There’s nothing else to say about this except that we’re in trouble. We shouldn’t be, as Barack Obama’s war of diminution against our economy, defenses, and culture should have doomed him, particularly in the hands of able leadership. Due to Republican ineptitude, he is turning what should have been an election more like 1980 into one much more like 1996. That shouldn’t be possible, but it looks almost certain to be the outcome, and worst of all, as I reported on Friday evening, he may manage successfully to make enough hay over the debt ceiling to do serious damage to the GOP House majority. We might well ask how it is that we arrived in this predicament, but looking at the onrushing elections, it’s time to think about how we can turn this around despite our ineffective Congressional leadership. There is a way, but until we make them grasp it, we will not win this argument. If they will not lead, we must, because our nation’s future now rests in our hands.
The first thing the House of Representatives must do is to begin passing a long string of bills, all legislation that would pass muster with the American people at large, and each confined to a narrow scope of issues. Many or even most of them can be repeal bills, striking down previously enacted bad law. In fact, apart from such things as money already spent, they should repeal virtually everything enacted since roughly 2007. They should begin to beat the drum about an intransigent, puppet Senate, and they should keep this up from now until the election. They should build a pile of legislation that reaches skyward, and pile it on the steps of the Capitol, showing the world what Harry Reid will not even consider. Every day in session should be concluded with hours of special orders speeches, decrying the President’s unwillingness to lead, and Harry Reid’s unwillingness to act on legislation. We shouldn’t be able to turn on the television without some Republican Congressman or Senator appearing on screen to criticize in indignant terms how it is that Harry Reid, and Barack Obama are harming whichever group is effected by the legislation at hand.
In short, we need the House Republicans to go to war with the left. We need people like Allen West, Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann, and others of that frame out there making a holy fuss. We need Rand Paul and Marco Rubio from the Senate out there calling attention to the miserable conduct of the Senate, and Harry Reid’s disgusting parroting of the Obama line. In other words, the whole of the Republican party should go to war, minus the useless RINOs, who live in cringing fear of the next poll, that due to their cowardice, becomes a sort of self-fulfilled prophecy of failure.
The other important thing they can do is to stay well clear of the Republican nomination fight. Leave the primary battles for the nomination to the people. Among their number, we do not need controversies or divisions, as they should be seen as a solid line opposing the forces of Obama. A little indignant anger is good, and they shouldn’t hesitate. They should band together in small groups on particular bills, raising hell over the failure of the bills to move through Harry Reid’s Senate. They should never fail to mention that this is part of the Obama-Reid strategy to deny the American people their will through legislation. In short, this must become a Tea Party.
From now until the general election, it should be an unbroken string of repudiations of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. If Barack Obama is holding a rally in their district, they must co-opt it if they can. They need to organize groups as large as possible to show up and jeer President Obama often and loudly. They must do this, and you must help them. And if they won’t do this, you must do it independently, taking the lead in your own districts. The consequences of this election are too dire to permit the current administration to continue. We must take the Senate, and we must take the presidency, so our options are few if we want any chance of staving off the national disaster for which Barack Obama and the Democrats have set the stage.
In the summer of 2009, Tea Parties formed, and at various town-hall meetings, the purveyors of the President’s agenda were swamped by an avalanche of public defeats. The YouTube recordings of their ridiculous advocates went viral and they learned that they would have to push their agenda out of reach of the public eye, and control the circumstances of their public appearances. They brought in thugs, and when that didn’t do so well, they stopped holding town-hall meetings. Then they sent their thugs to the town-hall meetings of Republicans, but that mostly fizzled. Bear in mind that they are keenly aware of the effect on their agenda of such events.
This is not going to be an election that can be won on any level but by the most active side. They have an advantage, because they have mobs of people who have nothing better to do with their time, but to you goes the advantage of defending your principles and your values, and indeed your country, but also the understanding of why you fight. Their mobs really don’t know what it is for which they are fighting, but you do. You can see the future of your children and grandchildren in the country they’re building, and you know where it leads.
It’s time we throw off this fretting over the Republican nominee, whomever it turns out to be, and while you and I may have different preferences, we both know this fight must become more focused. We all know what is likely to happen if we fail. It’s not a future we can accept. Like most of you, I have substantial doubts about most of these GOP Presidential candidates, and like so many of you, I wish we could broom the lot and start from scratch, but we’re not going to be able to do so. We are the people who know how to turn a few lemons into lemonade, and in the coming election, that is what we will be compelled to do if we want any hope of victory.