The Purple House Majority Leader

Obama claimed the other day that he heard the American people after the mid-term elections. Not that it mattered much to him.  He also indicated that he would meet any Republican opposition to his initiatives with a mighty stroke of his magic pen.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell also said that the American people had spoken. But somehow, he translated the vote (which put no Senators from blue states into office) into a mandate that Congress compromise and work together.

That’s funny. I was quite sure the American people flooded the voting booths to tell Congressional Republicans better get their act together and remember who and what they’re supposed to be representing:  a smaller government that will allow Americans to live their individual lives in economic and bureaucracy-free liberty.  Their job is to combat the Socialist Democrats who are transforming our country into a mediocre, Third World socialist welfare state.

Democrats, beginning with Obama, tried to pretend that their losses didn’t smart.

Nancy Pelosi: voter suppression was responsible for loss, according to an article in the Washington Times.

According to the Washington Post, Harry Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone, blamed Obama for the loss: “We were never going to be on the same page…the political team at the White House was never up to speed and on par for what we needed to get done.  We were beating our heads against a brick wall. The White House “likes to cast aspersions and point fingers at us.”

“No member of the Democratic caucus screwed up the rollout of that health-care Web site,” he added, “yet they paid the price — every one of them.”

As for Obama, he shrugged his shoulders at the loss and told the press that if Congress brought him a bill he could sign, he would sign it. In other words, he’ll do exactly what he pleases.  If Congress sends him bills he “likes,” he’ll simply executive order his own legislation.  A sort of one-man government.  A dictator.

Obama said he heard the voters, and he also heard the silence of the two-thirds of voting age Americans who didn’t vote. Obama, according to CNN, insisted that the bitter polarization that has plagued his crisis-scarred presidency and turned his hair gray doesn’t get him down.

“It doesn’t make me mopey,” he said. “It energizes me, because it means that this democracy’s working.”

Obama reached out to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday and sounded an optimistic tone during the press conference.

“You know, actually, I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” Obama said.

As for McConnell “The American people have spoken. They’ve given us divided government,” McConnell told reporters on the day after Republicans captured control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. “When the American people chose divided government, I don’t think it means they don’t want us to do anything. I think it means they want us to look for areas of agreement.”

The American people have spoken. They’ve given us divided government,” McConnell told reporters here on the day after Republicans captured control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. “When the American people chose divided government, I don’t think it means they don’t want us to do anything. I think it means they want us to look for areas of agreement.”

He said the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act was unrealistic, saying: “The veto pen is a pretty powerful tool.”

In an ambitious speech hours after his party gained control of both houses of Congress, McConnell warned Obama not to “poison the well” by pushing forward with unilateral action on immigration reform, and promised to introduce legislation that would permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, bitterly opposed by environmentalists.

“Reagan and Clinton are good examples of accepting the government you have rather than fantasizing about the government you wish you had,” said McConnell. “I am hoping [Obama] will decide to move to the centre.”

Finally, our own dear Chris Christie, glowing in the limelight of his trail blazing for Republican governors and the positive results, the George Washington Bridge non-crisis behind him, is now once again being considered as a potential candidate for the party in the 2016 presidential elections.

He said he was delighted with the result and urged Obama to work with the new political reality in Washington. “The president took a beating last night, and the fact is, you’ve got to sit down then with the folks on the other side and say to them, ‘OK, let’s see what we can agree on together’,” he told ABC News.

I had a very different impression of McConnell’s warning about idealistic government. He was talking about the voters and how there was going to be some legislation we wouldn’t like, but that we’d just have to get over it; that politics was about reality not some ideal form of government.

Excuse me, maybe I didn’t hear him right, but did he just tell the American voters that they would simply have to accept that bribery, corruption, backroom deals, and tinkling bourbon glasses are just a ‘fact of life’?

The American people know all too well just how corrupt politics is. That’s why we’ve never had any election turn-out higher than 62 percent in the modern history of the United States.  That’s why Americans tell pollsters that they hate politics.  That’s why they don’t pay attention.  That’s why they don’t come out to vote.

That’s why the Tea Parties got together and decided to do something about it back in 2009.

Last night on Fox News, Mara Liasson, NPR Political Consultant, noted that after the “debacle” of the 2010 mid-terms when some Tea Party (though not all) candidates went down in flames, she said the GOP learned its lesson and didn’t “allow” one Tea Party candidate to get on the ballot.

That must have been news to Tim Scott and Mia Love, among others. That’s certainly interesting news to Conservative voters, who dutifully went to their stations and pressed the buttons for Republicans.\

Let’s get something straight here. Most Tea Party leaders don’t advocate that inexperienced candidates run for the United States Senate.  In fact, we don’t bother ourselves with financing candidates at all.  Tea Party members are free to volunteer for whomever they wish, and they do so in great numbers.  If the Republicans were amazed at the turnout, they can thank the volunteers from the Tea Party and their GOTV initiatives.  The Republicans don’t have a ground game (as far as we know, they simply rely on wealthy donors who then tell them whose back to pat), so the Tea Parties created one themselves.

All over the country, Tea Parties network with one another on strategies for getting out the vote, analysing voter rolls for Conservative-friendly neighbourhoods to canvass, and plumbing those voter rolls for fraud.

We’re not about the politicians at all. We’re about the voters.  Visitors are surprised when they arrive – reluctantly – at tea party meetings and discover the room is filled with people just like themselves.  We don’t chant, yell, or strong-arm people.  Our leaders invite noted speakers to educate voters on the issues.  We sit quietly, ask questions, and sometimes make comments.  We don’t yell because the people who need to be yelled aren’t there.

If our federated republic, and the Constitution upon which it’s built, is a fantasy, it’s news to us. The document is only 26 pages long.  My car manual is longer.  How hard can it be to follow it?  Pretty hard, it turns out, if you what you’re about is money, power, and a socialist that will establish a very lucrative government bureaucracy, with guaranteed jobs – and voters – for life.

We certainly recognize the corruption of politics. Here in New Jersey, the stench is almost as strong as the marshy Meadowlands along the New Jersey Turnpike.  We hold our noses when we drive down the NJT and we have to hold our noses while we vote for purple Republicans who arrogantly tell us to get over it.

Just because we recognize it, however, does not mean that we have to accept it. That’s what the Tea Party rallies were about.  The 2,000 people who attended the Morristown Tea Party rally on the Green in Morristown carried home-made signs just to make sure you understood the message.  We carried signs because we wanted to be heard without turning into a raucous, undecipherable mob.

The people loved the signs. They loved wearing their tri-corn hats.  The Republican operatives who attended our meetings did not and insisted that the Tea Parties cease using them (I went into attack dog mode at that point, knowing just how important those signs were).  So the Tea Party leaders caved.  No more signs.  Once the signs went away, so did the people.  The rallies stopped and the Purple Republicans heaved a sigh of relief – and their financial backers cackled evilly.

Still, we have our tee shirts, caps, car magnets, bumper stickers and buttons. Our members have learned how to initiate public conversations by working in teams.  My Tea Party bumper magnet was stolen so many times that I had to lay in a supply to replace it.

And of course, we have our blogs and websites. Our biggest problem is getting out the vote during the Primaries, the election when we really do have a choice in terms of candidates.  We don’t advocate inexperienced candidates for higher office.  Our advice has been to the politically ambitious to start small – the way Sarah Palin did – and work their way up.

What we do advocate wholeheartedly is Conservatism. It would surprise many voters to know that Sen.  Mitch McConnell plans to party down with Obama & The Dems.  Is he kidding?  If I were the voters in Kentucky, I’d been drawing up the recall papers.  Compromise with the very party that caused 300 pieces of legislation to pile up on Harry Reid’s desk?  Refuse to even try to repeal Obamacare out of fear of Obama’s mighty pen?

The Republicans don’t have a supermajority, which is why they can’t override his more-than certain veto of his signature law. So, okay.  McConnell has promised to push through the Keystone Pipeline bill, on which Republicans and Democrats, at least the Conservative Dems, agree upon as a good thing for American.  Yay.

However, no one yet – Democrat or Republican – has explained exactly what they mean by “immigration reform.” Immigration reform is a wobbly, nebulous phrase that could be taken in two very different contexts.  Just what part of our immigration law does Congress intend to reform?  The part that, since 1965, has allowed chain immigration, flooding our borders (and airports) with illiterate, unemployed foreigners?  Does Congress intend to finally plug that hole in the good ship U.S.S. America?

Or do they intend to make the gap even wider? Are they going to build higher fences on the Mexican border while totally ignoring our border to the North?  Are they going to stem the flow of virus-carrying toddlers and heroin-bearing drug dealers, and allow more Europeans to immigrate here?

No one knows. Just like no one knew what was in the Affordable Care Act until Nancy Pelosi and her gang shoved it through the House, telling voters that it would have to be passed before they could read what was in it.

Politics – and the accompanying corruption – are what made Americans mad enough to come out and vote for the Republicans last Tuesday. This wasn’t a vote to send politicians to the Congressional Country and hang with their Democrat pals.  Have lunch at some D.C. bistro, read the papers, take some calls from donors, and then play a round with our traitor-in-chief.

Americans know you people in Washington are corrupt. They sent Republicans to fight, not dance with, the Socialist Democrats.  They sent you Republicans to defend our freedom, economically, morally, and politically.  Unfortunately, the Republican machine (which I suspect strongly is supported by Democrat financiers) is not much better than the Democrat machine.

Watching and listening to Mitch McConnell arrogantly dismiss defenders of the Constitution and the American people as “idealists” (read “crackpots”) only confirms that suspicion. He positively sneered at the mere notion of impeaching Obama if he signs the executive order allowing millions of illegal aliens to flood our borders.  Nixon was impeached and run out of office for far, far less in 1974.

McConnell has some sound principles in his agenda. But how many of them will he willingly sell off in order to court the losers in this political game?

Conservatives – or Tea Partiers, if you prefer – are a thorn in the side of Machine Republicans and their donors. You don’t have to be a Tea Partier to be a Conservative (but you do have to be a Conservative to be a Tea Partier).  The Media has taught you, the voter, to fear us, by mocking us and marginalizing us.

But you’re not the ones who should fear the Tea Party, and the ones who should (and secretly do) fear us know it.

Published in: on November 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

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