The Mask is Off
Last Thursday will be remembered as the day the Republican establishment unveiled its true face. We know they've just been inside the beltway too long. We expect their informed opinion to tilt in whatever direction keeps them on the cocktail circuit. That's why many of us don't pay a whole lot of attention to them. But to bring out John McCain and Bob Dole to give us advice on picking presidential candidates and have who we thought were "our" pundits treat it as gospel? Next they will tell us ObamaCare is not so bad. Oh wait, they're already priming that pump.
Let's face it, Reagan was an aberration. Before and since, can anyone truthfully say that the party has gone to the mat for conservative, TEA party values? Or has it been just lip service? Why is it always that when we seem to be inside the twenty on an issue that matters, such as cutting the size of government and holding it accountable, we can never score? Newt tried somewhat in the nineties, but was stabbed in the back by his own party. What happened when the Republicans had both houses and the presidency? What happened to the House of Representatives the TEA party put in office in 2010? Excuses. There always has been and there always will be excuses.
That brings us to this election cycle. Mitt Romney is the establishment's man. Never mind that Romney has never done anything conservative. Never mind that it is leaking out that he probably won't get rid of ObamaCare, the issue that gave Republicans the House in 2010. Never mind that his biggest qualification is that he is a businessman. So is George Soros. Pretty much the same kind of business, too. Woe on to anyone who is a threat to the status quo that challenges him, though. They will be attacked with a fervor never unleashed on a Democratic opponent.
Now why is that? As always, money and power. And, as Ayn Rand told us, the biggest pile of either resides in Washington, DC. For the Republican and Democratic establishment and their lackeys, it has never been about principles or the middle class. It has always been about saying or doing whatever it takes to feed at the public trough. Anyone who gets in their way or dares to shrink the trough will be destroyed. Those at the trough do share with each other, though. How often do you see anyone from either party suffer consequences from fleecing the taxpayer?
So, TEA party, constitutional conservative folks, we have a choice to make. We can stay on the plantation, run away or abolish it. The first choice is easy and we may even see some scraps from time to time. The last two will be more difficult, but since we now know the face of the enemy, not so much.
Ebben Raves is a veteran, constitutional conservative activist, and speaker who teaches American history and has been a guest on several talk radio shows. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org