true.

  24. Marty says:

    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

  25. Norman Linnell says:

    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 .

    • Mike says:

      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.

      • Ray Downen says:

        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.

      • Fred says:

        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.

      • Norman Linnell says:

        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 says:

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

  26. Bruce says:

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

    • Ray Downen says:

      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.

  27. JOE OHIO says:

    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!”

    • Ray Downen says:

      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.

    • No faith in government says:

      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.

  28. Chris Sinclair says:

    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 says:

      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!

  29. Bobbi June Smith says:

    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.

    • Vernon Hulbert says:

      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.

      • Jane Mohline says:

        AGREE!!

      • Ray Downen says:

        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.

    • Fred says:

      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.

  30. Bob says:

    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 says:

      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.

  31. Ruth Massarotti says:

    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 to keep track of their State and Local Officials and how their governing affects the state’s population. We would truly MAKE our own transparency. As far as all the programs and welfare and committees and all of the things “big” government has arrogantly made their business (and thumbs their nose at us and makes fools of us and underestimates our intelligence); it would be the decision of each state to decide to keep the programs they can afford and dismiss those that are too expensive to maintain. NOW, this may cause us to “go over the fiscal cliff” temporarily but if the Congress doesn’t have the courage to step up and be counted and give up their “freebies” then We the People must do something. THINK ABOUT IT!!
    p.s. Also, do you believe the Obama Care Bill was declared Constitutional? How’s that for justice? One more thing, it would be a good thing also that Governors and only Governors (tried and true) would be able to run for President.

  32. Ron Bentley says:

    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 says:

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

  33. Bob Palmer says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  34. slk says:

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

    • Jonahton Kerkhoff says:

      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 says:

        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 national level that we may be forced to secede and let the liberals have the nation we’ve loved and served while patriots start from scratch in the states who secede.

        • slk says:

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

  35. John Walsh says:

    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 says:

      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 sacrifices and successes.

  36. Robert Irvine says:

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

  37. Frank says:

    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.

  38. William R. Barker says:

    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.

  39. Poppa Blues says:

    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 says:

      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.

  40. Paul Stahl says:

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

    • Ray Downen says:

      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 says:

        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
        COUNTRY
        FAMILY
        CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES TO GUIDE OUR LIVES

  41. Peggy Thompson says:

    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.

  42. Kwt says:

    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!!!

  43. Mlynn says:

    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.

  44. Marty says:

    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 says:

      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.

  45. Douglas hudgins says:

    Timely and well stated Jedediah.

  46. Jeff says:

    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!

  47. Michael Duncan says:

    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?

  48. Michael Lepp says:

    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 !!

    • R. Blake says:

      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 of taxing achievement (work) and begin taxing consumption. Those who consumed more (the rich) would pay more. Unfortunately, as with most other common sense solutions, we will continue down the road to socialism as long as we keep involuntarily keep taking from one to give to another.

    • Calcon10 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  49. Cheetah1956 says:

    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 those that have been thrown out of the party like Sarah Palin, Allen West, Jim Jordan, Michelle Bachmann, etc. will form a third-party.

    • Ray Downen says:

      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.

  50. Craig says:

    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 every doctrine believed in by the far right (i.e., social issues – my personal beliefs are one thing, but should the government be intruding in our lives regarding marriage, family planning – I don’t think it should, but that’s my opinion). The family, the church, the community and the education that should be occurring at each of those levels is what’s failing us ultimately.

    Your article is poignant in so many ways. The people who send elected officials to Washington count on their voices being heard. I find it a rather scary thing that there are individuals being ostracized by their own political party because of what they believe and what they have to say. What’s happening and what can we do?

    • BobE says:

      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 public servants. They have become an elite class now, answerable to no one. They should all be held to a maximum of two terms, not be eligible for a pension, should have to pay into social security, should have to enroll in Medicare and be responsible for their own insurance like we are, get cost of living raises only, and when they are finished with their two terms, should have to go back to work outside of politics or retire on social security if they’re eligible. They should be held to the same…THE SAME…standards that we are. Do you think they’d finally figure out how to write and pass a budget then?

      And I’m only warming up. I still have thoughts about making English our national language, getting rid of “anchor baby” status, and deporting illegal aliens because I don’t want to have to have our taxes pay to support them in this country when we still have veterans of the armed forces who get no help from our own government. This regime has cheapened what my mother had to go through to become a citizen of these United States so she could live here. She was more of an American than most of the idiots in Washington, D.C.

      I liked Ron Paul. I would have voted for him. I voted for Romney, but I knew he had little chance because he didn’t reach out to the libertarians and conservatives. Now, it seems we have little representation at all. It makes me sad.

  51. BL says:

    Is this a kind of Hollywood-envy on the part of the GOP leadership? Ostracize the conservatives. The current administration has taken the ‘bully’ in bully pulpit back to its playground roots. With the purges now taking place in the GOP, just who is going to stand up to the left wing?

  52. brian conway says:

    Jedediah. Great article. I’ve been a conservative Republican here in NY since attaining the age of reason (about 25 for me) I believe that shortly I will be changing my registration to the Conservative Party. Basically I will always or almost always be voting for the GOP candidate but on the Conservative line. You know, give them a little message.

    I always enjoy your TV appearances. Keep up the great work.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Brian Conway
    Kinderhook, N. Y.

  53. Kenny says:

    You are right and I am disgusted.

  54. MJ says:

    Excellent! Thank you!

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