by Gary Spina
“You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” Only this time it was Speaker of the House John Boehner taking a page out of Nancy Pelosi’s playbook as he strong-armed lawmakers to pass the 1700-page comprehensive 1.1 trillion dollar CR-Omnibus Bill. And like the Obamacare bill, Boehner’s “bipartisan, bicameral” deal was cobbled in backrooms filled with cigar smoke. The cigar smoke is a literal assessment, according to Tom Cole (R-OK).
It was as though the political elite all got together and sliced the American pie into slivers of corruption.
The CR-Omnibus bill funds Obamacare through September 30, 2015, and Obama’s illegal immigration directives until February 27. The bill provides nearly one billion dollars to help illegal aliens settle and live in the United States. It does nothing to thwart the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on coal and oil, nothing to expose the pseudoscience of manmade global warming.
In an effort to undermine grassroots organizations like the Tea Party, the CR-Omnibus bill weakens campaign finance laws to allow a dramatic increase in political donations — by ten times the current limit – from wealthy donors to political parties. A Tea Party candidate who does not belong to a recognized political party does not qualify.
Dodd-Frank banking regulations have been eased, along with plenty of corrupt pork projects buried within those 1700 pages – the sheer number of which no congressman or his staff could possibly have read.
Ballot box blunders have come full circle as too many voters never learned the lesson of 2012. In the 2012 general election, not even a month after the ballots were counted, John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, along with the GOP establishment turned their backs on the voters, openly and shamelessly reneging on their campaign promises, the most important of which was to repeal or defund Obamacare. Cantor later paid for that betrayal earlier this year when he lost Virginia’s 7th District June primary to economics professor David Brat. Cantor’s primary loss sent shockwaves throughout Washington.
This year Boehner and the GOP again betrayed their voters – this time waiting a little longer – about five weeks after the election — before turning a complete 180 degrees and revealing themselves as quislings. Only now in addition to Obamacare, we can add immigration to America’s woes, and crippling government regulations on business, the environment, and the economy – among other politically created crises that are chipping away at our republic.
So, now what do We the People do? The answer is for us to understand that America is not a pie to be sliced up. America is bigger than a dream and deeper than a vision, and conservatives and Constitutionalists must learn to fight smarter and harder, and maybe coordinate and concentrate our efforts.
At least one opportunity was missed in this year’s general election. Voters in Ohio’s 8th District should have voted out Boehner, and voters in California’s 23rd District should have voted out the new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy – even if every Republican, every conservative, and every Tea Party voter in those districts had to hold their noses and cast a ballot for a Democrat. Any means necessary to unseat those two scoundrels.
Without Boehner and McCarthy, the Republicans would still have kept their majority in the House of Representatives, and the American people would have rid themselves of two more cowardly career politicians. Voting out the Speaker and the Majority Leader would have shaken the GOP to its core and put Washington on notice that conservatives had not only voice, but clout.
But the Tea Party this year was not organized enough – not in Boehner’s Ohio or McCarthy’s California. Most of the Tea Party groups were too slick by half – their strategy being for each local group to be so isolated and divorced from the whole that neither the GOP old guard nor the liberal opposition could defeat the collective movement with one decisive blow. That strategy of self-protection left them so weak they ceased to be a meaningful force.
Yet all we need is for “enough of the people enough of the time” to take a stand and refuse to allow America to be corrupted. Only a couple dozen key men and women launched the American Revolution. And remember the Talmudic concept that at any given time there are 36 righteous men in the world — 36 living visionaries — unknown to each other and unknown to the world – a handful of men and women both – who hold the sane world accountable and guide men and women to greatness.
And who knows? Maybe among us are dreamers and visionaries – maybe another couple dozen patriots or maybe 36 righteous men and women who will stand up and fight.
Boehner may have won this battle in the House, and Mitch McConnell in the Senate may help him win the day. But I should remind the Washington establishment of the words attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, pictured below, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor: “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
Author’s Note: It seems Eric Cantor landed on his feet after losing to his primary election. Although he does not have a background on Wall Street, he has been hired by a Wall Street Investment Bank as Vice Chairman and Managing Director. The bank will open an office for him in Washington where Cantor will represent banking interests. In a Washington Post article, September 2, 2014, Fred Barbash writes: “According to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, individuals and committees associated with the securities and investment business were the leading donors among industries to Cantor’s reelection bid, giving a combined total of about $1.4 million during the primary election cycle in 2013 and 2014.”