Michael Franti said: “To sit back and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to let the government do whatever they want, right or wrong,’ is giving up.”
Maybe it’s because I want to believe in an idealized version of politics that the Republican establishment sucks away my soul. I want to believe in good men and women standing up for what they know is right, refusing to throw in the towel, even when the odds are impossible. That’s true leadership.
The word “compromise” has become the Holy Grail. Attaining compromise is the beginning and the end of politics. But that’s a falsehood. It’s the Democrats and the media who have developed this cult around the theory of compromising. But all compromise does is take two well developed (if not necessarily good) ideas, and water them down so that they can fit together into a Frankenstein’s monster. This monster is never anything but an ugly, less than functional waste of space.
Speaking of compromise, according to Breitbart:
“Worried that Republicans would get most of the ‘blame’ from a government shutdown, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly gauging support for a one-week stopgap spending measure that would buy Congress more time for talks.”
This week long extension is just another compromise. The establishment Republicans are afraid of the media, so they want more time to stall. Rather than stand firm, they are beginning to go wimpy. A week long extension will do nothing but make the Republicans look weaker. But fear is crawling up inside them and setting up shop.
When was the last time that Republicans have been forced to give up everything for the Democrats simply out of fear? If fear is the driving force behind a decision to give up on what they came to fight for, why did these men and women run for office in the first place? There must have been a time when establishment Republicans believed in conservative principles.
The fight over Obamacare has been a defining moment. It has quickly revealed a warrior class inside the Republican Party, which has, in tandem, revealed an anemic, debilitated, tired, defeatist class. This is not a time for Republicans to compromise; this is a time for them to fight for the American people who elected them. If they succumb to cold feet, I don’t want them to represent me anymore.
Congress needs warriors, not wimps.