Posted by: Debby Durkee | October 28, 2010

Tea Party must stay engaged.

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Tea Party must stay engaged.

Tony Blankley says after the election, the country could go either way. This could be an amazing time where the GOP is able to get big things done, or, if the Tea Partiers are cowed by the left, it could return the GOP to the status quo. As a witness to the Gingrich Revolution (he was Newt’s press secretary) he knows that politics as usual is the easy way, the flow of Congress. The people must not let that happen. This is from http://realclearpolitics.com.

Let’s assume the Republicans hold a majority in the House — say they net a pickup of 60 House seats and eight Senate seats, resulting in 49 Republicans, 51 Democrats.

Let’s assume between 55 percent and 64 percent of the public want to repeal Obamacare and the GOP brings it to the floor. Is it possible that there are 11 surviving Democratic senators (or those up for re-election in 2012 such as Dianne Feinstein) who might decide to cover their political backsides and vote for the repeal? Yup.

Also, in the deficit and tax fights that are likely to dominate the congressional year, neither tea party freshmen nor the GOP House nor the GOP Senate nor Mr. Obama nor his congressional parties alone can dominate the political process. How the case is presented to the public will determine which positions will feel the pressure from the public. Will tea partiers support congressmen across the board who actually cut entitlements, or will they flinch and penalize congressmen who have the guts to do so?

Either this is just the end of a big election that rolls back a few important mistakes, but basically changes little besides who gets the good parking spaces and whose staffers get to cash in for a few years. Or this is the beginning a great reformation that will take America back for liberty. It’s up to the people. We are so close. In 50 years in politics, I have never seen as large a percentage of the public self-motivated for reformation. For those of us who believe we are a providential country, now is the chance for the public to demonstrate it.

If the tea partiers and other liberty lovers continue to engage Washington next year, then government shutdowns can work, vetoes can be overridden and public opinion can be rallied to help defeat Obamacare, higher taxes and deficits. If our public does not stay engaged, then the ever-organized left will force the GOP back into Washington as usual politics — and our chance to reform our government will die. Let’s prove the Washington cynics in both parties wrong. As it has in the last few years, the tea party movement must continue to provide both the backbone and the vision for the Washington GOP.

Make sure you read the whole thing. Blankley gives a really interesting review of what happened during the infamous “government shut-down” – which was really was a PR stunt by Clinton and company. Republicans passed a couple of bills that would have kept the government functioning for several more weeks, but Clinton didn’t sign them, and, of course, the media went with whatever Clinton said. We at least have a fighting chance in the media wars today. Read it all here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/10/27/starting_afresh_in_pursuit_of_liberty_107741.html

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