RIP GOP

NoRINOsThumbby Anniel 12/14/14
Part I • It is with great sorrow that I finally give up any ties, formal or informal, to the Republican Party. I have been registered as an Independent for many years now, however I never voted anything but Republican. Now it seems there is no place left to go.

When the party leaders in Congress lie to their own members and there seems to be no recourse against those leaders open to them, then what options do the rest of us have? John Boehner has been accused of lying, not just to us, but to the elected representatives he is over in order to sell the so-called CROmnibus Bill. To my mind that means he should be repudiated by those to whom he lied. Fat chance of that when their fellow Representatives followed Boehner’s lead and we, the rank and file, have no power over these faithless leaders.

Some of the very good guys, like Trey Gowdie, are once again left doing the heavy lifting, with no support from their own. I was thinking of Gowdie being “supported”, but that means arms and hands, backs, legs and muscle would have to be involved, to say nothing of brains, morals and courage. All of those attributes are lacking, up and down the line, especially up that line. Boehner and McConnell are both totally spineless. They are worse traitors than the Democrats because they sell out so blithely, lying all the while. Photos of Boehner schmoozing it up with Obama are revolting.

I just read where Ted Cruz is mounting a constitutional challenge against the spending bill in the Senate. Let’s pray that he will be supported better by his colleagues than those who stood up against it in the House. [Later: Some had the courage to stand for the Constitution, but certainly not enough. Cruz says he wanted to get names on record, and that was done. How did your Senators do? Both of mine flunked.]

When does the House get to select a new Speaker? Or the Senate a new Majority Leader? Does it take a coup within the ranks? I don’t really know, but I certainly hope it can be soon. In spite of ribbons being mostly symbolism over substance, I would suggest that every right-thinking Representative or Senator, including those of the the incoming freshmen class, don black ribbons until new more effective leaders are elected. If they have to be worn ’till they fall apart, so be it. I feel like wearing one myself.

PART II – IN THE CLIFT OF A ROCK

Please, stick with me here even if it seems as though I’m shifting gears. Remember that in this world where good people seek ways to preserve truth and find favor in the eyes of God, it can be difficult to have faith and to see His hand in the dire events of each new day. We all want Him to rescue us NOW, please.

The following story from the life of the Prophet Moses sheds some light on the workings of God, and may teach us of our own responsibilities as He deals with us.

When Moses had come down from the mountain to find that Aaron and the Israelites had made a golden calf, he interceded with God on behalf of the people so they would not be totally destroyed for their sins. While 3,000 people were destroyed, Moses withdrew to the Tabernacle outside the camp, where we are told the cloud stood at the door of the Tabernacle,

And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. Exodus 33:11, KJV.

A conversation follows where God tells Moses that His presence will go with His people and Moses will know God is with them “for thou hast found grace in my sight and I know thee by name.” (ibid. 33:17). As a sign Moses asks God to show him His glory. (ibid. 33:18) God answers:

. . . I will make my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the word of the Lord before thee. . . (Ibid. 33:19)

And then the Lord says to Moses:

. . . thou canst not see my face, for there shall no man see me and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock. And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift [cave] of the rock and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. ibid. 33:20-23, KJV.

Why would the Lord, in a short period of time, appear before Moses in two very different ways, and what can we learn of God from this incident?

Very few men have “spoken with the Lord face to face. And how many men have taken time to see His “back parts,” His glory after He has passed? We, like Moses, are often left in the clift of a rock and God covers us with His hand until He is ready for us to see His glory and salvation. We all see our peril as a nation and hope the Lord will hurry His work. Maybe He is doing so, but we have to be patient while He passes so we are able to comprehend what He has done for us.

Are the men we need to lead us being prepared even now so that we will recognize and support them when they come? Are all of us, in Government or just plain citizens, having our hearts sifted before His judgement seat? How many of us seem willing to quit almost before the battle begins?

Watch carefully and pray for men and women like Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdie, Daryll Issa, Jeff Sessions, Louie Gohmert, Michelle Bachman and others who are proving their valor in the trenches. Find out who these brave souls are, praise and speak of and to them, write of them, send donations to them if you can. I would love to know more of who they are and what they do.

In the times that try men’s souls, maybe you and I have not yet paid the price necessary to preserve our blessed nation and Constitution. Our souls may still need trying and our hearts sifting.

Keep your hope and faith alive, and remember, Noah and his family waited a long time to see the rainbow at the end of their journey. • (1990 views)

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26 Responses to RIP GOP

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Nice of you to mention “the times that try men’s souls”. Tom Paine wrote that as Washington’s minuscule army, just a few weeks from total disintegration, waited on the Delaware for the British to cross. We should never forget that our nation has survived far worse crises than we face today.

    • Anniel says:

      Yes, we have passed through the fire of crises many times. It probably seems worse now because of the implementation speed and sheer volume of this present crew of wreckers. Did we always have so many liars in our midst? We must have, but my parents didn’t think the liars and wreckers were our close friends and neighbors. Our schools were not indoctrination centers and parents expected good behavior from the teachers and other parents and children.

      I really believe, though, that God is still in charge and raises good men to bring about righteousness. Who are the ones on your list?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I think what makes the current crisis seem so bad is because so much of it is induced by Americans. There were those pretending to be patriots but actually betraying the patriots to the British (and Benedict Arnold wasn’t even the first, and perhaps not even the worst — especially depending on what one thinks of Charles Lee at Monmouth). But not so many as we face today, with the entire Democratic Party and its top-level supporters actually seeking to destroy America and replace it with some European (or even third-world) pesthole.

        • Anniel says:

          Maybe the worst part is the (ahem) bastardization of our language.

        • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

          depending on what one thinks of Charles Lee at Monmouth

          In a rage at Lee’s actions, Washington purportedly called him a poltroon. I suspect he thought Lee to be much worse than that, but Lee’s actions at Monmouth did finally convince the Congress to move him from command.

  2. Rosalys says:

    I think I am probably still registered as a Republican – simply because I cannot imagine myself under any circumstances voting in a Democrat primary it hasn’t been worth the very minor bother of disaffiliating. But like you, I cannot call myself a Republican anymore; I actually stopped calling myself a Republican three or four years ago, and for several years before then I was, “a Republican, however…” I’m really tired of being taken for granted. I don’t see this ending well at all!

    But then I read your Part II. Thank you for the reminder that God is still and always has been in control! “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience stands He waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”

  3. GHG says:

    Yes God is in control and He blesses those who seek him.

    But is America seeking him? Is America worthy of His blessing? Do America’s leaders pray in their hearts for God’s providence? Sadly, tragically, I believe the answer to these questions is no.

    I think America has gone from ‘One Nation under God’ to a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah more worthy of God’s wrath than His blessing. Hedonism and depravity is the norm. Is the sacrifice of the unborn to the god of self-indulgence really any less offensive to God than human sacrifice to the ancient god of Baal?

    As for the GOP, I’m in the same boat. Essentially taxation without representation. There is often a silver lining to bad things and with the abomination of the Obama presidency it has forced the GOP establishment out in the open were their first alligience is now clearly seen. They were always in bed with the Chamber of Commerce but they used to be able to sell their allegience to the Constitution and the rule of law and thereby hold the conservatives. Now that they had to publically choose between the big business interest for cheap labor (amnesty) and lower employee benefit costs (Obamacare) over conserving the Constitution and rule of law, there can no longer be any question that the GOP does not represent conservatives. While there are some principled conservatives in Congress, they do not have the numbers to make a difference, at least not yet.

    The GOP sold their soul for what I believed at the time was political expediency. I assumed they stopped being an advocate for conservative social issues for fear of losing votes. Now I’m not so sure that it was for political reasons. Maybe they really didn’t believe in their heart of hearts that abortion was a sin, that homosexulity was a sin, that pornography was a sin. Maybe they didn’t belive in sin.

    So the GOP is no long the champion for conservatism. Period. The GOP will fundamentally transform America no different than the Democrats will – maybe just a little slower.

    • Rosalys says:

      “But is America seeking him? Is America worthy of His blessing? Do America’s leaders pray in their hearts for God’s providence? Sadly, tragically, I believe the answer to these questions is no.”

      I agree with you absolutely! That is why I believe that our only hope for the United States of America is a massive, Holy Spiritual, Great Awakening revival. However God is still in control, and if the USA is being swept and being made ready to be deposited into the garbage pail of history then so be it. Something better will eventually come out of it; or maybe the day of the Apocalypse really is here! Repentance doesn’t seem likely but it can happen. Nineveh, if you believe those old Biblical stories – and I am one who does – had a wholesale, 100% repentance and revival.

      We have the example of Nineveh and the example of Sodom and Gomorrah. One repented and the other didn’t. Which one are we? I don’t know and won’t know until either judgement or revival and restoration takes place.

      That’s the nation. But for individuals? God takes care of His own.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    So the GOP is no long the champion for conservatism

    The GOP has rarely, if ever, been a champion of conservatism. Since the death of Lincoln, the GOP has been the party of business. In itself, that is fine, but too often it has meant crony capitalism. And the larger the government becomes the more corrupt the relationship becomes.

    The few years of Reagan where an aberration of sorts. The group we call RINO’s used to be called “Rockerfeller” Republicans have always been a powerful force in the Republican party and one which repelled conservatives. . But conservatives have had little choice because the Democrat Party started leaning Left in the early part of the 1900’s and fell off the coast of California in the 1960’s.

    This would all be less of a problem were it not for the all encompassing grasp of the federal government and of our two party system. Third parties have fared very poorly in our history and the most sensible way to come to political power is through one of the established parties.

    I think the most likely route will be to make the Republican party a populists party which attracts blue collar people and those with traditional morals.

    • GHG says:

      Yes the partnership between the GOP and Business is long standing, but the GOP used to at least give lip service to conservative principles and values. Even after they stopped standing with conservatives on social issues they claimed fidelity to the Constitution. That has now been exposed to be false. They have chosen to disregard the Constitution and rule of law in their fidelity to their true masters – Business.

      The Democrats trample the Constitution to achieve big government socialism and the GOP let them to achieve favorable business objectives. And the rest of us can go to the back of the bus and shutup.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        That’s certainly Jeb Bush’s message, but it won’t happen. He may win the nomination with all the Chamber of Commerce (or is that Chamber of Horrors?) money behind him, and he may even win the hideous Bush-Clinton rematch. But we wont go to the back of the bus, and we certainly won’t shut up. They can abuse the Tea Party all the like, but they can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

        • GHG says:

          From your post to God’s eyes, so to speak 🙂

          But I fear the genie loosed from the bottle is the one steering the post-constitutional ship of state over the edge of the civilized world.

          The Tea Party, of which I claim membership, has been branded as extremist by both political parties and the MSM and consequently will never get a fair hearing in the public square. Unfair? Of course, but that’s the way it is.

          It would seem unlikely to the extreme, but maybe the best shot conservatism has is elect one of our own to the presidency and let the “one-person” branch of our government do battle with the Constitutional traitors in Congress. The battle line must be drawn and there can be no equivocation that the GOP is on the wrong side of that line. Whomever the GOP wants to nominate for President will be an enemy of conservatism and must not win the election. The GOP has now shown willingness to work with Obama, much to their shame, so they must be told that the GOP nominee will be a true conservative or the conservatives will sit out the election and not only will the president then be Hillary or “Fauxahontus” or some other monstrosity, but congressional and statewide elections will be affected too by conservatives sitting out. In other words, if the GOP wants to retain the majorities in the Senate and the House and they want to do well in state elections – they better have a true conservative at the top of their ticket … and it can’t be a bluff by us – we have to be willing to stand by our principles.

          • Rosalys says:

            You are so-o-o-o right! As far as Any-main-stream-Republican vs. Shillary or Fauxcahontus we’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t. So maybe the best strategy is to avoid damnation altogether and sit the next one out!

            Elizabeth Warren!?!?! Really?!?!? Trouble is I can totally see that creature being elected. Hey, Obozo got in twice. Nothing, absolutely nothing, would surprise me anymore.

            Pray for revival!

  5. David says:

    I left the GOP over 12 years ago when I realized they had betrayed their conservative base. As mentioned above, Reagan was an anomaly, viciously attacked by Dems, and undermined by the leaders of his own party.
    I am heartened by the author’s second section. In effect, ‘take a deep breath’, and know that God lives. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
    In the scramble towards the end times – and who really knows when that’s going to happen… as long as we fight where we can the injustices that threaten to engulf us, just remember those that be with us are greater than those that be with them.

    • Anniel says:

      And you indeed hearten me. The past few days have been so awful as far as having any trust in any national leader at all. Then to hear that Scott Walker is rethinking his stand on Common Core, really? Makes my heart sore. We seemingly need your reminder that those who be for us are greater than those who be for them. We need to constantly strengthen each other every day. Prayers to all for a Merry Christmas and faith in the Living God in the New Year!

  6. Misanthropette says:

    Our current government( with our blessing and votes) is comprised of a professional political class replete with hereditary titles. Few among this class has ever done a productive day’s labor, risked his own capital in any venture, or spent much time in private endeavors. This mirrors the aristocracies of Europe which reaped, but never sowed. I loathe and fear this class more than I fear party designations.

    Those who created our system of government never intended politics as a career, yet we have willingly surrendered more and more of our independence and power to people who have engaged in politics as a career, enriching themselves and their friends at our expense. As I look around my community, I see the fruits of that patronage, wondering if Eve was tempted not by an apple, but a guaranteed pension for life complete with free healthcare and retirement after her “public service” at the grand old age of 50. My own family, and many others, which pay for pensions, healthcare and the general comfort and ease of that “public service” class, took chances; built businesses and was taxed, audited and plucked like any compliant chicken. That is what voting for Republican or Democrat incumbents accomplished. Mr. Gruber gaffed, but we must own the truth of his revelation.

    I’m not certain what God has to do with our current state of affairs. Little, I believe. He didn’t vote for the professional liars we see betraying us and their promises made a month before. Oh, no, let’s not drag God into this one. We did this all on our lonesomes and we have no one to blame but ourselves. How many wrote and spoke of “holding their noses and voting”? If candidates reek that badly, it’s time to chuck them, flush them, like any other trash. I am angry, but also feel the need for sackcloth and ashes for my previous failings. Perhaps we want to believe so badly in the myth of the Good Politician, that we create myths, confer titles, and set up Golden Political Calves to worship for whom we repeatedly vote. In the end, they all have feet of clay! Communists created the Cult of Personality, but we have honed and perfected the concept. Truly, our belief belongs to God, and only to God as only he is worthy of our belief, our trust and our worship.

    • Anniel says:

      To have any hope at all we have to know that God is involved in the lives of His creatures and cares about His creations. Did He cause this mess we’re in? Nope, SOME of us did. The question is one of repentance and turning our hearts and souls back to Him. That happens one person at a time. Is the country still worth saving? I pray it still is, but only God knows that. And as I said, we may still be in need of chastening – for more than we know.

  7. DBAFOX says:

    My advice to all my friends and associates over the past few years is to vote for anyone running for an office that is not a politician and who does not work inside the, “Beltway”. If the person you think you should vote for has been (anytime over the past 25 years), or is currently, in office, he or she is part of the problem. My donations dried up years ago. If the address is anywhere inside the beltway, no money, no support, no vote. Anniel and I both left the Republican Party at about the same time. I became a disenchanted independent in the mid-1990’s. Both parties share equally in the mountain of blame. Plenty to go around. There is a common sense reason why Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are leading in the polls: they are not politicians and are, therefore, not part of the problem. Let’s give one of them a run at the golden ring. After all, the low information voters gave our current President two runs. Consider me repentant and chastened. I just pray it isn’t too late.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      There is a common sense reason why Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are leading in the polls: they are not politicians and are, therefore, not part of the problem

      I must admit, I don’t have a good feeling about Fiorina. Her history says she is anything but an outsider type of candidate. She would appear to be the perfect fit for the establishment Republicans and I have seen nothing to contradict this belief. I see nothing which would indicate she would be willing to fight the powers that be in the establishment wing of the Republican party.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for stopping by to give your considered opinion, DBAFOX. It seems a sound strategy to, all things being even, vote for someone outside the beltway, someone who hasn’t been in politics all of their life.

      One of the problems has been that we’ve so often been lied to about who really is an outsider. Many a Republican has been elected as an outsider and reformer only to turn on a dime and kowtow to the Establishment. Were they lying or is the suction force from the Establishment that great? I don’t know. But should Mr. Smith go to Washington again, he’d likely have his nose up Obama’s butt within a fortnight.

      I agree with Mr. Kung about Carly. Here is what I think, subject to new information: She was backed by the Establishment candidates in California in her run against a possible more conservative candidate in the primary. She ran some really stupid advertising in that race, including one with a “demon sheep.” (Google for that.) I can’t tell if her time at Lucent was anything but typical, but she seems to have taken a wrecking ball to HP with her ill-advised merger with Compaq…a merger that apparently the company is still trying to recover from…while she jettisoned with a 80 million dollar (or so) golden parachute. As one writer noted, Romney actually had a good record as a businessman and they tarred him as a Scrooge. What can they therefore do with Carly’s real record?

      She referred to the leader of Iran as the “Supreme Leader” showing this usual toxic political correctness toward Islam. I think she believes in the global warming fraud (the gateway drug for socialism) and seems more feminist than American in her outlook on the country. She’s perhaps only an “outsider” because she’s not yet inside. And an “insider” is more of a mindset than a function of being in elective office. Establishment Republicanism has a certain set of beliefs. Much of the rhetoric (in order to fool people, I guess) is conservative but their governance is quite liberal. They accept the status quo and merely wish to run it better, not reform it. And they are neutered as far as reform goes because they are guided (except when it comes to conservatives) by this all-encompassing spiel to be “tolerant” and to “reach out” to liberals…which means not to refute them but to accept their premises.

      Carson suffers from way too much of that as well. Although a far better man than Carly, in my opinion, he’s not ready to be a political leader. His views seem a squishy mix that, at the end of the day, mean “I’m a nice, calm, trustworthy man. Vote for me.” And that’s fine. That’s a start. But although he keeps saying how smart he is (which I don’t doubt), is he actually educated in the issues of the day? Those are two different things. To me, he seems to be just another fishy swimming in the Progressive culture. He’s picked up this milieu of ideas that are just sort of “out there” and hasn’t really questioned them. There is too much “Go along to get along” in Carson ever to be an effect reform leader.

      But if we want a Commander in Nice-Guy, he’s our man. As for Trump? Well…aside from Cruz, he’s all we’ve got.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      One problem with total outsiders is that we have no way of knowing what they will do when they come up against the culture of Versailles-on-the-Potomac, which encourages them to “grow” and become accepted. The ideal choice is actually someone who has survived that atmosphere without being corrupted.

  8. DBAFOX says:

    Responding to Kung Fu Zu, Brad Nelson and Timothy Lane; Comments on Trump, Nelson and Fiorina.

    All three of your responses were on point, show a deep sense of the situations reality and made me realize my initial foray into the matter was superficial. I will have to do further research on Carly Fiorina’s business record at Lucent and HP and take a harder look at Carson and think about many of his recent remarks and positions. I am getting the feeling there may be huge cracks in Carly Fiorina’s resume. Same with Dr. Carson. He (Carson) may be too good to be true. As I thought back over his recent appearances and comments. I think he would buy into the notion of “go along to get along”. There is a risk in any candidate who has been untested in the political rare air inside the beltway. Senator John McCain and Senator Flake (Arizona) are great examples. They both profess to be conservatives yet vote and act like anything but. They have been huge disappointments to any real Arizona conservative and seem to kowtow to the middle and left rather than stand and defend critically important conservative positions. I feel certain that, when each of them went to Washington, D.C., they sincerely believed in conservative principles and had made a commitment to their constituents to defend those positions. Something seems to happen to individuals shortly after they are immersed in the culture. Flake walks in lock-step with McCain, even when that walk takes him into the enemy camp. If that is true, and I think it is, then any of the “outsiders” could similarly change after they are in office. The only individual that has been immersed in the culture and retained his conservative positions is Senator Cruz. He also walks the walk. I think of the current three outsiders, the one most likely capable of running the gauntlet is Donald Trump. Being self funded, he may not owe political favors to any lobbyist or political insider. On the other hand, he has historically supported all positions, left, middle and right, in support of his global business interests. Who is to say what he may do when he is in the seat of power? Ultimately it seems to be a huge crap shoot; we place our votes and roll the dice.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      DBAFOX, it’s a pleasure to run into a reasonable and thoughtful person on the internet. It’s rarer than you might think.

      All of my opinions on these candidates are evolving. Without question, Cruz is my first choice. He’s the only true conservative in the bunch and the only one who has shown a willingness to oppose the powers that be. I’d walk barefoot over broken glass for this guy. One of my friends, Pat, had dinner with him and some supporters recently. When Pat relayed to me what Cruz said, I was wowed…and I wonder why some of that isn’t coming out in the debates or more publicly.

      Trump is interesting and I’m still trying to wrap my head around him. He at first looked like a hip-shooting neophyte for whom foot-in-mouth disease would be a chronic problem. And yet he’s shown himself to be cagier than that. He didn’t fall for being sidetracked on the “Is Obama a Muslim?” question and stuck to “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

      And although I expected him to be a quote machine for un-PC things, he hasn’t done that. He showed some deftness in the last debate by putting the “the face” issue behind him…while making Carly look PC and just another victim feminist. And instead of seeing him as unprepared (without a detailed issue statement), he may be savvy in gaining extra press exposure as he dribbles out position papers one at a time (starting with immigration, of course). Whether I’ll like future position papers, I don’t know. But he’s maximizing his exposure.

      On the other hand, he has historically supported all positions, left, middle and right, in support of his global business interests. Who is to say what he may do when he is in the seat of power?

      I think you nailed it. In support of his business he took position x, y, or z. That’s a motivation we can all understand. Anyone in business (as Microsoft rudely found out several years ago…they now give to both parties generously) has to deal with the powers that be, for those powers can ruin your business if you don’t genuflect to them.

      And this flexibility, rather than being seen as the usual waffling, could be seen as true flexibility in terms of open-mindedness once he sets his task to his political goals. That’s perhaps a big “if,” but part of his appeal is that his supporters (including me) think he will do what he thinks is the right thing to do rather than kowtow to political correctness, Establishment Republicans, or the press. And we know that this is a requirement when tackling the issues that need tackling. Whether he takes a good position on various issues remains to be seen.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I’m very pleased with the way Carson has held his ground regarding his answer to the gotcha question about supporting a Muslim for President. He correctly pointed out that it’s a matter of whether one’s political views (such as support for theocracy) are incoimpatible with the US Constitution. Liberals forget that JFK gave a major speech on the subject in 1960 in order to dispel fears that he would subordinate US governance to Catholic doctrine. Mitt Romney dealt similarly with concerns about Mormonism. Liberals very conveniently forget every qualim that have over Republican religiosity when it’s convenient to do so.

  9. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    There is something that should be front page news everywhere, and it isn’t: the most significant political fact of this moment is the war between the Establishment and the rest of the GOP (the numbers for Trump, Carson, and Fiorina indicate their support is coming from more than just Conservative voters). The war was remarkable enough when it was just Establishment v. Base (Conservative voters), but it’s clear that it has expanded now. Upon its outcome the fate of the country probably depends.

    So, is it really RIP for the GOP? I would say it depends upon whether we Conservatives seize control of the Party or destroy it. Clearly we must do one or the other.

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