It is now June 1 and we are six months into Obama’s second term in the White House – a second term that seems to be laden with scandal. First there is the Benghazi debacle which we have dealt with ad nauseam in this column. Second there is the AP Scandal that will probably be the death nell to Attorney General Holder’s term in office. And, lastly, there is the IRS scandal which is probably the most damaging to the President himself from both a political and personal standpoint. Obama is on the run and his poll numbers are beginning to show it.
But, he doesn’t seem to think so. He continues to portray his second term agenda in grandiose terms – an agenda that is plagued with more big government and big government spending. It is for this reason that we need the Tea Party more than ever. And, we don’t need the Tea Party of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin. They are both going quietly into that good night. The same for Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell whose terrible campaigns cost us two Senate seats in 2010.
We need the Tea Party that sprung from no-where in 2009 as a result of the Government Bailout and the pending passage of Obamacare. We need the original Tea Party that was a true grass roots movement. We need the Tea Party that brought the Republican Party to its incredible comeback victory in 2010. We need the Tea Party of the people. This is the Tea Party of Rand Paul from Kentucky and Ted Cruz from Texas. It is the Tea Party of many members of the House. It is the future of the Republican Party.
I did not include Marco Rubio in this list or Chris Christie. For a time I felt that both of them could be the future of the Republican Party, but both have lost me for various reasons. Christie is a middle of the road Republican in the same ilk as John McCain and Mitt Romney. The past two elections have proven that middle of the road Republicans cannot win. We need a true Conservative, even if he is willing to compromise along the lines or Reagan. Compromise is not bad on some issues as Reagan proved, but middle of the road is.
Rubio is another story. He seems to embody all of the ideals of the Tea Party and of Conservatism, but, he is now selling the country down the river with his proposed immigration plan – a plan that will do absolutely nothing to solve the problems of immigration. This is a flawed bill and should not pass. We need to do two things in the immigration bill that Rubio and the Gang of Eight are rejecting. We need to strengthen the border before we give amnesty, not the other way around. And, two, we need to allow the illegals permanent status in the US, but with no path to citizenship. They can stay here and get all the benefits of being legal, except they should never be citizens because this is awarding them too much for breaking the law. Immigrants who came here the proper way should be the only ones who are allowed to become citizens. Rubio is against these two portions of the bill and he has lost me as a result.
Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are the real embodiment of the Tea Party. And, for the most part, they are both smart enough to keep out of people’s private lives. They are both smart enough to know that social issues are what is dividing the party and causing a lot of people to shy away from the GOP. This topic was handled quite nicely in Tom Donelson’s article “So Are the Tea Party That Extreme.”
I have just finished Rand Paul’s Book: The Tea Party Goes To Washington. Before reading this book, I knew very little about the man; only that he was a near clone of his dad and he was responsible for a great Jimmy Stewart type filibuster in the Senate a few months ago. In this book, Paul states his reasons for running for the Senate and he deals with the foreign policy issues that take him away from his dad’s libertarian views. It is a must read for anyone that is thinking of supporting him in his future endeavors.
He also espouses the tenants of the Tea Party as we originally understood them; slow the growth of government, simplify the tax system, demand a balanced budget amendment, lower and simplify the tax code and repeal of Obamacare. If we can stick to these Tea Party issues, we will most assuredly take back the Senate and maintain a high balance of power in the House.
So, we need the Tea Party. We need it to regain its strength from 2010. We need it to go back to being a grass roots movement and we need it now.