Well, I’ve always like King …… not the idiot from NY, but, the one from Iowa, and he reminded me of something I’ve been meaning to write.
Readers here know I don’t like Trump. I’m a Cruz fan. There are huge distinctions between the two. But, they both have a commonality. And, from this commonality, I believe the nation owes them a debt of gratitude.
Here’s what King had to say …….
Congressman Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on Breitbart News Daily Tuesday morning to support Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in today’s crucial primary elections and to warn that the GOP Establishment is determined to punish Trump and Cruz supporters, and they could even tacitly get behind Hillary Clinton as someone “they can do business with” if Cruz or Trump wins the nomination.
Breitbart News Daily host Stephen K. Bannon noted the nearly complete blackout on Cruz news in this final leg of the primary season, with the exception of Breitbart News and a few other conservative sources, and asked King why the Republican Party seemed so determined to starve Cruz of media oxygen at a crucial moment — not to mention their stated determination to fight Trump or Cruz all the way to the convention, no matter how they fare in the primaries.
“We’re going to have something like 70 percent of the vote that comes in here today, and they’re going to be anti-Establishment votes,” King noted, describing the 2016 primary as a “revolt against the Establishment in the Republican Party.”
He said he’s felt the wrath of the Establishment himself, despite striving to give them everything they claim to desire in conservative policies, such as low taxation and regulatory relief.
The problem, said King, is that he gives them more than they really want, such as “pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Constitution, pro-real free enterprise, and an American culture and civilization that pulls itself up by its bootstraps, and grows its GDP on a per-capita basis average.”
Ironically, the Establishment’s political and policy failures leave it on the precipice of making a choice between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, who are likely to be the only candidates left standing after the next two big primary days. “They’re gonna be thinking: lesser of two evils, what shall we do?” King chuckled.
Unfortunately, as he went on to note, it was no laughing matter that “they may decide they can do business with Hillary, and they might take their big bucks and go home.” He thought some Establishment figures and their supporters might actively support Clinton against their own party’s nominee, if it turned out to be Trump or Cruz.
“I say that because I’m watching them throw a tantrum right now in Iowa, and they have put, I will say, millions of dollars on the table to recruit a primary opponent against me, because they are sore losers in the Iowa caucus,” King explained. “When Cruz won the Iowa caucus, they decided, we’re going to teach Steve King a lesson.”
“Well, I don’t learn very easy,” King promised his Establishment adversaries. “There’s part of me that just says, let’s get it on.”
As Bannon noted, that’s just what Andrew Breitbart would have said. Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of Breitbart’s death, prompting King to reflect on his old friend’s legacy.
“I’m just watching how much impact the Breitbart networks have had, on our politics and our society. It’s a go-to place, and I know that Andrew’s up there, smiling down at you and everybody that’s part of the Breitbart team, and I consider myself to at least be part of the extended family of the Breitbart team,” he said.
There’s an audio recording at the link above.
Now, if there’s one thing we can gain from this is that it highlights the need for a 3rd party. While a “grassroots” campaign may win the nomination, and may even win the election, it won’t change the establishment party. If anything, Trump has demonstrated the viability of such an effort. BTW, Trump is going to win big, today. And, if Cruz has the second best showing, it will, indeed, present a dilemma for the establishment Republicans. Even Trump has noted the lack of support by the Republican party for Cruz, a sitting Republican senator. They don’t like him. Like King, he upsets the apple cart. But, I don’t believe this could be adequately demonstrated without the Trump candidacy. I think without Trump, Cruz would have probably easily won the nomination, but, I don’t believe it would have underscored the establishment’s utter scorn and contempt for the people they supposedly claim to represent.
The average Repub voter is mad as hell at the establishment, Repubs and otherwise. The more the establishment squeals, and cries, and frets, and babbles, the more they support Trump. I truly wished they would coalesce around an actual conservative with a proven track record of facing down the establishment, but, they haven’t. Still, while I disagree with the direction they’re taking, I certainly respect it, and I’m hopeful this is a first step towards making a real change in American politics.
For those who still believe we can change the Republican party, I would only note that history has demonstrated that we can’t. Look at what the jackwagons have done to the Reagan legacy. Now, I consider Reagan the greatest American president in my lifetime. Perhaps the greatest ever. But, immediately after Reagan, we got a Bush, who was prior to the Reagan presidency, a political insider in the beltway. (His dad was a two term senator representing Connecticut. ) George H had been in D.C. since 1966 before being elected vice president. Since Reagan, the establishment has demonstrated that they’re comfortable with losing to the Dims, as long as they retain power over the rank and file Repubs. Consider what we’ve gotten since Reagan ……… another Bush. That’s it. And, the direction they’ve taken the party and the nation?
Repubs, on several occasions held the majority in both the Senate and the House. And, yet, not once has the actual budget of the US govt been reduced. Remember the different cabinet positions eliminated? Nope, they all continue to enjoy continued funding. Instead, we have always had an ever expanding government and budget. Remember all of the red tape congress cut under Repub control? No? Weird, isn’t it?
We can’t change the establishment Republican people because they simply don’t believe in the same stuff we do. Our fights are not their fights, and their fights are not ours. And, it’s not going to change. It hasn’t in my lifetime, in spite of significant opportunities and prompting. It’s not going to change in the next generation, either.
So, Trump, and his supporters have given us a different opportunity. A gift. The gift of realizing you can make a difference. We can put people in charge who we want, and not someone we’re supposedly forced to accept. We don’t have to accept any of it. The will of the people can still be heard, and loudly. It can shudder the halls of Congress. It can force the beltway to recoil in fear!
So, they want to “teach” people like Rep King a lesson? They don’t like that people are backing Trump? They hate people like Cruz?
King said, “let’s get it on”. I’d say, come to papa! Bring it!
Regardless of how things turn out from now until the election, let’s not forget the voice the people gained. Let’s not forget how scared we made these usurpers! And, when they want to come after us ………. well, just tell them to “come to papa”!