A Promise, an Ultimatum, and a Threat to the GOP
A Promise, an Ultimatum, and a Threat
I promise to vote for the electors representing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as President and Vice President of the United States of America. I know for some of you, this seems a given, but it is with great trepidation that I am supporting the GOP ticket. Why you may ask? Because although I understand the dangers of a second Obama term, I am almost as frightened of what will happen to this country if we go ahead and elect someone who will not do what it takes to move this country in the right direction, and by right direction, I mean that literally; to the right. The argument that I’ve heard countless, and I mean countless times, is that Mitt Romney is better than Obama. Well no shit Sherlock. Jesse Jackson is better than Obama, but I’d have a really hard time voting for him just because of that. Am I a butt hurt primary voter, who didn’t support Romney? Hell yes I am. Cain, Newt, or Perry all would have been better choices, but that’s not the way the game has been stacked, and as Willie Nelson said, “I could cry about the time I’ve wasted, but that’s a waste of time it appears.” So I am left to support Romney and Ryan, like it or not, and yes because they are better than Obama and Hillary. But that does not mean it is a no brainer. I have a long political memory. I remember the promise of 2000, when FINALLY the GOP was going to have the Congress and the White House. I was so optimistic I went to Washington DC for the inauguration. Finally we had OUR people in charge, and could finally make a dent in the quasi-socialist country that had been implemented. The reforms started by Newt in 1994, and RAMMED down Clinton’s throat, would be easier now. Spending could be cut, entitlements reformed, programs slashed and cut, taxes reduced and simplified, personal responsibility could be championed against the nanny state, oh happy days! But instead of the strong conservative leadership that existed under Newt, we had Denny Hastert, Trent Lott, Bill Frist, and Tom Delay. What we got was the largest entitlement increase since Medicare began, with Medicare Part D. What we got was instead of playing hardball and forcing our conservative will down the Democrat’s throats, we had “bipartisan cooperation” with the likes of Teddy Kennedy on No Child Left Behind. After 9/11 we got the Patriot Act, a brand new HUGE bureaucracy called the Department of Homeland Security, TSA, and a myriad of other new agencies. I was vocally opposed to all of this at the time, and now, but I was told that I had to support the GOP and the President because there was a war going on, the President’s popularity was waning, and to not support the GOP would lead to a John Kerry Presidency. So I kept supporting the President, and the GOP, who then kept spending like they were 1980’s democrats, and guess what happened? Finally there were enough people like me that said, "Why should we support you guys when all you do is act like Democrats", and they were ousted from power. Can anyone name one single conservative thing that was accomplished from 2000-2006? I do know that the federal Budget went from 1.6 Trillion in 2000 to 2.7 trillion in 2006 when Pelosi took over. So I hope you can understand my trepidation of supporting Romney and Ryan. What’s there to convince me that what they will do, with the full support of both houses of congress will move us to the right? What’s there to convince me that they will not try to implement brand new programs to “fix things” rather than allow the free market to open up and save us all? What’s there to convince me that they will repeal Obamacare, lower spending, eliminate programs, and move this country back in the direction of freedom, and personal responsibility, rather than a top down governmental solution to every problem that we face in the US? Certainly not either Ryan or Romney’s voting and governing records. Those would lead me to believe that they are big government Republicans. So I am left with the single reason to vote for them; they are better than Obama.
Having promised to support the Romney-Ryan ticket, and also support the GOP in their takeover of the US Senate, and the expansion of the majority in the US House of Representatives, I must say that this support does not come freely. It has a price. Now for those that are followers of mine on this blog, Facebook and Twitter, you will recognize that this ultimatum is much more “reasonable, and pragmatic”. These are not my strong suits. I want a revolution, and I want it now dammit, but I’m also a realist, and wish to make this plain and simple to those out there that would try to tell me that Romney and Obama are the same, or on the other edge of the spectrum, that We need to support the actions of Boehner and McConnell because they are doing the best that they can. That’s all well and good, but this is as reasonable and pragmatic as I can be.
1) Obamacare must be repealed in its entirety by July of 2013. There is no ifs ands or butts. If this is not done, if you give us excuses, if you try to tinker around the edges and leave it in place at all, we will know that we’ve been had once again. It should be replaced with nothing but free market solutions. Any sort of compromise to leaving that sucker in place, or tinkering with the edges is an immediate SCREW YOU to all of us that are supporting you. We already feel like we have been taken for granted by the GOP when it came to the debt ceiling debacle in which we were treated like and called Hobbits, terrorists, extremists, disloyal, nutjobs, and many more names. We put you in power for one reason, and that was to say no, and you failed time and time again. We were told in March of 11 when the continuing spending resolution was passed, that you would stand up and fight when it came to the debt ceiling. So then when it came to the debt ceiling Boehner had a pretty decent plan with Cut, Cap and Balance, and the Mumblemouth McConnell de-balled Boehner on the very same day that it was passed with bi-partisan support. Some of us wanted the GOP to stand firm, call their bluff (and it was a bluff, the national debt, Social Security, and the Military get paid first, and all the other government agencies get paid after that, so let’s not talk about the fake ass “default” scenario), and MAKE the Senate and the President bend our way. That’s what newt did in the 90’s. With Clinton as President the only thing they could do is shut off the fountain of money to make them bend to welfare reform. The government was shut down, a deal to reform welfare was reached and the deficits got smaller for the first time in decades. But the GOP remembers those events differently. They see the government shutdown as a huge PR loss and it was because the GOP is consistently on the shallow end of the pool when it comes to getting their message across. Sure the Main Stream Media is partly to blame, but that doesn’t give them a free pass. Perhaps now with a little parity with Fox news, the internet, and talk radio they could combat the lies of the MSM a little, but they always seem afraid for some reason even when we give them a mandate to stand strong. We gave you a machine gun to fight the enemy, but instead of shooting it, you picked it up and dug a foxhole in which to hide.
2)The spending has to be cut, and I don’t mean the political bullshit of cutting 3,5,20 years down the road, nor the other political bullshit of cutting the “projected increase”. No! A real cut of spending, and not 400 million or some other Mickey Mouse amount, a real cut in spending. I’m sorry but if you can’t find 500Billion a year to cut, then you suck and are not going to make a dent in the deficit, or the debt. I could sit down and in 3 hours find 500 billion to cut off the budget. It won’t make those that use the US taxpayer’s money to buy votes happy, but either you are for change, or you are a problem.
3) Oil and energy- You must release the ANWAR, the Gulf of Mexico, and other areas that have been shut off by the Obama administration. Yu must remove the restrictions to getting energy out of the ground in the form of Oil, Natural gas, and Coal. I’m not saying we need to destroy the environment while doing it, but let’s get this country out of this recession and off the Arab Oil teat for good. Reduce the amount of federal regulations to building oil refineries, and nuclear plants. Every foreign policy decision this country makes is impacted by our dependence on foreign oil. We have all we need, and can tell the Middle East to go pound sand. We will be strengthened domestically because millions of new jobs will be created. High paying careers will be had by those willing to go and get it. Kowtowing to environmentalist? Puhlease! Only the most idiotic and the extreme left oppose oil, natural gas, and coal. 90% of Democrats want energy independence, so what’s the holdup? Crazy leftist who in fact do not give a shit about the environment, but are anti-capitalist, and use the environment as a convenient front for their radical agenda.
I could continue with my own personal wish list including the Fairtax, eliminating the departments of Energy, Education, Homeland Security, Agriculture, etc, the eliminating the FFA, and the NFA, ending the “war on drugs”, ending welfare, ending Social Security, ending Medicare, and Medicaid., and so on and so forth, but I will not. I understand that we must crawl before we walk, and we must walk before we run, and we must run before we run a marathon, and we must be able to run the marathon before we can win the marathon. But these 3 things are doable. The left will be so vocal and anti-everything that the GOP tries to implement, you must be ready. Hold your local, state, and federally elected accountable, but try to be like me, and be reasonable. These 3 ideas should be on every single GOP member of Congress and the President’s “to-do” list. The media, the blogs, the protestors will be crazy loud and perhaps even violent against the GOP trying to implement these changes. We must stand behind our GOP congress so that they do not wimp out trying to curry favor with the media. They MUST do these three things or else….
Either the GOP repeals Obamacare by July 2013, makes real cuts to Federal spending, and eliminates the road blocks to our domestic energy independence, OR I will be done with the GOP, and I imagine the GOP will be done as a party. Because those “nutjobs” saying that there is no difference in the GOP and the Dems will be proven right. We are NOT sending the GOP to make government a bigger part of our lives. We are NOT sending the GOP to keep Obamacare, or tinker with it, or even put in a GOP version of socialized medicine. We are NOT sending the GOP there to increase spending; we are sending them there to reduce spending. So if they can’t do these basic tenets of conservatives, or even if not straight conservativism, at least do what the GOP says they stand for, then what good are they? We are not putting them there to stop Obama. We are sending them there to IMPROVE the country, not manage the decline of the country. So the threat is, repeat the fiasco that was the period from 2000-2006 and you are done. Pass legislation that increases the size and spending of the Federal Government and you are done. I will support you until you do me wrong again, and then you will find your bags out on the porch and the door to the house locked. I hope you have learned your lesson, because I can assure you that I will have.
I must say that I do not expect the GOP to do any of this. I dont expect them to repeal Obamacare in it's entirety, reduce spending, or do anything to move us towards energy independence. I expect them to screw us again, but will go all Pollyanna until the election day, but then the real work of the activist will begin. We must apply constant pressure to the GOP or else they will fold like they always do when faced with even the lightest of opposition. I have only set one deadline which is the repeal of Obamacare in its entirety by July of 2013. Since SCCJ Roberts determined that Obamacare is a tax, my understanding is that all that is needed to repeal it is a 51 seat Senate majority. If they cant even do that, then we might as well start working towards making the GOP a footnote in history akin to the Whigs which they replaced as the second dominant party, because they will be in fact, useless.
SO! Until November 6th, 2012 rah rah GOP!!!!! We will win the Presidency, we will win the Senate despite the douchebag in Missouri, we will expand the majority in the House of Representatives!!! It's up to us to make them not waste the opportunity, and hold them accountible.