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The Congress we elected, and the Congress we got

In the last few days I have been going over some old writings. You know, about 18 months old. It brings to mind how vehemently I disagree with a commonly uttered saying that goes “the people get what they elect”, or “we deserve the government we get”, or something like that.

That is such a load of crap.

America rodeo-stomped the Democrats in November 2010. With the entire media machine, the Democrat machine, and the union machine stacked against us, we blasted them out of the saddle. Not in 72 years had America so thoroughly repudiated the party in power. The victories of Republicans, from national to state to local elections, was virtually unprecedented.

Last I recall, the GOP Establishment (the crowd that James Carville says is a myth) was predicting mild gains, mitigated by the squishy middle’s rejection of those radical Tea Party types. But patriots and Tea Party people, having tasted victory in some small skirmishes, had predicted a much bigger victory. Rather like the one we got.

Americans were rejecting the Obama-led big-government takeover. It was a violent betrayal of the trust given to our elected representatives. Sure, we were very angry, and sure, we wanted retribution for the scourge of BambiCare™, Cap-and-Trade, the Porkulus™, and the foreign policy of appeasement. But it wasn’t just retribution. We were rallying to the Founding Fathers, limited government, maximized freedom, and responsible governance.

We were emphatic. Stop The Democrats. Set America free again.

It was scarcely possible for the American people to do more than we did in November 2010.

So what did we get when we elected this Congress?

  • During the Lame Duck session before our Freshmen even got there, Boehner and McConnell put out a fire sale, giving away breath-taking concessions to the Democrats.
  • Immediately after the Freshmen got there in January 2011, Boehner and House leadership, the GOP Establishment, set about beating them down and telling them to get in line. It was a smashing success.
  • The first serious showdown arrived in March with the so-called government shut-down looming. After a suitable amount of bluster from Boehner and company, the Republicans folded, selling their souls for $67 billion in spending “cuts”, that within days was revealed to be less than $1 billion. The amount of money spent by our government in 2 hours.

It went downhill from there. Time after time after time, House and Senate leadership have folded, if they ever put up a fight at all. Not just in spending. As the Obamanistas have grown ever bolder in making a mockery of the Constitution, Congress has barely whimpered. They are always saving their ammo for the next battle. Now we have come to a point where barack makes illegal recess appointments when Congress is not in recess.

The Republicans do nothing. EPA is running amok, Holder is a veritable Heinrich Himmler and should be in prison already, the Food Nazis are inspecting lunches brought from home by students and rejecting them. In violation of a court order, a de facto moratorium on Gulf drilling remains in place.

What has this Congress done? We are even more in danger of losing our Republic than we were before the 2010 election.

Are you going to stand there and tell me that is the Congress we elected?

[X-posted at PetesWorld]

E Pluribus Unum
The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete.

Pity, because I lived for it.
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The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.
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Lady Penguin
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There might have been a time when “moderate” Democrats didn’t worry too much about the extreme Left-wing of their party – because they relied on the Republicans to hold things in check and not get too out of hand. Republicans in the early-mid nineties did stop Clinton… Today the radical Left not only controls the Democrat party, but they’ve taken control of the country, and our own side does nothing. You’re right, we’re at even greater risk this year with the compliance and complacency of the GOP. I don’t know how we throw the “bums out” except that little by… Read more »

texasgalt
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>>>Are you going to stand there and tell me that is the Congress we elected?<<< It's not the Congress conservatives elected.

bobmontgomery
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If the gentlemen from Texas will yield :-), while agreeing completely about the leadership, I wonder also about the members who ran, granted as Republicans but, on the Tea Party platform. When they presented themselves to voters as going to change the system, did they not have an inkling what the system was, that it wasn’t just the opposition party? Then, fast forward to the lame duck session, as you mention EPU. If they were awake during that period, before they were sworn in in January, did they not get tipped off? Then when Boehner came out with “get your… Read more »

mriggio
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Folks, I think there are several dynamics happening here, not all good for sure, but not all bad either. First, our Tea Party Congress-critters all started out low men/women on the totem pole of congressional seniority. Freshmen, beginners and outcasts, still figuring out the location of the cafeteria and restrooms. Second, the Trent Lott effect. Some may well have been co-opted, with either carrot or stick techniques. Sad. Third, we knew at the outset this would be a long war, not won in even several election cycles. No viable conservative stood for the main leadership position in either House or… Read more »

vassarbushmills
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!) they want us terribly to go away 2) it is in their nature to act as if we are not there, or never were 3) we are not a disturbance in the Force but a burp So we have learned. They think we will slip away, we will not. It would have been nice to have swarmed DC with our wins in 2010, but we all knew they would be laying traps for the freshmen. Now we have settled down for the long haul. WE are much wiser. And since we are not really there, they will not count… Read more »