Horowitz: 20 House patriots provide the blueprint for conservatives to reassert control over failed GOP

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Democrats fight for their rights like Navy SEALs. RINOs fight tooth and nail for the same set of priorities. Establishment Republicans are desperately attempting to use leverage to maintain their seats at the table in the corporatist, globalist system. But we conservatives are supposed to sit like potted plants, putting out policy papers and never using leverage for liberty the way the bad guys do for tyranny — even within our own party, where the overwhelming majority of voters think like us. A group of about 20 House Republicans has finally shown us the blueprint for exposing the fraud of the conservative-Republican relationship, as well as a way forward to either take over the party or force a much-needed split.

We’ve always had a dirty little secret. Conservatives willing to fight the system account for only about 10% of Senate Republicans and 20%-30% (including toe-dipping supporters) of House Republicans. The same is true in deep red-state legislatures, though the numbers in most state Houses are slowly increasing. We only have one governor: the man from Florida. In other words, unless we inflict blunt-force trauma on the party, we might as well make it official and install Klaus Schwab as Emperor, cutting out the middlemen.

Until now, we’ve been brainwashed by legacy Republicans and mouthpiece commentators into believing that conservatives simply don’t have the numbers for anything, that we should keep putting out policy ideas even if they’re dead in the water, and that we should be content with losing by landslides in House private conference votes on fundamental ideas like making the House more representative, transparent, and, yes, conservative.

“Well, if you want to beat them, you have to win more seats [not that these voices ever help us in primaries] and do it in a smooth manner.” You’ve probably heard that line before. Let us now move on to the country club, “next in line,” corporatist, globalist shill to fake-fight the Democrats on all the issues that don’t matter, in the ways that don’t matter, at the times that don’t matter. That’s why we conservatives were there: to make points… and then lose.

This dynamic has been playing out for decades, not just in closely divided congressional sessions, but also in supermajority red-state legislatures.

For years, it has also played out in general elections. We were told that if we accepted every bad Republican in a general election, we would be blamed for a Democrat winning the seat. We bemoaned how black voters remained steadfastly loyal to Democrats who treated them horribly, but we were no different, obediently serving and slavishly devoted to the GOP plantation.

“Well, the time to defeat bad Republicans is now,” they explain. “You have no right to demand so much governance within the party if you can’t win enough seats.”

This is correct, with one exception: the establishment Republicans do not run in primaries on policies they truly support in Congress; they run on our policies. They use industry money, superior name IDs, and organizations to masquerade as conservatives and confuse voters.

As a result, when they can run on what they truly believe privately and win, we will respect their position within the party. But if they’re going to sabotage our primaries with dishonest obfuscation, it’s time we demanded they come to our plantation instead of the other way around. Our perspectives, not theirs, reflect the hopes and dreams of the vast majority of Republican voters.

For years, we have urged conservative members of Congress to form a bloc, as in a parliamentarian system, and state unequivocally that they are not loyal to the GOP establishment. They should obstruct uniparty agendas and processes, including leadership elections, until our grievances, and the grievances of the majority of GOP voters, are represented and addressed. Last week, 20 heroes, mostly Freedom Caucus members, did just that. McCarthy and his aides made concessions worth 60 years in exchange for delaying the House agenda for five days.

Taken as a whole, conservatives will now be able to force votes on any piece of legislation that the party has been too embarrassed to bring to a vote for years. This dynamic will finally bring clarity to the party’s ranks. The game of Republicans running as conservatives and then carefully fooling their base with superficial legislation while quietly blocking meaningful reforms could be over, depending on how the agreement with the Freedom Caucus members is implemented.

Conservatives will also have the legislative clout to navigate and communicate a proper budget blueprint, as well as to confront Democrats in the face of a government shutdown in order to force generational change in public policy.

On the investigative front, conservatives will have the keys to the castle, allowing them to finally hold hearings and oversight on aspects of government malfeasance that establishment Republicans have always been too afraid to touch. This, in turn, can help “red-pill” the public against the current corrupt system and foster a political environment conducive to enacting far-reaching change.

Most importantly, the efforts of these heroes demonstrate how a committed minority can use leverage to demand that the Republican wing of the Republican Party be in the driver’s seat, not the trunk, of what should be the country’s predominantly conservative vehicle. They’ve altered the rules.

Does this imply that the establishment will automatically support all of our ideas and will not try to stymie them? Absolutely not. But it does mean that we may be able to force the debates they have been avoiding for so long. Many of these “undocumented Democrats” within the GOP will face a “convert or die” moment, where they will be forced to join us or suffer the fate of Liz Cheney.

All of the supermajority red states where the 10-15 conservatives in the chamber languish in a Republican Party that governs like Democrats should start taking notes on what happened last week and replicating it in their own states. They can no longer avoid chaos and heated debate within the party, and they must never pass up an opportunity to use leverage points to achieve the goal.

Finally, Republican voters must do the same in general elections. When unacceptable candidates emerge from primaries, we should not rush to their aid and beg them to defeat the Democrats for us. They must earn our votes, especially in deep red states. They have to come to our plantation. Hundreds of thousands of Republican voters should formally pledge not to vote for these candidates, even in general elections. This will force the candidates to begin bargaining with the people rather than with K Street and Wall Street.

We appear to have received our red wave after all. Except this time, the energy of actual “red” officials is propelling the wave.