My fellow TEA Partiers, welcome to the real world. The real world of the body politic. The real world where we have been manipulated as "useful idiots" by the Establishment elitists. We have used the term useful idiots for the Democrats, especially the mindless minions of the OWS, yet we are no different.
How are we no different you may be wondering? Well, just imagine what we would be experiencing today had the TEA Party movement NOT erupted on the scene 3 years ago. Would the Establishment have regained the House of Representatives, nearly taken control of the Senate, picked up 20 more state legislative chambers? 22 State Legislative chambers changed majority control in the 2010 election.
Call it a tsunami, hurricane or seismic shift, the 2010 election was, epic. Republicans gained over 720 Legislative seats shattering the 1994 record of over 500 seats. Not since 1928 have Republicans held more Legislative seats, 3,941. They held 4,001 in 1928. In the nation’s 98 partisan state legislative chambers, Republicans almost completely reversed their standing, 57 chambers to 39 for Democrats. Prior to the election Democrats had the advantage 60-36. Republicans now control the entire legislatures in 25 states, 11 more than prior to the elections, the most since 1952. Republicans control 29 gubernatorial seats today, a net increase of 6 after the 2010 elections.
So, with this monumental effort, what is our reward as Conservatives? Not much. Actually, nothing. The majorities outlined above should have been a launching point for another round of massive gains in the upcoming November elections. Instead, what we have received from the John Boehner led House is nothing. Where is our $100 Billion dollar cut in spending? Where is the deficit reduction, debt reduction, spending reduction of ANY type? Where are all the reforms we were promised? More importantly where are the Republican’s “Pledge to America” results? Has anyone even heard them mention that infamous promise to We the People over the last year? I haven’t. Understandably, when you only control one-half of one-third of our government results will be difficult, but it seems the whole concept has been abandoned. More insultingly, forgotten. The sweeping changes the TEA Party caused in Washington and throughout the States should have been motivation for even the most passive Establishment led by Boehner.
Now, who in the Establishment ranks have subsequently joined the TEA Party caucus chaired by Michele Bachmann? Why haven’t Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, McConnell, McCain, Graham and every other Republican become members? I don’t think I’ve even heard any of the elites mention the TEA Party, other than in a slight of hand manner that the Republicans can’t get a consensus on most issues. Perhaps they aren’t trying hard enough? Perhaps they don’t have the leadership in Boehner and McConnell to be effective? Perhaps they just don’t care? My feeling is, all the above.
Why aren’t Boehner and the rest of the Establishment announcing sweeping reforms to our dysfunctional trade agreements that we are involved in that allow trade partner nations to abuse their workers, exploit humanitarian atrocities and condone currency manipulations? Where is the tax reform we were promised? Extending the Bush tax-cuts, is NOT the answer. 72,000+ pages of tax code, 1,120+ tax forms, hundreds of loopholes and an IRS that strikes fear into American citizens, is NOT the answer. Massive regulations that prevent businesses from starting, let alone expanding, is NOT the answer. Where is a cohesive all-the-above energy policy? Where is a comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty? Where is the leadership we allowed the Establishment to now enjoy?
It’s busy repeating history. Obviously the elitists in the Establishment GOP have determined that Mitt Romney is the next-in-line choice. This is their version of Conservative leadership. Or is it Compassionate Conservatism? This is their delusion that any of the above benefits we helped them attain will somehow improve fiscal, monetary, social and moral principles we support without Conservative principles.
We have been duped. We have been bamboozled. We have been used. Little does the Establishment realize they are only destroying themselves as they wallow in their newly granted power. We sent a referendum with the election. What we’ve gotten in return is a slap in the face. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not ready to raise my white flag to allow business as usual. The status quo no longer appeals to me. We can no longer allow ourselves to be manipulated as useful idiots.
We’re the TEA Party DAMMIT!