Power Without Mission
The GOP is in the middle of a philosophical realignment. It's not a cause for angst, in my opinion, but rather, cause for celebration, as conservative voters remind Republicans that holding power for its own sake is not the goal - it's fighting for America's constitutional values that we're after. The GOP's Young Guns rolled out their new book on the Today show Tuesday, and talked about some of these issues.
The manifesto is called “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders,” and the authors are Reps. Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan. In it the Republican leaders set the path forward for the Republican agenda heading into this November’s midterm Congressional elections, pledging a return to the principles and values that convinced Americans to elect a Republican majority in 1994.
In the new 192-page paperback, released today, the trio admits that the Republican Party that was creamed in the 2006 and 2008 elections had turned its back on its bedrock principles like economic freedom and limited government. Once Republicans had won control of the House in the ’94 midterms, Cantor, the current Minority Whip, contends that the party’s entrenched became obsessed with solidifying the GOP machine, and it only resulted in a spending spree and a betrayal of the people's trust.
The tendency of those in power is to forget about why they pursued power, focusing instead on how to keep it. Power without mission. The Tea Party movement is about insisting that the mission be put back into its rightful place. Perhaps this realignment results in us losing a couple of seats as some weak candidates get nominated, but I say its worth the price.