Partially transcribed from Monday's program …
I want to lay out the truth about where this country is headed, what I think about it and what it means for you and your family. There's a whole new dynamic playing out – with this back-and-forth between the Tea Party and the establishment – that if you are conservative, you ought to be very concerned about.
There's a sad truth emerging. The game (and it is a game to most of them) in Washington has been for so long to accumulate power at whatever cost to the American people. Let's lay out the players involved in this power struggle.
- The Democrats, hard-line Leftists, refuse to compromise on the Holy Grail of liberal accomplishments which is ObamaCare. Nationalized healthcare has been a 100 year dream of progressives. They'd rather talk to Mullahs in Iran than Republicans about healthcare. They aren't going to give up this fight, even if it means hurting our military or maximizing pain on the American people.
- Now we have the Republicans. We have two emerging groups, as highlighted by this debt ceiling debate and the issue of funding ObamaCare. None of this is all that new, but there are the establishment Republicans – They want to pick around the edges and shy away from the big fights. They themselves kind of like the bureaucracy of Washington. They want to work things out and compromise with these liberals, who have shown zero willingness to do so. Those things aren't always bad, but it's clear that they were insincere when they promised on their campaign trails to fight against ObamaCare and then returned to Washington to essentially give up that fight when it became inconvenient. They don't have the stomach to fight for this. Little victories for these Republicans will come in the form of left-over crumbs that Obama and the Democrats might be willing to feed them. At that rate, they have essentially resigned our nation to a state of managed decline. There's a point when compromise hurts in the long run. There's a time to stand up and there's a time to compromise, and you have to have the wisdom to distinguish between them.
The establishment argument has always been that more moderate candidates like Bob Dole or John McCain would have greater appeal in Presidential elections, and then it is expected that conservatives will automatically fall in line and support these candidates. They demand that these conservatives suck it up and for the most part they have.
Stick with me here …
As a conservative – and I don't speak for all of them – I'd say we're looking at a picture that I don't like: A lousy economy, one in five children are in poverty, one in six Americans are in poverty, we have a doubling of the number of people on food stamps, our foreign policy is weak and we are leading from behind, and on top of all of that we have ObamaCare being forced upon us. This is not a time for half-measures because when we have $90 trillion in unfunded liabilities, $17 trillion in debt and we are adding ObamaCare into the mix, this is the moment when conservative solutions need to prevail.
If I were leading conservatives, I'd be pushing for solutions such as tapping into our energy resources. I would be driving home the importance of a balanced budget and a balanced budget amendment. I would make sure that every American knew of the conservative ideas on healthcare, including Health Savings Accounts. Positive solutions alternatives are the key but Republicans have a hard time articulating this.
So who are these more conservative members in the House and Senate? Well Ted Cruz has become the poster child for conservatism right now, along with Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio. In the House we have people like Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, and Steve King.
Tea Party conservatives are saying: Stand on your principles. The bottom line is that every single Republican ran on the platform of repealing ObamaCare. We keep hearing now that there are simply “strategic differences” in the party on how to go about this, but the establishment wing didn't rise up to support the true fight when it came down to it. Instead they are out there trashing principled conservatives for simply following through on their promises! Peter King is one of them who said he would do everything in his power to repeal ObamaCare. The same goes for John McCain and Bob Corker. But instead It feels as though they've declared war on principled conservatives like Ted Cruz, doing the bidding of the Democrats and the leftist media. In waging this war, these establishment Republicans are trashing the conservative base of their own party. In the process, they are propping up and empowering Obama and Harry Reid to be in a position that they could say “no” we aren't even going to negotiate.
I don't blame the media or Harry Reid or Obama. If every Republican would have stood by their promise like Ted Cruz and the handful of other conservatives, we wouldn't be in this position today. What is different here is that every time the establishment wins, they want the Tea Party conservative base to go along with them. Now when the Tea Party stands up and fights for what they promised their constituents, somehow they are evil. Somehow what they did is wrong for doing nothing more than standing on their principles.
This country isn't going to survive with half-measures. Either you believe we need radical, positive solutions for this country and you are willing to fight for them, or you do not. Is it a third party we need? I've often argued no. I'm not so sure anymore. It may be time for a new conservative party in America. I'm sick of these guys.