Don't Be Fooled By Boehner And Republicans Retreat From Amnesty
John Boehner and the Republican leadership are trying to con conservative voters by floating the idea that Congressional Republicans will abandon their amnesty push for illegal aliens. Anyone who believes that needs to listen very carefully.
End runs, misdirection, deceit, and outright lies are primary strategies of politicians. They are every bit as critical to them as the use of soundbites to have people forget Congressional betrayals of the past and focus on a 30-second sound-clip and thus use the sound-clip to get reelected. I’m not being cynical; I’m being brutally honest.
I experienced it first hand when the late conservative icon, Paul Weyrich, condemned Bush’s spending in the months leading up to Bush’s reelection in 2004. Weyrich made it known that conservatives had had enough, and Bush risked losing our support if he didn’t cut spending — not least of which was the proposed $256 billion transportation bill. When confronted, Bush assured Weyrich and conservatives that he had heard them loud and clear, and that the highway bill would be taken off the desk, so to speak.
The reality of what happened was the bill was never taken off his desk; it was pushed to the corner until after he was reelected. And when Bush signed the bill it ended up being $286 billion which was some $30 billion more than the original amount. But what did Bush care? He had been reelected and would not have to face election again. Even though the spin was that Bush had held the line and saved the day because Democrats wanted the bill to be as much as $400 billion. And, to pour salt into the wound of betrayal, the bill he signed contained 6,371 special projects, i.e., pork worth $24 billion. The promise was that the bill would create nearly 50,000 jobs — jobs, I might add, we are still waiting for.
Boehner is the Republican equivalent of Obama when it comes to spending, drinking expensive booze, and playing golf; and when it comes to making boastful statements that never come to fruition and agreeing to bad policy deals, Boehner is in a league unto himself.
We the People must understand that it doesn’t matter a scintilla if Congressional Republicans back away from their push for amnesty. We the People should remember that Boehner and company tried to force it upon us to start with. It is imperative that we remember they have used this tactic before. After they have been safely reelected, they will turn on us and pass amnesty. Tangential to that point, I had a long conversation with a colleague and source last night who believes Boehner will secretly work with Democrats to pass amnesty even while he is claiming publicly to now be against it.
I’ve been around “Inside the Beltway” politics a long time, and I can tell you I’ve seen this game played time and again. The tragedy is that it only works because We the People have short memory spans, and because We the People do not impose our will upon those we elect. Democrats suffer from no such facility of breakdown. Once elected they fall in line or else.
We the People must understand that we should not bask in the glow of victory that the talking heads will banter back and forth on the various talk programs. We must remember that the mere suggestion of amnesty by them was an act of betrayal; that it took our relentless effort (if in fact Republicans do back down) for them to pretend to abandon it is no consolation.
John Boehner, Karl Rove, Reince Priebus, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, et al. are doing their best to disenfranchise those of us who are true conservatives just as they are trying to destroy the Tea Party. Establishment Republicans are not our friends. And we overlook that fact at our own peril.
I remind you it was Eric Cantor and Pete Sessions, both establishment Republicans, who tried to con We the People by using phony resolutions to ensure obamacare wasn’t defunded. (See: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/You-are-being-betrayed.html?soid=1107894918588&aid=a2dBXdMA-ZA)
It was establishment Republican leader Mitch McConnell who publicly cheered and boasted when a Tea Party candidate with no national support lost by a slim margin to an establishment candidate in Alabama. It was Mitch McConnell who passed an edict that fundraising companies that raised money for Tea Party candidates were to be boycotted and refused GOP business. McConnell’s edict was responsible for the blacklisting of the Jamestown Group, one of the most successful fundraising companies the GOP had used, specifically because they raised money for Tea Party candidates. It was Karl Rove who told a billionaires group that a Republican candidate should be murdered. It was Karl Rove who viciously maligned Sarah Palin and other Tea Party candidates. It was Karl Rove who made it known that no Republican candidates would receive one dime of campaign funding unless the candidate was vetted and approved by the Republican leadership. Which means only candidates he approves of will receive funding which means Tea Party candidates will be frozen out.
As I have shared many times before, in the run-up to the 2004 general election an unimpeachable White House source told me that Karl Rove had lamented the fact that it was necessary for him to use Christian conservatives to get Bush reelected. It was the Republican Party in New Jersey that threatened to support a Democrat over a Tea Party candidate. Taken all together, establishment Republicans do not sound like our friends. Nor do they sound like they are to be trusted.
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