Congress did take a profound turn to the right today
Yes, Congress lurched sharply to the right today, but just how far to the right did Congress really go and how long lasting will that sharp right turn turnout to be? That is a good question. Both leaders of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid (D – Nevada), the Majority Leader, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R – Kentucky), the Minority Leader, remained the same. Thank God though, the leadership of the House changed hands from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D – California) to Rep. John Boehner (R – Ohio).
The Republicans picked up a few seats in the Senate, including the one formerly held by Mr. Obama, and they picked up a modern record of seats in the House. Republicans now have 47 of 100 seats in the Senate and 242 of 435 seats in the House of Representatives. So the Republicans remain in the minority in the Senate, but they are a decided majority in the House.
The real question
In the end, the real question is how many of the reelected or newly elected Republicans are RINOs (Republicans In Name Only; read: liberals), how many are moderates, and how many are Tea Party friendly constitutional conservatives? This year and next year are in, my estimation, the final decision years for the Republican Party. The reason I say that is that the driving force in this last election was the Tea Party Movement. The Tea Party people will not stand for anything short of a real effort to take our government back in the name of the people.
The beginnings of the Tea Party Movement
The modern day Tea Party Movement is new all right, but its roots go back to the very beginning of the founding fathers movement to establish these United States, when a bunch of Colonial Americans rebelled against the British Government attempt to establish a monopoly on the importation of tea into the colonies. That rebellion took the form of what history today calls the Boston Tea Party, from the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when Colonial rebels prevented the British from unloading taxed tea into the City of Boston by dumping over 300 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.
What provoked the modern day Tea Party Movement was the recent series of anti-American political acts of our government. The acts I am referring to were the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the series of healthcare reform bills; including that crowning act of libertarian apostasy, Obamacare, that followed in 2010. Those acts proved to be ideal fodder in 2009 for a whole host of conservative talk radio hosts, bloggers, and conservative politicians across the country who united against the earmarks and pork barrel spending enacted in the 2009 stimulus package and the other so-called stimulus packages that soon followed.
The movers and shakers of the modern Tea Party Movement
Early leaders of the Tea Party Movement include the blogger, Keli Carender, who I understand was in fact the pioneering founder of modern Tea Party Movement. She is Liberty Belle on her blog, Redistributing Knowledge. I believe the first widely known person to hop on Keli’s bandwagon in the cause of spreading the Tea Party political philosophy was Michelle Malkin, a conservative blogger and Fox News contributor. Michelle blogs Michelle Malkin.
Fox News soon took the radio and television leadership in spreading the Tea Party political philosophy of limited government, controlling government spending; and protecting our boarders, language, and culture. The above are just a few of the original and current leaders of the Tea Party Movement.
Several politicians have joined in the Tea Party Movement fight for sanity in government. They include: Governor Sarah Palin, Rep. Mike Pence, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R – Minnesota) and the Pauls; Rep. Ron Paul (R – Texas) and his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R – Kentucky), and others.
The Tea Party movement embodies the pulse of the silent majority
The point is, the Tea Party Movement is the one movement today that embodies the political pulse of what was until now seen as the silent majority in the United States. That majority is no longer silent, folks. If the Republicans in Congress don’t listen to the will of the people as expressed in the Tea Party Movement, they will be fired at the end of their current term of office. The one thing that modern politicians are good at is getting reelected, so we can expect to see many RINOs and other liberals taking up the clarion call of the battle trumpeter to fight for the U.S. Constitution in light of the intent of our country’s founding fathers and their Declaration of Independence.
I was please to witness the change of power today of the House
Earlier today I witnessed the change of power in the House of Representatives from the Democrats to the Republicans. It looked for a while like former Speaker Pelosi was going to filibuster the change, but finally she stopped talking and gave the gavel of the office to the new Speaker, John Boehner. Everything Rep. Boehner said in accepting the gavel was music to my constitutional conservative ears. I believe John Boehner was sincere when he said, “Welcome to the People’s House, welcome to the 112th Congress,” and, I am paraphrasing here, America is more than a country; America is an idea. I believe he meant everything he said, but time will tell if he and the Republican majority will put his sweet words into action. If not; out they go!
- Pelosi Hands Over Gavel As Speaker Of The House | John Boehner Likely Successor [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- Republicans take charge of House (bbc.co.uk)
- Little Pomp and Circumstance When Boehner Takes Over as Speaker (politicsdaily.com)
- Here We Go Again (oup.com)
- Boehner Takes The Gavel (outsidethebeltway.com)