The Colin Powell Rule
As a counter to the “Hastert Rule,” which demands that Republicans move forward with legislation only if they have a majority of Republican support — a rule the Boehner/Cantor/McCarthy-led House has broken repeatedly (most recently with the VAWA), caucusing with Democrats to pass legislation that we conservatives and Republicans elected them, en masse, to oppose — I’d like to offer what I’ll call the “Colin Powell Rule,” whereby repeatedly voting for Democrats or caucusing with Democrats makes you, in fact, a Democrat, no matter what your registration card says, or what letter you append to yourself in order to gull your constituencies into voting for you.
The size of your flag lapel pin doesn’t hide who and what you are.
Here is the painful truth that many go-along GOPers within the establishment try to dismiss with a sniff and intimations that we who recognize the true state of political affairs in this country are paranoid, conspiratorial fringe elements not nuanced enough to enter into policy or strategy debates: we have, in effect (if not in fact), a one-party system. The truth is — and we know this in our guts — that were Boehner House minority leader he would be bullying, arm-twisting, threatening, and otherwise cajoling recalcitrant conservative Republicans to “get their asses in line” and vote with the Democrats, if only to prove the GOP’s willingness to “compromise.” But because the execrable TEA Party, with an historic, seismic shift in 2010, propelled him to Speakership — and the GOP to control of the House — the establishment RINOs have been forced over time to let the mask slip: they are at war with conservatives and in agreement with Democrats. They wish to expand the size and scope of government because, far from seeing themselves as representatives to their various local constituencies, they see themselves as mostly safe, perpetual incumbents — members of the permanent ruling class that benefits not from the constraint on centralized power and smaller government, but rather from the obverse.
They are, therefore statists.
The fact that they are openly talking now about disregarding the wave that put them in power so that they can help the Democrats create the conditions for institutionalizing more and more government power, is despicable, and exposes for what it is the Kabuki theater of a supposedly adversarial two-party dynamic that is nothing of the sort.
We are subjects, not citizens, that that’s how they like us. There’s a reason that the GOP in the House (and some GOP governors) haven’t done anything more than promote empty symbolic gestures they knew would fail to repeal ObamaCare.
It’s part of the ruse, the long con.
And now that so many are on to them, they’ve taken the posture that, hell, may as well go all in. Ben Shapiro, Breitbart, “”House GOP Leaders: We Can Pass Gun Control, Immigration, Without Republican Support”:
With more and more conservatives in the House rebelling against John Boehner’s increasingly questionable Speakership, Republican House leadership is now moving to quash in-house concerns by reaching across the aisle for support. Leadership is moving in the wake of a surprising move by 16 House Republicans to vote against a Republican leadership-crafted closed rule on a government funding bill. The rule was designed to limit amendments to the government funding bill, but some House conservatives, concerned over the Boehner team’s refusal to consider a floor vote on an amendment to defund Obamacare implementation, bucked Boehner on the rule.
After undergoing that unpleasant shock, House leadership hasn’t responded by listening to the concerns of the more conservative members of its caucus. Instead, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Sunday that he would be open to ramming through bills without the support of a majority of his own Republican caucus. Not just on small bills. On issues like immigration and gun control, McCarthy said, he’d be open to taking rogue Republicans across the aisle to work with Democrats.
[my emphasis] What this means is, House Republicans are giving themselves license to side with big government and the status quo upon which they insist — and are willing to do so against the express will of those who brought them to power. All because they believe the way to retain power is to look, act, smell, and operate like Democrats — they are “pragmatic” and “compromisers,” you see — while lacking the one thing Democrats rely on to make their unified strategy work: a coalition of client identity groups demanding special dispensation, illegals, low-information voters, and an intelligentsia/media cabal to mold that voting bloc into compliant, indoctrinated dullards coaxed to “vote in their own economic interests”. Even though history has shown that they are in fact voting against their own interests — unless, that is, they wish to live out life on the dole.
This is a declaration of war within the Republican ranks. And it should be deeply troubling to Republicans across the country, watching as the recently and controversially reminted House leadership continues to pursue the same political philosophy that led to a mini-rebellion in the House in January.
Well, the sad truth is, the House had the chance to vote the leadership out and did not. I’m not sure what that says, precisely, but I can tell you that it suggests we conservatives, classical liberals, TEA Party-types, and libertarians should not believe that just because we’ve been able to affect a wave of electoral change that we have been able to affect in any great degree a change to the mindset of the ruling class, who looks upon constituencies as ways toward power, not as their representatives.
It’s long-past time we brought back the tar and feathers, and cleansed the DC swamp of permanent politicians who are interested only in their own power and influence.