The Establishment GOP is the French Army of American politics, throwing up their hands in surrender at the first hint of opposition.
We’ve all heard the jokes. Why did the French plant so many trees along the Champs Elysees? So the Germans could march in the shade.
What’s the shortest book in the world? The Compendium of French Military Victories. It’s two covers with one blank page in the middle.
Ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine: “Great deal on French military surplus rifles! Never fired! Only thrown down once!”
Their Commander-In-Chief is John Boehner, the Neville Chamberlain (to mix metaphors, as Chamberlain was British) who engineered the “Peace in our time” accommodation of Hitler’s invasion of the Sudetenland preceding the full breakout of World War 2; just like Boehner is constantly seeking some “compromise” from Harry Reid and Obama that they’ve clearly said they’re not willing to negotiate.
It’s always easier to snipe at your own side who thinks that actual principles are actually worth fighting for – as Boehner et al have done to the conservatives and Tea Party people such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Michelle Bachman and others – and Chamberlain and his ilk did to Winston Churchill, than to FORCE the other side to actually yield on issues. FORCE might make you actually have to take a stand and DO something. Heaven forbid.
The only difference between the French Army and the Brits was that ultimately the Brits wised up, dumped Chamberlain and made Churchill their wartime leader, while the French just continued to… lose.
Kind of like what the GOP is doing now, in this current conflict between the GOP and the Democrats over Obamacare.
I’m sure you’ve heard about it. It’s been in the news lately.
The Dem/socialists have been calling us conservative/Tea Party types “terrorists… holding the country hostage… ready to ‘blow up’ the economy… subversive… economic bomb-throwers…” and etcetera, ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
Of course, the Establishment GOP rushed to our defense.
Oh, wait! They didn’t! According to them, we’re “whacko-birds… the fringe… rightist extremists… nuts… extremists…” and other assorted and sundry “loons”.
And THESE are the guys we’re supposed to vote for to advance and defend the principles in which we believe? Further, after all of that kind of “support”, they wonder why we’re not just RUNNING down to the polls to vote for them?
The Establishment GOP isn’t just stuck on stupid. They’re super-glued in place.
Every time Harry Reid or Obama make a threatening noise – “We’re not going to negotiate because the GOP is holding the country hostage”, or some such lunacy – the Establishment GOP hacks quake in their boots and look for the nearest exit, worried like hell about what the New York Times or some other leftist rag is going to write about them. Why is that? No matter what they do, those fishwraps aren’t going to give them good press. So why even worry? If you’re going to be condemned, how about being condemned for actually standing up for the principles you profess to represent?
Damn! What a concept!
But it sure as hell worked for Ronald Reagan. (And, incidentally, NOT for any of the subsequent GOP nominees who all tried to falsely claim the mantle of Reagan. They couldn’t even talk the talk, let alone walk the walk)
If the American Revolutionaries were made up of people like these gutless wonders, we’d all be pledging allegiance to the Queen of England and paying a tea tax.
It’s time for some MAJOR changes in that sorry excuse for an opposition party. As far as I’m concerned, their symbol should no longer be an elephant, a noble and grand animal. It should be some wimp hiding behind a bush waving a white flag.
Pathetic and disgusting.
© Brian Baker 2013
Update 1 October 2013: Credit where credit is due, the House GOP stood firm today, allowing the government to go into shutdown mode. Good for them.
The question now becomes: will they have the nerve to stand firm? Or will they once again break out the white flag once the heat gets turned up? Even MORE importantly, will they have the brains to turn the heat to where it belongs, at Obama and Reid?
Only time will tell. Stay tuned.
Update 16 October 2013: As usual and as expected, the GOP folded like a cheap suit, surrendering in ignominy to the Democrats.
What a shock, I’m sure.