...or why strong leaders rarely waste time/propose useless legislation (unless the consultant advises 'its best')
Not many would argue the fact that ‘our side’ has been unable to field not to mention ‘elect’ the number of solid fiscally conservative/no nonsense legislators that we desire here in Michigan in any quantity that is near acceptable. Few others would agree that we have effectively measured the performance of those who did rise to acceptance or insist that a public stance be taken on legislation before or after their votes.
Recently, two “Tea Party”(for lack of a better description) backed legislators have introduced themselves and their #1 legislative priorities to us through their “Contract for Liberty” or “legislative framework to restore liberty”.
With the overwhelming quantity of harmful legislation presently being forced on to a fast upcoming legislative docket PURPOSELY designed to drastically alter the Michigan political/financial landscape…constitutional conservatives are desperately in need of…more rhetoric? Haven’t we tried (and failed) to achieve our (equally vague) goals for the past 6 years using these same broad ‘principles’ versus simply (publicly) naming the enemy, describing their agenda/associations…and allowing no quarter?
General Boykin described in no uncertain terms exactly what has upset him most (lately) in his speech last weekend. It was the fact that those who he had sent into battle had no courage to fight HARD from the moment that they were dropped on to the battlefield. They took the advice of others to ‘lay low’ and ‘hope for the best’ from those who controlled their political aspirations.
If our representatives are allowed to take the advice of political consultants who predictably advise our leaders to waste their limited time and do what’s best for them ‘politically’ (or worse yet for an enemy that they have sworn to fight in an extremely limited time frame) we are sunk. Put simply, if your precious ‘manifesto’ isn’t naming a single legislative issue/bill/law by name or the legislator, state employee, department, lobbyist, industry or non-profit that has your constituents in a stranglehold due to it?…you are effectively blowing smoke for all intents and purposes.
For years, many of us have been waiting for leaders to appear who immediately recognize/verbalize exactly who our enemy is and how we will defeat them in the political arena. In turn, we have received little but well worn out catch phrases and ‘initiatives’ effectively wasting time/resources that differ little from (failed/non-focused/vague) ‘pay attention to the shiny ball’ sham political efforts of old.
Here’s a solution:
Demand that both new and old legislators obsessed with ‘liberty’ break down, analyze and publicly announce a plan of action (together with the grassroots) to DEFEAT any previously introduced legislation ‘already’ grossly affecting our liberty TODAY.
Evidently, Nov. 4th 2014 through January 20th, 2015 would be more accurately described as an ‘armistice’ for freshmen/veteran tea party hopefuls.
As the General alluded to…when those we support get their noses bloodied well ‘before’ they are even able to take the oath of office?…we’ll certainly know that we have a true soldier in the fight.