In an age when far-right tea party activists have taken over the Republican Party and demanded lockstep allegiance, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been one of the few GOP lawmakers to step out of line. In particular, Lugar, the ranking GOP member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has blasted his own party for relentlessly blocking ratification of the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, calling on his fellow GOP senators to “do your duty for your country” and complete the pact.
Not surprisingly, this insubordination has earned Lugar significant scorn within the Republican base, which now seems to value blind obedience over principled independent decision-making. In a New York Times profile of Lugar published today, former GOP Sen. John Danforth feared that the backlash against Lugar from his own party signals that the GOP has gone “far overboard” with no hope of turning back:
“If Dick Lugar,” said John C. Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, “having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”
Mr. Danforth, who was first elected the same year as Mr. Lugar, added, “I’m glad Lugar’s there and I’m not.”
Danforth’s fears are not unfounded. Lugar, who is up for reelection in 2012, has already been targeted by tea party groups. “If I was Dick Lugar, I would certainly expect a challenge,” noted veteran political analyst Stuart Rothenberg. As Diane Hubbard, a spokeswoman for the Indianapolis Tea Party, told the Times, removing Lugar “will be a difficult challenge. But we do believe it’s doable, and we think the climate is right for it and we believe it is a must.”
Comment:The left wing media is all jazzed up this last week over fears that leftist-Republican Senator Richard Lugar, who has been elected 6 times by Indiana voters, is now the target of the Tea Party. Coming to his aid is another former leftist-Republican senator John Dansforth of Missouri who bemoans that the Republican Party has “gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption,” and yet it’s typical that Dansforth would seek a left wing media outlet to make his case for Lugar. If he was so committed to the “party” and if it is so beyond redemption shouldn’t he seek out say the Washington Times or the Wall Street Journal to make his case? One would think so.
The truth of the matter is it’s time for Dansforth and Lugar to face the reality that the era of the big socialist republicanism is over. Moreover, the writing is on the wall that the era of big stick intervention-internationalists is over too. Our men and women this last holiday weekend are fighting in four miserable locations; Iraq, Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, and Philippines; and they occupy hundreds of bases around the world all for the quest of the internationalist delusion, while Misters Lugar and Dansforth, along the leftist news media that has long forgotten their pledge to get our nation out of war, sits comfortably here in the US. We should note that sitting comfortably with Misters Lugar and Dansforth is the military defense establishment who grows richer everyday as the American public goes deeper and deeper into $1.7 trillion debt, which few economists can figure out how we are even going to pay off the interest let alone the principle.
Lugar and Dansforth over their long years in the US Senate have dug this country so far into a hole, many, including myself, fear we will never get out of and will be lost as a nation. Lugar and Dansforth have sold our sovereignty to foreign governments and the corrupt United Nations and WTO; handed over our monetary and fiscal sovereignty to corrupt Wall Street and international bankers and the World Bank; and have created legislation that has made it nearly impossible for US businesses and industry to operate in the US through their imbecile environmental and business regulations they created, while levied taxes against them no honest middle American citizen can call just. All of which was meant to level the industrial playing field for their internationalist schemes.
No, it’s not about the party any longer, it’s about survival. It’s about our survival as a nation and many are rising up to save it. Citizens who are republicans, libertarians, constitutionalists, independents and yes even democrats came together through the Tea Party, 9/12 and liberty groups to preserve this nation; the nation Dansforth and Lugar helped destroy. No Mister Dansforth there is still quite a few of us out here that are willing to fight the tyranny you and your fellow political elites have tired to shackle us with. Maybe you need to go through one of the TSA’s radiation devices and get one of the abusive “pat downs” to get some small understanding of what you have created.
Redemption is being offered to the Republican Party and if they choose to accept it by way of the various liberty movements, then hope and emancipation is possible. But if they choose to take the road charted by the likes of Dansforth and Lugar then it will mean the end of the Republican Party as we know it and there will be no redemption. With or without the Republican Party the liberty movement isn’t going away and will advance, but you can bet one thing, Lugar and Dansforth aren’t.