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The Real State of the Union

Perspective

Darrell-Cynthia-195p.jpgMy friend, Darrell Castle, producer of the weekly Castle Report, was recently interviewed on the Home Front program with former state representative, Cynthia Davis. Their conversation began with a review of some of the key events and issues of the past year that are most effecting our lives. It’s a good interview and worth taking the time to listen to.

However, it was in the later portion of the interview that Cynthia and Darrell brought out what I believe to be some particularly profound insights that reveal the true state of our union and of the Christian and conservative right. What I hear is the story of a people who have placed partisan loyalty ahead of guiding principles, put more trust in man, money and political power than in simply doing what is right and appear to have lost the will to correct the course.

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Wrong-Way Republicans

 

Wrong Way 295pThe Conservative Right seems to operate from a general assumption that things keep getting worse because liberals are in power and democrats win all the elections. However, I got curious and did a little research on the topic. I discovered that over the past 20 years, republicans have held 57% of the control of our federal government – 68% if you add in the Supreme Court – that’s a 68/32 split in favor of the republicans. Among the union states, the elephant party holds complete control (legislature and governor) of nearly half the states (23) – more than three times as many as the dreaded donkeys (7). It turns out that America is overwhelmingly republican-controlled.

So why hasn’t so much as one unconstitutional federal agency or program been abolished, or defunded, or even had its funding reduced, or at least not had its funding increased? And why haven’t any of the states begun to dismantle their social welfare programs, eliminate regulatory bureaucracies, significantly reduce taxes or implement anything remotely resembling what was once known as the conservative agenda?

It might be an unpleasant fact to face, but the truth is that the majority of those elected by the Conservative Right no longer represent the values once associated with the conservative movement and its favored political party. Some have gradually, and even unwittingly, adopted elements of the secularist-socialist-statist worldview to which republicans once provided an opposition. Others have succumbed to the allure of power or have simply sold out to lobbyists and big money donors who can assure their reelection. We’re not talking about just a few“RINOs.” The compromise, corruption and general sellout of traditional conservative values has become pandemic in the Republican Party.

Some people think that their representative is “pretty conservative,” citing, “he voted right on the big issue in this session; I know that, because he sent me a letter telling me so.” Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize the deals that are cut and the games that are played out of public view.

For example, Eagle Forum president, Ed Martin, explained in an interview with former state representative, Cynthia Davis, that in last year’s Boehner-Obama secret budget deal, all but 29 republicans voted to advance a democrat budget to the floor where it would have enough support to pass. Then, an hour later, the majority of those republicans voted against the same budget. The net effect was that republicans enabled the bill to get to the floor to be passed, yet most were able to go home to tell their conservative constituents that they voted against the reckless budget.

I don’t know whether republicans do such things because they are evil, cowardly, or inept, but it really doesn’t matter since the outcome is the same.

For a more thorough look at the systemic nature of the betrayal and duplicity, I highly recommend you listen to the full Cynthia Davis/Ed Martin interview.

Yes, many of your nice conservative republican representatives are actually lying to you. Remember, a lie is not merely a “non fact,” but is any endeavor to deceive, including an endeavor by your representative to make you think they “held the line,” when, in reality, they sold out your values.

This is going on at the state level as well. Listen to this discussion (begins at the 7:00 minute mark and continues through 11:30) between Washington State Representative David Taylor and former representative Jason Overstreet, for an example of orchestrated republican deception relating to the 2015-17 Washington state budget. While republican leadership serenaded the faithful with a song of “No New Taxes,” 90% of their legislators voted for a budget built on a $17 billion tax increase over 10 years.

Based on conversations with friends who have served in other state legislatures, it’s apparent that similar examples could be found in most every state.

This past September, Senator Ted Cruz gave one of the most powerfull speechesthat I’ve heard from a sitting member of congress (click here for transcript). Cruz pulled back the curtain on the corruption, compromise and deceit that has become the republican party, including an explanation of how “show-votes” are used topacify the conservative rubes. As Cruz points out, it would be bad enough if republican leadership merely betrayed conservatives, but, in reality, they actually hold their party’s base in contempt.

This isn’t meant to discourage anyone, but to shake, wake, and make the Christian-Conservative-Right realize that you’re being taken for a ride on a republican bus that’s going the wrong way. There is hope and there are answers, but you’re going to have to find the courage to get off the bus and stand for principle, not just party.

That includes being willing to lose a few battles while fighting to win the war; and it includes being willing to depose every incumbent who does not hold strictly to the Biblical-constitutional-liberty standard. You don’t send the establishment a message by reelecting their lackeys; you send them a message by voting them out and taking away their power! That’s the only message they understand.

More importantly, God does not have a track record of rewarding tepidness, compromise, deceit or disloyalty, and He is the only One who can truly heal the land. America has gone beyond the point from which the conservative movement can restore it. For that matter, I believe the conservative movement has degenerated beyond the point from which it can itself recover. The sooner we come to grips with that, the sooner we can move on from trusting in men, money, political parties and power structures, and get back to trusting in God as our only hope; demonstrating that trust through unswerving devotion to His righteous cause is the only answer, not being dissuaded from our course for a mere win at the polls, or for fear that the other party might get in.

I’ll stand alone for principle if need be, but I won’t compromise the standard to join a heard of pachyderms stampeding off in the wrong direction.

About Robert W. Peck

Bob Peck is a Christian, Constitutionist and political activist who serves as the chairman of the Constitution Party of Washington and is a member of the Constitution Party National Committee. Bob lives in Spokane Valley, Washington where he is a landlord-handyman. If like Bob you find yourself feeling betrayed by a two party duopoly that no longer represents your values, then check out the Constitution Party at http://www.constitutionparty.com or call 1-800-2VETOIRS FREE and ask for a free information packet.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Uncategorized