At another meeting my friend attended, David Brat, the Tea Party candidate who beat veteran politico Eric Cantor, held up the Constitution in one hand and the Virginia Republican Creed in the other and said something like, "These two documents define my political principles. If you ever see me deviating from them, boot me out!" Good for him! He was one of only four Virginia Republican Congressmen (out of eight) who voted against the CR-OMNIBUS bill. My own Congressman, Bob Goodlatte, voted for it and I pledge right now to support a primary challenger in his next election! (Here's the list of the Republicans who voted against the bill. Thank them.)
The 1600 page bill (which, face it, none of the politicians read) includes billions for illegal immigration among other things including plenty of pork. Here's what conservative Richard Viguerie said about the betrayal:
"If any Republican member of Congress votes 'YES' on the 'CRomnibus,' then they own everything in the bill, including Social Security for illegal aliens, Obama’s pro-abortion policies, and busting the spending caps," Viguerie said on Thursday.
"Conservatives must stop giving betrayals such as these a free pass in the Republican primary," Viguerie added. "Any Republican who votes for the CR - Omnibus package should be considered a ripe target for a primary challenge," Viguerie concluded.Amen! And that begins for me with my own Congressman, Bob Goodlatte. How about a bumper sticker that reads, "Good-bye, Goodlatte!"
As for David Brat, I'm sending him a donation. We need conservatives with integrity who are willing to stand up to the leadership when they attempt to strong-arm them into supporting their betrayals. They may lose committee plums, but they'll keep their characters intact.
Follow the Founders and fundamental principles like Dave Brat has pledged to do. While the Constitution is too long to include in a blog post, I hope you read it often. The Virginia Republican Creed, on the other hand, is short and sweet and here it is:
We Believe . . .
That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,
That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,
That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,
That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations,
That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,
That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fibre of the Nation.
© Copyright 1975, 1997 by Republican Party of Virginia, Inc.Earth to John Boehner -- If the Republican Party embraced these principles we'd be a lot better off and might even have a chance in 2016. The only chance I see right now is Ben Carson.