Look at the large red area where voters elected Republicans to US Congress. If Oath Keepers National Chaplain Pastor Chuck Baldwin and his followers had their way, the whole State of Montana would have been blue.
Fortunately, common-sense Republican voters prevailed over Baldwin and his followers to keep Montana strongly red. Nationwide, wise Americans voted Republican to reject Obama and Harry Reid’s politics.
In general, tea parties did nothing to aid Republican victories across America. In fact, according to Ann Coulter, Republicans would have done better without tea parties:
Without tea party challenges and greedy Republican consultants, Republicans would be looking at 59 senate seats in the next Congress. Maybe 61 with Democrat flips.
And what if the money and energy wasted this year saving incumbent senators Mitch McConnell, Thad Cochran and Pat Roberts from tea party challenges had been spent on senate elections in New Hampshire, Virginia or Minnesota? These guys weren’t Arlen Specter! They weren’t even John McCain or Marco Rubio.
While there are well-meaning folks in tea parties, the problem is most of America’s Tea Parties are led by delusional Libertarian and third-party radicals who don’t get it that conservative third-party voting elects Democrats.
Leading the way in this insanity are Oath Keepers Baldwin and John Birch Society CEO Art Thompson. Pastor Baldwin went ballistic and told his mesmerized Montana followers to vote Democrat but he failed to stop Republican Ryan Zinke’s election to US Congress.
An irrational parrot by Baldwin and followers is:
The Moron Mantra: “There’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans.”
Let’s contrast the Moron Mantra with some rationality.
On October 17, Dick Morris listed a few things Republicans can do if they get control of Congress:
But if the Republicans use their Senate majority to play small ball and make limited but very important advances, they can use their budgetary power to achieve great ends.
Because Congress has the ability to vote on each line of the budget while the President, lacking the line item veto, can only sign or veto the whole thing, Republicans can advance their agenda one line at a time. Each advance would be important, but they would not rise collectively to enough to justify a presidential veto and a government closure.
• Republicans can attach to the Homeland Security budget a requirement of a quarantine banning all travelers who have recently been to an Ebola-afflicted nation from coming into the United States.
• They could insert in the ICE budget language overriding the President’s coming executive order ending deportations.
• They could put in the HHS budget provisions killing the death panel (Medicare Payment Advisory Board) and the excise tax on medical devices.
• They can include language Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has gotten in the current budget banning enforcement of the Small Arms Limitation agreement signed by the US at the urging of the UN.
By this “small ball” strategy of using the budget to effect important but limited modifications in Obama’s policies, we can bring the Obama power grab to a screeching halt.
A Republican Senate can also block the confirmation of partisan liberal Democratic judges, using their power either to bargain for better selections or to keep the post vacant until a Republican president takes over. Similarly, they can use their confirmation power to block overly partisan appointments to federal regulatory boards or executive branch agencies.
Having jammed through the elimination of the 60 vote requirement for confirmations, the Democrats will now be shot with their own bullet and be unable to block Republican sway over nominations and confirmations. Turnabout is fair play.
Finally, the Republican Senate should bring to the floor and reject all executive branch power grab treaties Obama and others have signed. These treaties, failing Senate disapproval, remain in effect as a result of the presidential signature under the Vienna Convention.
The treaties we must kill are:
• The Law of the Sea Treaty.
• The Small Arms Trade Treaty.
• The International Criminal Court Treaty.
• The Code of Conduct in Outer Space.
• The Rights of the Disabled Treaty.
• And any Global Climate Change treaty the Administration negotiates.
Some of these treaties are bad ideas. Others, like the Disability Treaty, are not objectionable except that they usurp American jurisdiction and take away our right to legislate for ourselves in this area.
Control of the Senate can make a vast difference. Let’s hope Republicans get it and turn out in large numbers to bring it about.
Dick Morris’s list includes changes Tea Party Libertarian voters wish for. The question is:
Why are Libertarians and other third-party voters too dumb to realize they should vote Republican in order to help bring these changes about?