Yesterdays attempted power play by the GOP establishment is a stark reminder of how much work conservatives need to still do to gain the relevancy we deserve within our own ranks. Though I understand the Romney’s campaign desire to show a united front at the convention, they should achieve that unity by convincing people not by silencing them.
It is also a reminder of how the GOP throughout its history, has grabbed defeat from the clutches of victory. What kind of people look at 2010 election results and say to themselves, “What can we do to piss off our grassroots people”? It is as if 2010 didn’t even happen. Well it did and it is time for the GOP to understand that we are here and we are here to stay.
You see to the Republican Party, the Tea Party is truly a double-edged sword. We force them to campaign and vote farther to the right then many of them are comfortable doing. They know our movement, especially in the primary season, has great power in determining winners and losers. We have put the RINOS on notice and they hate that we hold them to a higher standard.
Of course the GOP also benefits from this arrangement because in return they get an absolutely motivated and mobilized force to help make the phones calls, knock on the doors, and of course write the checks. This relationship should be mutually beneficial but every once in a while, we must remind them not to take our movement for granted so lets review some of the achievements of our movement.
One just has to look at the 2010 mid-term elections to see what kind of difference we made. Not only did the GOP gain control of the House, they also won the majority of Governorships and took control of a majority of state legislative offices. Although there are many reasons for this GOP landslide, it is undeniable that the Tea Party movement was the main thrust behind the shift in power.
Now that we examined some of out successes on a macro level, let us explore it on a micro level using the country’s newest bastion of conservatism, Wisconsin, as our example.
Wisconsin, a state known for it cheese, its NFL team, and for its progressive politics, became ground zero in the fight for responsible government spending. Although the financial situation in Wisconsin was not as dire as some other states. it was going to get there if we didn’t change course. Governor Walker saw this and he proceeded to propose common sense conservative solutions to fix the problem. Of course the Left in the state went nuts and rest is history, but the real story about Wisconsin was not the crazy hippies protesting in Madison, it was the less boisterous but more determined conservatives who rose up to beat down a liberal challenge to responsible government.
In Wisconsin we did more than vote, we worked and worked hard. Phone banks were chock full with Tea Party activists. Roadside and overpass rallies became a weekly occurrence throughout the state. Some Patriots really stepped their games up and put together huge rally’s supporting the Governor. 3,000 people freezing their butts off in a park in January is an image that will forever be etched in the minds of Wisconsin conservatives. Another rally in Oshkosh brought out a 1,000 more people. Over 4,000 people in the middle of a corn field the weekend before the recall election is another image etched in my mind. These were not establishment GOP events, these were ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things because they saw it necessary to support good sound economic policies and principles.
So please I beg you GOP establishment do not screw this up. Your party is not perfect but it is the closest thing we have to our basic belief system. We are more than willing to bend a little in the name of fair compromise, but don’t ever take us for granted. Instead of attempting to silence us, you should try to inspire us even more. Think of the benefits of doing that.