Since the election, many in the grassroots movement have been analyzing, questioning, crying, wondering, “what went wrong?” Messaging, poor voter turnout, voter fraud, have all been blamed for the results of another Obama term in the white house. While all of those things may have played a part, they are symptoms of a much bigger problem.
The establishment Republican Party has sabotaged the efforts of the grassroots, at every opportunity, over the last two years, and they aren’t even trying to hide it from you. During the national convention last summer, they changed the rules to eliminate grassroots from having a voice in the process. When Todd Akin made his infamous misstatement last summer, establishment Republicans circled around him and drove a stake through his campaign almost before the left wing media could do the job themselves. In Missouri, 8-term Congresswoman, Jo Ann Emerson, resigned her recently re-elected seat, under questionable timing, and now, her successor will be chosen by party leaders, instead of the people. And the Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is not only leading us over the fiscal cliff, but he yanked several fiscal conservatives from their committee positions last week in a punitive move against past conservative voting records. How long will grassroots, Tea Party conservatives put up with betrayal from elected representation.
One of my favorite quotes by Thomas Jefferson: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
The problem is government doesn’t fear you. And why doesn’t the government fear you? They don’t fear you because the grassroots movement has been successfully infiltrated and neutralized against action toward accountability.
Somewhere between 2010 and 2012, as rallies diminished, the fire dwindled and the Tea Parties/grassroots were neutralized. What happened in the two years since 2010, when the movement saw such success in electing Tea Party candidates across the country? Subversive Allinsky tactics and conditioning permeated the periphery of the grassroots movement. Instead of firm resolve for change and accountability, we acquiesced to concession, cooperation and bipartisanship in an effort to move the ball down the field. And we did so at the urging of the Kumbaya Conservative.
Politics is, and has always been, more a study in human sociology than in political sciences. The founders knew that and it is now being played out in our present day conundrum. One thing Kumbaya Conservatives understand about us it is that we like to idolize our elected. We treat them like rock stars. We have elevated their position and, over time, given them power above that of we the people who have elected them. While we all like to think we are “independent”, we, or at least a large portion of the population, are really looking to our elected to “fix it” for us. That is not the mindset of free and independent Americans. It is the mindset of a herd of people who just really want to be led.
With this understanding in mind, Kumbaya Conservatives, and smart politicians, have learned how to speak the Tea Party-grassroots-conservative language. It is their most effective tool in gaining the confidence of, and neutralizing, the impassioned citizen activists. And it is the tool they have been using to protect and maintain their power positions in Washington, and on state levels across the country. Most of this language consists of repeatedly citing the Constitution, quotations from the founders, the Bible, or historical reference. We just love this stuff and can’t get enough of it. And while it is not to say that all who speak “conservative” are Kumbaya Conservatives, spotting a one is as easy as understanding the old sayings: “Put your money where your mouth is,” or “If it walks like a duck, …”. Kumbaya Conservatives don’t do either and are often caught up in their own contradictions. Why? Because they can always find a reason to abandon foundational principle to “move the ball down the field.” Kumbaya Conservatives just want us all to “get along”. It helps their agenda, which is to stay in office/power.
Kumbaya Conservatives will urge for support of and preach the “We all have to work together” philosophy. They will use Tea Party/grassroots language to convince you it is the only way to regain liberty and Constitutional governance. Any ideas or enforcement of accountability are never a part of the conversation, and harshly discouraged because, of course, those principles are counter-productive to maintaining status quo.
Taking a good long hard look in the mirror is sometimes painful, especially when you have held so closely and worked so hard to forward basic, conservative ideals in your country, community and family. All of us have dropped the ball at times, and have been wooed or distracted by the slight of hand or smoke and mirrors games by Kumbaya Conservatives and Kumbaya Conservative Politicians.
Accountability is the enemy of the Kumbaya Conservative and it neutralizes the many maneuvers used to pull the wool over the eyes of those of us who are desperately working to stop the freight train of socialism. It also combats infiltration by them in the grassroots movement. Accountability and its passion is the source of restoring liberty and freedom to America, which is the antithesis to maintaining the status quo dysfunction.
Bring the passion of the early Tea Party movement back to the forefront of grassroots activism and shun the “Can’t we all just get along?” diversions thrown at us by those who are only looking out for their own self-interests. Grassroots made great strides two years ago, and their strength and passion built a nation over two centuries ago. Its foundation is accountability.