Time for Populists to Target Congress

2018 March 25
by bc3b

We have consistently been lied to by the Republican Party, In 2010 they told us they needed the House. Then we were told they needed was the Senate. Then it was the presidency.

Since the days of John Boehner the game plan has been the same – establishment Republicans working with Democrats to increase spending and the scope of government. This is actually accelerated under the leadership of Mitch McConnell.

We need to send a message to the swamp. Every member of the House is up for re-election in 2018. The only message swamp creatures understands is getting kicked off the gravy train. We need to start replacing RINOs, even if they are replaced by Democrats. And we need to start with Paul Ryan.

We hear all the time these days that President Trump is “undermining democratic norms.” Well, how about this for a democratic norm? The policies people vote for in an election should be the ones that get implemented after the election.

Oh wait, that would mean we had an actual, functioning republic, wouldn’t it? But we don’t. We have a Swamp, and this week’s public policy shambles in Washington – resulting in a fiscally incontinent and democratically illegitimate $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill – showed that the Swamp is not being drained but steadily refilled.

Let’s take the democratic illegitimacy first.

You may not agree with – in fact you may violently disagree with – President Trump’s pledge to “Build the Wall.” But can there be any voter in America who was unaware of that promise by the time of the 2016 election? Of course not. So it is simply staggering to see the sheer scale of our elected representatives’ arrogance in refusing to do what the American people voted for.

It’s not just that the spending bill fails to fund the construction of a border wall along the lines the president has proposed. Almost unbelievably, it literally prohibits building a concrete wall or other prototypes. Not so much “Build the Wall” as “Ban the Wall.”

And look at what Congress did to President Trump’s promise to increase border security by hiring additional border officers.

The president signed an executive order soon after he took office calling for 10,000 more U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) officers to protect America’s borders. He then scaled that back in his own budget submission to just an extra 2,000 officers. Guess how many are included in the budget Congress approved? The number of additional officers is capped at a mere 65.

Again – you may disagree with the idea of boosting the number of border agents. But surely every American would agree that if people vote for something, they should get it.

This budget’s blatant overturning of central planks of 2016’s winning Republican presidential platform is a calculated insult to American voters. It’s the Swamp saying: “It doesn’t matter who or what you vote for, we’ll do exactly what we want anyway.”

This is yet another example of the failure of our political system to deliver on promises that fueled the rise of anti-establishment candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the first place.

Democrats may think they scored a big political win by blocking so many of the president’s signature promises. But all they are doing is stoking the populist anger and resentment that they claim to despise.

Both Democrats and Republicans claim to take seriously our nation’s growing fiscal crisis. But instead of dealing with it, they’ve added to it. There was no apparent effort made to rein in all sorts of wasteful spending

Finally, and perhaps most depressingly for those on the right, there was the astonishing chutzpah of House Speaker Paul Ryan who, when asked by Ben Shapiro this week to set out the philosophical differences between conservatives and liberals, castigated the progressives’ ideology as being one that ends with “elites in Washington micromanaging our lives.”

Excuse me? What exactly is this monstrosity of a spending bill, other than yet another example of … elites in Washington micromanaging our lives?

Ryan, of course, knew only too well how appalled people would be by this giant spending bill and so tried to get his defense in early, claiming that the deadline meant it had to be passed despite its flaws. The budgeting process must be reformed for the future, he said.

No! It’s not the budgeting process that needs to be reformed! It’s the entire government. The truth is that year after year, decade after decade, more and more power has flowed from the hands of people, families, neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, states … all in one direction: up to the federal government in Washington.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the executive branch and its sprawling, unaccountable departments and agencies (the real Deep State); the legislative branch with its feckless, corrupt representatives and policy staff in the pockets of donors and lobbyists; or the judicial branch with its rulings over many decades that have allowed the concentration of political and economic power. One way or another, the federal government in Washington has grown bloated and fat at the people’s expense.

None of the current leadership in the two main parties will do anything about this: whatever they say, they love the power and control it brings them. This spending bill is proof of that.

And all the congressional leaders are responsible for this outrage: House Speaker Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both Republicans; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, both Democrats. We ought to call the legislation they approved the Ryosi-McSchumer spending bill.

There is only one long-term solution: the populist revolution with its demand for people power and decentralization must target Congress next. We need to elect Positive Populists who will go to Washington and give their power back to the people.

Hat tip: Fox News

18 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 March 25 7:08 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Long, but worth the read.

  2. 2018 March 25 8:22 pm
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    gnqanq permalink

    There is only one long-term solution: “You are going to have to kill some Mother F#ckers and burn their shite.”

  3. 2018 March 26 4:42 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Voting is what got us into this mess. I am not convinced it will get us out of it, especially when you consider that a third of the country seems fine with the mess as it is.

    Here’s the problem, no single elected rep has the guts/resources to oppose the swamp. It has to be a team effort
    affair. That means another party. Start from scratch? My view a waste of time. There is however a party that could be taken over — Libertarians. That take over is worth the effort since they have laid the ground work that getting a Liberty candidate on the ballot is no harder than a GOPer/Dim. It would require flushing the kooky upper management of the party. Change the platform to “No more laws. No more Omnibus. Nay to everything!”

    Failing that it is time for the torches.

  4. 2018 March 26 6:18 am
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    justrand permalink

    drdog: “Here’s the problem, no single elected rep has the guts/resources to oppose the swamp. It has to be a team effort”

    Actually, not to quibble, but ONLY a few elected reps have the guts. Which supports precisely your assertion that it needs to be a team effort.

    A new Party needs to have sufficient numbers that they are NECESSARY to virtually every piece of Legislation…regardless of which of the other two Parties is in power.

    And THAT is the rub. Because the other two Parties will always act as the “UniParty” in order to retain their power. The so-called “Freedom Caucus” has tried…and been defeated 100% of the time. They need bigger numbers…and they need to threaten to leave the Republican Party altogether.

  5. 2018 March 26 6:45 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    That’s why a third party would be wise to follow the example of the New York State Conservative Party, which was fairly successful in the 1970s (elected James Buckley to the senate, who beat Roger Goodell’s father – the ultimate RINO).

    What the NY Connservative party did was evaluate the Republican candidate. If he/she was sufficiently conservative the party enmdorsed and supported him/her. If not, it fielded its own candidate. This gives conservatives far greater leverage than we currently have and a third party candidatew can p!ss on a lot of RINOs’ parades.

  6. 2018 March 26 7:02 am
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    justrand permalink

    Agree, bc3b. As long as any candidate deemed worthy of the support agrees to support them in return.

    Too many turncoat RINOs around these days.

  7. 2018 March 26 7:11 am
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    bc3b permalink

    One thing we need is a constitutional amendment reducing senate terms to four years. That way 1/2 the senate seats would be contested every election cycle.

  8. 2018 March 26 7:28 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    7,

    Any effort you desire must target the Senate. It is quite clear that any legislation can be defeated by a minority in that chamber. Remember the Gang of 8? A third party that could get 8-12 members to simply stand and defeat every measure would bring much of the mechanism to a slow crawl.

  9. 2018 March 26 7:35 am
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    socialism ~~~~~~~ fascism in a velvet glove
    fascism~~~ communism at the point of a bayonet.

    THE MOST INSIDIOUS FORM OF TYRANNY,
    IS THAT IMPOSED THROUGH THE BALLOT BOX
    BY THOSE WHO WOULD FABRICATE THEIR
    OWN CHAINS OF DESPOTISM,THUS LENDING
    LEGITIMACY TO THEIR OWN ENSLAVEMENT

  10. 2018 March 26 7:38 am
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog, 8-12 members in the Senate could run a true filibuster…until the UniParty outlawed the filibuster! 🙁

    Still, it’d be a start. 🙂

  11. 2018 March 26 7:39 am
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    The stench of socialism is a thing to behold,
    Caracas and north korea are fitting the mold,
    The people’s utopias, woven of bayonet and wire,
    A condition our fearless leaders are striving to acquire,
    Our clueless POTUS with twitter pen in hand,
    From his penthouse bunker he makes his stand,
    As our house of cards continues to crumble,
    The leaders of the “free” world are ever so humble,
    As a generation of geldings, and a nation of sheep,
    We will deserve whatever we reap.

  12. 2018 March 26 8:01 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Orange County Residents Oppose Plan to Relocate Homeless:

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/26/homeless-encampment-relocation-plan-has-california-residents-outraged.html

    Who wouldn’t want a bunch of druggies shooting up in their neighborhood?

  13. 2018 March 26 11:01 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Pulse Nightclub’s Shooter’s Father Was FBI Informant for 11 Years.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5545685/Pulse-gunmans-father-FBI-informant-11-years.html

  14. 2018 March 26 12:30 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    You know, I am starting to understand the French affirmation of the ‘mistress’ and the code that goes with it. 60 minutes has their largest viewership in over a decade for the primal reason its about sex and a president. It confirms how childish our society is on the whole topic while lavishing that very same motive to sell damn near anything via Madison Ave.

    Nor do I understand how the Libs even think its a ‘win’. It is the same playbook they tried using Melinda as the proxy. The Red state dudes are slapping high fives, while ordering another beer. The Red state dudettes thinking, “I could have been a contender….”. Didn’t work then, or now.

  15. 2018 March 26 12:35 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    A long post at Insty echoes sentiments above.

    “as Inez Stepman notes, “A quasi third party while maintaining ballot access via GOP is not a bad idea.””

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/292288/
    DANIEL HOROWITZ: Blueprint for the new conservatives.

    Most of conservative media has already moved on from the spectacular political adultery of last week’s budget betrayal, built on top of an entire year of endless betrayals from GOP leaders. They are all focused on responding to the gun control agenda espoused at the “March for Life.” But what purpose does it serve to fight the Left when we don’t have a Right that is providing an alternative vision on guns or any other issue? The spending betrayal bill included gun provisions that violate every tenet of what was once a universal GOP principle.

    Sure, it’s important to combat the Left’s dangerous lies about guns and public safety, but what’s the point of having raucous fans in the bleachers while the team on the field is throwing the ball in the opposite direction? We must win the fight for our own movement and our own party before we can fight the Left.

    If you consider yourself a conservative member of Congress, by now you should be asking what the purpose is of serving in that body any longer. But if you decide to run for re-election, you must ask yourself two important questions: Why are you running, and how will you ensure victory, even in a relatively safe Republican seat, if you continue to get tainted by the sins of the establishment – of both parties?

    The only answer to both questions is to disengage from this bog, declare independence, and broadcast a new message and vision to voters. For far too long, we’ve avoided pursuing a new party because it is impossible to create new ground in one election cycle. But it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. To that end, it’s time for grassroots activists fed up with both parties to pursue a new movement, and it’s time for members of Congress who still believe in our founding principles to break away and help lead that movement.

  16. 2018 March 26 12:36 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Facebook Finds Itself in Hot Water with Federal Trade Commission, Faces New FTC Investigation for Abusing User Data” — Liberty Daily

    I call ‘Pile On’. Nobody was forced by Facebook to provide the data. They gave it of their own free will and lost claims to same based on the Facebook TOS. Cry me a river, I don’t give a damn for another person’s stupid mistake. Now the FTC wants to play White Knight using my tax dollars? This will be about as useful as Muellers SP investigations. Worthless. I think Zuckface is a stooge of the worst order, but I do not favor myself by letting the government run rough shod over the right of contract.

  17. 2018 March 26 4:46 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Obama BRAGGED about his campaign’s social-media data mining…and the Left preened. NOW social-media data mining is EVIL.

    Go figure

  18. 2018 March 27 5:32 am
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    #2 – said it all.
    #13 – From the directors of F&F v1(usguns2mexico) and v2(libyianguns2syria) comes the new tale… fast and radicalized coming to theaters soon.

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