WASHINGTON, May 25, 2015 − Some people are beginning to notice that as more Republicans get elected, the more things stay the same. Conservative Republicans are wondering why they bother voting for big “R” politicians that cave to a big “D” chief executive. The last straw for some was the GOP leadership’s passing of the fast-track trade bill that gives President Obama unprecedented authority to conclude trade pacts without congressional oversight.
“Disrespect for voters is staggering,” Matt Drudge, founder of the conservative Drudge Report, tweeted. “[House Speaker John] Boehner will not make public ‘most important’ trade deal in history? Hides behind ‘classified status’… Electing Republicans is guarantee of MORE powers for Obama.”
Here are two simple questions: Who drives a wedge between establishment Republican leaders and the party’s conservative base? And who drives a wedge between President Obama and the Democratic Party’s union-friendly, leftist base?
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber floods the coffers of establishment Republican campaigns in an effort to stifle the electoral ambitions of small-government conservative and tea party challengers. And establishment Democrats ignore their union constituents to gain favor with the chamber’s leaders.
“I’ve said this to [Chamber of Commerce president] Tom Donohue and others: in many ways mainstream Democrats are closer to you than many Republicans because the tea party has pulled them so far to the right,” Schumer told the National Journal. “They’re doing what’s harmful to business.”
Naive Republicans confuse “big business” with “free enterprise.” As Schumer and Boehner both know, some big businesses stay big by lobbying big government to impose expensive and crushing regulations on small competitors.
And many big businesses secure greater profits by gaining sweetheart government contracts, like making $800 toilet seats for the military, building a clunky $834 million government health care website or granting unilateral authority for a president to secure secret international trade deals beneficial to, you guessed it, dues-paying members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As New York’s Sen. Schumer noted, the tea party is no friend to the crony capitalists of big business, who influence big government favors to increase profit and to funnel more cheap foreign labor into America.
According to the website Open Secrets, 87 percent of Schumer’s PAC money comes from big business.
Back in May of 2014, Chamber president Tom Donohue was − where else? − in Washington, D.C. attending a government “infrastructure investment” conference. He used the venue as a platform to threaten Republicans, should they fail to pass immigration legislation for the purpose of importing more foreign cheap labor to depress wages here at home.
“If the Republicans don’t do it [pass immigration legislation], they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016.”
New conservative and tea party House members failed to give Boehner and the chamber their immigration “reform” bill.
Not to worry. The chamber has more than a few GOP presidential candidates to throw its money at – namely, Jeb Bush.
In a speech before the Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Bush staunchly defended his support for Washington’s imposition of national education standards under Common Core. “You don’t abandon your core beliefs, you try to persuade people as I’m doing now.”
Impose, then persuade.
“As he stakes his education legacy on the Common Core State Standards, President Barack Obama has acquired some powerful if unlikely allies: the right-leaning Business Roundtable… [and] Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush,” said USA TODAY.
“Many Republicans believe the federal government wrongly coerced states to adopt the [Common Core] standards by offering stimulus money,” The Hill reported.
If you believe the eternal contest between freedom and servitude is the struggle between Republicans and Democrats, you obviously believe what you read in the newspapers and see on TV.
“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong – throughout the world,” said Abraham Lincoln. “They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings.”
A majority of Americans fail to realize that their country is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. If powerful lobbies successfully buy influence in Washington, it’s because all authority has shifted to the federal leviathan. The heart of the crisis rests in the destruction of the Constitution’s mandated division of powers, which are no longer “reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
And the chains shackling the states and the people will not be broken through the mechanism of national elections. It requires two-thirds of America’s state legislatures to call for an Article V convention of the states.
Only by utilizing this constitutional process to safeguard our natural rights will John Boehner, Chuck Schumer and Washington’s resident lobbyists be disabused of their delusional “divine right.”