(Editor’s note: Another perspective on the Speaker’s ouster.)
Kevin McCarthy was just ousted as speaker of the House of Representatives. Many see this as petty politics, but I see this as part of a process that started a couple of decades ago with the TEA Party. Here is my take on what has happened.
Many Republican politicians, when asked about their political ideology, say that they are fiscally conservative and socially liberal. You will seldom hear fiscally conservative and socially conservative as if being socially conservative is somehow distasteful. (A social conservative is a constitutionalist who believes in keeping the government out of the affairs of We the People. A social liberal is a busybody socialist who tries to intrude into the affairs of We the People.)
The TEA Party rose to prominence because of discontent with a Republican leadership grown stale and without much fighting spirit – go along to get along seems to characterize them. The term RINO is a descriptor of Republican leadership that finds its roots in social liberalism. (Note that neither McCain or Romney actually drew a conservative crowd. It was George HW Bush that advocated for the New World Order.)
At first, the socially liberal wing of the Republican Party dismissed the TEA Party as an annoyance to be squashed. However, as time went on, the rising discontent within the Republican Party led to election of Donald Trump as President. The RINOs did not like Trump and made it quite obvious when the 2020 and 2022 elections occurred. (Trump was not defended against legitimate claims of election fraud and conservative Republican candidates were stonewalled by socially liberal Republican leaders.)
When McCarthy, McConnell and McDaniel remained in places of power after the 2022 election, the stage was set for McCarthy’s eventual ouster. These particular Republican leaders participated in what is arguably a debacle in what should have been a runaway election favoring Republicans across the board. (The American economy was destroyed by the Biden administration and the major cities had become dens of welfare and homeless inequity., – yet the Republicans only won the House of Representative and by a small margin.)
What is truly troubling today is how so many elected Republican representatives don’t seem to get it. Maybe 10 to 15 GOP Representatives are trying to govern conservatively and the rest run on, but don’t govern on, conservative principles. This is disgusting and has created a situation where America has been allowed to rapidly decline because nobody actually fights against socially liberal, or socialist, ideas. (Where do we think a runaway debt and the disaster of the welfare state come from if not from the decisions of our political class?)
Kevin McCarthy alone isn’t the problem. He is a symbol of a Republican Party that simply doesn’t fight. (However, speaking of fighting, Speaker Pro Tempore, Patrick McHenry, just kicked Nancy Pelosi out of her special hideaway office. This isn’t much, but maybe it is the start needed to reclaim the foundation of the Republican Party.)