Ron Christie is utterly delusional, like most politicians, he has lost sight, if he ever even understood, how how representative government was and is intended to work.
The people elect individuals who will act in good faith to represent the will of the people. It is not, nor was it ever intended that the people would submit their will to the political party leadership of any political party.
Elected officials are not and were never ever intended to be aristocrats for whom ruler-ship became a divine right upon achieving elected office. Their ability to remain in office is and always was intended to be subject to the will of those whom they represent.
Interviews with those on Capitol Hill and in the conservative movement reveal antipathy toward each other that could cost the party the midterms.
With the president’s approval rating low, the economy faltering and Obamacare dropping consumers from their health care plans by the day, one would think the GOP’s prospects would be strong heading into the 2014 midterm elections. But this may not remain the case.
In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a widening rift between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party activists who swept John Boehner into the House Speaker seat and put Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell within striking distance of a majority to effectively cement President Obama’s lame duck status.
In conversations with members of Congress, lobbyists, and the chattering class on television–none of whom wished to speak on the record–many grassroots activists would rather take out an incumbent GOP officeholder in a primary challenge for perceived disloyalty to the base at the cost of Democrats winning the seat. That this switch of support by grassroots activists would occur less than four years after the GOP rode a massive wave of voter disillusionment with Washington is fascinating. The question is, what was the triggering event that created hostility between many conservative members of Congress and their constituents who elected them?
Not surprisingly, I’ve discovered that the effort–or perceived lack thereof–to defund Obamacare late last year served as the catalyst in which grassroots activists decided their conservative allies in Washington had gone native by increasing the size and scope of government without a meaningful fight to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. Last week, a prominent activist from a well-known and well-financed advocacy group told me:
What was once a happy collaboration united to defeating Democrats and Obama’s agenda has turned into a nascent civil war for control of the Republican Party.
“I think the thing that set many of these groups off was the repeated promises by [House Majority Leader] Cantor and [Senate Minority Leader] McConnell to repeal Obamacare. When the time came to fight, they caved to the Democrats and told us they would fight hard the next time. Total B.S. that we’re not buying anymore.”
Not surprisingly, a senior Republican close to the House Leadership saw the conflict in a different manner. He told me: “You can vote with these guys 99% of the time and the one vote you are seen as being against them, they try to take you out in a primary. I’m glad [House Speaker] Boehner finally told them off.” Despite the Speaker’s decision to effectively shelve immigration reform efforts until after the 2014 midterm elections, tempers remain close to the boiling point on both sides.
Some, like Media Research Center head Brent Bozell, aren’t waiting for the midterm elections to act. Ostensibly, Bozell founded the 501c(4) group ForAmerica (www.ForAmerica.org) with the lofty principles to: “[R]einvigorate the American people with the principles of American exceptionalism….” What it appears to do in practice, however, is seek to replace Republican Leaders in the House and Senate through a “Dump the Leadership” petition drive. Prominently displayed on the group’s homepage is a collage with the likeness of Boehner, Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, McConnell, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, and John Thune, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. A tagline above the men’s reads: “America Deserves Better. It’s Time to Dump the Leadership.”
501c(4) groups are explicitly prohibited from advocating for the election or defeat of any specific candidates yet last summer For America began running a series of ads in Kentucky and prominent online outlets seeking to target McConnell for the 2014 election. Could McConnell, a fierce opponent of limits on funding for federal elections, face a difficult path back to the Senate with groups such as FreedomWorks and ForAmerica urging for his defeat? Robert Maguire from the Center for Responsive Politics thinks this is something to keep an eye on for the upcoming midterm election. In regards to 501c(4) groups such as ForAmerica, Maguire offered the following:
“What’s interesting about these groups–and we’re having more and more of them. They are running ads around the country saying this is part of their social welfare issue advocacy spending and not trying to defeat a particular candidate. The group will say they are talking about the issues–average voters who aren’t lawyers would say this is meant to defeat a candidate running for office.
“They raised a good bit of money and claim it is all for educational purposes. If you look at the ads they’re making, they are mentioning candidate and casting them in a very unfavorable light.”
I’ll leave it to lawyers better steeped in campaign finance reform to debate the legality of issue advocacy groups seeking to replace Republican office holders in 2014. What I do know is that a breach of trust has occurred between grassroots activists across the country with the Republican Leadership in the House and Senate. What was once a happy collaboration united to defeating Democrats and Obama’s agenda has turned into a nascent civil war for control of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.
Fools like Ron Christie have apparently never read the American Declaration of Independence.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Many forget the importance of this document, unlike the United States Constitution it may not be the law of the land, but make no mistake, it was and is a legal document of the most profound and important stature.
It holds within it, the foundational bedrock of American political ideology. That all men have the inalienable right of self determination and that inseparable from the right of self determination is the right to representation. The very reason that elected officials must face reelection is that they are not aristocrats they are employees of those whom they represent. Like every other employee, they must periodically prove to their employers that they have done a satisfactory job of representing the employers interest, or face dismissal from their position of employment.
No amount of playing political games, can, at the end of the day, change this basic and fundamental dynamic between elected official and constitute. The constitutes of any elected official owe that official no loyalty, they are not his serfs or subjects, they are his employers and the terms of his or her employment are very specific. Every two, four or six years, depending on the exact elected position, every elected official must give an account of his or her actions to their constitutes in such a manner as convinces those constitutes to reaffirm the terms of the elected officials employment for another term.
If at any time, enough of your constitutes decide that you have done something that offends them, that betrays them, or fails to represent their interests, then they owe you absolutely no loyalty, have no responsibility, regardless of any political machination or manipulation you might chose to attempt, to retain you as their representative.
It is painfully obvious that many who work within the political class and especially those who are elected officials are incapable of grasping these simple and basic facts. It does not matter how hard election staff personal, campaign advisers or anyone employed by any politician works. The terms of the contract between an elected official and their constitutes is predicated upon delivery of satisfactory representation. It does not matter how much you believe in the candidate you work for or support, if that candidate, that elected official fails to deliver satisfaction of representation, then no matter how hard you worked, or how much you believed, the constitutes of that elected official owe you nothing for your efforts.
Like it or not, that is how it is, and how it was always intended to be. All Americans elected officials were intentionally put in this position because the Founding Fathers considered the notion of an American Aristocracy to be utterly repugnant and unacceptable. So much so that not only did they place these restrictions and burdens on those who would lead America, but they even went so far as to make any form of Aristocracy in America illegal.
So yes, you can vote 99% of the time the “Right” way, and when you do eventually do cast that one single vote that offends your constitutes, you are damned right you are out of a job and nobody owes you a damned thing. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, you are not a king, duke, prince or member of the aristocracy, you are a extremely well paid employee who get’s paid for delivery of satisfactory representation, not for playing god.