“I’ve spend a very good part of my life trying to build the Republican Party and I’m proud of that party and I think it has a very responsible role to play, especially in today’s world, particularly in an age of Obama and I think Todd Akin damages the Republican brand and I think he hurts the party in the minds of many people,” Jack Danforth, Former US Senator.
24thState took no position in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate and for that matter, we took no position in the Democrat Primary either. We discussed the Primary in one piece, but were as stunned as most Missourians at his miraculous victory.
The Motto, "Show Me State" honors the common sense of Missouri voters who are not crowd followers, but people famous for judicious independence. So when the political world demanded we fire our guy, there were many local calls to do just that, but in time we calmed down collectively and settled in for an adult discussion. What really matters has a measure to do with control of the Senate, but everything to do with control of our republic. While we lost control of our country, our work created for us, a pivotal opportunity to gain it back.
Who took our Republic?
The Consultants. Americans are fed up with both parties and they have no idea why. While both parties have radically different platforms, the outcomes when one or the other controls differs far less. Bush 43 does TARP, Obama does "Stimulus". Bush thrills Big Pharma and Big Insurance with Medicare Part D, Obama does Obamacare and solar giveaways. The result is that the country is broke and a record high number of people are declaring independence from both parties. Is either party making a play to bring them in? Nope.
Both parties are corrupted by this, winning only when they are more skilled at convincing independents that the other party or the other guy from the other party is worse. Consider the abject failure that is Barack Obama. That a single literate American finds him worth voting for is testament to this. The entire Obama campaign is built on why women and "brown people" should fear Romney. Where is the ad saying, "Look at all the good I have done, don't you want more?" The best the occupant of the White House can say is "Give me a second chance."
For his part, Romney is not promising anything great. His best appeal is that nothing could be worse than Obama. This is not genius political analysis, this is what 90% of Americans will admit over a beer. Put the average Tea Partier together with the average Occupier and one of the first things they would agree about is how terrible their own party is. The problem that both suffer and few can quantify is that both parties are controlled, utterly owned by consultants equally guilty of doing the bidding of a horrifyingly small group of people.
Who corrupted the parties?
Yes, the left has Soros and the right has the Koch Brothers. Both have a party structure in which Karl Rove and David Axelrod and a host of A- minus list consultants just below them get paid to foist their desires on the American people by wielding power over all of us with an iron fist. How?
Let's take Todd Akin for an example. Akin was a freshman Congressman in January of 2001 when Karl Rove was in the White House as the top "Advisor" and "Architect" of the Bush Presidency. As the big A..., Rove pressed Akin to vote for the aforementioned TARP, Medicare Part D, and a host of other un-American proposals that fly in the face of what our Founding Fathers expected the federal government to do. Mostly Akin went along, but on those bills and others, he told Rove "No".
True power means, no one tells you "no".
When you are in the majority party, you are expected by the Rove's of the world to subject yourself to his authority 100% of the time. Make no mistake, precisely like the college fraternity choice that almost every freshman has to make, every freshman politician must declare his or her tribe or no tribe at all. The choice brings certain benefits and handicaps. The universal truth is that if you want to rise in party leadership, or just drink at the party well, you must choose the party fraternity, eschewing all others for your tribe. Karl Rove is not the president of the fraternity or even the social chairman, he is the Sergeant At Arms, doling out favors, introductions to the elite major donors, and even reelection cash, or withholding all, from those who are not in the Fraternity. The Democrats are no different. Sadly, whether Rove or Axelrod is the Architect in the White House, they are agents for several of the same biggest donors?
So if you like Karl Rove, and his opinion matters to you, then do you like TARP, Medicare Part D, and massive deficits? You cannot separate these policies from Rove. He was the architect of them, pushing the Akins of the world to back them and then swearing to their political death when they withheld support.
Americans are so clueless about this game it is pathetic. Karl Rove, the Architect turned "Enforcer" never supported Akin yet with great drama he announces his withdrawal of support from Akin, support Akin never had in 11 years of being a "fellow" Republican, and the nation sheepishly takes the bait. The story line drafted by the A is that "Akin is too extreme." That works every time.
So what is extreme?
Ask yourself that question. Look at Akin's voting record compared to say, Jack Danforth's. Take any ranking on limited government and fidelity to the Constitution and Akin will win hands down. Let's start with giving the Panamanians the right to sell the Panama Canal to China. Do the same with the venerable Jim Talent or Roy Blunt. Take the rankings of groups who share your views and see who ranks higher. I dare you. "You have seen the enemy and he is you."
Akin happens to be a man who possesses what is among the most impeccable standard of personal integrity of any man to occupy a Congressional seat. He is so honest he is almost incapable of scandal. His kids are even perfect, homeschooled, accomplished, with three graduating from the Naval Academy. Most importantly, he is a man who has sworn allegiance to the American People's Fraternity, choosing his constituents over the Party Tribe.
Akin is a man who told Rove "No."
So all Missourians have a choice. We can talk about Akin in contrast to McCaskill who is in the Obama Fraternity and whose entire fortune was amassed off of government programs, who sticks taxpayers with the bills for her personal jet trips, but the issue is so much simpler than that.
The question for all Americans, even the Occupiers, is whether you are ready to take up your birthright as Americans and elect men and women, even of the opposite party, for the simple reason that they chose you over the Party tribes. Are you voting for Rove and Axelrod or are you voting for yourself?
Most importantly, Akin is a candidate of our making. Without the Tea Party independent movement, Akin might never have won his primary and would have had far less confidence to cobble together the critical mass of independent constituencies to win despite Rove. So you, the party independents created the Akin opportunity.
Finally, for those of you with that most odd propensity to put principal one notch behind the bandwagon desire to go with a winner, consider that Todd Akin has won two truly miraculous races including this primary. We at 24thState gave him zero chance. Yet he won. He has not lost an election since he first took office in 1992. His campaign style may be somewhat unorthodox, and it is no less so now.
The Akin campaign has taken on huge national appeal, with Rove, Axelrod and their allied Danforths and other elites choosing McCaskill and people from the American People tribe flooding into Missouri from all over the country for Akin. This week, Dr. Gina Loudon makes her second trip starting today, from her current home in San Diego to support Akin. She joins a list that includes Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Bay Buchannan and more. Most of all, Akin has an unblemished record of winning, he also has the "praying people". The Akin victory would create the first chink in the Rove-Axelrod armor.