Lugar, a 36 year Senate veteran, has found himself in an all too familiar scenario that is highly reminiscent of the 2010 mid-term primaries. Not only does he face a capable opponent, he also faces an angry conservative constituency that has taken issue with his voting record.
Conservative Hoosiers were shocked as Senator Lugar abandoned capitalist principles and voter in favor of using tax-payer money to bailout private corporations and banks, dismayed at the Republican Senator’s vote to raise the debt ceiling while refusing to support a ban on wasteful earmark spending, and embarrassed by his lack of due diligence and casual acceptance of President Obama’s Supreme Court appointees.
- Yes, it’s true, Senator Lugar will truthfully tell you that he voted against Obama-care and instructed the Indiana Attorney General to oppose the law in court. However, he also voted in favor of appointing two Supreme Court Justices who are far more likely to uphold the law as Constitutional that to strike it down and his decisions become even more convoluted when you consider that one of those Justices was involved in getting the legislation passed before she was appointed to her position.
- He supports legislation that grants amnesty to illegal immigrants under the auspices of a “path to citizenship” while ignoring the fact that there is ALREADY an established path to citizenship in the United States. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that amnesty is government’s way of “cooking the books” by increasing the number of citizens responsible for the massive amount of debt lawmakers continue to accrue. In the meantime, American culture is replaced with political correctness while politicians pander to the interests of foreigners rather than Americans.
- He supports the controversial START treaty that requires the unilateral disarmament of nuclear deterrent maintained by the United States. The idea behind this treaty is fundamentally flawed because it’s reductions do not account for the United States being able to retaliate should two or more countries (especially the size of China, India, Russia, or Brazil) decide to team up on it. Further, the costs to protect and maintain these sites is miniscule in comparison to the lucrative economic development packages offered to foreign regimes who, oftentimes, do not use the money as instructed.
- As ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Lugar introduced legislation, giving $1.5 billion dollars ANNUALLY, to support the economic development of Pakistan while the United States suffers through economic stagflation as well as an exponentially increasing debt problem.
As a constituent, I have personally written Senator Lugar many times expressing valid concerns over these and many other positions he has taken that represent an abandonment of conservative principles. He was warned, several times, that conservatives would find someone to replace him in 2012 if he continued to misrepresent the people who elected him into office but the warnings fell on deaf ears.
Now, a few days away from the Indiana primaries, after character assassinations and misleading attack ads have failed to dissuade support for his opponent, Richard Lugar has found himself a full 10 points behind and stooped to new lows by asking Democrats and Independents to vote for him in the primaries. It’s almost surreal to hear one of the highest seniority members of the Senate, a 36 year Republican, disavow the voters of his own party – just to win an election.
If conservatives had any doubt that the Republican party has been taken over by an establishment of politicians who refuse to represent conservative principles and values, Senator Lugar’s actions should put those doubts to rest.
Republican lawmakers should take notice that conservatives did NOT spend their time holding purposeless rallies meant to incite violence or revolution, they spent their time looking for potential replacements for the true problems that plague this nation: reckless government spending, impractical government regulations, an incomprehensible tax code that has become divisive and is slowly sending America’s wealth to the Federal government for re-disbursement, and Republican politicians who refuse to represent the conservative principles and values of their constituents.
Contrary to the narrative, the TEA party is very much alive and the “shellacking” that started in 2010 will continue in the “culling” of 2012.