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Monday , October 24 2016

The Conservative American Crisis

Thomas Paine famously wrote in The American Crisis, “How easy it is to abuse truth and language, when men, by habitual wickedness, have learned to set justice at defiance”.

In condemning the King of England, Paine continued, “amongst the various assumptions of character, which hypocrisy has taught, and men have practiced, there is none that raises a higher relish of disgust, than to see disappointed inveteracy twisting itself, by he most visible falsehoods, into an appearance of piety which it has no pretensions to”.

Paine was articulating the stance in which Britain, most notably the King, had claimed to be fair and just to his people while at the same time the habits he practiced completely contradicted what he claimed to be.

Today, we find ourselves in very much the same situation as Paine with the exception of a King being replaced by bi-partisan politicians working within an establishment that defies the American people. The words of Paine reign true today as average Americans like myself feel that we are no longer a free country because our legislation depends on the will of establishment politicians 3,000 miles distant, whose interest is in opposition to our own.

If we were to judge the state of our country by measuring the wealth in which our elected representatives have accumulated at the expense of those they were entrusted to represent, then one would assume our country is in no way amidst a crisis.

If the wealth of a representative was to continue to grow with election after election then common sense dictates that their own constituents’ conditions would follow suit.

States like Kentucky and West Virginia, represented by the establishment in Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell worth $22.8 million and Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller worth $100 million, should surely reflect a flourishing and prosperous Kentucky and West Virginia.

In Kentucky, where McConnell has served as Senator for the past 30 years, the median household income sits at $43,399, roughly $10,000 below the national median while 18.8 percent of Kentucky residents live in poverty.

In West Virginia, where Rockefeller has served as Senator for the past 30 years, the median household income is $41,253 with 18.5 percent of West Virginians living in poverty.

Yet, while Kentucky and West Virginia rank among America’s poorest states, McConnell and Rockefeller rank among the richest congressmen. This is merely one example and serves as a microcosm for us as a country.

We are not benefitting from establishment politicians. Quite the contrary, they are benefitting from us as we fail to recognize this parasitic relationship.

As much as the 2014 mid-term elections were a repudiation of Barack Obama’s policies by voters, the signing of the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by both the Senate and the House serves as a direct repudiation of the voters by Congress.

By funding Obamacare, amnesty and Obama’s agenda, the Republican establishment certified their outright contempt for those who had just won them a landslide election. Literally every single Republican across America campaigned on the promise to stop Obama‘s unconstitutional executive order to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

Then, once the landslide election occurred, the establishment betrayed their base by increasing the funds for Obama’s executive order by $80 million. The total allocated funds granted to Obama for his executive amnesty now rests at $948 million.

On Saturday night we witnessed more of this betrayal and contempt by the Republican establishment in the form of a Senate vote on Obama’s immigration. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led the fight to force the senate vote as a condition of approving the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill. Cruz was able to make the vote happen by arguing that “the spending bill violated the constitution because it would fund Obama’s plan” that rewrites our immigration laws without any input from Congress.

To gauge the crisis in which we face, not only today, but in the future was reflected in the final Senate vote that saw the Senate decide 22-74 against Cruz.

Meaning, less than half of the Senate’s 45 Republicans voted with Cruz.

The only Republicans voting with Cruz were Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Rob Portman (Ohio), James Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Jon Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).

The lies perpetuated by Republicans in order to get re-elected will not be questioned nor investigated by the media that favors the establishment as much as it does Barack Obama. The criticism Cruz is already facing by the Democrat party is magnified when one looks at the response by those within his own party.

For instance Charles Krauthammer made it a bold point on Monday night to criticize Cruz in claiming his idea of conservatism was wrong. Krauthammer stated that “there was no way in which the objection he raised over the weekend was going to do anything, anything at all to stop the president’s executive order. A 12-year-old with a piece of chalk and a blackboard could have drawn a graph to show it was impossible”.

What Krauthammer doesn’t understand is that Cruz effectively showed the grass-roots Republican base that those who were elected based upon a promise to fight Obama were instead voting in favor of fighting their own constituencies.

America is losing our ability to govern as we allow outright lies to be perpetuated against us by those who have forgotten that they cannot do without the people who elected them.

By describing the American crisis that the establishment has created, one must only look to our history as Paine described Britain “she is excelled by those she affected to despise, and her own opinions retorting upon herself, become an aggravation of her disgrace…Evils, like poisons, have their uses, and there are diseases which no other remedy can reach”.

If you’re a Republican and you voted for an establishment Republican let them know that their betrayal of your vote is duly noted.

Remind them just as Paine reminded the people of England that it had been a “crime and folly to suppose herself invincible, without acknowledging or perceiving that a full third of her strength was drawn from the country she is now at war with”.

About Nick Dylan Short

Nick Short, a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. PoliticallyShort offers a perspective from a millennial regarding current events, politics and news outside the beltway of Washington D.C.

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