from December 2013, Government
Just a quick note. First Merry Christmas. This is the time of year to reflect on that what really matters, and merry times are often too far and few in our lives. This is also the same message you can find the anti-politician Dennis LInthicum proclaiming. It's a breath of fresh air to know Dennis, in the middle of a heated race for U.S. Representative, goes against the politically correct mantra of “happy holidays” and wishes us all a Merry Christmas.
Second, our “conservative” congressman in DC, Greg Walden, seems to think his relationship with the Washington elite is more important than our principles here in rural Oregon. Wednesday he proudly announced he was voting for the budget deal — a bi-partisan effort — that increases spending now, promising to slow spending later. Dennis was on Lars Larson's show Thursday. They talked about this like Lars telling his wife he was going to purchase a $2,000 rifle on borrowed money and then would make up the difference in 5-10 years by not drinking so many Dutch Bros. coffees. That analogy is probably closer to the truth than we know!
What is frustrating is Representative Walden's insistence that he is working hard for us and that he is a conservative. This vote should show you that nothing is further from the truth. Think about it for a moment, how do you know Walden is a conservative? Where did you hear that? Is it because you looked up his record and see that? No, of course not. If you did that you'd know he fails on all four major conservative watchdog lists. Club For Growth calls Greg Walden a true RINO and Madison Project places him on their Wall of Shame.
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.