By Robert A. Vella
Late last night, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives once again cowered before the radical extremists in their party. After the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas – Ted Cruz – had brazenly scuttled House Speaker John Boehner’s border remediation plan the day before, Republican leaders acquiesced to the rabid right-wing pressure and passed an even more draconian pair of bills in the media shadow of a Friday evening (see: House passes $694 million border bill).
Sooner or later, Republicans will have no other choice but to directly confront this insurgency within their political party. Otherwise, the Tea Party will inevitably win this escalating GOP civil war. Why? Because what drives the Tea Party is unrelenting zealotry for an irrational ideology based on hostility: hatred of democratic governance, hatred of ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual equality, and a profound resentment over losing the privileged status in society enjoyed for so long by its members’ ancestral lineage. With moderates now largely purged from the ranks of the GOP, party leaders have little support other than from their enormously wealthy financial benefactors. But, they have no passion, no compelling emotional motive. The GOP establishment coldly serves the interests of big business, nothing more. Their situation is analogous to the South Vietnamese government which, despite a massive U.S. military commitment, was violently deposed by a determined people who felt they had nothing left to lose.
The Tea Party, quite perversely, feels that it too has nothing left to lose. The existential threat (wrongly) perceived by its followers has manifested into a political movement that knows no ethical bounds, no limit to its actions. It will win at all costs, or lose everything in trying. Like The Terminator of science fiction film legend, “It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop…”
Such primeval devotion to a cause almost destroyed the United States once before. It must not happen again. Republican leaders took on that responsibility then, and they will have to do so now for the sake of the nation. However, this time they will be facing their own.
From the Huffington Post – Not Just Whistling ‘Dixie’: Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession
Michael Peroutka, the Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council, stood up for secession and the white nationalist League of the South, at a hastily called, standing-room-only press conference on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement in and leadership of the League of the South, a white nationalist group that advocates conservative, Christian theocracy and secession to form a Southern Republic. Top Democratic and Republican leaders had called for him to resign from the group.
Most prominently, Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, Jr., recently disavowed Peroutka because of his involvement in the racist and theocratic group. Hogan campaign spokesman Adam Dubitsky said: “Larry absolutely disavows him. Those views have never been a part of the Republican Party and they never will.”
But before the state press corps, Peroutka refused to resign from the the League, which he calls “a Christian, free market group.”