Although it requires a measure of contrition on my part, I have become willing to consider that my days of advocating the advancement of conservatism from within the Republican Party may be over. In light of the deportment of Republican leaders since the general election, it is difficult not to see their methods and motives of recent years in a whole new light.

After coming under specious race- and gender-baiting fire for criticizing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s serial deception on television news shows following the Sept. 11, 2012, murder of our foreign service personnel in Benghazi, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham caved like wet sand, agreeing to a private meeting with Rice this week to clarify the question of where she obtained the blatant falsehoods she fed the American public. While they claimed to be “troubled” by the results of the subsequent meeting, I am putting my money on their pursuit of resolving these troubles being farther down the list of priorities than scheduling a colonoscopy.

Considering what so many of us know is at stake: What would be wrong with McCain or Graham simply going on the alphabet news channels one of these nights and telling the American people that they have been scammed by a president who is a Marxist and a pathological liar and who is running a criminal administration that, with the complicity of the press, is usurping our liberties and pauperizing us collectively, and that critical and drastic action will be necessary to preserve the nation?

It’s certainly the truth.

Lately, some of our long-respected conservative commentators have also shown themselves to be … well, not nearly as smart as we thought they were, or else complicit in this elitist subjugation of the republic. Whether they have always been of these sentiments or if they’ve developed a different view of socialism now that their nests are well-feathered is unknown to me; such knowledge would be of no practical use to us in any event. We’ve seen an election that speaks to a dangerous shift in the worldview of our electorate, widespread election fraud, or both, and these fools continue their attempts to wax profound in their nightly analyses. As the country crumbles around us, they cavalierly pontificate, overcomplicating something that is very simple: a Marxist thug installing an oligarchical collective where a republic once stood.

This week, anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist dismissed recent statements from Republican lawmakers that they might be willing to vote for tax increases if Democrats make compromises in the current “fiscal cliff” negotiations. His view is that these lawmakers will “come around” and stick to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which was signed by nearly all Republican members of Congress.

Let us set aside for the moment that it is standard operating procedure for Democrats to renege on quid pro quo agreements. Norquist, as many know, is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform; the tax pledge was his brainchild. The signers of the pledge agreed to oppose increases in marginal income tax rates for individuals and businesses. The press and the liberal establishment credit Norquist with being one of the individuals who “really run” the Republican Party.

Norquist is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, which qualifies him for a place in Satan’s pantheon of arch-devils, in the view of many hard-line conservatives and libertarians. The CFR, one of several politically eclectic organizations wherein there is a queer overlap between Democratic and Republican power players, is considered to be instrumental in many “New World Order” conspiracy theories, some of which appear much less theoretical these days. So, Norquist is either doing an abysmal job of “really running” the GOP, or he is – as I charge many Republican leaders are doing – simply keeping rank-and-file Republicans distracted while the socialists go their merry unmolested way.

I would suggest that conservatives prepare to employ uncompromising and brutal honesty when discerning the character of those who sell themselves as conservatives. This will not be easy. There is a large crop of politicians and commentators whom many of us have heretofore admired who may need to go under the bus with all due speed.

Even if a faux conservative in the mold of George W. Bush is offered up by the GOP in 2016 (former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush springs to mind for some unfathomable reason), this will be as potentially harmful as was George W. himself. This is likely to happen, too; after four more years of the communist usurper, voters are going to be very desperate.

And nothing will change; in the aggregate, we will continue the move to the left. Indeed, after eight years of Obama, it may take 20 years of Ronald Reagan’s policies just to bring us back to where we were in 2008, fiscally speaking.

In the meantime, I hope they keep hell hot for those among the GOP leadership who have determined to manage America’s decline. And I don’t mean Speaker Boehner, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Grover Norquist, or others we are led to believe “really run” the Republican Party. I mean the ones who are pulling their strings.

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