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GOP has taken hard left turn and is driving our nation toward the cliff

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 12:01 am

The civil war between the Republican Party’s left-wing establishment elite and the base is now officially on.

The formal declaration was Karl Rove’s New York Times announcement of the Conservative Victory Project (which should be called the Prevent Conservative Victories Project.) The PAC is designed to back establishment liberals in Republican primaries.

According to Gallop, only 9 percent of Republicans are satisfied with the direction of the nation, and Rasmussen reports 63 percent of Republicans feel leadership has lost touch with the base.

The federal government is borrowing close to 40 cents of every dollar it spends. This is what Washington calls “responsible.” It is what conservative voters call national suicide.

Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives and could bring the raging destruction of our nation to a screeching halt by simply not raising the debt ceiling. They have steadfastly insisted that borrowing 40 cents on the dollar until the system irrevocably collapses is far more “responsible.”

Those in the House who resist are the subjects of pogroms carried out by leadership, which removes them from key committees. Tim Huelskamp, Justin Amash and David Schweikert were tossed out of key fiscal and budget committees because they weren’t lying to the voters when they said they opposed runaway spending.

If there is one thing liberals John Boehner and Eric Cantor will not tolerate, it is a principled conservative. In fact, Cantor just threatened “civil war” against House conservatives if they wouldn’t support the unconstitutional Violence Against Women Act.

On the Indiana state level, conservative voters gave Republicans supermajorities in both houses and a Republican governor.

The result? Proposed massive increases in spending, bailouts for casinos, and little meaningful movement on key social issues like school choice. They haven’t even passed a tiny tax cut the governor wanted.

It is often said that baby diapers and politicians both need frequent changing, and for the same reason. Those who have gained incumbent power loathe losing it, and if they can betray their base, the opposition will often back off. The trick is to avoid backlash from the original supporters they betray.

That betrayal may reach a crescendo now that the official GOP position is for blanket amnesty for illegal immigrants. The game plan is for Boehner/Cantor to pass an amnesty bill using mainly Democratic votes. Republicans will return to their district saying, “Don’t blame me, I voted against it.”

This will not work. Boehner/Cantor have proved three times that they will bring up bills opposed by the majority of Republicans. Hence, a vote for Boehner/Cantor leadership is a vote for amnesty.

So what action can conservatives do since the establishment has the money, influence, media support and control of the rules?

The answer is to take away their money.

If you love liberty and freedom, give money to groups that fight for conservatism like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Americans for Progress, American Family Association, Indiana Policy Review or Americans for Tax Reform. If you hate conservatism, give money to the Republican Party.

Party leadership controls everything, and they use that control to co-opt new legislators. They have stacked the rules in their favor, and the only hope is for independent conservative groups to gain the whip hand.

The Republican Party has taken a hard turn to the left and is driving the nation over a cliff at 100 miles an hour. Giving them money is just putting fuel in their tank.

Ric Runestad is a resident of Fort Wayne.