What GOP Leadership Failure? They Got What They Wanted!

Complaining about GOP leadership failure misses the point; it was betrayal.


I can’t help but object somewhat to this Daily Signal headline: “‘A Strategy Doomed to Failure’: Conservatives Fault GOP Leadership After Homeland Security Funding Fight.”

Days after President Obama delivered his Nov. 20 speech outlining executive actions on immigration, conservatives pressed Republican leaders to wage a fight while the issue was fresh on the minds of voters.

Republicans had just made historic electoral gains in the House and taken control of the Senate. Meanwhile, seven Senate Democrats were on the record voicing concerns about Obama’s unilateral move.

But when lawmakers had the opportunity in early December to stymie Obama’s moves by withholding funding, they punted. Congress approved the so-called “CRomnibus,” which funded the federal government for the full fiscal year and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27.

“Come January, we’ll have a Republican House and a Republican Senate—and we’ll be in the stronger position to take actions,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a Dec. 4 press conference.

The strategy, proposed by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and embraced by Republican leadership, ultimately failed to undo Obama’s actions. This week, a majority of Republicans in the House (167 of 245) and Senate (31 of 54) opposed the Homeland Security bill, forcing GOP leaders to rely on Democrats to pass the measure.

Can it really be termed a “failure” when you planned to lose from the start?

It is beyond time to stop playing the game—the elite in both “parties” are hell-bent on tyranny, with them pulling the levers, no matter what letter they wear on their lapel.

In a very real way, immigrants—even illegal ones—are not the enemy of America. Our enemies are the diabolical minions of the Ivy League who have been schooled to think they are actually worthy and able to rule the world. Their views on economics and power are anti-American to the core.

It’s time to start sending citizen legislators to DC, and to break the monopoly. It’s time to stop playing a game where the rules are tilted against the People.

Yes, an Article V Convention of States is very likely part of the picture—to install things like term limits, a balanced-budget amendment, and a return to Constitutional Federalism and division of powers—but the real need is for Americans in general to wake up and realize the game being played.

It won’t be too much longer before these cretins have all the money and all the power, so we’d better make up our minds to quit playing by their “rules.”