It’s a new week, and democracy is alive and well in the freest country on earth. Yes, it took 15 votes to solidify Congressman Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House, but the world keeps turning.
All of this may surprise you if you buy into the mainstream media’s frenzy over the historic act that took place on the House floor last week.
Let’s hope you take away just one thing from those events. In that case, be aware that the mainstream media and the vast majority of your elected leaders, both left and right, want a continued broken, business-as-usual status quo for DC.
It probably had everyone in an apoplectic fit at the squeakiest voice in the political machine: Florida’s MAGA Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Congressman Gaetz held fast to his plans to work for now-Speaker McCarthy as he had wanted for so long.
While I personally am not a huge fan of Mr. Gaetz, if you are an honest performance broker, he deserves a hat tip for doing exactly what he promises.
So what makes Mr. Gaetz the most powerful man in the Republican Party? This is:
Matt Gaetz refuses corporate PAC money — a rarity for the GOP — as it appears to allow more freedom for maverick positions. He bucks the establishment on typical votes like joining Bernie to end the war in Yemen and this leadership struggle. Significant, even if you don’t completely agree with him.
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) January 8, 2023
A slave without a purse
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Rep. Gaetz may be too bold on the House floor because of his commitment to denying cash from political action committees (PACs).
In 2020, he correctly explained:
“Honest capitalism is under attack. Not just from Bernie Sanders, Antifa, and the radical left — from special interests and political action committees in the swamps of Washington DC.”
Parents like us felt a huge education impact as teachers lobbyed and helped legislators support and enact destructive education policies aimed at protecting unions against teachers and students.
Mr. Gaetz went on to throw shade equally across political parties:
“Regardless of which party is in power, the winners in Congress are usually the special interests that shuttle the most money to political campaigns.”
What is the meaning of this accusation of Congressmen? Those who are more in the pockets of special interests, including leadership PACs, generally get more opportunities for influence in Congress.
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This brings us to his latest performance in the House.
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Do you support this?
— Colin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 9, 2023
Congressman Gaetz made it clear how he feels about Kevin McCarthy and his bid to become Speaker of the House. He once called Representative McCarthy “the LeBron James of special interest fundraising.” He said his bid for the speakership was “an exercise in vanity driven by personal ambition”.
He closed his remarks by warning:
“That ambition is now paralyzing the House.”
And for his part, Kevin McCarthy is a prolific fundraiser. They earned $31.5 million in the first quarter alone last year. So Mr. There is something to Gaetz’s argument, as Mr. Most of the GOP rallies behind McCarthy were a fraction of his ability to bring in cash and control that cash.
As Mr. Gaetz said, loyalty to Mr. McCarthy:
“…covenant based on money.”
However, Mr. Gaetz didn’t sell his soul for this particular deal, which left him open to the pressure game of GOP politics as usual last week.
So what did Congressman Gaetz’s performance last week do for American voters?
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Mainstream media is more than you want to know.
Matt Gaetz has done more to protect American freedoms in the past week than Joe Biden has in his entire 50 years in politics.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) January 8, 2023
This is how it should work
No matter what news you like, you’ve no doubt heard the argument that Speaker McCarthy essentially had to give up one of his kidneys to the “terrorists” holding hostage the “good work” of the 118th Congress.
But let’s take a look at what Gaetz and other tenants have managed to achieve:
- Unanimous vote for impeachment of Speaker
- Votes on legislative term limits and border security
- Pro-McCarthy PAC stays out of ‘safe’ primary races
- DOJ’s Select Committee on Weaponization
- Bills have 72 hours to be read before they go to the floor for a vote
- Disclose the salaries of government officials
It was never about me or Kevin McCarthy. It’s about the American people.
America wants to know that the rules of the House of Reps will never allow anything like this horrible omnibus bill to pass again.
– Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 7, 2023
He held out minimal hope for votes on several bills aimed at abortion issues, defunding Biden’s 87,000 new IRS agents and limiting illegal immigration.
Basically the speaker position is significantly weakened, which is good; A single person should not be able to defeat duly elected representatives and many of the issues most popular with the electorate are now realities.
However, if you ask Florida Representative Michael Waltz, it’s a bad example for the rest of the world:
“All over the world authoritarian regimes are pointing to what’s going on in the House of Representatives and saying, ‘Look at the mess democracy is, how it doesn’t work, it can’t work.'”
While this possibility is true, it’s only because most authoritarian regimes don’t understand how democracy is supposed to work, let alone representative democracy, just as Congressman Waltz and his group of GOP nerds don’t seem to understand the concept either.
Democracy is messy at best, and allowing all voices of those elected by voters to be heard with equal footing is the point of the whole damn process.
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The truth hurts
The advantage Matt Gaetz has in Congress is that he is unpredictable to the political elite, accountable to no one but his constituents, and has proven time and time again that he bucks the system when the system needs bucking. He speaks the truth even when it is inconvenient and ugly.
Congressman Gaetz took a lot of hits when he said after the midterms that the Republican agenda in the House should not be:
“…hold hands in the warm spring rain with the Democrats, it’s about investigating them, holding them accountable, and we can do it without the Senate, without the White House.”
With the Senate and the White House still in the hands of Democrats, any hope of any real policy or legislative movement is a fool’s errand, Mr. Gaetz said in his statement.
So why not do what the House can do without the Senate and the White House?
“… That’s why these investigations should be policy first (and) policy, lobbyists and bill-making to support PACs should be a far, far lower priority.”
It’s easy to twist this statement, they don’t care about doing a job that makes the lives of American voters easier, and the mainstream media certainly twisted it. But the fact is he is just telling the ground truth to the American voter.
Nothing of any real value transcends the Senate or President Biden; Anything that does the former only serves special interests and political elites.
Finally, and perhaps my favorite thing about Mr. Gaetz, is that he didn’t see the altar of Trump.
It will be a very meaningful monitoring tool.
Credit to all negotiators who helped strengthen the House in such a tangible manner. https://t.co/NFFSoXjxkH
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) January 8, 2023
In 2020, he said:
“Remember our freedom from special interests, our loyalty to America and the America First movement started by President Trump…”
Yet President Trump last week tried to pressure 20 tenants into caving into the system. So maybe Matt Gaetz puts America and Americans first, not Trump and his loyal citizens.
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