Another Act Of Betrayal
In 2009 Phyllis Schlafly resigned herself to the fact that Democrats cannot be trusted when Bart Stupak, the self-professed, pro-life Congressman from Michigan, cast his lot in support of Obama’s healthcare bill: Despite the fact that Obamacare provided for forced compliance of taxpayer-funded abortion.[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]I also need to point out that if these traitorous Republicans are willing to let Norquist know, via public pronouncements on leftist programming, that they will not honor their oaths, they are sending the message that they believe they can do so with impunity.[/quote]It now appears that Grover Norquist is about to find out you cannot trust Republicans either.
Norquist is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR has urged lawmakers to sign their pledge promising to not raise taxes. While some 258 combined House and Senate Republicans have signed the pledge — the Republican leadership is publicly indicating they now have other ideas. I’m inclined to argue that Obama’s golf outings with John Boehner continue to bear fruit, but I digress.
Boehner’s ever-present shadow, Eric Cantor, (R-VA), is the majority leader in the House and purports himself to be an anti-tax advocate. But on Monday, Cantor appeared on MSNBC telling their program hosts and audiences that he isn’t married to the oath he signed not to raise taxes. He used the tried-and-true fallback of all those like him, when they decide to betray the people. He used the old line “the people want” blah-blah-blah.
The problem with what Cantor said is that he is lying. The people of Virginia sent him to Congress to act in a fiscally responsible way, and raising taxes is neither fiscally responsible nor is it why the people trusted him after he signed Norquist’s pledge promising not to raise taxes.
Cantor is not alone in this betrayal. House member Peter King, (R-NY), and Senator Lindsey “Goober” Graham, (R-SC), have also gone on leftist slanted programming saying they would break their signed oath not to raise taxes.
Graham has matter-of-factly stated he would break his oath without hesitation if Democrats agreed to cut entitlement programs. It’s hard to say whether he believes us to be stupid or if he is suffering from one to many liquescent afternoons. He has got to be aware that even if there are to be austerity cuts they would pale in comparison to the raising of taxes. There isn’t a snowball’s chance in the desert that Graham’s eager willingness to betray his constituents will be rewarded in kind by Democrats.
That said, what sense does it make to have austerity cuts and then raise taxes?
Peter King told “Meet the Press” this past Sunday that he doesn’t feel bound by his oath because “the world has changed” since he signed it. The world has changed since the changed since 9/11 as well does that mean we should just ignore what Muslims did that day?
Cantor doesn’t take a drink of water without Boehner okaying it first. My point being that you can bet there is more than idle “I don’t knows, we’ll have to sees, and best interest of the peoples” on Boehner’s part. Cantor wouldn’t be considering the betrayal of his signed promise not to raise taxes if Boehner weren’t preparing to do the same thing.
In the meantime, John McCain is busy doing the Fox News program tour, telling conservatives to shut-up about abortion. Which is his way of saying publicly that he is willing to flip on the abortion issue. He is also blathering the latest GOP talking points of “we need a bigger tent” and immigration reform which means GOP support amnesty for illegal aliens cannot be far off. He also called conservatives “contrarians,” accusing us of having a negative agenda. Oh, and lest I forget, he is also softening his tough-talk rhetoric about Susan Rice and her potential nomination for Secretary of State — in case Obama follows through on his plan to reward her for the lies she told the days following the murders of Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith in Benghazi.
Republicans and the GOP hierarchy cannot be trusted. They are not as good as liberal Democrats. We expect Democrats to be liars and to act in ways that are antithetical to our values, but we do not expect that from those who claim to be on our side.
I also need to point out that if these traitorous Republicans are willing to let Norquist know, via public pronouncements on leftist programming, that they will not honor their oaths, they are sending the message that they believe they can do so with impunity.
They are counting on us having short memories, and they believe they are in safe districts. I’m not sure what bludgeon Grover Norquist will use to knock them off their high-horses, but you and I must–more so than ever–commit to the resolve that they must go.
If we cannot trust Boehner, McCain, Cantor, King, Graham, (I’m speaking of Orin Hatch and others hiding in the bushes who are also planning to break their oath not to raise taxes) to keep this fundamental standard, how can we trust at all?
I have been warning you that those referenced above are not our friends, and that they cannot be trusted. And they are doing their best to prove me right.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here