The House Republicans are facing two critical votes in the coming weeks: Obama’s proposal to go to war with Syria and the budget battle which includes the issue of ObamaCare. If the Republicans get either of these votes wrong, it is time for all conservatives to walk away from the Republican Party.
I had planned to write about the truth behind the latest jobs report today. As often happens, something else grabbed my attention. It is an important subject so let me leave a few links to some excellent articles that explain in simple terms how all is not as our government would like us to believe:
Now let’s talk about the Republican Party. It is also known as the GOP (Grand Old Party). Today it might better be called the OGOP (Once Grand Old Party).
In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell new comers to Asylum Watch that I washed my hands of the Republican Party about seven months ago. That was when I changed the name of this blog from Conservatives on Fire to Asylum Watch. (Please read the “About” page for a full explanation of my current thinking.) Frankly, I believe that I was very late in coming to that understanding. The first President for whom I have a clear memory is Eisenhower. If we were to take all the Presidents from Eisenhower through Obama and mix them up thoroughly in a vat and then let the mixture settle, there would be much cream to float to the top of that mess, would there? Ronald Reagan was the best of the lot, in my opinion,, and yet even he allowed the federal government to grow in size and cost. At least, he apologized for those errors in his farewell address.
Having said all of that, I know that there are still many conservatives, solid patriots who love American and who still hold on to the hope that conservatives can win control of the Republican Party away from the “establishment” politicians and over time turn this once great country around. To you, who still hold on to that hope, I dedicate this post.
Two blog posts that I read this weekend are what inspired me to write this particular post today. Norma Brown (Ooobie on Everything) has put up another in a string of excellent essays. This time it was at Patriot Update and the title was: The GOP: Do or Die. Norma is very concerned that the Republicans will cave-in to President Obama’s desire to attack Syria for “supposedly” using chemical weapons on their own people. This paragraph sums up her feelings on the matter:
Here is what I am thinking: should what I have suggested will happen does happen and the Republicans board the Obama train wreck, they must pay the price. There is an election next year and every one of us on the conservative side whose views fell on deaf ears need to make sure this time they hear us loud and clear. They take our votes for granted, warning that if we don’t get to the ballot box, everything will be run by the Democrats. Too bad. Everything is already run by the Democrats, as the opposition has ceded the field. We on the right are tired of being ostracized, criticized, ridiculed and ignored. So I propose that a “yes” vote on this matter should be the last vote any of these people take in Congress. We need to organize a massive boycott of the Republican Party at the polls in 2014 and instead throw our support to independent or third-party candidates who will remember that their power flows from the people and not the other way around. And perhaps from there we can move on to the creation of a permanent third party that will squeeze the Republican Party into oblivion.
My good friend, Brian, at Frankenstein Government has some thoughts on the same subject in his Sunday Collage titled: The 90 Day, Same As Cash War. Brian’s essay doesn’t mention the Republican Party. Brian gave-up on them years ago. But, his closing statement on this asinine war says volumes:
The 90 day, same as cash war. Financed by treasury bonds which we are hoping to sell to our enemies who are Syria’s allies. Countries like Russia and China. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?
Folks, the unintended consequences of going to war with Syria could be devastating to America and the world. Anyone who believes that we can walk away after 60 or 90 days of bombing Syria is not paying attention. I agree with Norma Brown. If the House Republicans DO NOT vote down President Obama’s request to attack Syria, every conservative should do everything in their power to see all of those Republicans that voted in favor of Obama’s proposal are removed from office at the first opportunity.
But, war with Syria is not the only critical vote coming up in the next few weeks for Congress. The budget battle is here again. The debt ceiling will be debated again. But, far more important, in my opinion, is whether the budget will include funding for ObamaCare. The full implementation of ObamaCare is schedule to start in October. The unintended ( or not) consequences of ObamaCare will be devastating for our country; especially on the middle class. The House Republicans have the power-of-the-purse. They can, if they are willing, pass a budget with everything the President asks for except ObamaCare. And, if Obama wants to veto it and shut the government down as a result, it will be all on him.
So, to any conservatives out there who still have hope of using the Republican Party to salvage our country, I say the following: if the House Republicans DO NOT vote down Obama’s desire for war or DO NOT vote to defund ObamaCare, then that should be proof enough that we DO NOT have a two-party system in America. Failure to vote down these two critical issues will be evidence that you couldn’t pass a laser beam between the Republicans and the Democrats. In that case, it will be more than time to throw the bums out!
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?