September 5, 2013 · By Bob Ellis · 10 Comments
Heritage Action has released their 2013 mid-term congressional scorecard.
You won’t be surprised to see certain Republicans ranked high (hint: they are the ones who have been speaking out most boldly for Republican principles and a return to the traditional American values that made ours the greatest nation in history).
If you’ve come to rely on “Republican” being synonymous with “conservative,” you may be surprised to find more than a few “Republicans” scoring pretty mediocre on the scale.
In fact, nearly 20% of congressional “Republicans” scored less than 50%.
What was it Ronald Reagan said? “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally.” I completely agree. Unfortunately, too many “Republicans” have a long, long, long way to go in order to meet the requirement to be called a friend and ally of Republican values and the GOP platform.
The votes scored in both the House and Senate concern some of the most pressing issues being dealt with by our federal government. RINO-apologists will undoubtedly bellyache that the scored votes were “cherry picked” but every Republican had the same opportunity to vote right on the issue as every other Republican. Sorry, you vote against freedom and the American way, you own it.
According to their summary, the average for House Republicans was 66% and 67% for Senate Republicans. I would have expected much higher for House Republicans, since Republicans control the House and thus there should be no reason whatsoever that EVERY Republican shouldn’t be pursuing the Republican agenda (instead of pursuing the Democrats’ liberal agenda).
So how did our South Dakota congressional reps do?
Rather disappointing, actually. Of course, we expected liberal Democrat (pardon the redundancy) Tim Johnson to score pathetically low. But Senator John Thune, Republican Conference Chairman–the #3 spot in the Senate–came in at a rather bland 64%. I like Senator Thune personally; I’ve talked with him here in South Dakota and met with him in his office a number of times and I always enjoy our time together. But he should be leading the way and exemplifying the fight for Republican values. Rep. Kristi Noem was even more pale at 56%; she can and should be doing better than this.
Sadly, while I think most Republicans know what the right thing to do is, when the rubber meets the road and it’s time to actually make the tough vote against this gimme scheme or that unconstitutional program or the other wasteful thing that certain constituencies love but isn’t really the role of the federal government, they find it very hard to make the choice for principle over expediency or “pragmatism” (another word for “copping out and taking the easy road”). People don’t want to be around unprincipled friends or family members; why do some consider it acceptable to have unprincipled representatives of their interests when it comes to their freedom and prosperity?
The excellent scores of Republicans like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee not withstanding, I suppose it isn’t surprising that while most Americans still understand that conservative values are best, fewer and fewer Americans trust the Republican Party to follow through on the values it mouths.
If the Republican Party wants the confidence of the American people–and confidence translates into votes and electoral success–then the establishment dirtbags need to pull their heads out of their nethers and start acting like Republicans–and expecting it of ALL Republicans.
Otherwise, we can watch the GOP–and America–continue to go down the drain until both are irreparable.
Continuing to add to $17 TRILLION in debt, spend a TRILLION dollars more than we have every year, and continuing to make a mockery of the U.S. Constitution (our nation’s highest law) cannot be sustained without running our country (and the GOP) into the ground.
Maybe some “Republicans” are okay with that. I’m not. Are you?
HT: Shark Tank
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