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.
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
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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