Can it be revived?
My readers deserve the courtesy of bluntness, since it’s preferable to get the unpleasantness out of the way early. I’ve always been a “save the good news for last” kind of fellow, and if you’ll bear with me, I’ll get to that eventually. If you’re a loyal and strident fan of John Boehner, Mitt Romney or anybody named Bush, you may wish to exit this blog for the duration. Let me first say that if I had to point to a date on which Mitt Romney’s loss was cemented, it would have to be after the ides of July, 2011. At the time, we were headed for a shutdown of the federal government over the debt ceiling. Congress must authorize the amount of money the federal government can borrow, and at the time, what was particularly disconcerting to conservatives had been how willing John Boehner seemed to be to pull the rug from beneath the feet of conservative House members. He went through the dog-and-pony show of letting the House pass “Cut, Cap & Balance,” but only because he knew it would die in the Senate, since he already had a tentative deal worked out with Reid and Obama.
I knew this would doom Republicans in 2012, so I urged members to stand fast, and I was particularly harsh when they didn’t, perhaps undeservedly so with respect to one particular freshman representative from Florida. Like a number of others, he was told to walk the plank and vote for the “deal” and after some fussing, he folded, and the bill was passed. That would come back to haunt us in the election of 2012. Giving Obama a pile of money to spend through the election would give him unlimited resources for spending on the “power of the incumbency” as the vote drew near. That’s precisely what happened. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was cracked open to drive down the price of gas at the pumps. Giveaway programs including everything from foodstamps to Obama-phones accelerated to new heights. All of this free stuff was purchased with your money, but the irony is that it is money you and your children have yet to earn. Thank John Boehner and those operating his strings for the colossal debt incurred to keep Obama in office. The Debt Ceiling Deal of 2011 basically guaranteed it would be difficult to beat Obama, if not impossible, and at the time, there were reports that Romney had urged the deal.
You see, Mitt Romney was never supposed to win. That may be why the Bush clan endorsed him. They needed a fall-guy. They needed somebody who would believe he could win, be controlled if he somehow did, but most importantly, prevent any real conservative from making it into the Oval office. They surrounded him with their own campaign stooges, many part of the permanent political consultancy class in DC, and many of whom undoubtedly gave him counterproductive advice, and gave him false assurances about his situation in the polls. Romney believed that come election day, he would have the full support of the team, and they were going to bring new technology to the voting process, using a mobile app on smartphones among their volunteers to track and report and to try to get people to the polls. For some odd reason, the technology failed. That’s right, the technology failed all day long, and the passwords volunteers were supposed to use to access it didn’t work, but the good news was there was a password reset tool, and the worse news is that it didn’t work either. Poor hapless volunteers stood around with no back-up plan, and some went home early in disgust. As I said, whether Romney knew it or not, he wasn’t supposed to win.
Whether Mitt Romney was so inept on his own, or was instead the unwitting victim of really bad, sabotage-laden advice, we may never know, but what is clear to me now is this: As soon as Romney conceded the race, almost before the smoke cleared, there were those in media who had prepared remarks about how this was the result of demographic changes to the country, and that the Republican Party ought to get behind “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” Yes, you see, the argument was that the Hispanic vote went with Obama in search of an amnesty of some sort, in the form of the “Dream Act,” or similar. I was not shocked therefore when I heard an account of John Boehner telling Dianne Sawyer in an interview on Thursday that his legislative priority would not be jobs, the fiscal cliff, Benghazi-gate, or anything of the sort, but instead: Comprehensive Immigration Reform. You might wonder where this would originate, since it’s almost incomprehensible that Boehner came up with this on his own, and you’d be right. Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, and brother of George W. Bush, is about to publish a book on the issue. It’s part of Jeb’s agenda: Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
One might ask how all of this ties together, and I will admit that my evidence is thin, except for the events we’ve all witnessed in puzzled disbelief. I believe that JEB Bush will run for President in 2016, and since the Bush clan has been hot and heavy for comprehensive immigration reform for decades, but doesn’t want the political pain involved in shoving CIR down the throats of conservatives, they’ll have Obama, Boehner and Reid get it out of the way. In fact, the Bush clan has had a hand in subverting US sovereignty via what is known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, whereby the notion of a EU-like North American Union was conceived(and you’ll doubtless notice how well the EU has come out for member nations.) A necessary part of that union will be open borders, and this is why the Bush presidencies never resulted in any tangible results in getting control of our borders. The problem for the advocates of SPPNA is that to get it through, and to realize it fully, they will need a good deal more votes in the Senate. I would ask you to view the results of Tuesday’s election in light of the SPPNA, and ask yourself if it was a positive or detrimental outcome for the SPPNA adherents.
Boehner is one of the people bringing this to us, and he wanted to eliminate through this election any members he thought might be trouble. He succeeded in large measure, and he almost rid himself of Michele Bachmann, who received no help from the party, as she’s been a squeaky wheel. At the same time, the establishment had to sabotage Richard Mourdock, because he wasn’t one of theirs. Lugar had been a supporter of the SPPNA and he’s a big fan of comprehensive immigration reform. When conservatives in Indiana dumped Lugar, Mourdock couldn’t be allowed to win. The GOP establishment and a bunch of disgruntled Lugar supporters(I call them Lugies) showed up to sabotage Mourdock in every way they could. In fact, as I look at the candidates closely, what I notice is that those new faces who made it into the Senate tend to be people who are amenable to the SPPNA and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
If we had 41 Senators who were staunchly opposed to CIR or SPPNA, those things would never gain ground. It was therefore imperative that any candidates who made it into the Senate be CIR and SPPNA advocates. Go look at the results. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but if Jeb Bush is about to publish a book on the issue of immigration, and if he intends to run for President in 2016, one of the things you ought to consider about him is this whole business of CIR and SPPNA. You ought to consider likewise the impact Jeb and the family Bush had on this election. Was Mitt Romney an unwitting placeholder? After all, the name “Bush” is still toxic even among conservatives, and that family wouldn’t want to risk that an actual conservative might get into the White House, so they could have supported Romney knowing he would lose, but knowing that with their help, he would be strong enough to freeze out the others. I’d like you to consider the whole of the 2011-2012 primary season in this light. For those who still believe this election failure had been about “outreach to Hispanics,” I urge you to read this piece by Heather MacDonald.
For those of you who wonder at my dislike for the Bush policy agenda, let me put it in these terms: “Compassionate Conservatism” is merely Establishment Code for “We’ve got free stuff too!” If we can’t make the Bush family irrelevant in the GOP, then we’ll need to abandon the party. They still control many levers of the party machinery, including in Texas and Florida, but also other states. We must rid ourselves of these people. They’ve never managed to do anything but sink us in the long run, and they have advanced the statist ball down the field more reliably than most Democrats. On Friday, it was reported that Jeb’s son George P. Bush intends to seek office. The times article quoted a State representative in Texas:
“George P. was recently our guest down here in the Valley, where we held an event for him,” said a state representative, Aaron Pena, a Republican who represents part of Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley. “The level of excitement was through the roof. Here you have arguably the most famous family in American political history, embodied in a person who is much like ourselves. After the trouncing that Republicans received in losing the Hispanic vote in the recent presidential election, George P.’s candidacy is the sort of remedy that we’re looking for.”(emphasis added)
Apart from the subtle racism implicit in Mr Pena’s remarks, I find it troubling that yet another Bush intends to run in order to advance the family agenda. It’s for this reason that I submit that we won’t repair the Republican Party until we finally accept the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s advice, but only this one time, and only with respect to the family Bush:
(click “play” for Jackson’s advice)
Really people, “stay out da Bushes.” I don’t think we’ll ever have another conservative President until we excise the Bush influence from our body politic. America is not a land of royalty, and no single family should wield so much power over so long a span. There is nothing peculiar to the Bush family that makes them more suited to leadership. Nothing. The problem is, they want the power and prestige because they have goals that supersede your interests or mine, in their view. The SPPNA is just one of them. They don’t mind being out of power for eight years if that’s what it takes to rehab their family name.
When you take all of this in, it stings a little, but it also begins to make sense. I don’t believe Mitt Romney was supposed to win, and I think that the Bush family intends to restore their family name, a name that took a beating as a result of many of their policies while in power, not only from rigid leftists, but also among conservatives who have rightly noted that the Bush family seems to have extensive sympathies with statists, and with globalists who are more interested in big ideas about global governance than with American sovereignty. The Bush family seems to wish to drag us unwillingly into their global vision, and I’m not going without a fight. Neither should you. We conservatives simply must stop walking into these minefields.
After all, who will be their next moderate patsy, and will we go along with that one too? If their family name is still too toxic in 2016, expect them to put up another stand-in. I think the next one will be a big fan of donuts. He’s shown himself willing to help, but he may now be damaged goods himself. Time will tell.
Solution to two problems?
Insofar as Boehner, he is a cog in this machine. The good news is that we can rid ourselves of this particular tool, and I even have an idea as to how we might do that. I realize this may be slim consolation, but we need a win. We need to start somewhere, and I think this is as good a place as any. As you know, there is no requirement that the Speaker of the House be a voting member of the House of Representatives. If they wanted to, they could elect Rush Limbaugh…or me. (Though if nominated, I would not run, and if elected, I would not serve…) It just so happens that we have a plausible candidate for the position, since he’s recently been left jobless after being set up for defeat through redistricting in Florida. He’s still contesting the results, but win or lose, Allen West would make a great Speaker of the House, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t call our respective representatives to insist on it. I’m not trying to start a movement, but I think we must finally rid ourselves of Boehner, and the best way to do that is to replace him with somebody we want. While it’s not likely, it is possible, so that when they vote for the Speaker for the next term, we can make a difference.
For readers who want more background on the immigration argument, Heather Mac Donald also wrote this piece some time ago.