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The Patriot Is A Scarce Man

Rep Jim Bridenstine and Rep Louie Gohmert

Change, especially any great change, requires a "hero" to set it off - sometimes that hero risks his life in battle, sometimes that hero risks his reputation and his capital to bring a groundbreaking product to the market, and sometimes that hero risks a bloody nose to depose the schoolyard bully and bring peace to the neighborhood.

Yesterday, when the 114th Congress convened and began to call the roll to elect the Speaker of the House two heroes, Rep. Louie Gohmert and Rep. Jim Bridenstine, stood up and put at risk their hard won positions as Members of the United States House of Representatives to oppose Speaker John Boehner's re-election and set-off the change in Washington that millions of grassroots constitutional conservative voters have been demanding from the Republican Party.

Now, this wasn't a battle of bullets and bombs -- it was a battle of ideas, influence and money.

All the influence and all the money of establishment Washington were against them, but all the ideas and ideals of a constitutional government of the People, by the People and for the People were on their side.

Naturally, when Speaker Boehner was re-elected with less than half the House voting for him the Washington influence machine said they lost.

We say nothing could be further from the truth, because this fight isn't over.

The war to make the Republican Party the political home of limited government constitutional conservatives has been going on for over 100 years. While it may be hard to believe, the Republican Party is a much more conservative party than it was a decade ago, or even when Ronald Reagan was President.

Much more conservative, that is, except on Capitol Hill.

The Capitol Hill Republican leadership remains practically the last bastion of the Big Government Republicanism that conservatives Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, and before them Senator Bob Taft, fought.

And it was that redoubt of the Washington establishment that Representatives Gohmert, Bridenstine, Steve King, Daniel Webster, Curt Clawson, Dave Brat and their conservative colleagues set out to storm.

What the Republican establishment doesn't seem to grasp is that, while John Boehner may be Speaker for the next two years and they might have repulsed the first sally, the conservative grassroots army that backed Louie Gohmert and Jim Bridenstine will be back.

And it won't attack only Capitol Hill, where the GOP establishment is strongest.

It's going to show-up at town halls, "listening sessions" civic group meetings, and most of all it is going to show-up in primary elections.

So take to heart the words that Rep. Jim Bridenstine spoke when he nominated Louie Gohmert for Speaker:

"Madam Clerk, I present for election to the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress the name of Judge Louie Gohmert, a Representative from the great state of Texas. 

"Madam Clerk, Judge Gohmert proudly represents the first District of Texas. He is serving his fifth term in the House. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. Governor Rick Perry later appointed Judge Gohmert to Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals. 

"This is not about Louie Gohmert.  It never has been.  This is about a strong check on the Executive.  Madam Clerk, Mark Twain once said, 'In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.'  My constituents in the First District of Oklahoma are looking for this kind of patriot."

Patriots are indeed scarce men, and women -- but there are millions of us out here in America outside the Beltway, this is our country and we're not going away.

Click this link to view the video of Rep. Jim Bridenstine nominating Rep. Louie Gohmert for Speaker of the House.

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The Patriot Is A Scarce Man

The Patriot Is A Scarce Man

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Letter By Erick Erickson --- RED STATE

Erick Erickson (Diary) | January 6th, 2015 at 12:27 AM

Congratulations on your election. You all come from different backgrounds with different views and even differing ideologies and priorities. But collectively you now are called upon to decide important issues.

For those of you in the House, many of you campaigned saying you would vote against Speaker Boehner. You are now trying to talk your way out of it claiming you tried behind closed doors and failed. I understand your position.

The American public can no more hold you to your promises than those who came before you. Everyone in Washington slowly, over time, begins to rationalize between principle and practicality and everyone in Washington eventually makes a decision based on whether embedding further within the system can somehow generate greater good. It is this reason so many voters are so cynical of Washington. Some of you will quickly become what you campaigned against. It is the natural order of that city.

This is your choice to make.

Allow me generally to make three points. First, in the whirlwind of Washington you will often be pressured to just do something. That something is always constructed in a way to act as opposed to refrain from acting. Sometimes, however, not acting is a more powerful thing to do.

Second, remember that you are accountable to your constituents. You work for them, not the other way around. You are their employee and your job review comes up on a two year schedule in the House and a six year schedule in the Senate.

Third, and above all else, remember that there is a God and one day you will stand before Him. Long after the voters ceased assesses you, you will stand in judgment. This world will pass away, but what you do here will be measured on that last day. Eternal things matter most and selling your soul to Washington at the expense of God or your family will eventually catch up to you.