So there’s a fairly new website, which explains itself in part with “We simply want to win first so we can legislate effectively.” Then they quote Joe Scarborough’s critique of the 2010 Senate race by blaming the Tea Party for not winning more seats than we did in the historic victory that year. Not mentioned is the fact that GOP RINOism had gotten the Senate down by ten so that even heroic victories were not enough to recover a bare majority.
If I thought that their facts were correct, I might agree with their conclusions. But their facts are wrong, and the odds are they know it, so here it is. The GOP has proven which side it is on in the fight between limited government and unlimited government. Until that party remembers what it is for, it is the most effective threat to the liberty of the citizenry. Yes, even worse than the Democrats, for they can only win, but cannot destroy the right. The power to destroy the right exists only in the hands of the GOP, and it is the only fight they have any stomach for.
The GOP has once again “come out” as being at war against the Tea Party. But they do this about every six months. Here’s Eric Cantor urging Democrats to vote for a RINO in a Republican primary. Years ago. It’s part of the rinse-spin-repeat cycle they use in attempting to marginalize us. The truth is that the GOP has been at war against the Tea Party since the 2011 appointment by Speaker John Boehner of 16-term Representative Hal “Prince of Pork” Rogers as the House Appropriation Committee Chair. At the time, Paul Ryan seemed like a far better man for that job. But that too was not true, as “recent” developments have made clear. Senator Rand Paul (love him or hate him) pointed out at the time that the much-celebrated Ryan Budget of 2011 was also too little, too late: ”Freezing domestic spending at 2010 levels does not significantly delay the coming debt crisis and is at best a diversion from the real budgetary cuts that are necessary.” I remember being excited about the Ryan budget, and that critique of it brought me up short.
In fact, Ryan’s sustained slide down the pole of respectability is just one more facet of the horror now dawning on the Tea Party: that the GOP does not mean what they say, that they never meant what they said, and that they will kill the Tea Party before they let us move them from their comfy position. The GOP enjoys a highly profitable permanent minority status, skimming their cut of power and privilege from the massive government largesse.
What does this have to do with some RINO website? I like the people who write there. They aren’t bad, but they are wrong. They want to win first and fight later. But winning is not an acceptable substitute for victory, because we have seen that winning costs us just as much as losing, with the added injury of delay. Skeptical? When the Tea Party “wins”, we do so by empowering GOP wins. The GOP has a majority, the Tea Party does not. The GOP has candidates, the Tea Party does not. The Tea Party is not an actual party, and should never be. Third parties lose, that’s just a fact. And if we were a party with leaders, we would be taken apart. SO we exist only to influence the GOP. And we have been going backwards. So “winning” is not the same as victory. We are going to have to break some GOP bones.
ObamaCare has still been funded at 100%, despite a front-side veto in the House. What on earth did we accomplish by winning in 2010? And don’t get too comfortable with the fact that it’s broken. The GOP outside of the Tea Party has limited its attacks to the website itself, not the whole principle of the thing. And that plays right in to the Alinskyite trap. When eventually the website works and the healthcare industry itself has collapsed, who will get the blame? The moron GOP for being so disagreeable. The left will say. “We fixed the website, and if the not for the GOP, the rest of this would be working as well”. You have to kill some ideas with direct fire, not artful plans.
There was never an acceptable time for excuses, and my patience has run out as well. People say that those like me who throw around words like RINO, Establishment, and Quisling will only hurt the GOP. That is true. The GOP has responded to years of positive reinforcement with treachery. Negative reinforcement, then. I aim to kick the GOP until it either dies or repents. It has defended Marxism while combating conservatism. They see us clearly, and it is we who have been mistaken about our relationship.
The Tea Party is an army being led on a forced march by our GOP generals, always being told that the real fight is in the next valley, and we just have to make it over one more hill. But we are simply being marched to death by our captors.