BOEHNER AND COMPANY SHOULD RESIGN

By Richard A. Viguerie | 9/13/13

House GOP Leadership
They want candidates and elected officials who will fight for those principles, not a go-along-get-along Capitol Hill establishment who all too often seem willing to compromise these very principles.

This national Republican leadership – particularly the leadership of the House Republicans who have an important constitutional responsibility to act as a check on an overambitious executive – has become a principle-free zone where no principle, policy or idea is deemed worth fighting for.

It is just not in their DNA to fight big government or stand on conservative principles in opposition to the President’s planned adventure in Syria, defunding Obamacare or much of anything else.

The latest and most persuasive evidence of this shameful lack of principle among the Republican Party’s Capitol Hill elite is the now-postponed plan concocted by House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia to carry out a sham vote to defund Obamacare.

This fig leaf vote was intended to avoid the possibility of a government shutdown or the hard work of making the case to the American people that defunding a program that is collapsing under the weight of its own hubris, and is opposed by some 59 percent or more of the American people, is necessary to the freedom and economic health of this country.

The good news is that opposition from grassroots conservatives and rank-and-file House members has at least postponed this outrage, and it has revealed that (for the most part) the problem isn’t the House Republican Conference at large – it is the Republican establishment-oriented individuals who currently occupy the leadership positions on Capitol Hill.

And they can be changed.

The Bible, and President Lincoln, tells us that a house divided against itself shall not stand (Matthew 12:25 KJV) and that’s the problem with today’s national Republican leadership.

Republicans were returned to the majority in the House in 2010 because they promised to oppose funding Obamacare and the rest of Obama’s liberal spending and growth of government agenda that they have so readily caved into once they got back in power.

While the House leadership is ready to cut and run from every fight with President Obama and the liberal Democratic-controlled Senate, especially over spending, conservative House members are prepared to fight for their principles.

Representatives Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash and others have gone against the leadership on spending and were prepared to buck them on going along with Obama’s war in Syria. This core group of principled limited government constitutional conservatives has been willing to stand and fight for conservative principles at every turn – even when doing so drew the wrath of the House leadership and cost them their plum Committee assignments.

The Republican House leaders never seem to learn that going along with big government policies is exactly what gets Republicans thrown out of office and relegated to the status of the powerless minority they were for the better part of the fifty years from the beginning of the New Deal until the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.

When big government establishment Republicans are the face of the Party, Republicans lose, most recently in 2006, 2008 and 2012. When principled small government conservatives are the face of the Party – or at least appear to be the face of the Party – Republicans win.

This is especially true of Congressional elections where the major Republican victories in 1994 and 2010 were powered by new, outside the Beltway candidates who channeled populist grassroots conservative anger about big government and spending into sweeping victories and a Republican majority in the House.

In any logical universe Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions would resign in shame over what they tried to pull in the phony vote to defund Obamacare – but a universe governed by the urge to hold on to power at whatever the price isn’t logical – so they must be forced out.

And conservatives will most certainly see to it that the present Capitol Hill Republican leadership is forced out for their lack of principles and failure to lead – the only question how they will they force that change.

Will they force a leadership change as they did in 2006 by simply staying home and ensuring the defeat of Speaker Dennis Hastert’s big government Republican majority and the elevation of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, or will they force the change in leadership as they tried to do in 2010 by entering Republican primaries and defeating establishment candidates before they could even get to Washington.

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