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POLITICS: Band of Rebellious Republicans in the House

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posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 01:46 PM
A small but vocal minority of Republicans in the house of Representatives are erasing party lines and voting with their principals. Libertarians and moderates alike are facing down the White House - in spite of their career - on such issues as social security, defense, stem cell research and the War on Terror. These congress members have caught the ire of Republican leadership.
After dubbing President Bush's "open door" border policy a threat to national security, Rep. Tom Tancredo says, he got a call from Bush aide Karl Rove proposing that he never again "darken the doorstep of the White House." He's glad that the non-invite apparently didn't extend to the annual congressional Christmas party. "It means a lot to my wife," quips the third-term Colorado Republican, who attended the White House event Monday.

There's no question that a public rift with a Republican president is a tough career move for any aspiring GOP lawmaker. But for Mr. Tancredo, who came to the House after running a libertarian think tank in Golden, Colo., standing up for ideas is what politics is about - and for him, no policy is more vital than controlling borders and ending the "cult of multiculturalism" that sees the US as "groups of victimized classes."

This week, he joined 66 other House Republicans who voted against intelligence reforms over the issue of border-security. They didn't prevail, but their opposition slowed action on the measure and showed that some GOP lawmakers are ready to wield a new level of assertiveness in Bush's second term

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For a time these Representatives had derailed the Intelligence Reform Bill until the White House put its full weight behind it. Republicans doing what they feel is right and voting for bills on their principals will most certainly create a mini-gridlock in the House. Hopefully they're stances and refusal to back down on many issues will incite others to join their cause.

Now if only the Democrats will stand up to the White House. Nearly all of them voted for the Intelligence Reform Bill. Draconian legislation could be held off for the time being.

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posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 01:53 PM
A little money into the pockets of these lawmakers from a special interest will change their minds...

posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 02:06 PM
Several of them already have long histories of not getting their pockets lined. Not everyone has a price.

Being suspiscious of government is a good thing, but deciding in spite of the facts that nothing can be changed and no one has principals is not.

posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 05:04 PM
It was clear before the election that a civil war was brewing within the Republican party. None of them were going to go against Bush during an election year, but it was clear that there were fundemental idealogical issue between seperate factions.

While moderates and conservatives isn't, perhaps, the right way to put it. It almost seems it's a battle between the traditionalists and the opportunists. Because of the cold war, the republican party was transformed into a group of stoic, diplomat-warriors. Globalists, in the sense that that America could only survive if she played the international chess game. Politics was the primary battle ground. Wars were almost a last resort. Traditionalists would include Reagan, Nixon, Bush Sr., Colin Powell etc, etc. They understand that America's power is half real, half illusion. It's the shark fin in the water, you show a little, so you don't have to show a lot. It's not that we're the most powerful, just the most able to galvanize our resources and direct them. Also, while not vocal, they understand that abortion is too detrimental to touch, so none of them ever tooks steps to roll it back.

Siding with them are the moderates like Guliani, Chuck Hagel, Governor Arnie, McCain. Populists. Pat Buchanan is SO far right, that he doesn't fit in with the opportunists.

The opportunists are the Neo-conservatives and the Religious right. People who drank the kool-aid. People who fundementally doesn't understand that America's power, how ever great, is not unlimited. It doesn't stretch like a rubber band. They don't understand that it can break when pushed too far. The Neo-conservatives exploit the religious right to energize the base, essentially hijacking the party from the traditionalists.

There are a lot of really smart people in the Republican party. People who understand the difference between the world we want, and the world that is. People who understand that this opportunistic conservatism is simply a fad, and will lose its momentum. I don't think they'll stand by and watch their power and influence squandered by the opportunists and the kool-aid drinkers.

I predict we'll see flare ups between now and the next election, especially when the botton drops out in Iraq. It will be potentially embaressing Bush, but the guy's made of teflon. Things will get really bloody when they pick their opposing candidates in 08. Guliani vs. Frist, or some other hard liner conservative. Either way, half the party isn't going to be happy with the guy they pick.

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