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Rule of GOP progressives challenged
commercialappeal.com ^ | 5/18/14 | Richard Viguerie

Posted on 05/18/2014 5:34:07 AM PDT by cotton1706

The most important battle in politics today is the one within the Republican Party, and the tea party movement didn’t start it. The GOP’s civil war began in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt made progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican establishment.

For the 102 years since, the conflict has been between limited-government constitutional conservatives and the proponents of big government — and the big spending that goes with it.

It has been waged with conservative Republicans, such as Sens. Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater and Jesse Helms, on one side, and big-government Republicans, such as Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, on the other.

Many thought, wrongly, that the conservatives won with the election of Ronald Reagan and his coalition of economic, national defense and social conservatives. But today’s Republican establishment frequently invokes President Reagan while also pursuing a progressive agenda at odds with his principles. Big-government Republicans today include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

Make no mistake, the establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives.

To understand today’s battles, and the rise of the tea party movement, one must understand that the tea party is as much or more a rebellion against the entrenched leadership of the Republican Party as it is a reaction to specific policies of President Barack Obama. Conservatives have learned that establishment Republican leaders are not merely incapable of stopping the progressive agenda but have been complicit in its expansion. GOP leaders have talked a good game when they are up for election, but they all too often vote for, or refuse to fight, the funding of most big-government programs.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; teaparty

1 posted on 05/18/2014 5:34:07 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

“establishment Republican leaders are not merely incapable of stopping the progressive agenda but have been complicit in its expansion”

Yes, the GOP is controlled by the enemy.


2 posted on 05/18/2014 5:39:28 AM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: all the best

With the Progressive infiltration and indoctrination of most all of our institutions, what makes anyone think they haven’t done the same to political parties?


3 posted on 05/18/2014 5:52:08 AM PDT by griswold3 (I was born heI're in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: cotton1706
I fear that Mr. Viguerie will prove more accurate as a historian of the Republican Party than as a futurist.

I see very little to encourage a conservative for our prospects against the establishment to bring the Republican Party into the service of our values. In support of his contention that conservatives are about to win over the soul of the Republican Party he cites against 100 years of only sporadically relieved Rino-ism only, "the election of young, principled constitutionalists to Congress and in state legislatures is a sign that this civil war for the soul of the Republican Party is about to turn."

Against these "young principled constitutionalists" (who I might say are indeed thin enough on the ground) we have a century of big government Republican control since Teddy Roosevelt, relieved only by Coolidge, Reagan, and Gingrich but reinforced by K St., Wall Street, and the whole system of crony capitalism that barnacles the federal system. Our victories in the reason primaries have been encouraging where they occur but we find ourselves frustrated by a tsunami of money and media in favor of the establishment Republicans in many key races to the degree which we are used to seeing in the general elections.

The rate of attrition to the dark side by tea party elected representatives to Congress in 2010 is not encouraging. A few, perhaps even a majority, have remained steadfast but enough have been suborned by the establishment once they arrived at the capital to take their offices that one must be discouraged. I am personally discouraged by the inability of Republicans in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, Alaska and Texas to support conservative Senate candidates.

The demographics of the country, with amnesty almost sure to come, means that conservatism will probably be beaten back to a redoubt somewhat smaller than the old Confederacy. Obama will leave office secure in the knowledge that he has irrevocably transformed America.


4 posted on 05/18/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nathanbedford

Profound analysis, yet depressing.


5 posted on 05/18/2014 6:20:11 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: cotton1706
It began a little earlier, in 1900, when Mark Hanna successfully urged President McKinley to pick young Theodore Roosevelt as his running mate going into a second term, for the purpose of dead-ending the latter's meteoric political career.
6 posted on 05/18/2014 6:51:07 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: cotton1706

Amen.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: nathanbedford
Obama will leave office secure in the knowledge that he has irrevocably transformed America.

Even a little sugar makes this pill hard to swallow, but swallow it we will.

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." --October 11, 1798 John Adams

8 posted on 05/18/2014 6:59:58 AM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: cotton1706
Lots of words that said very little. Sterile. What is a conservative? Gee, thanks for the vacuous history lesson.

Big government disburses goodies. Why should anyone be against big government? Invoking “big government” as boogie man is a bumper sticker.

Political Science has been reduced to a sporting event. Are you team pubbie or team rat? That is all that seems to matter.

How do we restore our freedoms?

9 posted on 05/18/2014 1:51:31 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: cotton1706
It has been waged with conservative Republicans, such as Sens. Robert A. Taft, Barry Goldwater and Jesse Helms, on one side, and big-government Republicans, such as Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, on the other.

Somehow the author felt compelled to omit both Bushes, Dole, McCain, and Romney. Gosh, I wonder why?

10 posted on 05/18/2014 7:03:25 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers us three choices: Defeat them utterly, die, or surrender to a life of slavery.)
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To: cotton1706
Excellent essay.

Thanks for posting.

The fact that our leadership has completely stopped talking about ObamaCare for several months shows they have no serious intention to repeal it.

A few months back they also restored all the “Sequester” spending cuts, which means they have no serious intention to limit the size of government or reduce the deficits.

And, most depressing of all, our leadership clearly supports Amnesty, which would permanently destroy the Republican Party.

Conservatives have no realistic options.

We can commit exhausting, slow motion political suicide by staying in a Conservative/RINO coalition.

Or, we can commit sudden political suicide, and break away.

11 posted on 05/19/2014 12:38:29 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: nathanbedford
Re: “Obama will leave office secure in the knowledge that he has irrevocably transformed America.”

I disagree.

Sadly, that award goes to Ronald Reagan and the Reagan Amnesty of 1986.

Reagan made it possible for the Democrat Party to legally import 20 million foreign Socialist voters.

We don't have the numbers to beat them anymore, and almost none of them can be converted to Conservatives.

12 posted on 05/19/2014 12:55:26 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Prospero

That’s a good point.

I’ve always claimed the Progressive catastrophe began when Roosevelt took the oath in 1901.


13 posted on 05/19/2014 1:00:55 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
I suppose I could quibble and point out that Ronald Reagan was philosophically opposed to amnesty, that he was lied to by the Democrats and naïvely relied on their representations that they would close the border, that he later acknowledged Kennedys amnesty law of 1986 was perhaps the greatest mistake of his administration but what would be the point? It is the custom in our country to identify an event with the president on whose watch it occurred, unless, of course, the event is negative and the president is a Democrat in which case the blame goes to obstructionist Republicans in Congress.

So I suppose it is inevitable that that law, cynically crafted by Ted Kennedy and misrepresented by Kennedy and the Democrats, will be forever Ronald Reagan's fault. At least Reagan and the Republicans should be absolved from racism if they are to be credited with the law, but of course that is not the way the system works either.

At any rate, I quite agree with your premise, whomever we find at fault. To the point, my first vanity on FreeRepublic was to excoriate George Bush for failing to enforce the border, for which I drew a significant amount of criticism. This year the volume of illegal immigration has changed opinion on FreeRepublic as it has for the whole nation concerning the threat of illegal immigration.

The sellout of the Republican establishment to Wall Street and K St. on this issue sets in bold relief the chasm between the people and the elites. When Kennedy engineered the registration of tens of millions of Democrat voters through amnesty, it was essentially a Democrat party sellout of the nation on behalf of a partisan agenda, cloaked with the self-righteousness of affirmative action. As Nathan Bedford tirelessly points out on these threads, all politics in America is not local but ultimately racial. On a companion thread this morning I note in an article concerning outmigration from Ireland that these English-speaking, well-educated, Western values accepting young Irish emigrants are going to English-speaking parts of the world but not to the United States.

All politics in America is ultimately racial, and these Irish people are the wrong color. Ted Kennedy and his tribe were never above pandering to the Irish vote except when there were bigger fish to fry. His bill, ultimately signed by an Irish president, Ronald Reagan, effectively foreclosed the Irish from immigration into America in favor of uneducated, non-English-speaking, Oriental thinking people of color. These people had one indispensable virtue, they overwhelmingly vote Democrat.

You are right, Obama is simply serving up the coup de grace.


14 posted on 05/19/2014 1:41:40 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: zeestephen

In retrospect, Ronald W. Reagan let us down, but he was apparently too uninformed to know that he had done so. I read that even Maureen wanted to “hang” Oliver North. Two of Reagan’s biggest failures will always be Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy.


15 posted on 05/19/2014 5:45:52 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: Jacquerie

Did you see that John F. Kerry (I forget what the “F” stands for.) urged a graduating class never to lose its “faith” in government? I don’t think Kerry has to worry about that. The American people have a boundless, permanent “faith” in government.


16 posted on 05/19/2014 5:47:26 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: status quo Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: Theodore R.
Ronald W. Reagan let us down

All people ultimately fall short. Which is why supporting a system of weak government is smart: Big Government inherently screws things up, no matter who gets elected.

17 posted on 05/19/2014 5:48:52 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: Jacquerie

What America really needs to start talking about is not freedoms, but jobs.

Both of our parties are selling out American jobs.

The GOP needs to become, for American jobs.

Just saying.


18 posted on 05/19/2014 5:58:33 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Political freedom and property rights are essential to economic freedom and job creation.

No freedom = no jobs.

Just saying.

19 posted on 05/19/2014 6:06:38 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: Jacquerie

I am not saying freedom isn’t important.

I am saying jobs need to become America’s primary focus.

Without jobs, we will not keep freedom.


20 posted on 05/19/2014 6:11:41 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
There was no unemployment in the Soviet Union.
21 posted on 05/19/2014 12:05:49 PM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th. Article V.)
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To: cotton1706
[Art.] The GOP’s civil war began in 1912 when Teddy Roosevelt made progressivism the governing philosophy of the Republican establishment.

No, he didn't, Viguerie. You're a world-class fundraiser but a lousy historian.

TR ran on a Progressive Party platform in 1912 -- Progressive as distinct from the "Progs" nowadays who are really concealed neo-Stalinists.

The ruling meme in the GOP then as now is crony-capitalist yacht-club Republicanism. They called themselves "stalwarts" back then and supported infamously corrupt candidates like James G. Blaine (mockingly called "the Tattoed Man of Maine" and portrayed with tattoos all over him in Puck magazine as "Phryne Before the Areopagus", a famously tattooed woman of Greek lore) and the even more infamous Sen. Roscoe Conkling of New York.

Blaine was so bad that New England Republicans and Main Street Republicans everywhere threw up on his presidential bid in 1884 and bolted the party to vote in droves for Democrat Grover Cleveland. The bolters were called "Mugwumps", and there were enough of them to hand New York, and the White House, to Cleveland.

Teddy Roosevelt was smart enough to sidestep the Mugwump impulse, hold his nose and support the malodorous Blaine ("Rum, Ruin, and Romanism!!") .... thus keeping alive TR's own political hopes within the GOP, and delaying for 15 years his own eventual clash with the clubby, greasy stalwarts.

22 posted on 05/19/2014 2:25:38 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Teddy Roosevelt’s greatest contribution was playing Ross Perot to elect Woodrow Wilson.


23 posted on 05/19/2014 3:10:58 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: cotton1706; All

“Make no mistake, the establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives.”

Ding ding ding ding...Paging Captain Obvious, Captain Obvious to the white, errr, non-obligatory colored “courtesy” phone in the lobby...

As much as I believe the republican party will regain control of the Senate in November, and maintain control of the House as well...It makes me cringe...

Cringe at the thought that NOTHING will really change, be acted upon, no one will be going to prison for their political or criminal malfeasance on either side of the aisle...Bonehead from OHIO will still be Speaker, O’Connell will become Majority leader in the Senate and again, nothing will be done in any of those committees hearing testimony about all the nonsense the democrats, much less the administration has been doing in the last 6 years on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, VA priority lists...

We will all be told to shut the hell up, and get in line with them and their victory...And those that do not will be vilified, ostracized and never given the time of day by these geezer throwbacks...

The separate Tea Parties around the country need to get organized and get a serious political force of a party going, and do it yesterday, and stop trying to be all you can be in your own little fiefdoms...It is the only way conservatism is going to gain back ANYTHING in this country...Sure it’ll have its growing pains, but I have a very good feeling that those people already elected, some may very well jump ship from the republicans, and some from the democrats (possibly) and we will have a faction to have to be dealt with right out of the starting blocks...

As Meekins’ alluded to, we are at a critical juncture in this country in many aspects of this countries future...In racial tensions, economic and social issues, domestic and international security, and what do we have in place maintaining what is left of that future???

Bunch of feckless wonders up there attacking and consuming this country from within...


24 posted on 05/19/2014 7:23:39 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: zeestephen

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3157987/posts

“In 1986, Republicans including President Reagan were misled into believing there were only about 1 million people illegally in this country when there were more like 4 million. President Reagan signing that bill is considered to be perhaps his biggest mistake,” Gohmert says.


25 posted on 05/19/2014 10:02:24 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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