Those of us who consider ourselves conservatives need to understand that conservatism to the Republican hierarchy is defined differently than we define it. And those who consider themselves Republicans because they still believe the party represents what it did at its inception or what it did under President Reagan must understand that’s no longer the case.
The Republican Party is led by craven, self-aggrandizing, egocentric, Erebusic miscreants who lust after power and privilege. The so-called leadership has no more interest in doing what is best for We the People than Obama does.
Harsh words? Yes, they are. But I defy one of these people to stand up and say that I am wrong. The Republican hierarchy is big on theater and dramatic sound bites, but, at the end of the day, theater and a good sound bite are not leadership.
As I write this commentary, it is well-known within Republican circles that their feckless leaders are searching the coastline of voters for a soft place to crash their frigate of treachery as soon as Boehner, et al. come up with a way to cave in on defunding Obamacare.
The question is: How long will you the people continue to buy their lies and false bravado? Need I remind you that John Boehner worked diligently to ensure that the cover-up worked in Obama’s illegal, international gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious? Without Boehner’s behind-the-scenes subterfuge, there is a very good chance that Obama would have been destroyed along with his Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
There isn’t a chance under the sun that a couple of low-level bureaucrats were going to plan and execute an illegal international gun-running operation that resulted in the murder of American border personnel and hundreds of innocent Mexicans without those referenced signing off on same.
Boehner was also responsible for one of the worst fiscal deals in modern political history when he caved in on the debt ceiling during Obama’s first term. What’s worse is that even though Mark Levin, I, and several others warned them, Boehner was still able to rally the support of the uninitiated via sound bites.
As I stated, Republicans are looking for a soft place to crash when they sell us out and allow Obamacare to be fully funded. Why else would Boehner be sending Harry Reid secret emails and asking Obama to schedule White House meetings that are, in reality, meetings being scheduled to accommodate Boehner’s desire to keep Congress exempt from Obamacare?
The Republicans did not shut down the government. Obama, Harry Reid, and the Democrats did. Republicans sent the Senate a budget fully funding the government, but withheld funding for Obamacare. Reid and the Democrats followed. Talk about convoluted reasoning. As I have referenced many times in past months, Karl Rove had instructed Republicans not to fight to defund Obamacare. His method of derailing Obamacare was to have Republicans talk about how bad the bill is. But Rove left out that it was the so-called Republican leadership who advised candidates not to make Obamacare the focal point of the 2010 elections. And the success of Tea Party candidates in those elections notwithstanding, keep in mind that it was Karl Rove who led the attack against Tea Party candidates that was enjoined by others in the GOP.
Need I remind you that it was Boehner’s congressional shadow, Eric Cantor, who conspired with Senate Republican Jeff Sessions to trick the American people into believing Republicans were fighting to defund Obamacare when, in reality, they had drafted stealth legislation that fully funded Obama’s health-care abomination. Republican leadership is being hyper-critical of Ted Cruz because he has shown concern for the will of the people and has fought valiantly to defund and repeal Obamacare.
Attacking those who stand for the will of We the People is not new. It was Karl Rove and the Republican hierarchy, along with John McCain’s daughter, who savaged Sarah Palin. And, thanks to their efforts, Palin went from being a bright star for We the People and one of the most charismatic and effective governors in all of politics to not being smart enough to hold elected office. It’s time we both rebuke and replace the Republican hierarchy along with all the congressional Republicans who have betrayed us.
It’s not Obama, as such, who is destroying America. It is the Republican Party leadership and their Congressional flunkies who are allowing him to do it, complicit with voters who reward their failure with reelection.
And, for those who think we would have been better with Romney — it should be noted that he stands with Rove in not fighting to defund Obamacare.
Mychal S. Massie is the former National Chairman of the conservative black think tank, Project 21-The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives; and a member of its parent think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research. You can find more at mychal-massie.com.