“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject
are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War.
Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at
creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes
to dividing the other side.
Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans
ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next
Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship
in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working
together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that
complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the
wearer feel good, but no one can see it.
The complaints come to
mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus
spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote
Last week’s polling data released by FreedomWorks indicates that
voters – especially young voters – have become far less supportive of a
powerful federal government since President Obama assumed office. The
the information is a cogent guide to messaging for Republicans looking
to win elections, but don’t expect party leaders to be very enthusiastic
about the situation.
After five years of living under President Obama’s administration,
FreedomWorks found that the young people who once voted for him no
longer supported his vision of government.
A video produced by the comedy group Second City Network suggests that “Because
Obama” may be losing its credibility as an excuse for government
The cause, organized by what the video portrayed as the
“Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants Did You Know He was Friends
with Jay Z?” group, aims to fundraise $1.6 trillion to support the
President’s effort to begin World War III – in addition, as one of the
video’s actors puts it, to “World War IV, and any moon war the President
may want to start.
Bloggers and activists from around the nation gathered at
FreedomWorks this September 6-8 for a Defund ObamaCare Summit, where
they discussed the consequences of ObamaCare and the strategies being
used by Democrats and some Republicans to keep the law in place.
at the summit learned to counter the most substantive arguments – many
of which have been ironically formulated by Republican congressional
leadership – to support the funding of ObamaCare. The message was
simple: Why fund a law that no one believes will work with money the
federal government doesn’t have?
This month marks the third anniversary of FreedomWorks’ endorsement
of Rep. Renee Ellmers during her very first campaign for the U.S. House.
Ironically, Rep. Ellmers decided to commemorate the anniversary by
putting a knife in the back of the conservatives who support defunding
In response to a question she received at a town hall this past week, Rep. Ellmers
tried to explain that her low ratings from conservative organizations
had nothing to do with her voting with Democrats to expand the size of
government, but suggested that she was being unfairly singled out by
groups like the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks.