So Now What? Post Election Analysis From Chip Tarbuttonon June 15th, 2012 at 4:50 pm
As many of you know, I’ve been on a Leave of Absence from the Roanoke Tea Party Presidency. Our plan was for me to resume the duties of the President once the campaign for Senate ended for E.W. Jackson. We are having a board meeting next week and that transition should take place at that meeting. I want to personally thank Greg Honeycutt and Hank Benson for taking on additional responsibilities during my stint with the Jackson Senate Campaign. They did a nice job.
I have certainly learned a lot from working on the Jackson campaign. I will be sharing some of that soon.
So now what? We have the Romney/Allen/Goodlatte ticket here in the 6th District. This is a sad turn of events for our nation and our area as there were better choices. We have rated Allen and Goodlatte as Epic Failures at upholding their oath to defend the Constitution. I don’t apologize for those ratings as they are accurate based on their voting records. I would imagine Romney’s vetting would be similarly dismal based on our strict standards.
Our organization is not in the business of sugar coating the truth.
But a failure to uphold the oath infers that you actually tried to do so. Allen and Goodlatte didn’t always violate their oaths. They were cavalier with this sacred honor and that is not acceptable.
The Obama/Kaine/Schmookler ticket, would seek to completely destroy the Constitution, not just violate the Constitution on occasion when convenient. We have moved past the normal bad versus terrible paradigm.
An Obama/Kaine/ Schmookler ticket means the destruction of the Constitution and the Republic. Or as Obama and his minions would call it, they would bring about a “fundamental transformation” of America. It means shredding the Constitution as an impediment to building the socialist paradise they envision.
So we are stuck with bad candidates to fight the Socialist juggernaut. This leaves us with 3 choices that I have heard tea party members openly discuss:
1. Hold your nose and vote for the GOP.
2. Stay home and let them fail. That will teach the GOP a lesson.
3. Vote for Obama/Kaine/Schmookler to teach the GOP a lesson.
I refuse to consider option 3 as I would not consider promoting evil. But I certainly understand people who feel like staying home. There is nothing about the GOP ticket that makes we want to drive to a voting booth or reach for my checkbook. If you keep encouraging the GOP by accepting sub-par candidates, as I have suggested myself on occasion, how will things will ever change?
But the situation is dramatic now, with a President, willing to violate the Constitution at a whim. Giving this president 4 more years without the need to run for re-election and supported by enablers in Congress is akin to national suicide.
Some have described the willingness to let the GOP lose, articulated by some tea party people, as akin to a child taking their toys and going home because they didn’t get their way. That is a ridiculous analysis.
There is a reason why there is a tea party movement. There are many who are tired of the games the GOP play, have joined the tea party, and they never brought their toys to the GOP house. They are independents and if these nominees want their vote, they are going to have to court them.
They aren’t in the GOP. They are in the tea party. Want to get rid of the tea party movement? It is super easy GOP. Follow your own Republican Creed. Then we will go away and join with you. Until you consistently follow your own creed, how can we join you?
I will likely vote for the GOP ticket because of the desperate situation, but I can’t begrudge someone for looking at the Republican ticket and taking a pass. So what to do…
1. I plan on inviting Romney, Allen and Goodlatte to come to Roanoke Tea Party meetings in the near future (not that we haven’t done so before) to try and make the case for those who are ready to sit this one out. If they want tea party support, they are going to have to make a case to the members who are ready to tell the GOP to take a hike. Romney and Allen aren’t going to win Virginia if a significant number of conservatives stay home. To win, they are going to have to secure the support of the 1/3 of likely Republican voters who recognize the ticket’s past voting/policy failures and their inability to stand up to the Democrats.
2. Pray for guidance. This is a tough situation. Unlike some tea party leaders in Virginia, I am not going to try and force you to go and do something. I do think that the evil of the Obama/Kaine/Schmookler ticket makes a strong case for minimal support of the GOP ticket and I encourage people to vote for the ticket.
By “minimal support” I mean going to a voting booth and hitting the button. But the Republicans are going to have to make that case to you, because I am definitely in the hold the nose category and that hardly puts me in a position to cheerlead.
I will be working on a vetting document for the Democratic ticket for the next meeting. While it is chic, and occasionally accurate to say both parties are the same. the GOP, on their worst day, can’t match the wickedness that is the Democratic Party. It would be nice if our GOP representatives actually understood that they are in a war with these people. Perhaps when and if they come to our meetings, we can remind them of that simple fact. We need Churchill’s in D.C. not Chamberlain’s.
This is a time to speak boldly. We should never be ashamed of the truth and perhaps spending some time with those willing to stand up and fight will embolden Romney, Allen and Goodlatte to have some courage. Allen and Goodlatte have occasionally shown courage. In 1994, Allen described the Federal government as a “grimy boot” on the throat of liberty. Goodlatte was the only member of the Virginia Congressional Delegation to vote against Bush’s TARP bill. They have shown some intestinal fortitude on occasion.
As I told an Allen supporter today, we need 1994 Allen, not 2004 Allen. Let us pray the GOP ticket has the courage and wisdom to channel their inner Patrick Henry. Our republic may depend on it.