The tea party’s United States of cynics
by Kevin Foley
August 07, 2014 06:15 PM | 3092 views | 10 10 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“I pledge indifference to the flag of the dis-United States of America, and to the cynicism for which it stands, one nation, dysfunctional, with enmity and bitterness for all.”

Tea party leader Sen. Ted Cruz reckons if he can make you hate Congress more than you already do, you’ll quit caring about what happens in Washington. Then Cruz can take over and give the run of Capitol Hill to his billionaire benefactors.

His cynical strategy aims to drive a wedge between the governed and government.

With public disapproval of Congress hovering around 80 percent and fewer Americans going to the polls, Cruz is in danger of achieving his goal.

What we used to call “the loyal opposition” is now the disloyal enemy within, advancing their radical agenda while undermining the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, but most especially, cutting out the voices of American voters.

Loyalty isn’t just owed to the office of the president. It’s owed to our Constitution, which only works if everyone accepts government by consensus. Nobody, from Cruz on one end of the political spectrum to Sen. Bernie Sanders on the other, gets everything they want all the time.

Or at least that’s how the Founders saw the republic working. They envisioned moderation, compromise and agreeable disagreement; if you’ll concede this, I’ll concede that.

Up until Jan. 21, 2009, it worked pretty well.

Since the day Barack Obama was inaugurated, however, a relatively small number of extremists backed by secretive big money interests have dispensed with such niceties.

If they can’t have the government they want, America will have no government at all.

Just last week, with desperate refugee children at the U.S. border seeking asylum in the U.S. under the 2008 Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Act, Republican House Speaker John Boehner thought he had the votes to pass a modest relief bill.

But Cruz stabbed Boehner in the back, instructing his fellow extremists in the House to block the legislation. Giddy tea partiers got what they wanted the next day, a bill so freighted with non-starter amendments they knew the Senate would reject it.

“We completely gutted (Boehner’s) bill,” bragged lame duck Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

“They’re not even trying to solve the problem,” replied a disgusted President Obama. “Imagine how much farther along our economy would be — how much stronger our country would be — if Congress would do its job.”

After another humiliating defeat by his own party, and within 24 hours of his House vote to sue Obama over executive powers, the hapless Speaker was recommending Obama use his executive powers to ease the situation on the border.

Tea party Rep. Steve King of Iowa then threatened impeachment if Obama acts alone to help the children, while Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama called the president’s concern about the refugees “a war on white people.”

All the ugliness has left many conservatives cold.

“The GOP again gave the country the impression that its highest policy priority is to deport as many children as rapidly as possible back from wherever they came,” chided the conservative Wall Street Journal.

A Baptist, Cruz is defying Christ’s teaching: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Most Americans agree with Jesus, not with the junior senator from Texas, according to a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said the refugee children should be allowed to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.”

Promising to pay back Republicans at the polls in November, Illinois Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez said Cruz and his posse, “want to punish our community … In the end, the Republican position on immigration can be summed up as ‘deport ‘em all.’”

Angry Latino and Hispanic voters will be joined at the polls by a coalition of Americans sick and tired of Cruz’s cynicism and all the right wing hate; Americans who still believe in the Pledge of Allegiance and that wonderful promise inscribed on the Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore/Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me/I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.

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on balance
August 11, 2014
Today, I portray a liberal.

"It is all Bush"s fault."

"The Republicans are blocking all the work we are trying to do."
Mike H
August 10, 2014
Former Republican Party chairman Lee Atwater said people vote their fears and not their hopes. Fear is based on ignorance and week after week, Kevin Foley is assailed by fearful people who have no knowledge of what they rage about and no hope for a better society.
Honest Abe
August 11, 2014
I couldn't agree with you more Mike H. Comrade Kevin is a becon of light in a field of ignorant Repubican old white male darkness. The deity that sent us the dynamic duo of Obama/Biden may just have sent Comrade Kevin to us also in the same package to combine and save on shipping costs I suppose. I thank the almighty daily for this. Someone up there is obviously looking out for us.
Honest Abe
August 08, 2014
Dear Comrade Kevin,

What a thoroughly researched and well reasoned article you have hatched this time!

Yes, the civil war of 1861 - 65 notwithstanding the original founding fathers, Oops! scratch that tiresome old white male bit of sexism. I meant to say as you did our "Founders" envisioned a peaceful nation where disagreements between the citizens would be settled amicably as you said in this masterpiece of an article. Quote: "They envisioned moderation, compromise and agreeable disagreement; if you’ll concede this, I’ll concede that." What a civilized, practical and soothing concept our "Founders" envisioned. Thanks comrade for bringing this insight to our attention.

However, there is a problem with one of the original "Founders" viewpoint and that is Thomas Jefferson's view that "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." - Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith, Paris, 13 Nov. 1787. Maybe Thomas had a secret drinking problem that caused him to spew such Republican white male vindictiveness trash?

Oh, a reminder that Obama's Border Kids are still in need of child support money that should come voluntarily from correct thinking people like you rather than place the economic burden on the rare bleeding backs of the much ill used beast of burden the US taxpayer. Obama's Border Kids are waiting to be fed and housed from you generous large$$. After all as you said "What kind of man would let children go hungry?" in one of your excellent articles.

Comrade Kevin keep up the great work you are doing and I am chaffing at the bit to converse with you again upon you next wonderful article.

Kevin Foley
August 08, 2014
Honest Abe (whoever you are) - In same letter in which he commented on Shay's Rebellion, which was crushed by the Massachusetts state militia in 1787, Jefferson noted this, which absolutely applies to you and the other Obama hating trolls:

"founded in ignorance ... The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive."
Honest Abe
August 09, 2014
Comrade Kevin,

I am hurt and shocked that you would label me a Obama hater. The Obama/Biden combo is one of the most important and wonderful things that has ever happened to this country. I simply love both of them to pieces and personally feel that God "his/her" self sent them to us. And as for you Comrade Kevin I am probably one of your most admiring fans who waits in unendurable anticipation for your next fantastic editorial jewel of wisdom.

I know you are trying your best to educate the ignorant masses but I have to admit the quote you made from the original "Founder" Jefferson was a bit too thick for me to understand since I didn't get a context in which it was written by him. Seems a few bits of information that would clarify this statement were missing or maybe it was me just not getting it. If so, My Bad.

BTW: How is that child support thing for Obama's Border Kids coming along? Have you applied for foster parent status for a whole bunch of the little dears and their scabbies and head lice to come live with you? Please Comrade Kevin keep us informed about your progress in this regard. After all What kind of a man would let children go hungry?

Until laters, keep up the noble work and have a Obama Springtime Day everyday!

on balance
August 09, 2014
Dear old Fooley, cherry picking again. The full quote:

" “The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. IF THEY REMAIN QUIET UNDER SUCH MISCONCEPTONS, IT IS LETHARGY, THE FORERUNNER OF DEATH TO THE PUBLIC LIBERTY....

.. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Further, you misunderstand the circumstances. The Governor of Massachusetts had at his disposal, the wealth of the rich to enlist the many unemployed at that time and create a militia of them. It was to enforce the taxation against the farmers who, at that time , were in dire financial straits. Quite like today, times were hard and taxation to pay off the war debt put farmers in a position of feed and clothe their families or pay the taxes.

Quite like asking today's Americans to feed the illegal immigrants, so beloved by Obama, at the expense of those Americans.
just saying
August 10, 2014
@Honest Abe I am so glad that you are willing to receive some insight outside of your FOX NEWS bubble. As for Obama's Border Kids actually they are "W's Border Kids". Obama is enforcing the WILLIAM WILBURFORCE TRAFFICKING PROTECTION ACT OF 2008, the kids who are trying to enter America are supposed to be detained and get a full hearing juensure that they are not victims of human trafficking or modern day slavery. The bill covers children from three Latin American countries in Central America. The Bill was signed by Pres. George W. Bush on Dec. 23, 2008 and overwhelmingly supported by Republicans in both houses of Congress. I know you would not want Obama to break the law, now would you. I hope this adds a small bit to your insight!
Rhett Writer
August 12, 2014
to juts saying. Nice try, but the William Wilburforce Trafficking Protection Act of 2208 has absolutley nothing to do with the problem at hand. There is not even the slightest suspicion that these "children" would fall under that law. They are not victims of trafficking. They have traveled thousands of miles because Obama indicated that they could stay here in the "land of milk and honey" if they came and encouraged everybody to vote Democtatic. Oh, and , of course, they have to promise to grow up to be good little socialists and vote Democratic too.

There is a huge difference between protecting chidlren from human trafficking and adopting the children of every third world nation in the Western hemisphere.
just saying
August 19, 2014
@Rhett Writer The Wilburforce law requires that children from Honduras, Guatamala and El Salvadore receive a hearing before they are returned to their native countries. That you don't like it is irrelevant. How do you know whether these children are being trafficked or not or if they are in danger of being murdered by drug cartels in their native countries. I'm sure as a good conservative you would not like to see these children aborted or does abortion after birth matter to you!
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