11.30.2010 0

Boehner Passes Inclusion Test

  • On: 12/14/2010 09:28:58
  • In: Elections
  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured oped from the Hill, Virginia local tea party leader Mark Lloyd praises the GOP steering committee for including some freshmen Congressmen on key House committees:


    By Mark Kevin Lloyd

    Most Americans anticipate this time of year to be the season of gift-giving and celebration. Some actually give thanks at Thanksgiving, look forward to giving and receiving gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah, and then resolve to do better next year. It looks like the leadership and the Steering Committee of the incoming 112th Congress is making some efforts to get into the spirit of the season.

    The American people did not wake up to the sound of tiny hooves on the roof this season, they were awakened by the deafening sounds of jackhammers chipping away franticly at the foundation of our Republic, the crash of the wrecking ball bashing into the load bearing structures of our economy, and the huge regulatory earth movers burying them in red tape. Jarred from their slumber, they took to the streets and polls in great numbers with panic driven enthusiasm, and swore out a restraining order against the democrat crew they mistakenly hired to do some home improvement and renovation projects.

    However, the democrat demolition crew, as expected, does not want to leave the job unfinished so rather than listen to and abide by the wishes of their employer and “just stop” they start working overtime. No surprise. They have taken pride in their work and they have a reputation to uphold. Evidently there was a misunderstanding with the original contract. It appears the contract did not adequately define renovation, improvement, and fundamental change. Did anyone read the fine print? You know, that pesky old Constitution.

    The American people hired a new crew to clean up the mess and restore our home using the original blue-prints. The incoming freshman class spent many months being instructed by their constituents as to what is expected of them. Some of the instruction was difficult and even painful for them to learn. But, they understand the new contract and expectations far better than those who had been working alongside the democrat demolition crew for years.

    “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” I think. The House leadership and steering committee did respond to some of the wishes being screamed at them to put these incoming freshman on the important committees to relay to the more senior members the true wishes of the constituents who worked so hard to put them in office. In Virginia’s 5th and 9th districts the Tea Party and other grassroots conservatives put to the streets, the phones, and computer keyboards to replace incumbent democrats. One entrenched veteran, and the other an Oval Office pet. Their tireless efforts overcame the millions of dollars being poured into these districts by the DNC, DCCC, unions, leftist 527’s, and the other less noticeable, although predictable, dirty democrat dealings. These freshman know our voice and our wishes. We hope the leadership will not ignore them, and we will support them so long as they don’t allow themselves to fall into the inside-the-beltway swamp.

    Robert Hurt (R-VA5) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA9) were two of the eleven named to top tier committees, Financial Services and Energy and Commerce respectively. Congratulations to them, and a hat tip to House leadership and Steering Committee from the grassroots conservatives and Tea Party in Virginia.

    Not every gift wish is satisfied. More often than not there is always a lump of coal or bundle of sticks hidden someplace. What was the House leadership thinking when it appointed Fred Utpon, “the lightbulb bandit” to head the Energy and Commerce Committee? Morgan Griffith has his work cut out for him. Also, what were they thinking when they chose the “Prince of Pork” Hal Rogers to run the House Appropriation Committee?

    This season is supposed to be a season of hope, real hope, not the other type that fooled so many people. The only hope we have to save our Republic is for the American people to stay vigilant and engaged. The gifts of freedom and liberty are not gifts we keep, they are gifts we protect and pass along to future generations. Our history shows that to preserve these gifts we must dedicate our time, our talents, and in some instances our lives and fortunes.

    Mark Kevin Lloyd is chairman of the Lynchburg Tea Party. He is also the newly elected chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation (VTPP)

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