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Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley: GOP Resembles a Crime Family
Conservative HQ ^ | 2/18/14 | CHQ Staff |

Posted on 02/19/2014 11:36:33 AM PST by xzins

Yesterday our old friend Craig Shirley, chronicler of Ronald Reagan’s five-decade war of ideas against liberalism and communism, defined the national Republican Party this way in an interview with Brietbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy: "The Washington Republican party is no longer a political party in the way we understand political parties. It more resembles a crime family than a movement of ideas."

Shirley was commenting on the charge that the reason Congress has not gotten to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives and Tea Party movement groups is because the establishment GOP wants the IRS to hobble these groups just as much or more than do the Democrats.

The notion that the Republican Party leadership is slow-walking the investigation of the IRS was first raised publicly by Democratic pollster and Fox News regular Pat Caddell.

"The establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties," Caddell told Fox News on Sunday.

"When you have 71 percent who want an investigation, 64 percent who believe that it is a sign of corruption including nearly a majority of Democrats," Caddell said, "the reason is the establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties. Got it?"

According to Breitbart’s Leahy, Caddell said the GOP establishment is happy to have the IRS take the Tea Party down a notch.

"Because the Tea Parties are an outside threat to their power hold and I'm telling you the lobbying consulting class of the Republican party and Republican leadership who have been attacking the Tea Parties, and alienating them, they want the IRS to do this," Caddell said.

Caddell’s comments echo remarks he made at CPAC last year in which he compared the inside the Beltway Republican consulting class to a RICO conspiracy. (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act or RICO is the federal statute that prohibits criminal syndicates and conspiracies, such as the Mafia and drug cartels.)

Rush Limbaugh then waded into the fray by addressing the controversy during his Monday radio program remarking: "That is a serious charge. That is a very, very serious charge that the Republican establishment is aligned with Obama and is okay with Obama using the IRS to investigate the Tea Party. But it's believable, because we know the Republican establishment, the political class in Washington, is spreading the word that they are not gonna criticize Hillary, it isn't gonna happen, and we shouldn't, either. It shouldn't happen."

We think Craig Shirley, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Caddell are on to something, but we wouldn’t limit it to the IRS scandal.

You can go right down a long list of issues, starting with the IRS scandal, but including the failure to get to the bottom of the Benghazi attack, the establishment Republican Party “leaders” betrayal of conservative principles on spending and the debt ceiling, and the GOP’s failure to use their full constitutional powers to carry the fight against Obamacare to a successful conclusion, and see the pattern.

And the pattern is this: It doesn’t matter which establishment Party is in power; the progressive inside “leaders” work together to grow government and make themselves and their friends rich in the process.

Craig Shirley is right, such an intellectually bankrupt process does resemble a crime family a whole lot more than it does a movement of ideas.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; cronyism; gope; liberalism; teaparty; uniparty

1 posted on 02/19/2014 11:36:33 AM PST by xzins
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And the pattern is this: It doesn’t matter which establishment Party is in power; the progressive inside “leaders” work together to grow government and make themselves and their friends rich in the process.
2 posted on 02/19/2014 11:36:58 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Both parties are the same. Neither represent the people - except, their small set of friends that they exchange our money between.


3 posted on 02/19/2014 11:40:56 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: xzins

Craig Shirley well documented that Reagan was running as a packaged GOP candidate in 1976 against Ford and lost every primary until the North Carolina voting where the Helms organization put an edge on Reagan’s conservatism and brought forth a victory. The Tom Ellis and Carter Wreen NC group dared to attack the incumbent president and unchained Reagan’s appeal.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 11:44:24 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 ( ...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: xzins
"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt,
but protects the corrupt from you -
you know your nation is doomed."

-Ayn Rand

5 posted on 02/19/2014 11:47:03 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: edcoil

The IRS Scandal must become a litmus test issue for conservatives. It is apparent that c rimes have been commited. The IRS has been used to act against people because of their political views. We must get to bottom of this. If the facts are exposed, all else wrong with Obama and the liberals is solved—bengahzi, ObamaCare, etc. If an Republican does not support immediate appointment of an special prosecutor, they should be voted out of office, ridiculed and shamed.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 11:47:10 AM PST by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: xzins
Although the specifics change, conservatives have known for a long time that the Washington D.C. power establishment is totally corrupt and that the establishment Republicans are just fine with expanding government power, as long as the GOP elites get their turn at running things.

Despite the denials and attempts to portray the Tea Party as a fringe group that is irrelevant, it's obvious that the Tea Party is a threat to the GOP establishment and they are more than willing to see the corrupted IRS attack them any way possible to weaken the movement and discourage others from attempting to fight the GOP status quo, which works so well for the establishment elites.

Have we had enough, yet? This should be the kind of 'news' that motivates Republican voters to 'throw the (establishment) bums out' (of congress) in November as they've long since abandoned any pretense of working for the people, much less defending conservative values.

7 posted on 02/19/2014 11:48:04 AM PST by Jim Scott
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To: xzins

Lord Acton:
"Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts, absolutely.



TERM LIMITS!

8 posted on 02/19/2014 11:50:06 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: xzins

The logical extension of this is that the only reason to vote is for narrow self interest. Whoever promises you free stuff, vote for them.


9 posted on 02/19/2014 11:53:00 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: xzins
I don't have much problem with that characterization.

GOP - crime family.

Dems - Satanic cult.

10 posted on 02/19/2014 11:55:02 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: xzins

As I posted yesterday.....

If this is true,then we have a governing body which totally ignores and rebuffs the will of the people to partition for redress via the political process.
This my FRiends IS Tyranny (yes, with a capital (”T”)
And I think we all know what Thomas Jefferson had to say about this subject.
A Second party is not the answer, the normal political process has been destroyed. A second party organization process will be handled just like the Tea Party.
I think we have now moved beyond the tipping point.
We have been patient not wanting to take first action, however this option has been taken from us.
God Help Us All.....


11 posted on 02/19/2014 11:55:39 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: xzins
"The Washington Republican party is no longer a political party in the way we understand political parties. It more resembles a crime family than a movement of ideas."

Shirley was commenting on the charge that the reason Congress has not gotten to the bottom of the IRS targeting of conservatives and Tea Party movement groups is because the establishment GOP wants the IRS to hobble these groups just as much or more than do the Democrats.

I couldn't agree more and have already said similar things here on FR.
12 posted on 02/19/2014 11:57:08 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: xzins

Bill Clinton - Kathleen Wiley Juanita Broderick, countless others, suborning perjury

Bob Toricelli - campaign donation theft and misappropriation

Bob Menendez - soliciting child prostitutes and general corruption

Ted Kennedy - DUI and killer

Barney Frank - homosexual prostitution, author of the banking crisis

Sandy Berger - Classified document thief

Jesse Jackson Jr. — Thief, misappropriation of Congressional funds

Eliot Spitzer - client #9

Mel Reynolds - child pornography

Marion Barry — “...set me up.”

Dan Rostenkowski - money laundering throught the House post office

Charlie Rangel - Tax dodger/fraud

And on and on... Talk about projection!


13 posted on 02/19/2014 11:59:30 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: LALALAW

The IRS scandal should be a litmus test for anybody running for congress. Any congressman who sits on his dead ass over this is dead to me. We’re heading to fascism fast.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 12:03:45 PM PST by virgil
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To: xzins
The GOP-e is just another buracracy that doesn't actually want to do it's job - it just wants to keep it's job.
15 posted on 02/19/2014 12:07:57 PM PST by indthkr
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To: LALALAW

Worst case, when a republican is elected, they will be blamed by all the liberals now and they will act like it was never know before and the republicans will be forced to fix it with no one held accountable expect them.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 12:09:18 PM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: xzins

The Fredos have taken over the Commission.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 12:24:59 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: xzins; edcoil; GeronL; Finny; Norm Lenhart; who knows what evil?; RKBA Democrat

They are the Uniparty.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 12:29:19 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: xzins
Caddell said, "the reason is the establishment Republicans want the IRS to go after the Tea Parties. Got it?"

The GOPe is suicidal. The Tea Party people will work with the GOPe but the Democrats will annihilate the GOPe at any opportunity. So, who does the GOPe want to annihilate? The Tea Party people.

19 posted on 02/19/2014 12:34:55 PM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: KC_Lion

I traveled with a church group to Vietnam a few years ago. Our government appointed guide regularly extolled the virtues of the one party system. No kidding. She was a nice young lady, but she definitely spoke the (one) party line.


20 posted on 02/19/2014 12:58:05 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: VRW Conspirator
"The GOPe is suicidal".

You would think that but then again the GOPe is doing their best to extend their riches and power, albeit as a permanent minority. I guess life is still good when you are a lackey to the King.

21 posted on 02/19/2014 1:20:30 PM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: xzins

Wow.

Bases are loaded. He walks up to the plate. There goes the pitch...he swings...he KNOCKS IT OUTTA THE PARK!! HOME RUN!!


22 posted on 02/19/2014 2:30:38 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: brownsfan

Not for free stuff, but for the conservative issues you care about. I have 2 that I hone in on: guns and life. That’s a good starting point. If they’re pro gun they trust people, if they’re pro life they care about people. I can work with that.


23 posted on 02/19/2014 2:34:51 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: Robe
I think we have now moved beyond the tipping point. We have been patient not wanting to take first action, however this option has been taken from us. God Help Us All...

I've been saying the same thing for quite some time.

In the dark corridors of power, the Constitution was quietly overthrown by nefarious traitors of both parties, intent on substituting a new totalitarian order for the system of checks and balances left to us by the Framers.

About the last civil option remaining, is for the states to call for an Article V convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. Short of that, our options narrow to:

1. Massive, sustained, and widespread civil disobedience on the part of tens of millions.
2. Revolution.
3. Secession by several red states.
4. Acceptance of the New Progressive Order.

None of those options is palatable, but we WILL find ourselves on one of those paths soon.

24 posted on 02/19/2014 2:38:14 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: onyx

You are absolutely right, Onyx.


25 posted on 02/19/2014 4:24:15 PM PST by DallasSun
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To: xzins

Both the DNC and RNC (and the elites that support them) need to be prosecuted under RICO. They are corrupt organizations that are joined at the hip.


26 posted on 02/19/2014 5:10:42 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: DallasSun

GOOD to see you, sweetheart.


27 posted on 02/19/2014 5:45:53 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: xzins

I’m not convinced that money motivates most members of Congress.

A considerable number, about 20%, are rich when they get there, with net assets of at least $2 million.

Most of the others are upper middle class professionals when they first arrive.

And most Congress members run for reelection until they die or become too old to function, so, only a small number quit and become millionaire lobbyists or middlemen.

I think most Congress members just like the job.

And why not?

The celebrity, the “respect,” making your own hours, flying first class, the catered social and political events, having your own well paid staff without needing to earn enough money to pay them, having a wonderful private office without needing to pay rent or utilities.

And, the pay is good, the benefits are superb, and the retirement package is superb.


28 posted on 02/19/2014 6:37:25 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: xzins

I’ll stick with my characterization of our government as the Harlem Globetrotters vs the Washington Generals. Members of both teams are simply and totally concerned only with the security of their positions.

In a 2-party system, there is every bit as much security for the #2 team as there is for the #1 team, and that’s all they’re concerned about.


29 posted on 02/19/2014 10:24:54 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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