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Washington Politics: Power and Control is the name of the game

When I first sat down I was going to write about John Boehner and his “purge” yesterday of fiscal conservatives from key committee positions but my friend Steve over at America’s Watchtower has already covered this topic and said everything I would have said in his excellent article.  So I’m not going to retread that tire.  As most of my readers know I have been pushing the notion that the “fiscal deal” has already been cut behind closed doors and that what we’re observing now is nothing more than political theater.  I said the deal would include some type of tax increases and the counter proposal that Boehner floated yesterday did indeed include tax increases.  So no surprises there.  I also said the real battle would be selling the tax increases to the fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party.  This is when the establishment would show their true colors and force feed a crap sandwich to those in the party who believe we don’t have a revenue problem we have a spending problem.  What we saw yesterday was a power move by Boehner to isolate these fiscal conservatives and to send a message to the rest of his caucus and the incoming caucus that if you aren’t going to be a “Team Player” and go along with the establishment line, then we’re not only going to silence your voice, we’re also going to make it much harder for you to get reelected.  The power of being selected to sit on a committee opens the door to receive gobs money for a politician’s campaign chest.  It’s all about power and control. This is the rule book they play by in Washington and if you want to keep your seat, you had better play ball.

The reason many conservatives feel their anger is justifiable in regards to Boehner’s purge is because it doesn’t make sense to many of them.  Why would you silence the fiscal hawks in your party at a time when you are supposedly in the middle of heated fiscal negotiations?    The answer is because it’s not about the negotiations.  That ship has already sailed.  Heck it’s not even about the issues.  It’s about power and control.  Issues are used by both parties to grow their numbers.  Sometimes they’re manufactured like the health care crisis that gave us Obamacare and the fiscal cliff crisis.  Sometimes they’re real like our national debt crisis and entitlement reform.  The problems created by the issues real or not are what both political parties use to gain support and grow their numbers.

When Obamacare passed the Republicans used the issue to garner support and grow their numbers in both the House and Senate in 2010.  I assert they never had any intentions of repealing Obamacare because the law exerts more power and control over the people.  And that’s what it’s all about.  But the people hated it and the Republicans had to show that they were on the side of the people in order to grow their numbers and retake the House.  That’s why after the Republicans took the House, they made the token move to repeal Obamacare knowing full well it would never go any further than the House.  It was an act to appease the people.  It all looked so good, even though Obamacare was never in any real danger of being repealed.  In 2012 the battle cry of the Republican Party changed from repeal Obamacare to repeal and REPLACE it.  More proof that the Republicans never intended to repeal Obamacare is that they continued to fund it after they took the House in 2010.  If they were really serious about making Obamacare go away they would have taken the necessary steps not to fund it.  Instead they fully funded it.  Why?  Because it’s about power and control.

We as conservatives need to start looking at our elected officials and their actions through the prism of power and control.  We need to stop getting tangled in the issues and start looking at the process of how they get from point “a” to point “b.”  We need to stop being so naive in believing the system is about doing what’s best for America and see it for what it is; power and control.  Every law they pass is aimed at taking power away from the people and placing it in the hands of unelected bureaucrats so they can exert more control over us.  I don’t say these things because I have a pessimistic view of the political process.  I say these thing in hopes it will help people see through the political “Matrix” that is Washington.  If we truly want to take back America we need to understand the nature of the enemies of liberty and freedom.  We need to understand how and why things are done in Washington.  This isn’t just a Republican or conservative issue.  This is an issue that impacts all Americans regardless of what political ideology they embrace.  Liberty and freedom are not exclusively for conservatives, they’re for all Americans.  Even those who wish to be our masters.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Steve Dennis December 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Thanks for the link and for the compliment. I think you nailed Obamacare and now the Republicans used it, not because they wanted to repeal it but rather because they wanted to use it to gain power. At this point everything both parties do is done for politics and how they can frame this issue to benefit them and not the country. I am growing more and more disillusioned with both parties the more I cover politics. In reality it wouldn’t have even mattered if Romney had won because Washington needs a total makeover.
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    • John Carey December 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Steve as long as we understand the beast that is Washington and recognize that most politicians are about power and control, that’s a step in the right direction. We must stop kidding ourselves. There will be no solution that comes from DC. It will come from the local level. That’s where it all begins.
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  • LD Jackson December 6, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    I am becoming completely disillusioned about the leadership of the Republican Party. Clearly, they have no intention of following the principles of fiscal conservatism. If they had, they would have strengthened the presence of fiscal conservatives on these committees, instead of sidelining them. I hold very little hope that we will be able to influence them enough to turn this ship around and head it in the right direction.
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    • John Carey December 7, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      Larry I do believe that Boehner overplayed his hand. I think he’s beginning to experience a bit of a backlash. A large number of conservative talk show host are hammering him. I wrote the RNC and told them that as long as Boehner remains Speaker of the House don’t expect any support from me in the future. I’m not throwing my support behind phony conservatives anymore.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire December 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Exactly, John. Power and control is what both parties are about and no, we won’t find solutions coming out of Washington. Taking America back may be two generation or more proposition.
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  • theCL December 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Now you know why Republicans have never been able to roll back the state, and why they bungle every halfway decent piece of legislation like hapless keystone cops …

    because it’s not about the negotiations … it’s not even about the issues. It’s about power and control.

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