For a select group of dedicated people today marks a moment on a specific timeline over seven years long.
2008 and 2009 were tough years for advocates of small government and constitutional freedom. The Auto-bailout, TARP, Omnibus and a trillion dollar “stimulus” signaled fiscal irresponsibility toward many; but a small group understood the larger issues which would tear apart a constitutional republic. We connected, and more importantly, we assembled.
Within four days the urgent message was transmitted though every possible resource that we could muster.
Meeting at the old mill, we rode that night, December 27th 2009, with urgency. Our destination was Wrentham Massachusetts.
Three intense weeks and thousands of like-minded supporter notifications later, we finally had a win. Ted Kennedy’s people’s seat was secured at least temporarily. This was battlefield triage; everyone, every-darned-person was clear-eyed that Scott Brown was only buying us time to catch our breath….. Again, unfortunately, we were right.
While the media and pundits discussed the shocking Massachusetts upset, we did not have time to celebrate – instead we built out a flexible six year strategy with four primary objectives.
Flexibility was built within our plan, but failure could not an option:
- Goal #1 – Win the House in 2010, and try to pick off a few Senate seats.
- Goal #2 – Retain the House 2012, and gain half of the necessary Senate seats.
- Goal #3 – Retain the House 2014, and gain the second half of the Senate Seats.
- Goal #4 – Retain the House, retain the Senate, and work our asses off to win the Presidency in 2016.
We all knew the challenges. No-one was naive to the scope, and many people called us fools. We also knew were not just confronting left-wing ideology, but we were going to end up confronting the entire UniParty apparatus.
We well understood the benefactors of Tarp, Omnibus, ARRA, and ObamaCare were not Democrats. These were easily identifiable as constructs of a financial and professional political class that supersedes party construct. Porkulous, QE1, QE2 and continual Omnibus bills only provided factual evidence in that regard.
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We won some targeted political objectives and we lost many more. The defeats did not come from Democratic opposition, but rather from the entrenched GOPe. Early on, after defeating Karl Rove’s campaign for Republican Mike Castle, we became Republican targets. [Yes, Rove was Castle’s campaign mgr.]
Taking down Bob Bennett, sent a shock wave through the ENTIRE system. We knew it was only a matter of time before the party leadership viewed us as a risk. Taking out Mike Castle only ensured the eye of Saron would target us. After Trey Grayson, we began fighting a two-headed UniParty dragon.
Just who did we think we were to defeat such established bona fides?
The GOPe was furious.
The GOPe never fight Democrats; instead they reserve their full arsenal for their own internal defense. Even if it means giving Senate seats to Democrats, the goal is retention of incumbency and with it power. All scotched-earth techniques are deployed. In 2012 former GOPe CIA Director, Porter Goss, worked to block a challenge to Senate Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida by supporting GOPe preferred Connie Mack Jr for the race. Pushing the weakest challenger is also a strategy.
In addition, the GOPe adjusted the severity of their protectionist strategy and openly began providing material support to Democrats. This was never more clear than the spring 2014 when the GOPe used Democrats to support Thad Cochran. By calling their own party member Chris McDaniel (R) a racist the GOPe apparatus were again sending a message.
Oh yes, we had many losses. However, those loses were almost exclusively due to an entrenched party apparatus who would rather see their party lose to Democrats so long as the addresses on the GOPe leadership business cards never changed.
Lose to a Democrat and they are out of the majority. Lose to a Conservative Tea Party candidate and they are out of a job.
The IRS targeting the Tea Party was just as beneficial to the GOPe goals, as it was to the Obama administrations re-election efforts. Ergo, a committee steered to nowhere…. and so it went. We were watching.
After five years of following their meeting schedule and thoroughly understanding their playbook (as good as they knew it themselves); by the fall of 2014 we knew the deployment strategy for a Republican Jeb Bush, next-in-line, presidential candidacy. Bush or Clinton, it matters not to the UniParty – same/same.
It only matters to those without gilded parachutes who refuse to accept the self-fulfilling abyss.
Seven years ago, we had a long-term plan. Four larger goals; four objectives. Despite dozens of setbacks, often forcing us to accept a net gain of inches, eventually we arrived at a moment when the fourth goal was reached.
Today, during his inaugural address, President Donald Trump spoke to each and every person who worked long tireless hours to deliver on that long-term plan.
Few thought we would endure. Even fewer thought success was a possibility.
However, it is important to understand, although it was the most challenging of the goals, President Trump was not a singular accomplishment. President Trump was the fourth battle won in a long, brutal, and hard-fought war.
Today, we cannot help but look back over the past seven years and feel a strong sense of accomplishment. It is fitting and proper to do so.
And with all four interim goals solidly achieved….