Lead by the Unwilling and the Fearful

I wrote yesterday about the lack of leadership and principles within the GOP establishment. Later, during an exchange of Facebook comments about Missouri’s Speaker of the House, Tim Jones, I read a prime example why the GOP is dying across the country.

Yes, I said, dying. The real tragedy is that the GOP seems blissfully unaware of its coming demise. It needn’t happen but unless there are changes—immediate and massive changes, the party will go the way of the Whigs.

I still think of myself as a Republican. I would like to remain a Republican. Unfortunately, the GOP, at the state and national levels, is making that choice more and more difficult.

This is the article that started the comments.

Speaker: Override of veto not likely

Nixon calls tax-cut bill a ‘fiscally irresponsible experiment’

House Speaker Tim Jones said Tuesday his chamber will probably not try to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a Republican tax-cut bill.

Jones made his comments on the St. Louis public radio program “Politically Speaking.”

Asked about the bill, Jones said, “It is likely, likely I would not even attempt an override.”

Jones’ comments are an apparent victory for opponents of the bill, who have warned of dire consequences if the bill is signed into law.

“Overriding this veto will be monumental if it happens. Right now, I have to say, I don’t know if we have the numbers for it,” Jones said on the program.

The Missouri General Assembly will convene for its veto override session on Sept. 11.

Jones said that unless Republicans who voted no on the bill tell him definitively they will vote yes, an override vote is unlikely because Jones believes all Democrats are likely to vote no on the measure. Additionally, six Republicans did not vote at all when the bill came up.

Without any Democratic support, Jones would need all 109 Republicans to vote to override to reach the necessary two-thirds majority.

The House vote on the bill was 103-51.

The most charitable thing I can say about Speaker Tim Jones and his followers is that they have taken counsel of their fears. If I weren’t charitable, I’d call them sniveling cowards, without any principles except to remain in office, unfit to hold any public office.

I came down hard on Tim Jones. I’ve spoken with him on a number of occasions but I doubt he’d remember me amongst the crowd. I didn’t come bringing cas…no I’ll not say that. Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed.

The FB post had a commenter who agreed with Tim Jones. I’ll not identify him. I believe he was sincere in his opinions. I just think those opinions are grossly wrong and will lead to the dissolution of the GOP in Missouri.

HIM: First of all, there are a few faults with the bill that need to be fixed. But even assuming those could wait until next year, you want Republicans to take a vote that is being publicized as hitting schools hard (thus making it politically painful to some), with a 99.99999% chance that it won’t pass. I understand doing the right thing, but the numbers aren’t there. It’s a stupid thing to ask people to risk a seat to Democrats and/or liberals when there is absolutely nothing to gain.

He continued this theme in another following comment in response to mine.

MW: Pass, then fix it. The schools “issue” will be screamed by the dems and RINOs anyway. Override the veto. We’ll never achieve anything if all we do is quiver in fear of dem/lib accusations.

HIM: It’s not quivering in fear, Mike. It’s simple political calculation on the part of Jones. He has most likely had extensive talks with Republicans who are either opposed or are on the fence. He would need 100% of the Republican caucus to do it because its understood that a member of one party–even if they voted for a bill during session–will VERY rarely vote to override the veto of a governor who is in the same party. Democrats won’t come over for this bill.

So, if it is a hard vote to make, that could cost party members seats, AND you know for a fact that it won’t pass regardless…then you don’t take the vote. Even if the reasons suck, the outcome will be the same and holding a vote will only endanger chances of keeping seats for things down the road that can be done.

I hear this mantra time and time again. If we don’t give in to the democrats they’ll call us bad names and we’ll lose seats. Bull! What it really means is that our elected Legislators don’t have the guts to stand up for principles—or that they don’t have any real principles other than to remain in office.

They’ve failed to remember, if they knew at all, that we didn’t elect them to maintain a party majority. We elected them to change the state in accordance to our political principles, in this case, tax cuts.

“We’ll lose seats!”

“We must conserve out strength for down the road.”

Gah!

Comments like that enrages me. We elected these people to change our state for the better to regain our economy, create jobs, bring industry to the state, return money, in the form of lesser taxes, to the state’s citizens. What use is conserving our strength if that strength is never used? If our legislators are unwilling to act, what makes them think we’ll re-elect them?

Oh. The state GOP establishment will do that.

So they think. It mindset like the one expressed above that is killing the GOP.

This was my closing comment to that FB post. I hope it makes people think.

You’ve given me food for my daily blog. I didn’t name you but I did use your comments. You see, all those reasons you gave why we shouldn’t push for the Tax Cut override is exactly what is needed. Lose seats? You may anyway? If not from the dems, by primary challengers. “Save our strength?” If now isn’t the time to use that strength, what it a better time? We may not have that strength in the future but we’ll let this opportunity for postive change pass for fear of the future.

No, that future is now. If we don’t use our political strength now, what use is it? It’s worthless, like money saved for a rainy day but never used.

By kowtowing to the dems, and that is EXACTLY what it is, we become their enablers. If we don’t oppose them at every opportunity, we aid them. If we don’t override vetos such as this one and the anti-2A bill, we support their agenda.

No, the time to use our power, our strength is now. If we lose seats, sobeit. We won’t lose them long.

If we don’t act now, come future elections, the GOP may not have the support to retain its majority in Missouri.

This scenario is repeated all across the nation. The GOP is at a crisis and many in the party are blind to see it and the coming consequences if we don’t act now.