Whatsoever Things are True; the Honesty Problem in the GOP

Timothy Birdnow

The threat of open civil war looms large over the Republican Party, and the underlying causes seem to puzzle both politicians and pundits in the GOP Establishment (it's absolutely baffling to the Liberals in the media and Democrats, but that is no surprise.) The rise of the Tea Party has upset the GOP elites, who find themselves under fire from the grassroots of their own party. House Speaker John Boehner illustrated this perfectly during the government shutdown:

"Frankly, I think they're misleading their followers. I think they're pushing our members into places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility," 

"You know, one of them, they pushed us into the fight to de-fund Obamacare and shut down the government,"

Boehner is not alone in claiming the base has been the victims of demagoguery. John McCain called the Tea Party wing of the GOP "wacko birds" for standing on principle and refusing to fund Obamacare. Similar statements can be found for many Establishment Republicans.

They simply do not understand the reason for the Tea Party.  

Case in point: 

Christopher "Kit" Bond, former Missouri  governor and four time U.S. Senator and a self-described foe of Obamacare in all it's forms has been hired to lobby the Missouri legislature - to expand Medicaid. This is a key component needed to fully implement Obamacare. https://www.askheritage.org/is-obamacares-medicaid-expansion-a-trap/

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"He’s also been an outspoken critic of the federal health insurance law. During a 2010 interview with the conservative magazine Newsmax, Bond said the financial burden on state budgets of expanding Medicaid would be "horrific.”

Last November, in an interview with The Joplin Globe, he referred to the law (The Affordable Care Act) as "a pile of manure.”

Bond could not be reached for comment Thursday, but Mehan said Medicaid expansion is no longer about support or opposition to the federal law. The chamber was an early and outspoken advocate for expanding Medicaid in Missouri after the Affordable Care Act took effect.

"We opposed Obamacare, and every day it seems like a worse and worse idea,” he said. "But it is the law, it’s been upheld by the courts and we don’t see it changing anytime soon. We should take the opportunity to get an enormous amount of investment back into our state and, while we’re at it, improve Medicaid for everyone.”

Since officially taking the job Jan. 16, Bond has wasted no time reaching out to his fellow Republicans.

"He’s already stopped by my office,” said Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican opposed to expansion who previously worked in Bond’s Senate office. "It is very interesting to be lobbied on any issue by someone you consider to be a mentor.”

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The success of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and the flock of the "wacko birds" - for that matter the reason for the success of Mr. McCain's former running mate - is a result of the same fundamental force that gave Ronald Reagan his dominating political persona.

Analysts have never understood Reagan. His political fortunes have been ascribed to slick marketing, or to an engaging personality, or to his quick wit. He has been portrayed as a good looking senile geriatric who fooled the public, or as a master political manipulator, or even as a great compromiser (this last being the latest mantra by the media to seduce the GOP into a compromise that equates to total surrender.) But none of these things explain the devotion to Reagan both at the time and now. 

It's simple; Reagan was an honest man. 

The power of the truth shined forth from Mr. Reagan. It really was that simple. Reagan said what he meant and meant what he said, and he tried his best (sometimes failing) to fulfill his campaign promises.

The U.N. Convention of the Law of the Sea was a classic example; Reagan refused to sign it despite a great deal of pressure to do so. The principle argument was that the treaty had been negotiated for a long time, but Reagan was nonplussed;

"But isn't that what the election was all about?"

In other words, he meant to do what he had promised his supporters. 

Reagan reduced the size of the welfare state, rebuilt the military, aggressively fought the "Evil Empire" and generally did what he said he would do.

America loved him for that.

And that is why the search for a "new Reagan" is not a search for another man of similar style and image, but is rather a search for a man of Reagan's character. 

It is character that made George Washington the Father of the United States; Washington was just a mediocre general (he actually thought to leave Yorktown and attack New York when he had Cornwallis trapped) and was hardly a brilliant orator or clever political wheeler-dealer. Washington's greatness stemmed from one thing only - his character. He was an honest man. He accepted the power given to him and relinquished it as he had promised. Everyone loved Washington because of his honesty. 

It is that which the grassroots seek. But instead we are inundated with men like Kit Bond, self-seeking scoundrels who will sell their principles for thirty pieces of silver, or men like Mitch McConnell who will settle for an expensive dam in his home state to end opposition to funding Obamacare and who has been vociferous in his attacks on the Tea Party. We have most of the elites in the GOP preparing to push an amnesty for illegal aliens in defiance of the grassroots but in obeisance to the wishes of the monied classes, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Yet these turncoat leaders paint themselves red every election cycle, and wrap themselves in the mantle of Reagan, a man whose jockstrap had more integrity than they. 

We are tired. We are tired of settling for fair-weather friends. We are tired of bleeding to death by a thousand paper cuts (until the Democrats actually disembowel the country with things like Obamacare). We are tired of making endless losing political deals to salvage the political fortunes of the cowardly liars in the ruling class. The GOP elites do not understand that the survival of the Republic is actually at stake, and they cannot understand why these uppity Tea Party types continue to oppose them. To the elites politics is a game of trickery, of one-upmanship, of maneuvering and cutting deals. To the rest of us it is about our lives. Much like the Greek gods our ruling class entertains themselves with games that mean little to them but are deadly serious to us. We've had enough; we did not elect gods to rule over us.

And every election cycle the political class whispers sweet nothings in our collective ear, but they are indeed nothings. They start looking for a better deal as soon as they get elected (which is why they want this massive influx of Latin Americans, for instance; a less bothersome electorate.http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/06/the_colonization_of_21st-cen...) Like an unappreciated housewife we have to henpeck our RINO suitors into making even small gestures of affection. They do it to keep us quiet, then turn their backs on us to twerk with our rivals - and quite publicly so that they may get maximum exposure. Kit Bond is only the latest act of political philandering.

All we are asking for is honesty. If our leaders cannot be honest, cannot be true to those they brought to the dance, then they can and should be replaced. If the GOP is so corrupted that it cannot be saved then we will start fresh. A false friend is more dangerous than an enemy; you know where you stand with the enemy. The GOP elites are false friends.

Moral relativism, pragmatism born of the apostasy from our Judeo-Christian heritage, materialism, a belief in ends justifying means, all have conspired to create the current political class. The Ivy League is ripe with all of these failings, and the political class emerges from that particular maelstrom. The old values of honesty, integrity, absolute truths, have been dismissed as old fashioned. And while the Democrats embraced this long ago, the GOP ruling junta has likewise boarded that particular Antenoran Express. Washington has become a morality free zone, a blackbody city on a hill, a spiritual event horizon into which no light may enter. Like all degenerate cities the time will come where ruin shall be upon it - as it was in Sodom, or Nineveh, or Carthage. We want America out before it's too late. 

Mitt Romney lost the last election not because he was such a poor politician (although he was ) but because the Tea Party saw a man of dubious honesty. Romney created the template for Obamacare then disavowed it for political reasons. He attacked his enemies on his side with a viciousness he refused to indulge when meeting the enemy. Many conservatives stayed home, preferring to not have to dishonor themselves by voting for a dishonorable man (and despite Romney's many wonderful qualities his double-mindedness can indeed be characterized as dishonorable.) The same held true for McCain, for Bob Dole, for "read my lips" George H.W. Bush. It's not a search for perfection or for political skill so much as for honesty.

It would do well for the GOP to consider the words of  the Apostle Paul to the Philippians;

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Sadly, the GOP acquiesced to the Bible being kicked out of the public square long ago.

Timothy Birdnow is a St. Louis based writer. Read more from Tim and friends at The Aviarywww.tbirdnow.mee.nu

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Comment by Barry Gabrielson on January 28, 2014 at 8:56am

Robert, spot on with your analysis.  We have the accept and tolerate, compromise with evil society, accept what is, don't take a stand on anything to stay away from conflict.  Everything revolves around money and power, not morality.  Political Correctness rules over the truth.  To get ahead in business involves kiss the b...   of your boss, not your work, morals and ethics.  Doing what your boss tells you, not what is moral is the way to success.  Companies make decisions based on profits and future contracts while commiting fraud.  Government is inefficient, wasteful and immoral, not accountable to the people its responsible to serve.  Churches are a big business, stand to not offending their flocks to keep donations going to keep the Church going.  They don't take a stand against abortion, gay rights, government that is immoral, unethical and unaccountable.  Money and greed is #1, not the bible, G-d, do the right things.  People today in general don't take a stand against anything, simply don't care and try to avoid being retaliated at all cost.  So they stay silent, don't get involved in politics, vote for Satan and his followers over and over and over again.  No one wants to take a stand today, no leaders willing to do what is right for America.  In General, Rep party elects cowards like McClown, Bonehead, MCCavin.  They are all cowards, don't take a stand against evil, want to compromise, then throw up the white flag.  We have no moral leaders in government, willing to make it efficient, willing to reduce its size, willing to lower the costs on products and services to make us more competitive.  They want to remove religion from our lives, destroy the male role in the family, teach our children to accept and tolerate others immoral behavior to not hurt feelings, etc.   Men have no power today thanks for Divorce Courts who punish the productive and reward the unproductive.  There is no accountability or consequences for being a bad parent.  We accept and tolerate bad parents who raise bad children and single mothers raising 6 kids on the backs of taxpayers. She can have 20 children, we don't care.  America tolerates and accepted immoral behavior, promotes it, elects it as President, Congress, all the way down the line in government.  Corrupt politicians who lie get a free pass, same with lawyers in court, teachers, government workers, all the way down the line.  The higher position you go, the more protection you have to lie, cheat, steal, fabricate and destroy.  Congress protects the party, HR and Corporate Attorneys protect the Corporation against any accountability or consequences.  Its about protection and cover-ups today, not the truth, morals and ethics.  Our society needs a moral leader in the White House. We have the opposite, a complete incompetent fraud, same with the majority in Congress, government in general who has no accountability or consequences in job duties or performance. Bribes is their answer to stay in power, not morality and honesty.  We as a nation tolerate and accept incompetence, waste and fraud in government, simply don't care, wont do anything to hold this government accountable to the people.  So look the other way, head in stand, accept and tolerate 150T in debt, 1T in waste and fraud each year, raise prices on goods and services to make us less competitive to lose more jobs, print more money to inflate products to make them less affordable, de-value our currency for higher inflation, destroy our wealth in our nation, allow Iran to build Nukes, allow teachers to never be fired, teach our children than Capitalism is evil, Communism is fair.  Don't get involved in politics, your to busy, its someone else's job, who care, big deal America.  Don't take a stand to avoid being retaliated, accept Satan to rule, tolerate and accept, its about money, not morality, who cares about the truth and morals anymore.

Comment by Robert Kenney on January 28, 2014 at 1:03am

         It always takes a little time and the old  " follow the money " adage ,to uncover everything . I saw the 100 Corporations pushing for Amnesty as a link to future problems with our Republican Party and our legislators in general . And I believe that it really comes down to pure greed and corruption . Plus a little of the network OBama uses to uncover any skeleton's in your closet . ( Seems to have David Axelrods fingerprints on that item ) I wasn't even surprised about the story floating around about McCain and Soros and the fact that Soros and McCain have a financial connection history . My two Senators from Ms. have a Heritage rating so dismal they are Democrats ,I mean 52 % and 54 % are not reflective of the people's will in this state . Cochran just refuses to interact with our or any Tea Party group here ,and that is another reason to add to the pile of evidence that our system is completely off the rail's . We can dissect and pontificate about intricate theory's all we want ,or just go simple . The Congress as a whole has a favorable percentage rating that is below 10 % !! Yet we are still formulating plans and vetting stupid choices like recycled Mitt or completely unacceptable Christy  ( REALLY!! ). In the mean time we all got off the couch and raised what for when Chick-Fil-A and Duck Dynasty were in need .

      It's so past time to find agreement and organize our efforts behind the small band of legislators ,that we know are fighting for the country . Cruz ,Palin ,Gowdy , Paul , Ghomert , Lee ,etc . you know who they are . We should be fierce and focused on getting some control of our country and right now . This waiting for elections and not raising ' Holy Hell " is just not up to the standards of America's best efforts . Where are our Churches? Are they so protective of their money as in tax exempt status that they will let this illegal President stifle their organizing and education efforts ,while he dismantles them brick by brick . There is no laws that have any legality or control over churches . With all the " Big Brains " in this country how did that rumor get started ? The country was forged in the pews ,and lead by the church ministers and pastors . The founders were clear in their intent . Jimminy Cricket if you are too challenged to find a library and these things called books ;just type out in the little Google area ,The History of the Founding Fathers . After that try  The Federalist Papers . You will find your carry permit there ,you will find your permit to pray incessantly there ,sidewalks ,schools , anywhere you want . My point is none of this malarkey should survive a second news cycle day . We only suffer that which we tolerate ,if we can stomp down the Duck Dynasty baloney within days ,we could have and should have taken back control of our country by now. Join and be active in your local and national Tea Party . Your freedom depends on it !!            

Comment by Paul Szemanczky on January 27, 2014 at 5:03pm

Gates, the former Sec. of Defense is possible choice for honesty but to defeat the RINOs one will need a vast shade of Hitlerian personality (in his early 1930-ties approach) to destroy his opposition in a TP/Libertarian candidate, man or woman. Hillary has a sadistic craving for power. We need a domineering apolstoli nature that can win the will of the people from Hillary, and maybe Gates has it. Anything less is brazenless.

Comment by Mangus Colorado on January 27, 2014 at 12:54pm

Tea Party groups fight each other, conservatives fight RINOS and Independents fight both - results are the PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL WIN UNTOUCHED BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FIGHT EACH OTHER. 

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” 
― Confucius

And just what are we gaining by electing Obama's Congress again? What good does it do to FIGHT and destroy our own family . . like family dinners . .we put aside our differences so we can protect our FAMILY. [PS. I hate my sister-in-law and one brother] 

Let us start attacking the enemy the Progressive far extreme left that no one mentions is the alternative to RINOS. There is only one way to win the game and that is take away the money - no more bribing voting blocks, no more crony Capitalism, no more wild spending parties. Yes it can be done but you will need to do some work and study how the new game to restore is played.

You see the Political class [Progressives] have spent around 120 years "TAKING" just a little more every year or so. They knew that we would not notice so the game just kept getting better and bigger. The States were co opted and they lost all power to defend the Rights of the People. This opened the door to the bank vault where all our money was stored - safely we thought.

No, our money was not safe the Federal government took it for Wars and then for Depressions [caused by them] - soon the reserves of the Nation and the people were spent. We were all broke so they invented CREDIT borrowing from ourselves by issuing paper money. No more problems the Federal reserve just sold or purchased Treasury notes and bills . . Back in business we gave promises to all the poor free everything and they voted to keep us in a Progressive government.

Life was good and these were times of plenty but the demands for more and more free stuff from government just kept growing and growing - then in 1979 it all crashed and times were terrible. Millions had no Jobs and businesses were closing across the entire nation. 

Banks were allowed by government to eliminate any usury and the prime rate went from 8.5% to 16.5% overnight. The economy crashed under Carter and then came Reagan with new limits on spending and removal of regulations and rules. the started the great rebirth of the American entrepreneur - new company formations - interest rates came down.

The 1980 and 1990s became a boom period or real growth in our standard of living for all American. So, again Government needed to give more free stuff and they increased spending and taxes.The economy stalled and President Clinton was forced to again cut spending and taxes to restart the economy. All was again well until 9/11/2001 when we were attacked.

This put us back on a war footing and military spending had to be increased. Those events caused the economy to stall and in 2006 the Democrats were elected to the House and Senate. Their agenda was to give more assistance to those without jobs and spending increased along with borrowing and debt growth. Bush was forced to go along with all spending and new free stuff or he could not get the money he felt was required to keep America safe.

Now we have ended the wars but spending is still higher than it was ever during all the wars. We have again entered into a new war on poverty and a new deal combined. Spending requirements with new health insurance and stimulus for E=GREEN failed Bankrupt solar and wind projects along with E cars. Combine these bad ideas with new rules and regulations the economy has flatlined - the heartbeat of of the economy was slow and weak. We have had no job growth in the numbers of total people working for over 6 years.

It appears that few in government understand that growth comes from using natural resources to feed a value added manufacturing economy. If you mine iron ore, jobs in mining go up, if you the smelt the ore you create more jobs, then if you make steel out of the iron more jobs are created. This process go clear through to new railroad tracks, to new building and new factories making other products.

Job creation is not a difficult concept . . provide an environment where natural resources like energy and materials are easy to obtain and use and you will see new job creation. Proof is just look at the States that are drilling and finding new energy - they are booming and good jobs are plentiful. Some States have under 2% unemployment.


Comment by Kristin Fecteau on January 27, 2014 at 12:40pm

great, Andrew! tell us where you will be leading a civil disobedience demonstration and we will show up! Where shall we meet you?

Comment by Janis Eisenstark on January 27, 2014 at 12:38pm
I have been misused by a group of people who require adherence to a higher power, centuries old ignorance, conservative values. No religious group will succeed.
Comment by J. Andrew Reid on January 27, 2014 at 12:33pm

They may have kicked Christianity out of the public square but I say, Let us put it back. If they try to take down the Ten Commandments, chain yourself to the plaque or something near it. Is God’s word less valuable than the tree environmentalists would chain themselves to? If they take down a cross, put up another. If they take down a Christmas message, put it back.

Muslims and illegal aliens defy the law in our country with impunity while Holder and Obama stick up for the law breakers. It’s our country, I say we defy political correctness and we defy our President and his ridiculous claim that this is no longer a Christian Nation.  What say you?

Comment by Bonita Weimerskirch on January 27, 2014 at 12:22pm

Well said.  Pretty sad, isn't it?

Comment by Barry Gabrielson on January 27, 2014 at 12:19pm

People don't vote for the person who is honest.  They vote for the politician, the person who talks about of both sides of their mouth.  This is why you have lawyers who run for President.  They can and will lie at every turn to win an argument, can argue both sides of every issue.  The majority here today believe a person who lies to win has a great quality, is a virture.   The liar is admired today, is rewarded with powerful positions.  Clinton and Kerry are pathological liars.  Same with Susan Rice, BO, Biden, Piglosi, Lee Jackson, Shummer, Rangel, Franklin, etc.  This list goes on forever.  Progressives and RINO's lie all the time,  then get reelected.

What does this tell you about our culture?  Yes, to lie, cheat, fabricate and bribe are all values to be honored.  Too be truthful is a major character flaw, must be name called and labeled as Racist, hater, sexist, evil judger.  The majority votes for the liar, the great deceiver today.  Morals, truth, honestly and ethical behavior has no place in society today, must be punished and thrown into the bus.

Comment by Lizzie on January 27, 2014 at 12:16pm

Hit it out of the park.  This is one of your best.  Thanks, Timothy.

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