"Kathleen I am a little disappointed in you; you should use this as a teachable moment."
At the end of this week one of our favorite Senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, was privileged to a victory vindicating everything he has fought for over the past few months. Not only has Obamacare beginning to completely collapsed upon itself, Senators on the other side of the aisle are asking for the same thing he convinced the House to pass, a delay of the individual mandate.
Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) all signed a letter pleading for a delay of the individual mandate to allow citizens more time to sign up for health care without penalty.
Just last week the Republican establishment was decrying the tactics of Cruz and his counterparts. Some may argue that Cruz just delayed the inevitable, but I believe that his Quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare actually brought a brighter light to the failure that is Obamacare. Also Senate and House Republicans who supported his strategy can use their lost battle as a rallying cry for conservatives and the Republican base come 2014. They can now say they stood with the American people before it was popular to ensure they did not suffer the consequences of an ill conceived bill.
Growing Democratic desperation regarding Obamacare was not the only victory to be had for non-establishment Republicans this week. The establishment has declared a crusade against Mike Lee for his supposed amateurish and uncooperative tactics. This is a sign that the establishment is scared that they are losing control of their party. They are terrified that they can no longer just go along to get along. After all this challenge is a little bit ridiculous considering Mike Lee and his other Tea Party cohorts did exactly what they were elected to do, OPPOSE OBAMACARE AT ANY COST.
If you are a conservative, republican, libertarian or any other flavor of political belief that believes in smaller government you must start to ask yourself can we tolerate the continued membership of the likes of Jon Hunstman, Orin Hatch, Mitt Romney and many others in our party. We cannot resign ourselves to platform that argues to the American people that we can just simply run the government better and more efficiently than the Democrats.
We must embrace bold policies and improve our messaging to show everyone the superiority of our philosophical beliefs. As Ronald Reagan said we must not be a party of pale pastels but a party of bold colors. We must leave these paled colored republicans behind and venture out into unexplored territory. We must fight every minute and every hour of every day we still take breath on this earth. What the Democrats represent is a vision of America that is antithetical to the founding principles of liberty, life and the pursuit of property. If we do not realize that the leadership in our party would sooner capitulate to the Democrat's demands then get a little bloodied up to defend their beliefs we will soon live in a nation alien to the one we were born. A choice must be made at this moment do we remain part of our party and attempt to change it from the inside or do we end our relationship and begin anew?