The political landscape has changed over the last six years. In 2008 we saw Barack Obama become our first black President — or in politically correct terms — our first African-American President. It used to be that if Republicans held a majority in the House, the Senate or the White House we could be assured that left-wing agendas would not go through. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Many of the old-guard Republicans are really Democrat Light. Some other names used are RINO (Republican In Name Only) as well as Establishment Republicans.
These Establishment Republicans have been on the hill for quite some time and have grown accustom to the cushy lifestyle afforded to members of Congress. They spend far more time in DC that in their districts or states. Their number one goal: get re-elected. However, they also know much of the the electorate is busy with their own lives and forgetful. Therefore they can often say one thing in their district and states and do the opposite in DC.
For example, does anyone know what amendment failed to pass Congress that drastically effects everyone's life in the United States? That would be the Amash-Conyers Amendment of July 2013, which would have prevented the National Security Agency from using the Patriot Act to collect phone records of individuals who aren’t under investigation. In other words, if passed, this amendment would have stopped the NSA from spying on American's without a warrant. In plain English it would've stopped the U.S. Government from violating the 4th Amendment.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
This is one of those Sarah Palin, “common sense” amendments. Had any of us been in Congress we would've voted to stop this warrantless searching that the NSA is conducting on each and everyone of us everyday. However, only 94 Republicans voted to stop the NSA from spying, while 134 Republicans voted to continue funding this NSA U.S. citizen spying program. 134 REPUBLICANS!
The vote was very close and only lost by 8 votes: 205-217. Unfortunately our own Republican representative, Greg Walden, voted to continue the NSA spying program. Yes the "conservative, I'm working hard for you" Greg Walden thought it best that your government continued to keep tabs on you and violate the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by collecting your emails and phone records — without any probably cause.
Do you still think Republicans are enough? If so, check out how Rep. Walden and other Republicans are scored by conservative watchdog groups. You may be unpleasantly surprised how poorly these "been in DC too long" Republicans veer from the 100%, always-votes-conservative, score.
We need to vote for real conservatives, with records that show us they are so. Enough of the "I'm a conservative when talking to my district, but I'm a RINO when voting in DC". Anyone over 12 years in Congress needs to go, period. That town has an incredible way of changing good people into corrupt (aka liberal) ones. Forget the baby with the bath water analogy. A 12 year old is not a baby, and needs to get out of the bath!
It is time for a rebirth of the Republican party, one that is full of new conservatives who will stand on their principles and do the common sense things we expect them to without us having to watch their every move.