There is a great Facebook meme floating around now days that says, “Never push a loyal person to the point where they don’t give a damn.”
Sometimes these memes can be silly and sometimes they can be profound. This one is profound and some people should be paying attention.
Who should be paying attention?
It is the Republican Party.
In 2006 and 2008, the Republican Party careened down the political highway, like a drunk driver bound and determined to become a Darwin award winner. Then a funny thing happened on the way to political extinction.
The Tea Party was born.
If the Republican Party had been doing what it was supposed to be doing, the Tea Party never would have been born.
In 2010, the Tea Party swept a devastated Republican Party back into power in the House of Representatives. The Tea Party activists loyally supported the GOP into 2011 and 2012.
What did the Tea Party see for its efforts?
Spending has continued to increase. The debt has continued to increase. The GOP has done nothing to stop Obama and his executive orders that attack fundamental American rights. The Republicans gave the Tea Party and America Mitt Romney, the single most liberal and most incompetent Republican nominee in history.
Now as we head into the fall, the GOP is simply surrendering on Obamacare. While there is little Mitch McConnell can do in the Senate, there is a lot John Boehner can do in the House. All he wants to do is surrender.
The Republican base overwhelmingly opposes Amnesty, yet the liberals who lead the GOP, people like John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander want to give Obama everything he wants for Amnesty.
The Republican Party should have taken the hint. In 2008, the base stayed home and the Democrats ended up with what would turn into a super majority in the Senate and a solid majority in the House.
In 2012, they gave us the same thing. Now the GOP slouches towards 2014 and the question that has to be asked is, will this be the last year of the GOP?
The GOP has never figured out the danger of pushing loyal people to the point where they don’t give a damn anymore.
The conservative base is rapidly approaching the point where it doesn’t give a damn anymore. When the choice is between evil and the lesser evil, many more conservatives are hitting the don’t give a damn point.
A lot of pundits in Washington say the Republican Leadership despises its base. The base may be ready to start despising back.