The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is over and done. It’ll now walk into the sunset, soft music playing in the background as a wee small voice calls; “Shane! Come back!” But, CPAC won’t listen because like all events of the sort, it’ll be forgotten by those in power. The reason, you ask? Because the spotlight shone on the Republican Party’s problems is now turned off .
Brent Bozell, leader of the Media Research Council ©, slammed the Republican Party’s ineffectiveness and its denial of the conservative roots should be combating Progressive Democratic policy and pretensions. Other speakers addressed the issue of Republican’s impotent performance in the 2012 elections and the lack of organized drive by the party to elect Mitt Romney. Fingers pointed at a party more interested in ideology over ideas, posturing over a steady, articulable stance and being a presence rather than merely present.
But what will be taken away? “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.” Those were McConnell’s words.
That’s not a statement of defeat so much as an announcement of total capitulation. It’s a death knell for Republican representation of conservative values and standards. The party’s Progressive element now beams its light outward, toward us, so we can’t see into the shadow these moral cowards work within.
While Rand Paul spent hours filibustering to draw attention to issues the Obama Administration has been remarkably oily about, Republicans ate the stale, weevil infested bread Obama placed before them.
The Republican “good ol’ boy” network was specifically called out for their performances more dramatic than substantive. Rand Paul did more in thirteen hours, than Boehner and McConnell’s Republican Clown Car. Paul set a course toward tomorrow for conservatives to follow. Boehner keeps cramming more and more clowns into the car to entertain the people watching while getting nothing done. No filibusters from McConnell, no continuing resolution amendment to alter Obamacare; no hope to see genuine leadership rise from the senior ranks of incumbents more recumbent on their settees waiting to be fed grapes and wine like Roman Senators.
America suffers from a severe lack of moral courage; solid conservative leadership speaking what it believes moreso than what it perceives as being tactically proper to remain in office and a hierarchy living atop ivory towers, detached from their bases got them elected in the first place. They’ve neglected that base too long. It’s rotting away and soon, if we’re lucky, it’ll collapse and bury these buzzards in the rubble of their disrepute and duplicity.
CPAC is memorable. It’s hard to forget Republicans being hijacked by angry representatives of a dispossessed constituency. But that’s what you get when refusing to recognize your overwhelming hubris engendered your slow decay. Your self-destructive, self-serving and unapologetically stupid refusal to listen and act plus the moral inertia you’ve come to be noted for is what’s killing the party.
I’ve been here before with George Washington’s statements concerning political parties. Nobody’s taken heed until now. In his farewell address from public life he said:
“The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”
This is the state we’re in. We’re at the place Washington predicted. We’re suffering the consequences of our own inertia.
CPAC is a warning. The seeds of our discontent will yield a fury we’re yet to harvest.
Thanks for listening.