The following is an exchange of emails I’ve had recently with my US Congressman, Howard “Buck” McKeon.
This is the text of the opening salvo, which I sent to him via email through his website on January 14th:
“Well, Buck, I got your email a couple of weeks ago saying how you and your fellow Republicans had managed to cut a deal with Commissar Obama to avert the fabled ‘fiscal cliff’, and that you’d voted for it.
“Sadly, that deal didn’t include one penny of spending cuts that I can see, just some vague promise of maybe doing something about it somewhere down the road… maybe. In other words, you Republicans got snookered, plain and simple. You guys clearly don’t even know how to negotiate, let alone stand firm for any of the principles you CLAIM to represent.
“Now I’m reading in the news that Dear Leader is taking the position that spending cuts aren’t even on the table in the upcoming battle over raising the debt ceiling. And I have to tell you, if I were in his shoes with his goals, I’d be doing the exact same thing. Because from his point of view, he’s not facing any meaningful opposition at all. After all, the only thing you guys seem to know how to do is give up.
“So, what’s going to happen this time, Buck? You guys going to finally grow a spine – and maybe some balls – and actually stand firm for something? Or are you simply going to make a lot of noise just before you hoist up the white flag again? Isn’t that flag getting a little tattered by now?
“This is exactly why four years ago I gave up my GOP membership of almost forty years and re-registered as ‘Decline To State’, which as you know is this state’s equivalent of Independent. Because I’m a CONSERVATIVE first, and any party affiliation comes a distant second. And quite frankly, it’s reached the point where I see little correlation between traditional American conservatism and your political party anymore. Nor any appetite or ability for waging the requisite battle for principles.”
To which he responded with the following emailed letter (forgive the format errors in the letter, which occurred when I removed my mailing address for obvious reasons):
|January 22, 2013Mr. Brian R. Baker
Dear Mr. Baker:
Thank you for contacting me in regard to federal spending and the debt limit. It is a privilege to serve you in Congress and I value your input.
First of all, as we begin this new session of Congress, our government must work together to fix America’s addiction to spending. I do not believe that the President should have sole authority over raising the debt ceiling. This is a function and responsibility of the legislative branch.
As we continue down this uncertain road, we must keep in mind that raising taxes can only get us so far. We must seriously address the out of control spending that is driving our debt. Already in just the first two months of this fiscal year, we saw an increase of $57 billion in the federal deficit compared to this time last fiscal year. Washington clearly has a spending problem that no increase in revenue could possibly keep pace with. Unless we make serious institutional reforms to our spending problem, we will never get our fiscal house in order.
As the 113th Congress begins, I can assure you that I will continue fighting to get our nation’s serious spending problem under control and get our nation’s economy back on track. I can also assure you that I am working closely with the Speaker to come to a deal with the President and the Senate that protects our troops and national security from the devastating sequestration cuts.
For more information on my work in Congress, please sign up for my E-newsletter and text message updates and visit my Web site www.mckeon.house.gov. You can also interact with me on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Thank you again for contacting me; please feel free to continue to inform me of your views on issues important to you.
And here’s my response, sent today:
“Buck, thanks for your response letter, but I have to tell you that I’m very disappointed in what you wrote.
“I expressed some very specific issues and concerns, particularly about how you Republicans have become weak-kneed (to put it kindly), an opinion that seems to have been recently reflected at your own Williamsburg retreat when Bobby Jindal said – accurately – that you have become ‘the stupid party’. Yet you respond to me with boilerplate and standard-issue talking points that are NOWHERE backed up with any action that I can see.
“YOU VOTED FOR THE DEBT CEILING INCREASE! So where’s all this action on ‘out of control spending’ you wrote about, when you guys caved in without getting one single concession in return? Talk is cheap, Buck, and actions speak a whole lot louder than words. And now, apparently, you guys are ready to do it once again, with another three month extension, kicking the can down the road and simply bending over for the Commissar.
“You state that you ‘… will continue fighting to get our nation’s serious spending problem under control…’. Well, at exactly WHAT point do you guys plan on starting to put up that fight, if ever?
“Pathetic, Buck. Simply pathetic.
“I’ll be posting this exchange on my blogs so all of my readers can enjoy the spectacle of another wimpy GOP political hack twisting in the wind, talking tough while cowering in the corner. All hat, no cattle. Talking the talk, with no idea how to walk the walk.
“I hope you enjoy reading about yourself.
This perfectly illustrates the problem with the GOP. In its perpetual stupidity and uncanny ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the drones who run it refuse to learn the very simple lesson of history – that real conservatism sells – and keep nominating candidates who aren’t in the least “Reaganesque” or conservative. Dole? Bush? McAmnesty? Romney? You kidding me?
The “country” isn’t electing Obama and other socialists. Conservatives aren’t voting at ALL, in huge numbers, because there isn’t anyone worth showing up at the polls for. It’s THAT simple.
Run a REAL Reagan conservative and see what happens. Can anyone say “landslide”?
Instead we now have Boehner and McConnell and a bunch of other wimpy, weak-kneed, spineless jellyfish so afraid of their own shadows that they give away the store at every opportunity. And my own congressman, McKeon, seems to fit right into that mold.
Where is a GOPer who will stand up and tell it like it is? Who will actually FIGHT for their principles, without worrying about what the NY Times and Washington Post have to say about them?
I see a VERY few. Rand Paul’s been sounding good (not wacky like his dad). Jindal. A few others.
The rest of the Establishment GOP hacks? A bunch of hot air generators who fold like laundered sheets when it actually counts.
© Brian Baker 2013