Barack Obama won the most significant victory in his second term with the trade promotion authority vote and it was handed to him by the Republican Mafia in Congress who do not allow dissent.
Regardless of how one feels about the trade deal, we should all want the representatives we send to D.C. to represent us, not the party bosses of either party.
In the House, John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and others have established a culture of fear and bullying.
Last week, 34 Republicans who voted against a routine procedural rule that would have advanced Trade Promotion Authority, have since been threatened with the loss of their subcommittee chairmanships and some have been removed from leadership roles, The Daily Signal reports.
Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Steve Pearce of New Mexico were removed from the GOP whip team for not voting for the trade authority.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told Mark Meadows last week to resign as chairman or be booted from the role.
Ironically, Rep. Meadows has been an outspoken critic of Barack Obama’s dictatorial policies and he is also the victim of a dictatorship in his own party.
Mark Meadows was punished for doing what his voters wanted him to do.
“There is a culture of fear and retribution that is prevalent here on Capitol Hill. It encourages people to vote certain ways, it encourages people not to speak out,” Meadows said in an interview with Roll Call.
The change had nothing to do with his performance. It was because of his vote against the procedural rule on trade.
Jim Jordan says Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are getting what they want but conservatives aren’t. Pelosi gets better treatment.
Jim Jordan addressed the issue on the Laura Ingraham show with no small amount of ire and confusion. He said that Meadows “is a good man, a good friend, that what they did to him was exactly wrong and there are a number of us that are fed up with it.”
They plan to meet to look for ways to stand with him.
Jordan asked, “What is going on here?”
Ingraham responded by saying, “They want to enforce the rules, they want to enforce their rules. You will not challenge us, you will not have a different view on these issues and if you choose to go with the likes of Jim Jordan, you will be severely punished.”
“You will become the lowest of the low in the U.S. Congress,” she added. “This is what the mafia does. You know, I’m sorry, but this is a political mafia run up on Capitol Hill, that’s the way I see it. I don’t see this as a Republican Party that represents people like me and if they distance themselves from people like me, then, I don’t see how you’re going to build a constituency as you said to win the presidency. I don’t get it.”
What is also going on here is simply that the Republican leadership prefers the establishment Democrats over Conservatives.
Last year, a number of conservatives were thrown off committees or denied roles for not voting for Boehner to serve as speaker.
Conservatives are punished if they vote their conscience. It’s a continuation of the war by the establishment against those who aren’t.
The establishment is going to lose if they continue on this path because if these conservative reps aren’t treated with some regard, their supporters will bolt. The establishment is asking for a rebellion which no one wants because of the mutual desire – allegedly – to combat the far-left ideology of the Democratic Party.
Jeb Bush said he was going to run against Conservatives to win the primary and it appears the leadership in Congress feels the same way, but it won’t work. They will lose their much needed votes. The turnout was low for McCain, lower for Romney and it will be a lot worse if they force through a candidate that Conservatives don’t want, especially if the establishment is seen as threatening and punishing their representatives.
Rep. Pearce was concerned about the procedure which violated congressional rules and even that was punished.