Former congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado has had enough of the traitors in the GOP leadership.
Like so many of us.
In a blunt column published at Breitbart, Tancredo explains in no uncertain terms what he thinks of the way the GOP has been run during the time since he first joined the House of Representatives, back in 1998.
“After this week’s House GOP ‘budget deal,’ which betrays nearly every promise made to grassroots conservatives since 2010,” Tancredo wrote, “I have decided it is time to end my affiliation with the Republican Party. This decision has been incubating over the past 17 years, years of watching the downward spiral of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan into the Party of Democrat Lite.”
Tancredo explained how he was threatened by the congressional leadership and President Bush to support the massive Medicare prescription drug program, and how he was warned by Karl Rove to never again “darken the door” of the White House after criticizing lax border security following 9/11.
“When I first arrived in the U.S. House of Representatives, I naively believed that it was primarily the Democrats who were committed to open borders. But I quickly learned the entire Republican establishment also supported a policy of immigration non-enforcement. …
“For most of those years after 2000, we had a Republican President and a Republican-controlled Congress, but the conservative agenda was largely ridiculed and abandoned. …
“The GOP neither advanced a conservative agenda nor checked the radical ‘transformative’ agenda of Barack Obama. We got condescending lip service, and nothing more.”
Tancredo lists at length the many ways that the Republican leadership has carried water for President Obama on every bad piece of legislature the White House has wanted, despite numerous public pledges to oppose his disastrous policies.
He does see some bright spots, however, as Republican voters have wised up to the GOP leadership’s games.
“In 2010, the Republican rank and file stopped drinking the Kool-Aid and started demanding accountability. And demanding results. The conservative electorate that elected Republican majorities is tired of capitulation.”
Still, for Tancredo, it’s too little too late. Though he said he will actively support Ted Cruz for president, Tancredo will no longer do so as a Republican.
“By insulting the grassroots, the GOP leadership has set upon a suicide mission. The problem is that failed leadership is allowing Obama to destroy the Constitution and take the whole country down the drain. Well, count me out. The Boehner budget deal is the last straw, and enough is enough. I cannot any longer defend this transparently dishonest charade called the Republican Party.”
As Republican voters once again feel the slippery knife of Backstabbing Boehner, a lot of the rank and file are feeling the same way as Tancredo does. The selection of the status quo defender Paul Ryan as speaker does nothing to restore confidence.
Tancredo’s right. If we can’t elect a true conservative as the next president, the GOP leadership will have signed the party’s death warrant.