The truth about the GOP establishment as told by a former Congressman


From:,  by Tom Tancredo,  on Oct 30, 2015,  see the article HERE.

Tom Tancredo

In a panel discussion at the University of Colorado after the recent Republican debate, I was asked by a student why she should be a Republican. The question forced me to ask myself the same thing.

I gave the young woman the standard talking points–that Republicans believe in smaller government, individual rights, fiscal responsibility, and free enterprise. But as I drove home, her question–and my inability to respond with any level of real conviction–got me thinking: Does the Republican Party leadership fight for these values and principles today?

After much thought, I reluctantly concluded that the answer is “no.” The proudly socialist Democrats are full of passionate intensity, while the Republican leadership is full of pathetic excuses. After this week’s House GOP “budget deal,” which betrays nearly every promise made to grassroots conservatives since 2010, I have decided it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party.

This decision has been incubating over the past 17 years, years of watching the downward spiral of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan into the Party of Democrat Lite.

  • As a Member of Congress for ten years (1998-2008), I was subjected to threats and pressures from the Congressional Leadership and President George W. Bush to support the creation of an expensive Medicare prescription drug program–even though creating a new government spending program financed by massive debt flies in the face of the Republican Party’s core principles.
  • Our most powerful and influential “leaders” were shoving this down our throats in a crass political effort to use taxpayer money to buy the votes of senior citizens–particularly in the state of Florida in the next presidential election.
  • I was incredulous about the fact that the most intense lobbying I had ever seen undertaken by our “leadership” was not an effort to limit government or the dollars it spends; it was to do just the opposite.
  • That incident came just months after I was told by President Bush’s top political operative, Karl Rove, “never to darken the door of the White House again” because of my criticism of the administration’s dangerously lax immigration policies in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement.

I was repeatedly pulled into the office of the then-Majority Leader, Tom DeLay, and threatened with dire consequences if I continued to speak out publicly for common-sense immigration policies and true border security – particularly if I was doing so in the districts of other Republican Members of Congress.

For most of those years after 2000, we had a Republican President and a Republican-controlled Congress, but the conservative agenda was largely ridiculed and abandoned.

Across America, in every state, countless hardworking Americans have taken time away from their families and their jobs to volunteer on political campaigns– knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to neighbors – all to support the effort to beat back the Obama agenda.  In 2010, that grassroots effort resulted in the Republican takeover in the House.  In 2014, it resulted in Republicans sweeping to power in the U.S. Senate – and the largest House majority since Herbert Hoover was President.

Yet, despite these historic gains, nothing changed. The GOP neither advanced a conservative agenda nor checked the radical “transformative” agenda of Barack Obama. We got condescending lip service, and nothing more.

  • Promises have been broken and principles abandoned, while millions of American families watched their dreams slip further and further out of reach.
  • Republican congressional leaders maneuvered to deliver votes to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty order, and more recently, his unprecedented job-killing EPA rules.
  • They have voted twice in four years to violate the very modest, bipartisan caps on spending put in place with the laughably-named “Budget Control Act” in 2011 — and now have abandoned the caps completely.
  • They have voted to continue funding what is essentially a $500 million macabre earmark for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
  • They have voted to fund Obamacare, and despite promises, have never passed a complete repeal of the PPACA.
  • No one has been held accountable for the outrageous IRS and VA scandals.
  • And now, as icing on the poisoned cake, House Republicans have elected a Speaker who was not asked to renounce his commitment to open borders and amnesty, policies which will betray the values of 75% of the party and give Democrats a permanent electoral majority within a decade.

Even in foreign policy the Republican Party leadership has deceived those who elected them by engineering passage of the pathetic Corker/Cardin amendment – which greased the skids for President Obama’s flawed Iran deal to clear Congress without having to meet 67 vote threshold for ratification that the constitution requires for binding international treaties. No one will be surprised if they do the same thing with the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • Republicans are repeatedly asked to capitulate today in exchange for better options tomorrow.
  • After the next election, after we win one more office or a few more seats – then, after that next election conservative reforms will be considered.
  • Somehow, that brighter tomorrow never comes.

But times have changed. In 2010, the Republican rank and file stopped drinking the Kool Aid and started demanding accountability. And demanding results. The conservative electorate that elected Republican majorities is tired of capitulation.

The conservative majority in the Republican Party wants leaders who will stand and fight, leaders who will be as passionate about advancing an American agenda as President Obama and the Left are at advancing the global socialist agenda.

  • Grassroots Republicans want Republican leaders who are as assertive and consistent in pushing a policy agenda as Senator Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was when Democrats controlled the Senate. They should use tools like Budget Reconciliation aggressively, adding conditions to spending bills and legislative initiatives that the White House wants.
  • That hardball approach is the only way to deal with an imperial President and make good on the many promises that Republican politicians have made to Americans.

Sadly, it has become obvious that the Republican establishment simply has no intention of ever fulfilling promises made in platforms and campaign speeches. To their mind, there are elections, and then there is “governing,” and governing to them means not messing with a gargantuan government on autopilot.

  • The Republican establishment does not want to control spending.
  • It does not want to secure the borders or enforce immigration laws.
  • It does not care about American sovereignty.
  • It has no interest in ending the unaccountable and corrupt culture that has become a hallmark of official Washington.

By insulting the grassroots, the GOP leadership has set upon a suicide mission. The problem is that failed leadership is allowing Obama to destroy the Constitution and take the whole country down the drain. Well, count me out.

The Boehner budget deal is the last straw, and enough is enough. I cannot any longer defend this transparently dishonest charade called the Republican Party.

What I will do instead is join the largest political group in the nation, unaffiliated Independents. In Colorado, they outnumber both “major” political parties.

The next day I will begin working my tail off for the next twelve months to organize Independents to help elect Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as President of the United States. Cruz is the only candidate who both understands the left’s agenda and has demonstrated the courage to fight for our liberties, our sovereignty, and the survival of constitutional government.


Those of us who have been “munging” (H/T Mrs. AL) about whether we conservatives would be better off forming a new party or trying to rehabilitate the Republican Party from the inside have to be encouraged by the recent turn of events. Maybe I’m just being overly optimistic, but aren’t we seeing the establishment core of the Republican Party beginning to self-destruct? Their hand-picked candidate (Jeb) is on very thin ice and the buzz is that his campaign is disintegrating. With the exception of Marco Rubio, the other leading candidates are distinctly anti-establishment – and that includes Ted Cruz.

The talking heads and pundits all across the Internet are abuzz about the rebellion of the Republican base and the poll numbers for Donald Trump and Ben Carson graphically illustrates that displeasure. And, as if the base wasn’t already enraged enough, we’ve just seen the 144-page budget deal that was written late Monday, pass the Senate at 3 a.m. Friday morning, meaning it was sped through in less than 100 hours – and passed in the dead of night. That works out to more than $1 billion in new spending for every hour the bill was available, or some $558 million a page. It gave Obama exactly what he wanted. It was a great example of teamwork … by Boehner, McConnell, and Obama.

And the establishment is surprised that the “natives are (finally) on the warpath?”



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14 Responses to The truth about the GOP establishment as told by a former Congressman

  1. Hardnox says:

    Your commentary is spot on Garnet. Unfortunately the establishment is tone deaf. Fortunately the base isn’t stupid like the GOPe thinks they are.

    The establishment is scared. They got Trump to sign the pledge that he wouldn’t run 3rd party. Trump isn’t stupid enough to do it since it would secure a Dim win.

    That said, a 3rd party is a fool’s errand because since the 1992 challenge by Perot that got BJ Clinton elected (or maybe a Perot presidency had people voted their conscience), subsequently the Rs and Ds banded together and made a third party run virtually impossible in all 58 states.

    The only way a viable third party could be created is if enough legislators, governors all agreed to leave their parties simultaneoulsy. It is doubtful since special interests have such a strong hold on politicians.

    The only answer is to reform the GOP from within and it looks very much like that very thing is happening right now…. finally.

    Kudos to Trump, Cruz, Carson, and many other conservatives for making that happen.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I’ll second your kudos to those guys! And since I know that you have ample time on your hands with little to do in your palatial homestead, you might take a hour and a half to watch the video that Salty sent around earlier – it is worth the time. It is Ted Cruz telling “how the cow ate the cabbage.” Here it is:

      For anyone interested in watching Ted Cruz crucify the establishment Republican leadership, it is poetry at the podium.

  2. I.R. Wayright says:

    If you are an independent in PA, you will not be able to vote in the primaries. That is the only reason I keep my voter registration in the R column.
    I hope that the “reformation” of the GOP is successful because if it isn’t, the other path could get messy.

    • BrianR says:

      The flip side of that issue is that here in Commiefornia, as an Independent I can vote in whichever primary I choose.

      • Garnet92 says:

        Well, I knew there must be some reason that you’re still in CA, Brian – that along with the sun, sand, beaches, mountains, and hot chicks. After that, the rest pretty much sucks.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I think that we all feel that way I.R. For what it’s worth, I do believe that the reformation has begun – we need to make sure that it runs its course until the GOPe forces are beaten down.

  3. Kathy says:

    It’s good to see Tancredo stand by his principles – so few actually do that. Sure, he’s got a nice nest egg, but he’s enough of a conservative to see the sludge in DC isn’t going to change and he got the heck out of Dodge. He can probably do more to fire up the natives from his position now than when he was a rep.

    This is another piece the masses need to read.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Yep, Tancredo is a pretty solid conservative – especially in the area of immigration. I’m glad he’s hitching his wagon to Ted Cruz, together they should be a formidable team.

  4. vonMesser says:

    We do need a revolution. Either a quiet one (I hope and pray) in the next 2-5 years or a very noisy one in about 15 years.

    • Garnet92 says:

      As on OLD geezer, I hope I’m around for the quiet revolution – pretty sure I won’t be for the noisy one. My son and daughter and my grandkids deserve better than what we have now.

  5. tannngl says:

    All politics is truly local. I hope Tancredo does work hard in his locality to unseat the Republican elites. My PA county has turned red in the last election and we are conservatives working to get conservatives to run for these local jobs. We got a communist governor but not by the vote of our county. Much of local politics has to do with party committee work and rebelling against even the state Republicans.

    So happy to hear this from Tancredo. Years ago I thought he would have made an excellent president.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Agree tannngl, Tancredo is one of the good ones. I’m glad that he wrote this piece. Maybe it will shock a few more folks into realizing the the establishment wing of the party is like a welfare queen – they take and take and take and produce nothing. At least nothing of value for the country, only for themselves and their cronies.

  6. CW says:

    Great post, Garnet. Tom Tancredo has been one of the most steadfast voices against illegal immigration and he’s a true patriot and conservative. I hope other patriots and conservatives join him in abandoning the Republican Party.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Thanks CW, he is indeed a reliable good guy. We just don’t have enough like him. I’m glad that he’s throwing in with Ted Cruz – hopefully, he’ll bring a few Tancredo supporters with him.