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March 05th, 2021
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larry phillips mugshotGUEST COLUMN, Larry Phillips, Kismet



Yes, hallelujah, and it’s within the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party – the GOP – is going through a transformation that will eventually rid itself of the “establishment” Republicans that have spent decades kissing the feet of Democrats. 

They have acquiesced constitutional values and are content living off the crumbs the leftists have fed them under the table like the dogs they are, scrambling around on the linoleum, grateful for any tidbit.

Not one of these RINOs are true constitutionalists, and they don’t believe in the America First agenda or the American worker or in the millions of Americans that voted for Donald John Trump. They only believe in themselves and the graft and corruption they can pocket while in office.

They are poster children for Never-Trumpers and are wholly misguided in believing those Trumpists will revert back to the Establishment GOP mentality and moral bankruptcy of kowtowing hacks feeding off the leftovers of socialist progressives.

The 2020 election and latest impeachment trial has exposed nearly every RINO that does not only represent his or her constituents, but shows their duty is not to the Constitution – and never has been.

The biggest RINO fraud is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Our own Senator Jerry Moran is not far behind him. I’ll expose his distaste for America First a little further down.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) criticized McConnell’s post impeachment acquittal speech claiming former President Donald Trump was responsible for the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“You got Leader McConnell voting not guilty, not to convict but then just providing a scathing speech on the floor of the Senate that does not reflect, I think, the majority of our conference,” Johnson said. “So you’ve got our leader out there really representing himself and that is his right to do. But at the same time … I didn’t particularly like it.”

Trump eviscerated McConnell and rightfully so.

“The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse,” Trump wrote. “The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle – they’ve never had it so good – and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.

“Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump added.

Then there are the “Malignant Seven,” the GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump: Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

These RINOs are sentenced to defeat their next elections. Nearly every one of them have been, or are facing, censure by their state GOP parties or even their home counties. But they alone have written their own fate.

It will take time to rid the party of these “Me First” political hacks. For example, McConnell – thanks to Trump’s support prior to the 2020 elections – will have six more years in the Senate. Hopefully, he will lose all his current leadership roles and then he can openly caucus with the socialist Dems.

Now let’s examine Moran’s stilted statement after the Senate impeachment acquittal.

“President Trump was wrong to continue to spread allegations of widespread fraud and not immediately discourage the reprehensible and unpatriotic behavior,” Moran wrote. “Because former President Trump is no longer in office, I voted to acquit.”

But, and it’s a big but, Moran didn’t tell the truth about what was happening in the impeachment. Moran didn’t believe Trump was innocent, he was just afraid to vote with the obvious RINOs because he’s scared Kansans will see his blatant hypocrisy.

Our other Senator, Roger Marshall, spoke absolute truths in his post acquittal statement.

“One question does not remain and that is: What was the motivation of this trial?” Marshall asked. “The motivation was political hatred and was simply a continuation of the four-year impeachment fixation on the part of the House Managers and the Democratic Party.

“ … I believe this entire trial was unconstitutional from the start … It’s time for Congress to get back to the work of the American people,” Marshall concluded.

Moran never said a word about the American people or what they demanded or wanted. Moran is the a typical Establishment Republican (in Name Only). A “Me First” agenda guy.

Remember back in late summer of 2017, when Moran voted with the Socialist Democrats to “not”  repeal and replace ObamaCare?

His excuse is still one of the most upside-down spinning yarns ever made.

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” Moran wrote. “The bill did not, and I repeat – did not – ‘leave the federal government in control.’”

Hardy Har Har.

Then in March of 2019, Moran voted to block Trump’s enactment of the National Emergencies Act to use money from the Defense Department to build part of the southern border wall.

I complained bitterly to Moran, and he wrote back it was his “duty to follow the Constitution,” which didn’t allow Trump to use funds allocated to defense.

Moran proved he doesn’t know the Constitution, because that document says it’s the president’s job to “protect Americans.” And that was also the decision of the Supreme Court as well.

But Moran doesn’t want to stop illegal immigration, it would hurt his agri-conglomerate buddies that want cheap labor. They would quit doling out the big donations Moran gets if he voted to stop it.

Moran is a socialist Dem in GOP clothing. Pure “establishment.”

He has to go in 2022, and God forbid he runs for Kansas governor. We don’t need another Kathleen Sebelius in the governor’s chair.

PS: Rush Limbaugh died today, and I will miss him immensely. We conservatives will now have to live the dreams Rush espoused. We need to look at the big picture, the long road and to pursue our goals. As Rush would say, “Be proud, be strong and keep up the good fight – nothing comes easy.”

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