The GOP establishment continues to prove that it is filled with a bunch of sniveling, spineless cowards pretending to be conservatives. While they are quick to unfurl the banner of conservatism every two years during election season, they just as quickly fold it up and store it away once their campaign coffers are full and our votes secured.
In other words, being a conservative is a matter of convenience, not conviction, for the vast majority of Republicans.
As a movement, conservatives have been all too willing to accept the crumbs falling from the GOP establishment’s table as we convinced ourselves that having an “R” in office was better than having a “D.” Unfortunately, this binary approach to voting has done more harm than good to the conservative values. Party bosses, or perhaps thugs would be a more appropriate description, demand our capitulation to their self-interested agenda under the threat of retribution if we choose not to toe the party line.
Two events transpired last week that show the kind of damage the GOP establishment can do, and how it spells the end of conservatism within the Republican party.
The first event involves the House Freedom Caucus, a group dedicated to “open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.” Impressive sounding words, but unfortunately the Freedom Caucus recently caved to threats from Donald Trump–yes, he is establishment now–over the fake repeal of Obamacare.
The AHCA is not full repeal & there is more work to be done. But because of the hard work of conservatives, we have a better bill today.
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) April 26, 2017
Even though they admit that the new and improved version of Ryancare/Trumpcare “is not full repeal” of Obamacare, the Freedom Caucus is celebrating their make-believe victory and are now fully endorsing it because it keeps their promise or something.
“If premiums come down for Americans, then we have succeeded. It’s making sure that those pre-existing conditions get protected and yet make it affordable for all Americans. This plan does that. And so as we look at going forward, it’s all about just informing and helping educate our members so that they can make an informed decision.” – Rep. Mark Meadows (Freedom Caucus
Hmmm… Better coverage and lower costs. Seems to me I’ve heard that before.
The second event involves The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, where it was announced that the organization would be severing ties with former Senator Jim DeMint as president of the organization. This decision followed policy positions taken by DeMint attacking Rep. Paul Ryan for the House’s fake repeal of Obamacare, and the border-adjustment tax (BAT) being pushed by the GOP.
DeMint has been under pressure since the Republican Study Committee–a caucus of so-called House Conservatives–dropped its support of Heritage due to DeMint’s attacks against the GOP establishment. These attacks are what led to Mitch McConnell’s all-out assault on Conservatives and the Senate Conservative Fund–a group founded by DeMint–ever since the 2014 midterm elections.
On Friday, we featured a podcast by Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review where he discussed how Conservatives have reached the breaking point with the GOP because of how Republicans keep selling us out, bastardizing our values, breaking their promises, and then lying about it.
Based on the GOP’s track record, along with the events that transpired last week, I have to say he’s right. And I think that it also proves conclusively that the GOP is no longer the home of Conservatives.
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