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JERUSALEM – Being present here so close to the Valley of Megiddo, where the battle of Armageddon will be waged, makes one thing about matters of an apocalyptic nature.
It was just last month that the world was supposed to end, according to the Mayan calendar.
Then immediately following all anyone heard about in the U.S. was the “fiscal cliff” – with even more media hysteria.
The idea perpetuated by the press was that if taxes weren’t raised and the debt limit wasn’t hiked, the world as we know it would end.
Because the government would no longer be able to spend more than $1 trillion than it takes in every year for programs that are mostly unconstitutional, wasteful, useless and counterproductive anyway.
It would be easy to sit here so far away from Washington and point the finger at Barack Obama, Democrats and the media.
But, honestly, this time, that wouldn’t be fair and honest.
They’re simply doing what we should expect them to do, what they always do – expanding government by any means necessary.
It’s the other guys, the establishment Republicans, the ones who have as much contempt for the people, the ones who loathe the tea-party movement that gave them control of the House, that are responsible for pushing us inevitably toward a real fiscal cliff – economic and moral bankruptcy.
I’ve been chronicling this betrayal since January 2011, in case you haven’t been paying attention. I was the guy who created the “No More Red Ink” campaign back then to pressure Republican House members not to increase the debt limit – or, at the very least, to use their power to force major spending cuts.
Despite deluging them with more than a million red letters urging them to stand up for the Constitution, for doing the right thing, for the campaign promises they made, only 22 courageous Republican House members refused to go along with the scam authored by House Speaker John Boehner with the collusion of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It was in July of 2011 that the inevitability of tax raises and borrowing as far as the eye can see was etched in stone in a deal cut between the establishment Republicans and the Democrats.
Boehner told House Republicans to “get their a– in line” and vote for bill that cut no spending and gave Obama all the cash he needed to start implementing his national health-care scheme, increase food stamp payments exponentially to buy more votes and to pay off his friends with stimulus cash. McConnell’s collusion allowed the debt ceiling to be lifted without any member of Congress taking responsibility to vote on it.
In the battle of Armageddon, as I read it, there are actually good guys as well as bad guys. The good guys win.
With the economic apocalypse shaping up in the U.S., it’s hard to find the good guys. They are extremely scarce. It seems like almost everyone in Washington actually thinks business as usual is somehow sustainable.
That’s why we need more Ron Pauls and Michele Bachmanns in Washington. That’s why we need more Rand Pauls and Jim DeMints. That’s why we need the tea party to awaken from its slumber with more determination and commitment than ever before. That’s why we need to start saying no to Washington – and meaning it. That’s why we need to exert some real force and be willing to sacrifice our time if we are to save the next generation from tyranny and poverty that Americans haven’t known since the Great Depression.
If you are as angry as I am about Republican establishment ineptitude and corruption, you can start by letting all House Republicans know. It’s time to take sides – either with jokers like Boehner or with the people and the Constitution. You can start by putting them on notice by becoming part of the “No More Red Ink” campaign.