Challenging the Establishment
Written by Scott Cooper
December 3, 2011
The sad reality is, by the time the grassroots leaders that are studying and are rising up to bring our country back from the brink have turned this country around, most of the political leaders who led our country to the fiscal ruin we currently are in will have passed away from old age, likely having enjoyed luxurious retirements at the expense of taxpayers.
The political leaders of the last two decades have allowed pork-barrel, earmark laden bills to go through congress, knowing full well they were purchasing re-elections on borrowed money. While they would personally benefit greatly, others would be left to clean up the mess – likely after they retired or were gone from the earth.
Today, those who have been called to clean up the mess are getting educated. The grassroots leaders that are rising up now are like our founders, are sacrificing and risking everything to fight a system that is completely out of control.
In order to reclaim our system we will face fierce opposition from those who have been purchased through government largesse. That is a battle worth fighting, because ultimately I believe the American people will understand the gravity of the situation and will buy into doing whatever it takes to keep America strong. That is what makes America great – the American public always rises to the occasion to do the hard thing.
What distresses me, is not the battle ahead to convince normal American’s of our perilous situation. No, what creates great trepidation is the battle ahead that these newly rising grassroots leaders will face with establishment politicians who have for decades claimed to be conservative, yet bought into the earmark and pork laden legislation and fiscal irresponsibility that they should have fought against. Rather than leading on the fiscal issues that are causing this crisis, the played along to get along. Now they have been caught – and a storm is brewing against them. Like King George, they will fight to stay in power.
The war ahead to bring true conservatives to power will be long and hard. We certainly will not win every battle (election). However when we put up a great fight in the first skirmish (primary/convention), it will yield results none the less, for it will create an elected official who will be more cautious as he/she votes, for they now know we are watching. Yes – we are watching like hawks, and we will be back to fight the next skirmish (primary/convention) should you give us good cause.
Today, our battle is fought at the ballot box – and the skirmish must begin at the primary (or in Virginia, Convention). The key is to ensure we engage in the primary when the establishment politician does not rank at least a 90 % favorability rating on our conservative issues. For far too long our elected officials and career politicians have gone unchecked and unchallenged. Those days must cease, if we are to return to fiscal sanity.
We each must find those who have stepped up to challenge the career politician in a primary and lend them our support. This task of challenging someone in a primary is daunting, and those who are engaged in this process need the support of countless citizens – they cannot fight the battle alone.
If you are not yet engaged in this process yet – new recruits are needed. Enlist today!
In the end, like the American Patriots of the late 18th century eventually took power from the out of control government of their day, the Patriots of the early 21st century will also win back control from our out of control government, and the Republicans who abandoned conservative fiscal responsibility. There may be trepidation, and distress among those who are fighting this battle, but in the end we know we are on the right side of history, and with Providential help, we will prevail!