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The Republican Party's Big Choice


On Tuesday, members of the House Oversight Committee grilled Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards over undercover videos linking high-ranking employees with illegal sale of fetal body parts. Under heavy questioning, Richards admitted to supporting sex-selective abortion, acknowledged that the vast majority of Planned Parenthood's nongovernment revenue springs from abortion, and awkwardly attempted to explain away the organization's alleged willingness to utilize special abortion techniques to preserve "samples" from the killed unborn.

That night, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced that he would fully fund Planned Parenthood.

Naturally, conservatives feel that they have been betrayed. Again. Since the 2014 elections, Republicans have done nothing to slow or stop Obama's historically egregious Iran deal, which almost guarantees Iranian regional dominance followed by their eventual development of nuclear weapons; Obama's executive amnesty program, which promises to continue to shape the country in heretofore unforeseen ways; and Obama's support for the nation's leading abortion mill.

On Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he looked forward to Boehner's last month in the House, and hoped that Boehner would "work with his Republican colleagues and with his Democratic colleagues to effect some progress on important things that we need to be doing." Hoyer added that Boehner "wants to get some things done that are important for the country to get done so that he doesn't leave that for the next leadership. ... I hope he can."

When conservatives hope the Republican leadership does nothing, and Democrats hope the Republican Speaker goes big, that's an excellent indicator that the Republican Party no longer represents its base.

No wonder conservatives rally behind anti-establishment figures ranging from Donald Trump to Carly Fiorina; Texas Senator Ted Cruz draws heavy grassroots support for slicing Planned Parenthood funding out of the latest continuing resolution, even if it means Obama vetoing the CR, thus shutting down the government. Conservatives didn't elect Republicans to build a power base. They elected them to enact conservative policy preferences, no matter the cost.

But Republican Party insiders seem puzzled at the rage of the conservative base over their collective decision not to oppose the most controversial elements of President Obama's agenda. Instead, Republicans insist to their voters that they're doing their best, that without 66 votes in the Senate, they can't override the executive branch, and that they will need just a few more dollars, pretty, pretty please.

This conflict lays bare the conflicting agendas of conservatives and Republican leaders. Republican leaders believe the goal of the Republican Party is to gain and maintain power; conservatives believe the goal of the Republican Party is to represent conservative interests, no matter what comes. The Republican Party has become an excellent vehicle for the former goal, and a smoking garbage heap when it comes to the latter.

Republicans may keep winning, because the only alternative for conservatives is to vote Democrat. For now. But the divergence between the base and the leadership will eventually lead to the GOP's collapse, unless Republican leaders begin to re-orient themselves to a conservative true north.

Ben Shapiro, 31, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KTTH 770 Seattle and KRLA 870 Los Angeles, editor-in-chief of, and senior editor-at-large of Breitbart News. He is The New York Times best-selling author of "Bullies." He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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Free Market Ben, something you conservatives always support.Planned Parenthood receives NO tax dollars for abortion,ergo ,the Free Market.These are "conservative policys" Ben,Free Market.
Comment: #1
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:11 PM
"....Planned Parenthood receives NO tax dollars for abortion,ergo ,the Free Market."

Planned Parenthood receives 550 million dollars every year from the Federal Government. In what manner of speaking is a 550 million dollar federal endowment per year representative of a free market?

I think all of this PP stuff is a load of crap - it just provides another opportunity for politicians on both sides to act like Queen for a day and exaggerate issues with everybody claiming a moral high-ground. When it comes to abortion there is no moral high ground, it is a sad fact of life that has always been with us and will continue as sad fact until the even sadder day man no longer exists. Keep it clean and private. Perhaps PP does just that, but the (admittedly purposely and politically) gruesome videos suggest a little adjustment in course may be needed.

Call it what makes you comfortable, but 550 million ain't free market. It is a shell game, the money goes in one pocket and winds up in another. You may approve of government sponsored shell games, but don't pretend it is an example of the free market in action. Such BS renders your opinion valueless.

All that aside, Shapiro's real point is encapsulated with this, "Republican leaders believe the goal of the Republican Party is to gain and maintain power; conservatives believe the goal of the Republican Party is to represent conservative interests, no matter what comes." In context Shapiro's use of PP represents an attempt to address a current issue, issue de jour, if you like, as case study for the conflict found within the Republican Party.

He describes this conflict in clearer terms than I have seen elsewhere. " gain and maintain power..." already describes all but the nearest center of the Democratic Party. Power for power's sake is never in the best interest of our Nation. I would trust neither party with absolute power. I think this is why less moderate Republicans chaff at the Republican leaders; many of us don't want anybody holding too much power over the citizenry.

This is all conjecture on my part. However, claiming a 550 million dollar federal endowment represents the "free market" in action bespeaks the mind of a fantasist.

Would you be willing to pull the funding and test the real free market?
Comment: #2
Posted by: Tom
Thu Oct 1, 2015 10:32 AM
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