This afternoon, my friend and former Editorial Director at my site thelobbyist.net, Dustin Siggins, informed me of an attack on Republican Study Committee staffer Paul Teller. Here’s what Politico had to say:
House Republicans on Wednesday morning were calling for the firing of the Republican Study Committee top staffer after he was caught sending e-mails to conservative groups urging them to pressure GOP lawmakers to vote against a debt proposal from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).Infuriated by the e-mails from Paul Teller, the executive director of the RSC, members started chanting “Fire him, fire him!” while Teller stood silently at a closed-door meetings of House Republicans.“It was an unbelievable moment,” said one GOP insider. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
I personally know Teller, and he is a dyed in the wool conservative and a true American. Instead of spending yesterday determining how to avoid a down grade in our credit rating, the supposed party of the American Conservative decided to bicker over the actions of someone who doesn’t even have a vote in the chamber.
The thing about Teller is that he represents the ideology of the average American Conservative. He represents the ideology of the Tea Party. He represents me. A year ago at this time the American Conservative was angry. We showed our anger at the poles and we gained a majority in Congress. But now our majority is acting like a minority. It’s behaving like a cowering nerd that has been beat up by a bully hiding in a corner with no self esteem. Our budget needs to be cut, our deficit ceiling needs to be reduced, and our debt needs to be shredded.
I cannot in good conscious as a follower of Christ and a student of Torah tell anyone that our debt is OK. The result of which may be that taxes must be raised. The answer to that equation is certainly not “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” It may not be raising taxes in our current economy, but at some point either our tax system has to be revised, spending cut, social programs reduced, deterrents to private sector business growth obliterated, or taxes increased. Personally I feel that we can solve our problems by means of reducing spending without significant increases in personal taxation.
Even Bill Clinton was able to see amazing economic growth even with increases in taxation because of his willingness to deregulate business. Our current president is not even willing to consider that history. And apparently the leadership in the GOP is not willing to commit to its promises that it made only 9 months ago.
As a registered Republican, but an individual who holds an ideology of conservative-libertarian principles, I’m feeling less and less represented by the GOP. The GOP is more and more becoming a party of moderates and less a party of conservatives by definition. I am day by day feeling much like that of Zell Miller, former Senator and Governor of the state of Georgia when he described how the Democratic party left him in his book A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat.
I am not leaving my party, but I am beginning to feel like my party is leaving me. How in the world does a party in the majority feel in the need to cower instead of standing strong for the fiscal values they preach at rallies and in election years?
Today, I’m reminded of one of my favorite passages in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen. The novel was about a band of real life crime fighting “super heroes”. Not the kind with super powers like one would find in other comic books, but rather individuals who have taken on a role as costumed crime fighters that are so sickened by the filth and decay of humanity that they choose to stand up as the wall of deterrence in a role that elected leaders will not.
It is near the beginning of the story that we meet Rorschach, a masked detective that fights against those that would allow the conservative ideology to wither and die. Paul Teller is Rorschach. And I hope that the Tea Party and the American Conservative sees this, and stands behind him and fights for the backbone that we thought we were voting into office last year.
“…[the] politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No.” They had a choice, all of them. They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father or President Truman. Decent men who believed in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn’t realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late. Don’t tell me they didnt’ have a choice. Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberal and intellectuals and smooth-talkers… and all of the sudden nobody can think of anything to say.” -Walter Kocavs (Rorschach), Watchmen, 1986.
The GOP must be cautious at this stage, or it will find those of us at its core abandoning it for those that act out their ideology and don’t simply claim to adhere to it.
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