Where Are The Men Of Principle?

Where Are The Men Of Principle?

I remember a long time ago there used to be men who knew how to fight.  Men who knew how to stand their ground, even in an inevitably losing cause.  Men who also knew how to win, and what it took to win.

Sadly, none of these men appears to be John Boehner, who apparently will need Obama-care to pay for the medical appointment to find his spine.

I say this on the eve of the inevitable cave in on the current budget fight from the Republicans, who, despite their best efforts, are still going to force themselves to stab the American People in the back.  So the trolls know, you can be conservative and not be a Republican, which many of us here stake our claim to our political identity upon.  Once again the Republicans are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in an effort to appear “bipartisan.”

But in the DC Bubble, “bipartisan” means “agreeing with Democrats” and it is never the other way around.  John, choosing a side means something.  It means that you have chosen to identify with the values, mores and ways of the side you have chosen.  You don’t have to like everything they think, but being pretty solid on the basics (like fiscal responsibility, pro military, anti-dumb) is important.

Pssst.  John, we were winning….

Anybody been affected by this shutdown of 17 percent of the government?  I have been out and about and I haven’t needed government for one damn thing since this whole fight started.  I wasn’t in line at Walmart with my EBT card thinking I just won the lottery (because I have the dignity to work to feed myself and my family), I didn’t need to stop by the Social Security Office, the Passport office, the Welfare Office or any of the other tax redistribution centers the Federal Government has placed all over town.  Costco, the grocery store, the coffee shop, my mechanic, the burger place I love, and the private school my son goes to all continued on business as usual.

The only thing that has been closed so far is the forest, the mountains, and open air monuments that you can’t find a Park Ranger at on any other day, and then they must be secured on a level that equals Fort Knox.

And for a picture perfect example of what the model of government of the future and their efficiency is going to look like, head on over the the interwebs and try to get yourself some insurance.  Come on back here in two weeks and let us know how that turned out.

When you stand “on principle”  John, like you did when you sent over a bill to the Senate that said no one is exempt from Obama-care (the law of the land, the President tells us) and the Senate tells you to “Piss Off,” you get yourself over to a Fox News Camera (No point in MSNBC, only Keith Olberman watches) and politely explain that the Senate has decided that they are too good to live under Obama-care, and invite the viewing public to call their Senator and get him to explain why he is so special, along with telling him that actions like this will get him thrown the hell out of office.

The point is, you stand, you draw a line in the sand and you say “this is where we stand, no further.”  You force them to come your way.  You force them to give up something.  And if they choose not to, then that becomes their problem.  You have explained your deal to them, and now you walk away.  Why do I know these things but this guy doesn’t?  Hasn’t he ever bought a used car?

But John, you can sit back and sprain your shoulder patting yourself on the back for your alleged good works, but you held no line and you didn’t spawn any compromise.  You caved.  You waffled.  You didn’t stand on principle.  You tripped your running back on the way to the go ahead touchdown.  In 2014, when we hold The House, and take back the Senate, without your help I might add, conservatives like Ted Cruz might be able to be intransigent long enough to actually get a President who can right the ship and steer the country away from the rocks.  But like many, my money is on “not.”

Where do we go from here?  We hold fast.  We blog.  We call.  We get involved.  We set aside more time to work to elect those that support our values, we find men (and women) of principle, who will stand for what they believe and we plead, cajole, and beg them to run for office, and when necessary, we run them against the people who pretended to be this when they asked for our vote during the last election.

But maybe, I will also load some more magazines and do some more canning.  You know, just in case….

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  • GWB says:

    You don’t have to like everything they think, but being pretty solid on the basics (like fiscal responsibility, pro military, anti-dumb, small government) is important.

    You missed one, Dejah.

    you get yourself over to a Fox News Camera… and politely explain that the Senate has decided that they are too good to live under Obama-care, and invite the viewing public to call their Senator and get him to explain why he is so special

    Yes – this will make an impact with at least some of the people.

    Hasn’t he ever bought a used car?

    Heck, even bought a new car? That wasn’t a Saturn (the “no hassle” pricing car)?

    But maybe, I will also load some more magazines and do some more canning.

    Just don’t try to can the magazines. High heat and ammunition don’t mix well. 😉

  • Merle says:

    Maybe even buy some more ammo & non perishable food?

    Merle

  • Kevin says:

    Anybody been affected by this shutdown of 17 percent of the government? I have been out and about and I haven’t needed government for one damn thing since this whole fight started.
    (1) I have grants with the government and they aren’t paying me for the services I am providing to runaway and homeless children; (2) my passport was stolen and I’m leaving the Country in four weeks and they’ve stopped processing passport applications; (3) I have called requesting technical assistance for a very specific issue and the program administrator is on furlough; (4) when I try to access government websites they aren’t being updated so do not have current information. My personal experience with the government shut down.

    • GWB says:

      And the national government shouldn’t be doing any of those things except the passports. (I am assuming the websites you reference refer to all your other involvement with the national govt.) Dejah doesn’t notice the shutdown because she and hers are not dependent upon the flow of government largess for their well-being.

  • Kevin says:

    As for Mr. Boehner … He should probably move on because he is ineffectual as a “leader.”

  • RD says:

    Compete?… where have you been. We’ve raised two generations of slackers on the principle that “Everyone gets a trophy. ‘No’ little Johnnie, ‘winner’ is a bad word.”

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