On last night's news, I heard -- and saw -- Grover Norquist compare the life-long obligation to his "pledge" to marriage vows. I truly about fell off my chair. Considering the divorce rate, perhaps I should have been pleased. But it was a cheap shot by a desperate man.
EXCERPT From one of many media summaries (right and left leaning): "The Republicans have been victims of Stockholm Syndrome; held captive by the grizzly-chinned anti-tax zealot, Grover Norquist, for so long – and with such seductive dictates – that they’ve lost all sense of their emotional imprisonment to actually embrace the man who’s been their captor.
In the current climate of political upheaval, at a time when the GOP has lost their finger-on-the-pulse of the electorate; in an economic era when wiser minds will survive only if they shuck off old thinking, Grover Norquist has become…old thinking.
In a surprise move this past week, Saxby Chambliss, the Republican Senator from Georgia long known as one of the fiercest champions of the Norquist anti-tax pledge and a deep conservative in a red-red state, has stepped forward to signal his break with Norquist."
Kudos to all Republican members of Congress who are finally calling a spade a spade, and a dictator a dictator. Many are putting their foot down about the extorionary tactics of Grover Norquist, who openly bragged on 60 Minutes [CLICK HERE] that he dictates how elected Republican members of Congress may vote on many issues...or else "suffer the consequences." He makes no bones that he has the power to throw elections.
Whether or not one favors higher taxes for the wealthier members of society, I think we all agree the budget must be balanced....sooner rather than later. But EVERYONE should agree that no official, especially an un-elected official, should dictate how elected officials vote, and to whom they owe their allegience.Here's some of what's happening:
"Fewer and fewer Republicans want to be in bed with Grover Norquist and his no-new-taxes pledge these days. The anti-tax evangelist became a punching bag for the right this holiday weekend.
"Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing," Republican political strategist Matthew Dowd said on the ABC television program "This Week." He added, "The only good thing about Grover Norquist is, he's named after a character from 'Sesame Street.'"
But it wasn't just pundits going after Norquist. With pressure on Republicans to solve the fiscal cliff, members of the GOP have started to break rank."
So far, the list of GOP Congressmen FINALLY calling a spade a spade. Whatever one might think of the following elected officials politics, I am very, very proud to see them stand up against Norquist! He is a bad, bad man....an extortionist who, IMHO, has nearly destroyed the Repubican Party. Once I saw the 60 Minutes interview with Norquist, I made a pledge with myself -- never vote for a Republican who has signed "The Pledge," and consider voting for any Republican who has the guts to stand up to this anti-American criminal, and hopefully ban him from the GOP altogether.
Some recent quotes from GOP members of Congress (CLICK HERE FOR THE SOURCE):
Lindsey Graham, R, S.C. – On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Graham said, "I agree with Grover, we shouldn't raise rates. But I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can't cap deductions and buy down debt. ... I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."
Peter King, R, N.Y. – On NBC's "Meet the Press," King said, "A pledge you signed 20 years ago, 18 years ago, is for that Congress. ... For instance, if I were in Congress in 1941, I would have signed a declaration of war against Japan. I'm not going to attack Japan today. The world has changed, and the economic situation is different."
Saxby Chambliss, R, Ga. – Chambliss said last week that he doesn't care about being criticized for breaking rank with Norquist. "I care too much about my country — I care a lot more about it than I do about Grover Norquist," Chambliss told Georgia's WMAZ. "Norquist has no plan to pay this debt down. His plan says you continue to add to the debt, and I just have a fundamental disagreement about that and I'm willing to do the right thing and let the political consequences take care of themselves."
Norquist is just an extortionist criminal in a
suit. And the GOP is starting to wake up and put their COUNTRY and their
constituents BEFORE Grover
Norquist and his unconstitutional pledge backed up by threats. I AM THRILLED to see the GOP members
of Congress getting some backbone, and FINALLY having the courage to speak out
against this poor excuse for a U.S. citizen.
No matter what any of us thinks about the GOP vs. Democrats vs. Independents....I cannot tell you how relieved i am to hear -- one-by-one -- FINALLY -- the GOP members of Congress having the courage to walk away from this horrific creep, nothing less than a traitor to his country. Lobbying is one thing, but forcing elected officials to sign a pledge to an unelected dictator is quite another. (The video in this story includes interviews with several Republican members of Congress, saying the same thing -- Congress needs to solve the fiscal problem, not let a single person ruin the country by an anachronistic lack of logic.)
I applaud these courageous GOP Congressmen for standing up to Norquist, and agreeing to work with Democrats to balance the budget -- for the good of the United States of America, although it's taken way too long. But better late than never.
Who knows...maybe I'll register as a Republican for the next primary? There's a lot of great Republicans out there. They've just been driven away and/or into silence by the likes of Grover Norquist.