The Southern Avenger hit it on the head here.  These sentiments are shared by many of us liberty and freedom loving Americans. These deranged, slimy, multi-tentacled creatures will hopefully be purged from the GOP (or any political party for that matter), but I’m afraid that they will fight to retain power. I say they take the GOP down in flames, and try to dilute the Tea Party activists’ influence and support.

The Tea Parties will succeed nationally as a result of the Neo-Con’s hijacking of the GOP. That is, as long as we can keep them from hijacking the Tea Party Movement.

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One of the most disturbing developments that has arisen out of the health care debate is how everyone appears to be on-board with the idea that insurance companies must now cover anyone with a pre-existing condition. What is being downplayed, or forgotten, is the fact that all citizens must be forced into purchasing health insurance if we require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. These two choices are not mutually exclusive. You simply can’t have one without the other and maintain a viable insurance system.

So, what’s the problem you ask? Well, aside from the obvious financial issues, requiring every U.S. citizen to purchase health insurance, or anything else for that matter, is unconstitutional on it’s face. The argument that everyone must carry liability insurance on their vehicles doesn’t hold water. I have a choice as to whether or not I choose to purchase a vehicle.  Many choose not to own a vehicle and those people are not required to carry insurance. This is the key difference. No one will have any choice in the matter of health insurance. All citizens would be required to purchase health insurance or have the I.R.S. come after their property, or worse yet, toss them in prison.

Where are the so called “conservatives” on this issue? Well, most of the GOP are on-board with these mandates, although they don’t use those words. They simply parrot the “cover pre-existing conditions” mantra while ignoring the other side of the equation, individual mandates.

If you want to understand why independents, libertarians and conservatives are running away from the GOP, look no further than this single pivot point in the health care debate. Those who still believe in liberty, freedom and personal responsibility are outraged by the idea of individual mandates. We see these mandates for what they really are, an attempt to control every aspect of our lives. It can be argued that every action we take can affect one’s heath and armed with these arguments, those who seek control will have a huge stick with which to force the citizenry into conformity, so as to benefit the collective.

I would suggest that before anyone jumps on the “pre-existing conditions”  bandwagon, they consider the other side of the equation, which is individual mandates. Consider carefully what this actually means to your liberty and your freedom. Take a close look at all politicians who are supporting these mandates, especially those holding themselves up as conservatives.

The neocons are still on the march.

Further reading on individual mandates can be found here.

Progressives and necons combined to shoot down Amendment 1618 to Senate bill 1390.

To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State.  Amdt. 1618

The legislation was narrowly defeated, falling 2 votes short of the 60 votes needed to pass the amendment. Of note were the 2 Republicans who were directly responsible for the failure to pass this amendment.

Dick Lugar (R-Ill)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

The Neocons march on.

Evidence of the struggle between true conservatives and neocons in the GOP has never been more apparent than it is right now.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently announced he would seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Mel Martinez. Christ, who advocates big government, supported Obama’s “stimulus”, the TARP bailouts and routinely gets behind McCain and crew’s progressive legislation, was immediately endorsed by the National Republican party.

Does this give true conservatives any confidence the GOP is really moving back to principled positions on which the party was founded, or does it appear to be business as usual for the Republicans?

It’s refreshing to see that Jim DeMint isn’t on the same page as the GOP elite. He’s backing a much better candidate in the eyes of true conservatives, Marco Rubio.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) isn’t just backing Florida Republican Marco Rubio to rally the conservative base. He’s convinced the upstart can actually win.

“He can win, should win, and will help lead our party out of the void into the waiting arms of America,” DeMint said at an outdoor Tuesday afternoon news conference near the Senate.

But DeMint’s support of Rubio over establishment pick Charlie Crist, the governor of Florida, was a direct jab at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has chosen to back a moderate,  yet potentially more electable, Republican in Crist.

The Florida primary is already being cast as test case of whether GOP voters in a critical swing state will go with someone with statewide name recognition and a moderate record, or tack to the party’s conservative roots with a newcomer like Rubio. link

Another example of “progressive creep” that has infected the GOP is the Eight Republicans who voted for Waxman-Markey climate bill. They are…

Notice the neocons who actually voted for this flawed and misguided legislation are from “progressive” states. The same states which are currently teetering on bankruptcy.  I urge all of the constituents of these representatives to hold them accountable for their actions in the voting booth.

True conservatives must keep in mind is that neocons are actually moderate progressives who are masquerading as conservatives.

If there is any hope left for the GOP, or indeed for America, we need to move away from the progressive and destructive policies being promoted by our representatives and move back to the principles of liberty, freedom and self-reliance as set forth in the constitution.

If the Democrats or the GOP aren’t willing to do this, it may be time to look toward a 3rd political party. We can only hope it’s not too late for America.