One of the good things about the recent government shutdown is that for those folks who support the tea party but still liked or believed in the GOP Congressional leadership, they now have very little reason to feel that way anymore. In the aftermath, the establishment of the party in the form of persons such as Senator John McCain (Statist-AZ) and Representative Peter King (Statist-NY) revealed their contempt for the conservative base of the Republican Party.
King called the shutdown deal a victory for America over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). McCain had a nasty back-and-forth with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). And the head of a moderate Republican PAC called Defending Main Street, former Rep. Steven LaTourette (Statist-Ohio), said “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them.” And of course there is Karl Rove and his American Crossroads PAC who promises to vet candidates in the primary (vetting is fine, smearing is not and with Rove I think we will know which course he takes).
Rep. Steven LaTourette (Statist-Ohio)
So there you go. The go-along to get along Republicans revealed themselves. And a very necessary civil war is upon us. And the battle in this party is between conservatives/libertarians and tea party folks that don’t want a cradle-to-grave entitlement state and Republican leadership that does not have the will to stop the creation of a social democracy.
Take the disastrous rollout of Obamacare. You all know the story of website failures and Americans having their insurance cancelled left, right and sideways. And the left is laying the ground work for single-payer health care as a result of these failures. “We wanted single-payer all along it’s your fault that we don’t have it.” You will hear that message soon enough (and I bet you will hear it from 2016 Democratic Presidential hopefuls). And you have Democrats saying fix it, don’t nix it.
And in Louisiana’s 5th congressional district they may have a Republican ally to mending the health care law. Rodney Alexander resigned that seat and two Republicans, state Senator Neal Riser and Vance McAllister have advanced to the runoff.
McAllister is a self-funded businessman who runs as an outsider and fits that label very well. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? McAllister does support repealing Obamacare but he also said this in the Monroe News-Star, “I think we’re honestly past that. So if we know we have to live with it, let’s make it livable. Find the things that don’t work and fix them.”
We’re past trying to repeal Obamacare? But the establishment of the Republican tells the tea party to hang in there with them in 2014 and 2016 and we will get rid of Obamacare. I’ve got a question for Mr. McAllister, does making Obamacare livable include transitioning to single-payer. And that’s a question for any other Republicans who feel this way. I hope not because if we have single-payer health care then a permanent big-government majority will be the future of this country.
And for me it’s not about 2014. It’s about 2016. It’s about the notion that Republicans must go down the same road it went with McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 and support either New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or former Florida governor Jeb Bush. And that can’t happen. Neither man has the will to turn around the ship of state away from the cliff of social democracy. They will go right on growing the deficit and the only change they bring will be who gets the goodies they want to give away.
We have 3 years until election day and we can start now. And it starts with what Free Radical Network’s Felicia Cravens said in her You Tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qwisjdkNRU). She quite rightly says that if you want to do something about then start working in your local Republican apparatus. And that starts with me phone banking for my cousin who is running for town council in Boone, N.C. and going back to Sarasota County and doing likewise.
We have to work and we have to fight because there are certain bridges that will be burned behind us once we cross them. National healthcare is one of those.