A quarter-century ago, the politics of running this Nation changed drastically. Today, we see the full effects of the cynicism that began with a Speaker of the House who resolved to help the GOP win at any cost.
There’s a direct line between the disfunction we see today and Newt Gingrich’s time as Speaker of the House. During his tenure in the mid-90’s the GOP began to embrace a principle that was extreme then, but now rests at its core – compromise is defeat. Newt championed the belief that true conservatives do not compromise with Democrats, and that GOP policies should prevail, always. Newt’s obstinance paved the way for Mitch McConnell’s declaration at the beginning of the Obama presidency that the GOP’s overriding goal was to make President Obama a one-term president, and that they would not support any Obama initiatives, regardless of the good they would do. They stuck with that policy, even as people continued to suffer from the recession triggered by the reckless Bush presidency. As we see more clearly every day, the GOP’s goal is to control every aspect of government, shutting out everyone else and stifling our participation and voice in this government that is supposed to also represent us. It’s up to us – our vote and our voice – to put an end to their persistent pursuit of power.
Tom McClintock believes he should represent conservatives, and conservatives alone. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.