If there is anything that the last four years have taught conservatives, it may be that the rejection of neo-conservatism and war hawks is a transformation of the GOP appealing to so many Americans.
Recently, that change has come even further into light as Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., nearly came to blows over a recent military defense bill.
Sen. Paul advocated against a defense bill that would cost the U.S. over 700 billion dollars in total funding, as well as minimizing the president’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan — or any other foreign entity.
Sen. Paul argued against neo-conservatism and, more specifically, Rep. Cheney, as he bashed "perpetual war" and war hawks who want to keep troops overseas.
Rep. Cheney responded to Paul on Twitter by employing an emotional argument.
Presumably, this was to make Paul out to be anti-American and anti-troop. This characterization could not be further from the truth.
Liz Cheney knows that all too well.
This is probably why instead of countering Paul with an intelligent argument for why the bill should be passed, she instead took a shot at Paul’s height being the same as hers: five feet, two inches.
Unfortunate as this is, this is all most neocons can argue.
They use emotional pleas, directed at those Republicans who do not want wars to continue endlessly and also spend billions of dollars on them.
These pleas color anti-war Republicans as being anti-military in general.
If there is anyone more anti-military and anti-conservative when it comes to such bills that do nothing but help fund the military-industrial complex and their egos, it’s those like Rep. Cheney who have never served a day in the military but want to send troops overseas to perish, while she sits in Wyoming on the federal payroll.
This is exactly why the Republican Party needs more Rand Paul’s in political servitude and less Liz Cheneys.
Nothing has proven that more evident than the clear divide that Cheney helped create when she campaigned (quite openly) against incumbent Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie during the primaries .
Cheney openly donated to Massie’s primary opponent, but received tremendous backlash for it — from her colleagues.
During a GOP caucus meeting, in which Cheney serves as chairwoman, Congressmen, specifically, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz and Freedom Caucus founding member and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, lambasted Cheney for opposing President Trump and backing a primary opponent of one of her colleagues she is responsible for getting re-elected.
There is such a thing as the GOP being a big tent party.
The Republican Party has made significant gains with and in demographics that they never had achieved previously.
But — there's no room for Republicans like Cheney, who openly donate to her Republican colleagues’ primary opponents simply because he opposes the wars she seems to love and the taxpayer money she equally loves to burn.
There’s a huge reason why liberty-loving members of the GOP like President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have been universally embraced and why neoconservatives like Liz Cheney have been left in the dust. It’s because people are sick of big spending, war-loving, faux conservatives who act one way when they campaign — and then vote differently.
There’s a huge reason why the names mentioned are more popular than Cheney amongst the general public. Yet, somehow, Cheney retains her position as a power-broker in leadership while in Washington D.C.
President Trump and his allies have done a great job in helping to eradicate the idea of the "swamp," but we still have a long way to go in that regard in the GOP.
Kenny Cody is a 24-year old conservative writer and activist from Northeast Tennessee. He has had pieces published on conservative news sites such as The Daily Wire, Townhall.com, and The Libertarian Republic, as well as serves as Chairman for the Cocke County Republican Party in his home state. In addition to his work as a conservative writer and activist, Cody also serves as an English teacher for Cosby Elementary School. Read Kenny Cody's Reports — More Here.
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