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No Cavalry Is Coming
Fiscal conservatives wait in vain for the GOP Cavalry to rescue America from further growth in the federal debt, for there is no Cavalry coming.
An American Thinker (AT) piece, posted on July 5, 2012, entitled "If the GOP Cavalry Doesn't Come," suggested that, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ObamaCare decision, conservatives awaited the arrival of the GOP Cavalry after a Republican victory in November 2012.
The hoped-for Cavalry could, the article suggested, be a "troop of newly elected Republican congressional legislators who will ride into D.C. hell-bent-to-leather, determined to turn back the progressives who control the Democratic Party and the national agenda."
Then the July article asked, "What if that cavalry doesn't come? Or what if it arrives poorly armed, on lame horses, with dull leadership?"
If the GOP Cavalry failed to come, the article -- in a thinly veiled reference to the Tea Party movement -- looked toward "an alignment of like-minded grassroots organizations across the nation -- organizations who trace their ideological ancestry back to a group of Bostonians who dressed up not like Cavalry, but like Indians."
On August 6, 2012, another AT posting, entitled "The Morphing of the Tea Party," quoted an unnamed "Texas Tea Party activist" who, when asked what had become of the movement, said, "We put down our protest signs, and picked up campaign signs." He said that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's victory lap after passing Obamacare was a "wake-up call." It signaled that mass Tea Party demonstrations would not bring significant changes. Change would only come through the ballot box.
Michael Kinzie is the "Texas Tea Party activist" quoted in the August 2012 article. He is the founder and editor of the Texas-based website teaparty911.com. Kinzie was one of several Texas Tea Party leaders and organizations that, along with Tea Party activists from across the country, sponsored the September 13, 2011, CNN Tea Party Republican Presidential Candidates' Debate.
Here's how Kinzie describes the Tea Party movement today:
Earlier this year, teaparty911.com ran a series of articles that documented instances across America where the GOP establishment, at county, state and national levels, worked against Tea Party-backed candidates for the House of Representatives (here, here, here, here, and here), and the U.S. Senate (here). Kinzie's website also detailed the election of Illinois' new Democrat-lite State GOP Chairman here.
Today, a speleologist Republican leadership is prone to cave in confrontations with Democrats. Consequently, at the end of this season's debt ceiling puppet show, the ceiling will go up, yet again.
Despite the President's surrealistic claim that a higher debt level doesn't mean more debt, the federal debt will go up, too, as politicians in both parties bemoan, for the umpteenth time, a debt destined to fall hard on future generations.
"Unsustainable" will sustain its central linguistic role in American political doublespeak.
Meanwhile, we face the stark future described by David Stockman in his book The Great Deformation.
The dust cloud over the horizon is not the Cavalry. Today, there is no Cavalry.
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