The GOP House, Establishment Cowards and Conservative Fools

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The GOP House, Establishment Cowards and Conservative Fools

If the party wants me and peo­ple like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can con­vince me that they are seri­ous about grow­ing the party, when they con­vince me they are seri­ous about treat­ing the tea party et/​al as val­ued mem­bers as opposed to a source of temp labor and occa­sional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Repub­li­can Party in as pub­lic a fash­ion as I’ve just left it.

DaT­e­chGuy Feb 2 2013

Four years ago I quit the GOP because I was offended by what I saw cov­er­ing the vote for state party chair. Friday’s Oba­macare deba­cle con­firmed that my deci­sion was the right one.

Cow­ardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – hor­ri­ble to antic­i­pate, hor­ri­ble to feel, hor­ri­ble to remember;

The Screw­tape Let­ters Num­ber 23

The GOP House lead­er­ship are a bunch of cowards.

When Oba­macare passed they railed against it. When the 2010 elec­tions came by they cam­paigned against it and were rewarded with con­trol of the house and the repeal bill began to pass. When the GOP took over the Sen­ate in 2014 the repeal bills con­tin­ued. Over and over first under Boehner and then under Ryan the House lead­er­ship bravely passed repeal bills that they knew would never become law.

And then Don­ald Trump was elected. And sud­denly the repeal bills that were good enough to pass, were sud­denly not.

They remind me of the pro­fes­sional pro­tes­tors of the left or the ille­gal alien advo­cates. As long as they were con­fronting police in cities that wouldn’t harm them or pros­e­cute them they were lions, but once they found them­selves in a sit­u­a­tion where they would be pros­e­cuted like Trump inau­gural, or arrested by ICE they cried for mother.

Rep Joe Bar­ton explained it perfectly

Prior to the vote being can­celed, Rep. Joe Bar­ton, a mem­ber of the Free­dom Cau­cus who would have sup­ported the leg­is­la­tion, said its fail­ure would be a “huge black eye” for Repub­li­cans. After­ward, he attempted to explain the outcome.

“Some­times you’re play­ing fan­tasy foot­ball and some­times you’re in the real game,” Bar­ton said. He elab­o­rated that House Repub­li­cans knew, with each past repeal vote, that Obama would have vetoed it. “This time, we knew if it got to the president’s desk it would be signed.”

And so when it came time to gov­ern and lead, the House lead­er­ship ran away like the cow­ards they were. They deserve to face pri­maries and be replaced.

if he [Gen­eral Bragg] could not win in just the way he wanted, he did not care about win­ning at all, or any­how he wanted no per­sonal share in such a victory

Shelby Foote The Civil War A Nar­ra­tive Fred­er­icks­burg to Merid­ian p 744

And while were at it, lets pri­mary the fools of the Free­dom Caucus.

The free­dom cau­cus had a chance to defund Obama, albeit in an imper­fect vehi­cle, and not only that, they had a bill that addressed other key con­ser­v­a­tive pri­or­i­ties. It pro­vided room for tax cuts that could stim­u­late the econ­omy, and even more impor­tantly would have defunded planned par­ent­hood mean­ing that Democ­rats want­ing to re-​fund them would have needed to repass such leg­is­la­tion. Fur­ther­more they knew their fel­low house GOP mem­bers for the cow­ards they were, they knew they didn’t have the guts to bring up the old bill, yet know­ing this they were too proud and too stu­pid to take the run scor­ing sin­gle to begin the drive and instead swung for the fences and struck out.

But that’s not the only thing they knew, they also knew that Don­ald Trump is a late con­vert to con­ser­vatism just as Saul of Tar­sus was a late con­vert to Chris­tian­ity, And just as that self­same saint didn’t waste his time with peo­ple who won’t listen.

On the fol­low­ing sab­bath almost the whole city gath­ered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jeal­ousy and with vio­lent abuse con­tra­dicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barn­abas spoke out boldly and said, “It was nec­es­sary that the word of God be spo­ken to you first, but since you reject it and con­demn your­selves as unwor­thy of eter­nal life, we now turn to the Gentiles

Acts 13:4446

The GOP cau­cus sup­pos­edly filled with Chris­tians who know their scrip­ture should have rec­og­nized that this pres­i­dent, if he can’t make a deal with his own cau­cus would, like Paul, be happy to make one with some­one else.

“As you know, I’ve been say­ing for years that the best thing is to let Oba­macare explode and then go make a deal with the Democ­rats and have one uni­fied deal. And they will come to us, we won’t have to come to them.”

If the Free­dom cau­cus didn’t like this ver­sion of Oba­macare repeal how much less will they love a deal made with Democ­rats that will almost cer­tainly con­tinue fund­ing for planned parenthood.

Now if these guys had been seri­ous and smart there was a sim­ple way this could be handed to sat­isfy every­one. Last year’s Restor­ing Amer­i­cans’ Health­care Free­dom Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Act should have been rein­tro­duced, and voted on in the house and if it failed and we have every rea­son to believe it would fail because if the estab­lish­ment cow­ards of the house didn’t reject it, the squishes in the sen­ate like Collins, Murkowski et/​all would have killed it there pre­sum­ing of course that the par­lia­men­tar­ian of the Sen­ate didn’t save them the trou­ble by allow­ing Sen­ate Democ­rats to fil­i­buster. Once that failed then Ryan could have offered his half a loaf as the best shot to get things done.

But because the House GOP (and likely the sen­ate) were too cow­ardly to sup­port the old repeal bill, and the Free­dom cau­cus was too stu­pid to accept half a loaf the Amer­i­can Peo­ple in gen­eral and GOP votes in par­tic­u­lar are stuck with Oba­macare for at least another year, but we’re also stuck with Planned Par­ent­hood fund­ing con­tin­ued and believe me rabid pro-​lifers like myself will not for­get that the GOP left that prize slip through our fin­gers. To para­phrase Charl­ton Hes­ton from the clas­sic movie El Cid

Sire, you risk hav­ing no GOP major­ity at all

I say pri­mary the lot of them, I’m sure we can find 218 other repub­li­cans who aren’t cow­ards or fools will­ing to gov­ern. I’ll give the last word to Charl­ton Hes­ton from El Cid:


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If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Republican Party in as public a fashion as I’ve just left it.

DaTechGuy Feb 2 2013

Four years ago I quit the GOP because I was offended by what I saw covering the vote for state party chair. Friday’s Obamacare debacle confirmed that my decision was the right one.

 

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;

The Screwtape Letters Number 23

The GOP House leadership are a bunch of cowards.

When Obamacare passed they railed against it.  When the 2010 elections came by they campaigned against it and were rewarded with control of the house and the repeal bill began to pass.  When the GOP took over the Senate in 2014 the repeal bills continued.  Over and over first under Boehner and then under Ryan the House leadership bravely passed repeal bills that they knew would never become law.

And then Donald Trump was elected.  And suddenly the repeal bills that were good enough to pass, were suddenly not.

They remind me of the professional protestors of the left or the illegal alien advocates.  As long as they were confronting police in cities that wouldn’t harm them or prosecute them they were lions, but once they found themselves in a situation where they would be prosecuted like Trump inaugural, or arrested by ICE they cried for mother.

Rep Joe Barton explained it perfectly

Prior to the vote being canceled, Rep. Joe Barton, a member of the Freedom Caucus who would have supported the legislation, said its failure would be a “huge black eye” for Republicans. Afterward, he attempted to explain the outcome. 

“Sometimes you’re playing fantasy football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” Barton said. He elaborated that House Republicans knew, with each past repeal vote, that Obama would have vetoed it. “This time, we knew if it got to the president’s desk it would be signed.”

And so when it came time to govern and lead, the House leadership ran away like the cowards they were.  They deserve to face primaries and be replaced.

if he [General Bragg] could not win in just the way he wanted, he did not care about winning at all, or anyhow he wanted no personal share in such a victory

Shelby Foote The Civil War A Narrative Fredericksburg to Meridian p 744

And while were at it, lets primary the fools of the Freedom Caucus.

The freedom caucus had a chance to defund Obama, albeit in an imperfect vehicle, and not only that, they had a bill that addressed other key conservative priorities.  It provided room for tax cuts that could stimulate the economy, and even more importantly would have defunded planned parenthood meaning that Democrats wanting to re-fund them would have needed to repass such legislation.  Furthermore they knew their fellow house GOP members for the cowards they were, they knew they didn’t have the guts to bring up the old bill, yet knowing this they were too proud and too stupid to take the run scoring single to begin the drive and instead swung for the fences and struck out.

But that’s not the only thing they knew, they also knew that Donald Trump is  a  late convert to conservatism just as Saul of Tarsus was a late convert to Christianity,  And just as that selfsame saint didn’t waste his time with people who won’t listen.

On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles

Acts 13:44-46

The GOP caucus supposedly filled with Christians who know their scripture should have recognized that this president, if he can’t make a deal with his own caucus would, like Paul, be happy to make one with someone else.

“As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us, we won’t have to come to them.”

If the Freedom caucus didn’t like this version of Obamacare repeal how much less will they love a deal made with Democrats that will almost certainly continue funding for planned parenthood.

Now if these guys had been serious and smart there was a simple way this could be handed to satisfy everyone.  Last year’s Restoring Americans’  Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act should have been reintroduced, and voted on in the house and if it failed and we have every reason to believe it would fail because if the establishment cowards of the house didn’t reject it, the squishes in the senate like Collins, Murkowski et/all would have killed it there presuming of course that the parliamentarian of the Senate didn’t save them the trouble by allowing Senate Democrats to filibuster.  Once that failed then Ryan could have offered his half a loaf as the best shot to get things done.

But because the House GOP (and likely the senate) were too cowardly to support the old repeal bill, and the Freedom caucus was too stupid to accept half a loaf the American People in general and GOP votes in particular are stuck with Obamacare for at least another year, but we’re also stuck with Planned Parenthood funding continued and believe me rabid pro-lifers like myself will not forget that the GOP left that prize slip through our fingers.  To paraphrase Charlton Heston from the classic movie El Cid

Sire, you risk having no GOP majority at all

I say primary the lot of them, I’m sure we can find 218 other republicans who aren’t cowards or fools willing to govern.  I’ll give the last word to Charlton Heston from El Cid:


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