It's Time for Conservatives to Have a 'Popeye Moment' With Feckless Republican Lawmakers

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When are we finally going to become sick of it? No really, how much more damage do these spineless Republican lawmakers have to do before conservatives decide that enough is enough?

At what point do we, like Popeye the Sailor Man, say, “That’s all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more!”

Yes, it might sound a bit silly, but the conservative movement is in dire need of a Popeye moment. Right-leaning Americans must finally take a stand and hit the party where it hurts: at the polls. Hopefully, the ham, sausage, and bacon stimulus that our lawmakers are ramming through without even so much as reading it will be the final push that will motivate us to crack open that can of spinach and get busy.

(See: That COVID Relief Bill Gets So Much Worse, and It Should Infuriate You)

As many of us know, there are only three things that are important to many of our Republican members of Congress: Power, power, and more power. During every midterm and presidential election, they stand on their podiums, shaking their fists at “big government,” railing against the Democrats and vowing to oppose them at every turn. They play on our fears, predicting that the nation will become a Marxist sh*thole if we fail to re-elect them.

These con artists drop sales pitches that would put Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman to shame. Then, we send them back to Washington, where they do absolutely nothing. In the next midterm or presidential election, we do it all over again.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Sure, some Republican lawmakers are solid. These are the ones who opposed the pork-infused stimulus bill. People like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), who warned that GOP senators who voted for the bill are “no better” than Democrats, stood against the ridiculous legislation. Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chip Roy (R-TX), who said, “this spending bill was nothing short of an embarrassment, created by legislative malpractice,” were also bold enough to stick with their principles.

Unfortunately, these folks are not in the majority.

So why do we continue to allow these folks to deceive us? We have the power, don’t we? And yet, we haven’t bothered to turn out in full force to toss these people out of office during the primaries. In many cases, we don’t even know who is running against these incumbents.

This is why the squishy types keep getting re-elected. They count on our lack of motivation, and they talk us out of using our power to oust them. And we allow it to happen election year after election year, and we complain to high heaven about it.

But the reality is that it is we who are to blame.

Make no mistake; this isn’t a one-sided lecture that I’m giving. I’ve been guilty of doing this very thing myself, so I’m also writing this to myself as much as I’m writing it to you, dear reader. Most of us have fallen into a level of apathy when it comes to this issue. If this weren’t the case, things might be different. But that’s the silver lining here, isn’t it?

Things do not have to be as we are. We do not have to keep sending impotent politicians to positions of power. If enough of us do our due diligence, we can effect real change. Maybe the moment is coming when conservatives will finally emulate everyone’s favorite sailor man and get furious enough to take action. It is time to vocally support those who will challenge our inept incumbents in the 2022 midterm elections.

During the presidential primaries this year, a record number of conservative voters turned out to support Trump even though there was no chance of his opposition unseating him. This shows that we have the ability to show up during primary races and support our preferred candidates. But we can’t make the mistake of only taking primaries seriously when it comes to the presidency. Congress is just as important.

If we can galvanize this level of inspiration among conservatives who are fed up with the establishment, then not only will we have a better chance of getting people in Congress who are serious about constitutional liberty, limited government, and reining in spending, but we will send a message to the Republican party.

Conservatives are about to enter into a fierce battle in the coming year. But this conflict won’t just be against the Democrats, but it will also be against the elements on the right that inadvertently support them. Conservatives will be contending with an establishment that would love nothing more than to go back to the days of Milquetoast Mitt and the rest of the gang.

But the most crucial part to remember is that they will only stay in power if we let them. Are you ready for some spinach?

 

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