The political candidate rule-of-thumb for one of America’s greatest conservative minds, William F. Buckley, was simple and direct: "Select the most conservative person… who can win."
The Republican Party’s slice of the Democrat Party-controlled Beltway Establishment pie has for some time now been engaged in covert hostilities against certain political candidates deemed threatening and gaining support back home. That’s right… ruling class Republicans are opposing the wishes of the very people who hired them.
The establishment strategists of this world such as Karl Rove and James Carville have shown us that when you control the party purse strings and the message, you control a candidate’s fate. It’s common sense, really. The DC elites are driven by the urge to retain a privileged life and ensure the survival of the political status quo. In other words, "We will not allow anyone to rock the boat."
Not even their constituents. Think not? Imagine yourself as a moderate member of the Senate Republican minority. True, you can’t control any of the Senate’s machinations or deliberations. You also have no leadership capacity in any of its powerful committees. But by going along to get along — accommodating the orders of Democrats who wield the real power, you still retain all of the perks and trappings that stem from being a Senator — especially those of the minority leadership. You know, McConnell, McCain, Graham, et. al. who get all of the TV face time and national notoriety.
Folks, these people have been in the ruling class for years, many for decades, and there is no way on the Lord’s green earth that they will voluntarily give it up until their glass is full. The people’s will? Bah. A victory to them is when the Democrats want taxes raised $5 billion, they accommodate with a "compromise" of $3 billion rather than flatly oppose it like they told their voters they would. Obamacare is a disaster? "Well, yes it is, but maybe we can ‘tweak’ it and make it a little better." No! No! No! Get rid of it!
I used the Senate but could interchange the House of Representatives. Both houses and parties each have their own political operatives, media contacts, hoards of cash, and donor lists. This means that any conservative, constitutionalist, or Tea Party candidate who dares challenge one of the ruling establishment in a primary election must be ready for battle. They must defeat enemies from within their own party before they can even think of their leftist opponents in the general elections.
We didn’t always have a self-perpetuating ruling class. It wasn’t always this way. In fact, of our 44 presidents, the greatest of them all actually warned us of this very issue as he was leaving office, amongst other things. In 1796, as the entire nation begged President George Washington to remain for a third term as our fledgling republic’s leader, he politely demurred as was his wont and instead explained himself in what we know as Washington’s Farewell Address. (Washington never actually delivered it as a speech. By his own arrangement it first appeared in a newspaper at Philadelphia. It was published a week later for the nation in The Independent Chronicle.)
Describing the farewell address in his book on the life of Washington, Henry Cabot Lodge wrote “…no man ever left a nobler political testament.” It is lengthy, but he was speaking from his heart to his fellow citizens. If you have never read it you should — he was as prescient as he was intelligent. Here are a few of the highlights:
from… George Washington’s Farewell Address
To the People of the United States
Published in The Independent Chronicle — September 26, 1796
Extols the benefits of a limited federal government. “The unity of government…is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence…of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize.”
Warns against the political party system. “It serves to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration….agitates the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one….against another….it opens the door to foreign influence and corruption…thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”
Stresses the importance of religion and morality. “Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?”
On stable public credit. “…cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible…avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt….it is essential that you…bear in mind, that towards the payments of debts there must be Revenue, that to have Revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised, which are not…inconvenient and unpleasant…”
Warns against permanent foreign alliances. “It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world…”
On an over-powerful military establishment. “…avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments, which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.”
Amazing. Everything George Washington warned us about has come to pass. It should be painfully evident to you, dear reader, that our nation’s ruling class elitists never took America’s greatest president to heart. Sadly, the establishment fat cats in both parties simply don’t like we the people or our clamor for liberty. To them, we are simply a work in progress and they believe they have all the time in the world to wear us down.
That will never happen.
God Preserve the United States of America.