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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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My new column is up over at TheNorthlandPost.com. They have added a way to comment on their website, feel free to join the discussion there.

I am often frustrated by the complete lack of understanding of American politics by the average American. So, I thought with this week’s column, I would delve into an examination of the American political spectrum.

Read the rest (and see my really cool graphic I created, too) by clicking here.

I came across this article, it is a must read if Republicans and conservatives who truly want to take back this country. If not, we can keep doing the stuff that isn’t working and losing elections.

First of all, we need to understand that popular culture trumps politics every time. Why? Simple: logic and rational arguments are not cool, they’re not fun, they’re not easy and they’re not inspirational. Pop culture on the other hand, is – by definition – all of these things. Pop culture is what we do every day. Pop culture influences what we say, what we think, what we watch, how we dress, what we eat, what we buy and how we act. Ultimately, pop culture is what defines us both as people and as Americans.

Right now, as pathetic as it may be, our front line in the culture war is the Tea Party movement. Unfortunately, these organizations and their events are about as far from “parties” as humanly possible. In fact, the whole thing is more like a tea funeral, actually. Sure, they were effective for a year or so as a way of galvanizing support and aggregating people who felt frustrated and alone, but in reality these groups – especially given they way they are currently run – are completely unsustainable. After all, there are only so many times you can stand there and watch the same twenty people screaming at a podium about the same twenty things for four or five hours at a time. Yes, they truly are funerals in every sense of the word – boring, dreary, draining, unappealing, exhausting and most of all – they are killing the conservative movement.

The same thing seems to be true of the RNC itself, as well as the vast array of non-profits organizations that are supposed to be helping us educate voters, grow our base and win elections. From what I’ve seen, they’ve failed miserably at all three. Not only have they failed, they’ve absolutely refused to do anything innovative, to change their thinking in any manner whatsoever or to make any attempt at all to leverage the power of popular culture. Now maybe I’m biased, because you see, the focus of my life is on using popular culture to get pro-American messages out to people. To fill a void in the entertainment industry. To show the world that American culture is alive and well, and that it’s okay to love your country, respect our troops and show some gratitude for all the things we so often take for granted as Americans.

The way I do this is through music. You might have heard of the band I manage – it’s called Madison Rising. We’re somewhat of an anomaly in the music industry, being a pro-American rock band and all. Turns out we’re not really very welcome in that environment. Fortunately though, that hasn’t stopped us from becoming a #1 best selling artist, spending 15 weeks on the top 100 list on the Amazon music charts this past summer and having over 3 million people already watch our rock rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on YouTube.

Read the rest here: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/how-short-sighted-leadership-has-sabotaged-conservative-pop-culture/