As I was channel surfing, I channeled past a news station on which Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., was holding court with his usual proficiency for great sound bites. And when it comes to great sound bites Gowdy has few (if any) equals, which is no small thing when one considers he belongs to a party known for sound bites.
The problem is sound bites are not synonymous with actionable plans of action that are in the best interest of We the People. More often than not, great sound bites are the pontifications of those who love the applause they receive from voters with short memory spans juxtaposed to those who would treat them like the snake oil salesmen they are.
Not too long ago, I had a conversation with a hardcore, uncompromising conservative. She and I spoke specifically about Gowdy. I explained to her that my position pursuant to him is not to trust him. Sure, he talks tough, but so does Boehner, and all conservatives know that Boehner folds more quickly than a linen shirt wrinkles, and when it comes to agreeing to bad deals that favor Obama, Boehner will forever be remembered as Obama’s weakest oppositional link.
I recall seeing Gowdy on Greta Van Susteren’s show giving one of the sound bite performances he’s best known for, during the congressional hearings on Obama’s illegal gun-running operation, Fast and Furious. It was during the time Attorney General Eric Holder was under fire for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena. After his patented blustering, Greta asked Gowdy if he and Congress were going to find Holder in contempt of Congress specifically because of Holder’s refusal to comply with the congressional subpoena. Gowdy looked like a deer in headlights as he suddenly stuttered and stammered, but he never did answer her simple question.
It was yet another transpicuous example of all-talk Republicans. Their hollow talk is the window dressing that draws the eyes and attention of unsuspecting Republican voters who do not realize they are supporting a party that no longer exists. Talk may sound good, but if it isn’t backed up with action it is hollow rhetoric.
Karl Rove and the Republican establishment – of which Gowdy is certainly a key component – are not just determined; they are committed to turning the Republican Party into a “big tent.” The problem is “big tent” is code for everything we true conservatives and tea-party people stand against. If the Republican Party supports the majority of things we oppose, what difference is there between them and Democrats?
The establishment Republicans are becoming bolder and more obvious in their contempt for true conservatives and specifically the tea party. I contend that it is their open hostility for We the People who believe in the Republican Party of old that will be their demise. They are challenging history in a belief that theirs will have a different outcome from the Whig Party that today is as forgotten as the ancient cultures that are periodically unearthed.
The Whigs were at one time a political force having elected four presidents in the 19th century and controlling both houses of Congress for a period of time. They numbered within their ranks Henry Clay, Daniel Webster and an Illinois congressman named Abraham Lincoln.
The Whig Party accomplished great things during its brief history. They were responsible for the Boston Tea Party; they were the early conservatives. But the deep fissures of slavery destroyed them from within, giving rise to today’s Republican Party in 1856.
As the GOP follows the path of Karl Rove, Reince Priebus and other establishment “Republi-crats,” such as those in leadership in both the House and Senate, even more contentious divisions are forming that threaten a repeating of political history. And that, my friends, would be a good thing.
We have toiled to support a party whose leadership is blatantly hostile to true conservatives and those who hold the Constitution sacrosanct. They are pushing and supporting legislation that rewards illegal aliens, who spit on our sovereignty, with amnesty. Karl Rove said one of the candidates we supported should be murdered. They deride and vilify the tea party and its followers.
Leadership under John Boehner has betrayed us on the debt ceiling, etc. Eric Cantor was exposed trying to deceive us on Obamacare. Speaking of which, it is my contention that Republican leadership is not interested in repealing Obamacare; they are only interested in having a form of same that they can place their imprimatur upon.
We need true conservative leadership and those who recognize the Constitution as the true legal foundation of America. As I have warned in my exclusive mychal-massie.com website feature “Behind the Political Curtain,” we must not blindly follow establishment Republicans who use fear tactics and sound bites to steal our votes. We must not allow ourselves to be used like the Democrats use blacks.
Just as the progenitors of the Republican Party stood on principle in 1856 by walking away from that which they knew was wrong, so must we do today.
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