Editor’s Note: In light of the ongoing debate over the allegedly ominous lessons of Jim Crow and voter suppression, I have uploaded “Jim Eagle” himself as our new banner. “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman wasn’t politically correct. He never backed down from a fight. Sadly, there aren’t any of his kind in Congress these days. They don’t come any tougher, meaner or ruthless than one-eyed “Pitchfork” Ben.
America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 16, 2021
The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.
Republicans believe in equal opportunity, freedom, and justice for all. We teach our children the values of tolerance, decency and moral courage. Racism, nativism, and anti-Semitism are evil. History teaches we all have an obligation to confront & reject such malicious hate.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) April 16, 2021
It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago. This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace.— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 13, 2021
The idea that white people are the only humans on Earth who aren’t allow to be proud of their identity and history is nonsense and totally indefensible on every level. It’s also incredibly racist. Yet another insane double standard that we’re supposed to accept without argument.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 17, 2021
This story is the perfect encapsulation of my take on the GOP.
“WASHINGTON—A group of House Republicans scrapped plans to establish a caucus highlighting respect for Anglo-Saxon political traditions after meeting widespread resistance, according to a House GOP aide.
The effort, led by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.), fizzled after sparking pushback from GOP leaders. A spokesman for Mrs. Greene declined to comment on the development Saturday.
The backlash began Friday afternoon after Punchbowl News, a digital news outlet, posted a document from a group called the America First Caucus, which the outlet said was linked to Mrs. Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.). The group hasn’t filed paperwork with the House Administration Committee to become an official caucus, a House GOP aide said. …”
“(CNN) Conservative Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is scrapping the planned launch of her “America First” caucus after receiving blowback from leaders in her own party, despite confirming through a spokesperson on Friday that the caucus would launch.
Nick Dyer, Greene’s spokesperson, told CNN in an email on Saturday afternoon the Georgia Republican is not “launching anything.”
“The Congresswoman wants to make clear that she is not launching anything. This was an early planning proposal and nothing was agreed to or approved,” he said in an email to CNN, referring to a flier promoting the caucus, obtained by Punchbowl News, that used inflammatory rhetoric. …”
“Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said GOP lawmakers who plan on joining the “America First Caucus” should be removed from their committee assignments.
A document about the America First Caucus described it as championing “Anglo-Saxon political traditions” and warning that mass immigration was putting the “unique identity” of the U.S. at risk. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the paper, which was first reported by Punchbowl News, which covers Capitol Hill.
“I believe anyone that joins this caucus should have their committees stripped, and the Republican conference should expel them from conference participation,” Kinzinger tweeted Friday. “While we can’t prevent someone from calling themselves Republican, we can loudly say they don’t belong to us.” …”
It is important to draw a distinction here.
There was a strong “backlash” to the idea of creating an “America First” caucus. The backlash also came from the weak, pathetic, spineless, politically correct Republican establishment which represents the disaffected rump that is the 15% of Republican voters who live in the wealthy suburbs. It undoubtedly also came from the ranks of the out of touch donor class and the usual party hacks.
The “backlash” did not come from the 85% of Republican voters or the large number of Independents who have no problem whatsoever with “nativism” and whose grievance is that the Republican establishment has presided over 50 years of mass legal and illegal immigration from Third World countries. These people clearly don’t share the same concerns about “racism” and “nativism” and “white supremacy” and all the other -isms and -phobias that scare the hell out of politicians like Kevin McCarthy.
It is important to distinguish between Republican voters who clearly want one thing which is for their incompetent leaders to stand up for them and represent their interests and the Republican leadership which is tone policed by the media with sob stories about how virtually everything is “white supremacy” and which is wedded to a hidebound agenda that has been repeatedly rejected by the voters. The people are unquestionably on our side while the Republican leadership is against us.
The actual “backlash” from voters has been against people like Liz Cheney and Ben Sasse and Adam Kinzinger. These people are leaders in search of a constituency. There was no large constituency within the Republican Party for impeaching Trump or open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens or submitting to shitlib “journalists” or $600 stimulus checks or staying in Afghanistan forever. The voters plainly do not want any of these things. The voters consistently say in the polls that they do not like their own leaders like Mitch McConnell. The voters are sick and tired of their leaders being such gutless wimps.
So, what do you do in this situation?
Do you vote for weak politicians who aren’t going to represent your interests? Do you give up and conclude all is lost? Do you try to replace the politicians with stronger leadership?
Republican voters are largely on our side in this. Republican leaders are weak men who are wedded to an obsolete and unpopular policy agenda. Republican voters want champions to fight and break these stupid cultural taboos. Republican leaders puss out and always retreat except when fighting for unpopular things that no one wants like staying in Afghanistan forever or a corporate tax cut for Wall Street. The bottom line here is that the leadership is not representing the voters or pushing to advance their interests.
Ultimately, we are voting for representation and strong leadership, but these neutered politicians are lacking in that department. Someone gets in their ear and tells them stupid things like the voters who are supposed to be representing are offended by “nativism” or “Anglo-Saxon” or being White or that they are opposed to our “precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan” when all the evidence suggests otherwise. No one likes Liz Cheney even in Wyoming where she is heckled by her own constituents.
This is why I have an increasingly positive take of Republican voters while still having a strongly negative take on the Republican Party. It seems weird and confuses people, but it is clearly an important distinction. I am currently in the position of following all of this from the sidelines.