Before Andrew Jackson won the presidency in 1828, a “King Caucus” of congressional leaders on Capitol Hill chose party nominees in a tidy, insular way as a tidy, insular National Bank directed national economic affairs for the benefit of wealthy cronies. Having won the popular vote in 1824 only to lose in the Electoral College thanks to the political maneuverings of his King Caucus member opponent Henry Clay, Jackson campaigned relentlessly for expansion of the voting franchise. Turnout rose from 27% in 1824 to 57% in 1828, thus ushering in an Old Hickory to beat down the elites in D.C., so that We the People’s voice could be heard and acted upon to expand our liberty-fueled pursuits of happiness.
Before Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009, citizens of the United States hadn’t been subject to a King as Chief Executive since the Battle of Yorktown vanquished the realm of King George III in 1781 in the Thirteen Colonies. Then came illegal deep water oil drilling moratoriums, amendments to Obamacare via executive fiat, a war on coal via illegal EPA regulation promulgation and Dream Acts of illegal amnesty via gross illegal usurpation of legislative power.
Twice, tea partier conservative and other Americans returned Republicans to power in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to stop Obamacare, Obamanomics and, in short, Obama Democrats’ policies that have chased millions of workers, small businesses and good paying jobs out of the work force while delivering a boom to their Wall Street cronies. Voters expected Speaker John Boehner’s House since 2010 and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate since last November’s 2014 mid-term election to at least stop funding and otherwise enabling Obama’s illegal and failed policies.
Yet, even before the newly elected Republicans could be sworn in, Boehner and McConnell formed a Lame Duck Caucus with King Obama to sell out the first 10 months of the New all-GOP Congress with a Cromnibus budget funding Obamacare, the political IRS, failed VA, job-killing EPA, albeit with a promise to “oppose” amnesty. Then, after being sworn, they kill a popular anti-late-term abortion bill to protect murder victims in the womb from pain after the 20th week of gestation and float a gas tax-hike trial balloon..
Betrayals since 2010 continue to mount, no matter how many historic landslides tea partiers deliver to the GOP. Whether this is because Boehner and McConnell still fear government shutdown-blame more than Jews ever feared Hitler or because they secretly favor Big Government and amnesty for cheap foreign labor, matters not.
Liberal Democrats will never be part of the solution to the problems that their policies have wrought. Nor will timid Republicans, but at least the latter can be whipped into voting the right way. But they won’t be so whipped by any Senate or House version.
No, the only way even a GOP-controlled Congress gets whipped into halting the march of totalitarian socialist policies, much less into repealing such laws and to advance policies that liberate Americans, will be after a hickory stick-whipping by one conservative Republican man or woman with courage in the White House, in the tradition of Andrew Jackson.
Hopefully a Rubio, Walker, Jindal, Cruz, Martinez, Haley or Pence can be that hickory-wielding man or woman in 2017. Until then, prepare for the worst.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson