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January 31, 2010

GOP Tries to Buy In To Tea Party

Filed under: Butterfly Wings — Punchinello @ 2:20 am
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We have a primary election about to take place here in Illinois, on Tuesday. For some stupid reason, the powers-that-be decided that having an early primary would somehow give somebody an advantage or something. Regardless, we have this primary and we have a national Senate seat in play. Rollie The Boo, otherwise known as Roland Burris, isn’t going to run for the seat. He was our interim junior senator installed by ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.

The political machine is running smoothly, thank you very much, and “everyone” seems to want Mark Kirk for the Senate. The problem is he’s pretty much your standard business-as-usual Republican. You can tell he’s part of the machine because he has all the other GOP candidates on the ticket putting out ads in his favor. And he’s doing the same for them. All the GOP machine candidates tell us the same thing: We won’t raise your taxes! We have A Plan!

What plan?

We hear they have a “plan.” They’re “conservative.” They’re wonderful, they’re perfect, and they’re who we should vote for. Why? Because they can win! And we’re told that winning is what it’s all about. Who cares what they do when they get to Washington? The fact that they’re Republicans is all that’s supposed to matter. Except…what if they’re Republicans In Name Only (RINOs)?

Up until that last election in 2008, we conservatives were told that we should hold our noses, close our eyes and vote the GOP ticket. To an extent, that’s probably what helped block the national health-care reform “bill.” It’s also helped having a block of minority Republicans stand firm, vote as a block, and try to prevent the runaway congress from simply blasting into law the entire liberal agenda.

The problem is that most GOP politicians aren’t voting principles. They’re trying to bring back the pork, they’re voting compromise, they’re wishy-washy, and they really don’t stand for anything in particular. The Tea Party, so-called conservative activists, really is only a grassroots movement to separate conservatives from Republicans. As it should be.

Conservatives have almost nothing at all to do with the GOP. That’s what so sad about watching the Republican leadership try to figure out what they can do to “co-opt” the Tea Party members. They can’t. Well, that’s not strictly true. It would really be quite simple: All any politician has to do is develop some principles, stick to them, hold to some character, and ignore all further polling numbers.

It isn’t about programs and strategies. It isn’t about being more fiscally responsible, socially aware, willing to compromise, or whatever other idiotic nonsense the lame-brains in Washington come up with. Being a conservative means thinking rationally about the world, the country, and the overall context of government. It means a clear valuation of freedom to choose, individuality, and limited government.

The reason so many voters now classify themselves as Independent is that we’re tired of agendas. We’re tired of political gaming, tactics, bargains, and “bipartisanship” whatever. What we want is representatives who actually represent us in the national government process. We don’t want people going to Washington with $1,000 and coming home with $1-million!

All these Very Wise GOP leaders and thinkers are trying like crazy to figure out how they can buy the conservative vote. What’s pathetic is that the foundation of conservative thinking is that ideals and principles can’t be bought. They aren’t wil-o’-the-wisp blatherings meant only for cocktail parties and drunken complaints.

The Tea Party isn’t properly a political party, nor is it a movement. It’s a simple way to separate conservative thought, values, and principles from all other political groups. Conservatives aren’t Libertarians. They’re not Constitutionalists. They’re not Green something. It used to be fairly easy to say someone was a conservative. But the mainstream media insists on calling conservatives “activists” and “fringe crazies,” lumping it all in with progressive liberalism.

Too bad, so sad. The GOP will stumble along, mumbling about what it will take to convince conservatives that they’re really important. They’ll try to figure out how much it’ll cost, what catch-phrases to use. They’ll talk about feelings, family, values, and whatever other load of crap we’ve been hearing for 50 years. And while they’re doing this, they won’t ever understand why nobody cares, nobody’s listening, and why they likely won’t win much in the coming elections.

Actually, that’s not true. Winning candidates likely will be listed as Republicans. We’re not all that dumb, and we realize that a third party won’t be such a great idea. But, as with Scott Brown, it’ll be a listing “in name only.” Conservatives will be the true Republicans In Name Only! What an irony! They’ll have the label “Republican,” but won’t have much to do with traditional GOP gobblety-gook.

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