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Guest post by John Sanderford

Is the Washington Establishment hurting conservative Republican efforts for a balanced budget?

Is the Washington Establishment so distorting the facts, that conservative Republican principles of fiscal and monetary responsibility and limited government can’t be effectively messaged?

Our country is spinning out of control. Our elected representatives just authorized another Trillion in debt without any plan for a balanced budget. The Washington Establishment shills literally paraded around this week complimenting each other and patting each other on the back in celebration of…one more nail in America’s coffin.

A few brave souls were willing to say “no” to Obamacare, “no” to debt ceiling increase, and “no” to a budget process gone wild. But how did things get so backward that those “Tea Party Terrorists” are now somehow the real problem with the GOP?

Monday, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, released a statement indicating he would surrender to all Obama and Reid terms to “reopen” the government and raise the debt ceiling in return for the “opportunity to negotiate”. By Wednesday it was apparent that Boehner would allow the House to surrender without a majority of Republicans in support.

Why were establishment Republicans willing to completely capitulate again? Why were establishment Republicans willing to legitimize the deceptive Democrat talking points about “default”? Simple. Establishment Republicans care more about polls and their future positions of power than they do about principles and America’s future. Surrender meant they could say that Cruz, Lee and the other Tea Party “terrorists” had failed. These radicals that cause all this “trouble” had accomplished nothing, except to make low information poll respondents, those same people believe the words of Obama, Reid and the liberal media, mad at the Republican Party.

Where was our GOP leadership when the American people needed to know the truth about the debt ceiling? The deception that the Washington Establishment relied upon was that if we failed to increase the authorization to go further in debt (i.e. raise the debt ceiling) we would then default. This is an intentional misrepresentation of the facts. In reality the Federal government has more than adequate cash flow and reserves to pay our debt obligations. What the Federal government doesn’t have is enough money to keep paying for everything for everybody. The government could have paid its debts, but would have had to cut something….the government could have reduced food stamps outlays, eliminated some corporate welfare, defunded the Arctic Commission, eliminated some waste, closed the Department of Education…I could go on and on for pages, but I hope you get the point. The problem is that the Washington Establishment has no intention of becoming fiscally responsible.

The close proximity of the shutdown and debt ceiling deadlines was the perfect storm, a tremendous chance for change. A lost opportunity. After all why do we need to borrow more money when the government is closed. And with it closed what a wonderful opportunity to look around and see what we don’t need to fund, or heck, identify what we don’t even miss. The House should have taken up the budgets for each Department, Agency, Commission, etc. Eliminating needless Departments like Education, and cutting the budgets of rouge Agencies like the EPA. Private businesses should have been offered the opportunity to bid on services that would allow us to consider replacing the FDA, FCC, SSA and the CYA!

But in the end…nothing was cut, no entitlement was reformed, no fraud was corrected, no waste was cured…NOTHING was fixed. Obamacare stumbles on, but at least the “troublemakers” have been so branded.

Thank goodness for those “troublemakers”! Without them the Washington Establishment would have just passed another CR and again increased the debt ceiling, all without any dissent. Yes, they were just doing their duty for good of the country!

Since the Washington Establishment wants us to believe their lies about how all this wrongheaded capitulation was all for our own good, they have no choice but to brand those that would have the audacity to protest against their repeated misrepresentations (George Will summarizes for them) as, “hostage-taking terroristic anarchistic jihadist suicide bombers.” I would call them patriots.

I would call Obama, Reid. Pelosi, McConnell, Boehner, and those that stand with them, something else.

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The pro-Islamic, befuddled, unfocused and now wanting NOT to be embarrassed Barack Hussein Obama’s actions in Syria are the picture of a failed foreign policy.  Our Commander-In-Chief proclaims a “red-line”, to at first ignore his red-line and then when it is crossed a second time to says he will attack militarily, to then only days later say he will seek Congressional approval (which he says he does not need) for a “limited and focused strike” that could be larger, all on a “red-line” that now according to Obama was really “international” and Congressional in nature in the first place.  In the end it was really everybody’s “red-line” but his, and the military action is still undefined in scope and objective.  A clown with an Obama face is as close to the reality of our current foreign policy as one can get.  In fact, I would suggest the actual rodeo clown probably has a better idea of what to do Syria than the current President of the United Sates.

Clarity, respect, consistency…the missing pillars of the Obamanation’s foreign policy!  As Obama’s foreign policy, if there ever really was one, begins to crumble, the only question is how many Republicans will jump on board the sinking ship.  To be fair American foreign policy in the Mideast has been flawed for decades.  The flaws are much more than…
We just can’t build nations with the blood and limbs of our young men and women…and a few hundred billion dollars. Both the Iraq and Afghanistan  experiments have been very costly failures.   Until the people of the Arab world are themselves able to reject both secular and Islamic authoritarianism then we don’t have a side to support because the current struggles are most often between an authoritarian government and Islamic radicals seeking to become the authoritarian government.  In a part of the world where democracy has never been practiced, we can’t impose it. There are no viable coalitions of freedom fighters for democracy to support.
We can’t empower people with liberty when we send billions of dollars to corrupt authoritarian governments.  Too often we support bad guys under the delusion that this is the best of two bad choices.  As a result of that misguided concept we too often don’t have any side we can support.  When we say we side with the “people” it is too often because we just switched sides.  That pretense might work with the American media if the President is a Democrat, but it rarely fools the “people” in the Mid-east.   Syria is a great example.  We (Pelosi, Clinton, Kerry, etc.) sought favor and influence with Assad, and now to oppose him the likely result is a radical Islamic regime that hates us even more than Assad did.  Even the freedom fighters in Syria that are not of the Jihadists ilk have never had a reason to believe in America.
 
We buy over priced weapons designed for wars we will likely never need to fight in Africa, Europe, the Mideast, South America, or North America…unless we start them.  The clamor and general consensus for a strong national defense can result in a counterproductive application of military weaponry in an offensive posture to support the folly of nation building or the unwise meddling in civil wars.  Each cruise missile is a “million dollar baby” sitting at the factory.  What of the real cost to actually fire one at a target? Guns are vital to the defense of freedom, but they can’t impose it.
If “eye-for-an-eye” was a functional foreign policy in the Mideast, then where are the results?  Radical Islam is like a cancer.  The status quo cures of “let’s shoot-up the joint” are NOT working.  Our missiles and drones create martyrs for Allah, and the Jihadists recruit more martyrs to send against us.  Thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars have not altered this scenario from New York to Bagdad to Boston.
Heal  thyself, and others can be healed.  We need to get our affairs in order…limited government, fiscal and monetary responsibility, not just “jobs” but opportunity, a real commitment to liberty, and less regulation of the individual.  America is moving rapidly to an authoritarian government by bureaucratic fiat.  Radical Islam can be turned back by power of truth and liberty….unfortunately Washington is currently a cesspool of failed policies, narcissism and deceit.
Thus we are told by our own despots that America, home of the brave, land of the free, is somehow left with only one option…to fire our missiles at some Syrian targets, and then proclaim we are in the right and have done our duty to protect the world from Assad.   The US Senate too often reminds one of the Roman Senate in its later years of a failing empire, but hopefully the House of Representatives will acknowledged that our policies in Syria are a disaster and we don’t have a workable “solution”.  No missile, not one or even one-thousand, can change these facts!
In any case, don’t let the proclaimed Syrian “crisis” make you take your eye off the real issues…Obamacare…the CR…the debt ceiling…Could it be our brave leaders in Washington are so worried about the political reality of domestic issues that an apparent world crisis sounds like a good alternative for the “leadership” to move forward in lock-step?  Heck no…surely I’m too jaded…they no doubt want what is best for American…not themselves.
Obama may have spoke on Tuesday night, but the reality of the situation will be unchanged.  Some 20th Century hawks may call for blood (because they think in a box), but the reality of the situation will be unchanged.  Why do we call someone an “expert” when their primary proficiency in a field, like foreign policy, is failure?
Part 2.  Senator F(rank)einstein goes to Hollywood.  Sen. Feinstein proclaimed that all we need for Congress and members of the public to gain a higher wisdom on why we must attack Syria is to simply produce a DVD of people dying from chemical weapons.  I’m not sure the 100,00 killed thus far in Syria by bleeding out from multiple gunshot wounds, or that where ripped apart by explosions, or that were crushed to death in the rubble of bombed-out buildings will be all that impressed by the DVD.  Nor will those killed by the missiles she wants to fire.  Remember, this is standard Democrat tactic.  The sad truth is that Democrats love starving or dead babies. In the eyes of the leftist even the most counterproductive and reprehensible policies can be justified by the suffering of children!   Is the only remaining rationale to save the President from “embarrassment” based in the emotion to be elicited from a horror DVD?