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The ‘We Can't Win' Wimps Caucus


"We told you you would lose!" wail the Beltway bundlers of the Republican establishment.

"We told you you would lose!" moan neoconservative columnists from their privileged perches on the op-ed pages of the Beltway press.

"Look at what Ted Cruz and this Tea Party people did to us," wails the GOP establishment. "Look what has happened to our brand." And 2014 was looking wonderful.

What a basket of wimps.

While the political and communications strategy of the fight to defund Obama seems not to have been thought through, can someone explain what else a moral and principled Republican party could have done in the continuing resolution, other than try to defund Obamacare?

Have we lost sight of what a monstrosity this is?

It is an immense new entitlement program being hoisted upon a nation whose back is now breaking from Great Society entitlements.

Obamacare forces Catholics to provide sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs that trample upon traditional teachings about how they are to live their lives.

Recent days have exposed employers cutting back workers to 29 hours, insurance premiums surging, doctors rebelling. Obamacare moves America inexorably toward a national health care system such as they have in socialist Great Britain.

Finally, the rollout of Obamacare by Kathleen Sebelius' Department of Health and Human Services has made the rollouts of Edsel and New Coke look like marketing triumphs.

How could any principled Republican conservative vote to impose this moral, fiscal, social and technological disaster upon our country?

Here was the recommended Beltway GOP strategy:

House Republicans should vote to fund Obamacare in a clean CR. Then exploit the disaster of the rollout to show what a horror it is. This will pump up our polls and improve our field position for 2014.

Then we can pick up some seats!

Bottom line: Let's vote to impose Obamacare on America and make Democrats pay the price of the calamity we voted to impose.

Now there may be a more cynical strategy than deliberately doing permanent damage to your country to help your party.

Right now, I just can't think of it.

A party that would do such a thing would not only not deserve office; it would raise valid questions about the reasons for its continued existence. If this is how Republicans will behave when facing a decision on moral and political principle, why would conservatives want such a crowd representing them?

The Beltway GOP had best step back and take a hard look at the nation they are supposed to defend.

A decades-long failure to address mass immigration has brought to our shores scores of millions now being moved wholesale to ballot boxes to vote the Party of Reagan out of power forever.

With GOP collusion, the welfare state has grown so immense — with half the nation paying no income taxes and half now reaping benefits — Republicans who stand for fiscal sanity face increasingly insuperable numbers in many states.

With the Greatest Generation and Silent Generations passing on, Baby Boomers, the largest generation in history, are two years into Social Security and Medicare. Those programs are exploding, as the share of our working population is steadily sinking.

Real incomes of Americans are stagnant. Since George H. W. Bush, we have run $10 trillion in trade deficits no one mentions but can be seen in the gleaming cities of Asia and East China and the corroded and collapsing infrastructure of America.

Though the debt is hitting $17 trillion and the Fed prints a trillion a year to buy up paper, T-bills and mortgage-backed securities, the U.S. growth rate remains anemic by historic standards.

Query: Did the Tea Party do all this to America, or was this caused by colossal Washington stupidity and legendary Wall Street greed?

Republican cravenness and cowardice before the commands of political correctness has gone on so long that the natural response to capitulate now appears a conditioned reflex of the Beltway Party.

Yet, how, without standing and fighting against the inexorable drive to remake our republic into a socialist democracy, where tax consumers are endlessly milking tax producers in a steadily debilitating and dying economy, do Republicans think they are going to stop this?

Or is their hidden agenda simply bipartisan comity and smiling acceptance of an endless series of retreats until the outcome is irreversible? Whatever one may say of the House Republican majority at least they fought.

When his troops were in a funk, FDR used to say, "Get me a bill down here I can veto!" What FDR meant was — Let's start a fight with the Republicans; that will get the boys' morale back up.

That's what Republicans need now. They should tell the Democrats there will be no new taxes in any budget deal, and if there is no deal, the sequester rolls on.

Then they should demand that the incompetent at HHS be fired and her entire entourage with her. Unless, of course, the party fears it might be charged with waging a "war on women."

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at



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After a Failed Attempt to Take Over the Government, Republicans See Themselves as Victims, same as
a murderer, after killing both his parents, asks for mercy because he is now an orphan. owe the people of the United States 24 Billion $. Pay up and shut up.
Comment: #1
Posted by: morgan
Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:16 PM
Re: morgan. I would add a simpler and more schoolyard notion. I do love that poster that says "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Or in the case of the infants in Congress who profess to be leaders, "should have learned."

They never learned to share, they never learned to play fair, they don't say they are sorry when they should, I doubt they wash their filthy hands, they don't live a balanced life, they wouldn't know wonder from Wonder Bread, and who knows if they flush. Doubt it--leave the mess for someone else to clean up.

In a nutshell, they are sore losers who were never properly socialized, and so they give no thought to throwing a temper tantrum and expecting the world to cower when they do. Too bad, given all their so-called family values, Mama isn't around to slap them.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Masako
Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:45 PM
Re: Masako, thanks for bringing up "their so called family values" because their so called values of which they insistently boast and try to legislate are valued by none but themselves. Christ taught God values his children and religion was meant to guide and offer what Jesus taught. It is not their place to dictate what people must believe or how they should live, or bully people into submission. That deprives people of their freedom as human beings. Nor should they demand more of people than God Himself. We were born God's children with free will.
It is their own ego's and limited thinking these zealot's value. Church leaders all teach a variation of what Jesus taught but all strayed far from his original message, that his people would be one. They have kept Christian people away from one another forcing them to be loyal to a particular theology rather than to Jesus. The Church has divided people just as our governments have divided us.

These people work for us, they are not our religious leaders and Jesus never intended that religion or religious leaders model themselves after civil governments. These zealots have a misguided understanding of God and Jesus. They've been raised on a diet of legalistic religion which has nothing to do with love of God or of others who don't think as they do. Their values and religious views are legalistic and superficial because their/our religious leaders fell into the same trap the scribes and Pharisees fell into making the practice of religion endless rules and rituals and laws and their customs and practices and traditions have replaced true service to God. Many religious leaders and all zealots fall into the pitfall of wanting to control religion and people and not allowing people to think for themselves for fear they'll lose control of them. They act as if they have a mandate from God to control people's lives and even their thinking and when people don't agree or obey they intimate they are disobeying God. They haven't given us a church that comforts and shows love and grace to all so they now try to destroy the comfort we have taken in our lives by any means necessary including bringing down our country.

God never intended that human institutions should have such control over people's lives. That is what Jesus was referring to when he told the apostles they should not partake of the leaven of the Pharisees, nor should they be like the pagan rulers who love to lord it over their subjects.

This "party of values" value nothing but themselves.

Comment: #3
Posted by: morgan
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:57 AM
The reaction to the new health care law is overblown. For most people, there will be almost no change. Many provisions of the law, which was signed over three and a half year ago, have been in effect for a few years. Costs have not skyrocketed. Employers are not going out of business. When the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the law, which was in doubt, the stock market did not react. People will continue to get ill at about the same rate, and folks that are in accidents, have burst appendixes, get salmonella poisoning, etc., will go to emergency rooms regardless of whether they have health insurance or not. There is one key reform in the law that I am surprised is not focused on more. The people that were previously using the health care system, and paying nothing, will now have to pay something. In other words, the people with insurance will not be subsidizing the people without health insurance as much as before. I view that as a rollback of the welfare system. Mr. Buchanan has many fine points in the above commentary. But why the Tea Party and Mr. Buchanan are so opposed to the health care law is a mystery to me. There are more serious issues to throw a tantrum over.
Comment: #4
Posted by: hchrist
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:52 AM
Re: hchrist
"The people that were previously using the health care system, and paying nothing, will now have to pay something. In other words, the people with insurance will not be subsidizing the people without health insurance as much as before."
I don't know how you figure this. Anyone who fills out an application and puts down that their income is just above poverty level will receive FREE health care. The taxpayers will pay for their $5000 policies in full. All the unemployed living with relatives can stay unemployed and afford their hosts a tax deduction in the process. All those who retired before 65 and working solely for health care can quit their jobs. All the people living on minimal pensions, nest eggs, or trust funds can stop the part time work that pays their premiums and concentrate on writing the great American novel (or playing video games). People can take year sabbaticals from home businesses and apply for free health care for the year. And that's just the legal stuff.
Stop and imagine all the under-the-table income which will be generated to keep individual incomes low enough on paper to qualify for subsidies. We have seen the greed of the upper classes in scamming the fed; just wait and see the greed of the lower classes. And who will police it?
Comment: #5
Posted by: cathy jones
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:49 PM
Re: cathy jones. Nice of you you figure out all of the ways the system could be ripped off. As if it isn't a yawner of a fact that the system is being ripped off every day by the big money folks who bankroll the ultra-right agenda of take mine and screw the rest.

How about pausing for a moment to think about all of the innocent people, including those under 18 years old, who had no access to medical care and now can get it, including those with pre-existing conditions?

Is it a sin in your world to have a pre-existing condition?

Additional Q: What did you and yours ever do to give a good Goddamn about all of those people and their innocent kids before Obamacare came along?

A: Zippo, nada, zenzen, zero--let them die in the streets--not my problem.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Masako
Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:28 PM
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