As the Examiner reported Saturday, a rift has developed between moderate, elitist establishment Republicans and conservatives over funding for Obamacare.
When budget negotiations begin for the current session of Congress, funding for Obamacare will once again take center stage. A group of conservatives including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, insist that the House must resist providing funds for the implementation of the highly unpopular healthcare reform law.
But the elitist moderates in the Party are insistent that Obamacare be included in resolutions that fund the government, in spite of the fact that the healthcare reform measure is growing even more unpopular as time goes along, and in spite of growing opposition among some Democrats and labor unions.
The contentious Obamacare debate between the conservatives and the elitists in the Republican Party is indicative of a much wider and deeper rift within the Party. Conservatives charge that in spite of the fact that they represent most Republicans in the country, they are the ones who are ignored and expected to capitulate to demands made by the Party leadership in the House and Senate represented by personalities such as John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, and Kevin McCarthy, among others. The conservatives also charge that the more moderate stance of the leadership is killing the Party and leading to significant losses in key elections.
The presidential election of 2012 is a case in point. According to elections experts as reported by talk radio host and attorney Mark Levin, conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News personality Sean Hannity, several million conservatives stayed home on election day, leading to a razor thin reelection for Barack Obama.
Many conservatives warned incessantly prior to 2012 that if the Republican Party picked another moderate like John McCain in 2008, they would make the Party pay a heavy price and simply stay home in protest.
Apparently, they succeeded.
Republicans turned away several good conservative candidates and chose instead a northeastern establishment moderate by the name of Mitt Romney. As far back as 2008 when Romney ran for the GOP nomination the first time, conservatives informed Party leaders that he would be unacceptable to them based upon his past support for gun control, abortion, and other matters that sour the stomachs of conservatives.
That warning was repeated in 2012, but to no avail. Republicans chose Romney anyway, over the objections of millions of grassroots conservatives.
And millions of them sat out the general election in November of that year in protest.
Party leaders need to hear loud and clear one unmistakable message. This is only the tip of the iceberg. If they think conservatives sitting out an election is bad enough, just wait until they implement the next phase to send the Party a clear signal that we will be ignored no longer. Some conservatives are already talking about voting in favor of Democrats for the purpose of getting rid of worthless RINOs such as John Boehner, Lindsey Graham, Kevin McCarthy, and a host of others.
Such a plan is being contemplated for no other reason than to prove to Republican Party leaders that without conservatives they cannot win elections. We pay the bills. We form the base. We get out the vote. Ignore us, and you lose. Sorry, but you would not listen in 2008 and 2012. Now you must pay the price.
Of course, there is one excellent way to avoid all of this. If Boehner, Graham, McCain, and company will but stop disparaging conservatives and implement the plans we endorse, and then steer clear of the “Democrat-lite” programs that they seem to adore, then we can all kiss and make up.
But it is doubtful that the elitists will go for it. After all, they refer to conservatives routinely as “extremist” and “dangerous.”
So, you think we are dangerous, do you? Well, just keep going down the present path, and we will show you how dangerous we are. You can kiss your political career goodbye. And when you do, it will be good riddance.
Be sure to read my latest entry in the series, Musings After Midnight, titled, “Why my hope for a peaceful solution to the current mess in government has gone out the window.”
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