Boehner’s Betrayal of the Tea Party

Today, House Speaker Boehner further marginalized Ron Paul.

Perhaps this confuses you since Ron Paul retired. He did indeed. But he had also endorsed candidates for Congress. While the liberal, establishment candidate Romney was defeated, these candidates won.

Thus, back on November 7, the New American reported that “The Ron Paul Revolution moves to Congress.” Here are a few pertinent quotations:

Justin Amash, a Michigan freshman congressman (3rd District), was reelected 58-39 percent over Democratic nominee Steve Pestka, who poured more than $1 million of his own into the campaign. Amash aligned most closely to Rep. Paul’s ideas and ideals over the past two years, and the 32-year-old congressman may hold the mantle as the titular head of the Ron Paul movement in Congress.”

“Congressman David Schweikert of Arizona’s 6th District won reelection 62-33 percent. Schweikert served on the House Money and Banking Subcommittee with Rep. Paul, where he became a key ally in seeking an audit of the Federal Reserve.”

“Congressman Walter Jones easily won reelection to North Carolina’s 3rd District, 63-37 percent over his Democratic opponent. Rep. Jones had become a key ally with Paul in opposition to the Iraq War and in favor of defending civil liberties in the so-called ‘war on terror.’”

One other pro-life Ron Paul Republican who won easily in November was Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

Boehner removed them from positions of influence:

“Speaker John A. Boehner initiated today a small purge of rebellious Republicans — mostly conservatives — from prominent committees; it’s the latest instance of the Ohio Republican’s clamping down on his fractious conference. The decisions were made by the GOP Steering Committee at a Monday meeting, which reviewed a spreadsheet listing each GOP lawmaker and how often he or she had voted with leadership, three sources said. Reps. David Schweikert of Arizona and Walter Jones of North Carolina were booted from the Financial Services Committee. Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were removed from the Budget Committee. According to a source, Schweikert was told that he was ousted in part because his ‘votes were not in lockstep with leadership.’”

So at the time when the Establishment Republicans have led the party from disaster to disaster, they are still pursuing the same course. They are doubling down on defeat rather than allow any real influence for “the Tea Party.” Worse, they are playing politics at a time when the nation has been brought to the brink by politicians who can’t understand that the debt pyramid we’ve constructed is about to come down.