An Open Letter to U.S. House and Senate Republicans

Dear Republican U.S.Representatives and Senators:

You are entering into a period of testing.

In the House, the nation elected in 2012 one of the largest Republican majorities in the past 100 years.  You have a mandate to fight for conservative principles that is arguably much broader than the one that narrowly reelected President Barack Obama claims to have for his leftist agenda.

Of course, House Republicans alone cannot pass a law, but united you can stop any bill which violates the principles you publicly committed to support.

In the Senate, you have more than enough Republicans to prevent the passage of anything truly harmful to our country.

Nevertheless, you are already being pressured to abandon the principles voters elected you to uphold.

The major news media, Democrat politicians, liberal interest groups, and even some weak-kneed Republicans are demanding that you not use the powers given to you by the electorate to stop the power-grab agendas of President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The Democrat leadership does want to "fundamentally change"America.

They want to increase federal power, federal spending, federal taxes, federal deficits, and federal debt.  They want to give more advantages to their liberal allies and put more federal money into the pockets of their political cronies.

They want to undermine further traditional values and to surrender more of our national sovereignty to international bodies.

They want to weaken our country militarily and moveAmericamore rapidly in the direction of European socialism.

Their entire leftist agenda opposes the principles on which you ran and the principles of the millions of people who elected Republicans to Congress.

And now we count on you to stop them.  Nobody else can stop them but you.  You have the power, if you will use it.

The whole leftist apparatus is gearing up to panic you and to force you to cave in.  Don't do it.

All of them, the liberal Democrats, the labor unions, the leftist ideologues in the so-called "progressive" movement, and their allies in the print, broadcast, and online media will try to convince you that your political careers will be over if you don't cave in.

Let us remind you that these same people have always tried to defeat you -- yet you won election.

Whether your resistance to their current power grabs collapses or not, they will work just as hard to defeat you next time.  But if you are seen to cave in now, next time they will be stronger.

And if Republicans cave in now, when it really counts, next time you will be weaker, because your conservative base will be outraged.  Many who worked hard to elect you in the past will never lift a finger for you again.

There are two ways President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid could get what they want out of the Congress now.

First, just enough Republicans could vote with the Democrats and against most other Republicans to pass what Obama, Pelosi, and Reid want passed.

Second, the Republican leadership could negotiate a "deal" with the Democrats and take most Republican Representatives and Senators with them.

Either of those two courses would be a disaster for conservative principles because they would result in permanent advances for the "fundamental changes" the left wants to impose on our country.

Let us also remind you that a great many potent conservative organizations and millions of conservative and liberty-loving voters do not believe in the divine right of incumbents to be re-nominated.  Conservatives know how to recruit and support candidates.

In recent election cycles the left has virtually eliminated "moderate" Democrats from the Congress.  And you have no conservative Democrat colleagues at all.

At the same time, those election cycles have resulted in the nomination and election of fewer and fewer Republicans who play footsie with liberal Democrats.

In the Republican Party, conservatives dominate the primaries more and more, a process almost certain to continue.

Not only do you now have one of the biggest House Republican majorities in the past century, in the Senate, you have 45 Republicans, more than enough to stop many bad decisions there.

Suppose just enough Republicans cross the aisle to provide Democrats a majority in vitally important legislative battles now upon us.  They will find themselves, come election time, the targets of both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, which isn't likely to be healthy for their political careers.

Suppose, on the other hand, that the congressional Republican leadership negotiates a "deal," a "compromise," with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

The historic record of such deals shows that the Democrats usually clean the Republicans' clocks.

You will remember that, with all good will, President Reagan and then the first President Bush made deals to support some tax increases in return for Democrat promises to cut spending even more.  In both cases, the new taxes were quite real, but far from cuts in spending, spending increases followed.

Right now it is generally but incorrectly believed that Republicans aren't able to negotiate from a position of strength.

Of course, this time every element of the left will be in full-throated roar, yelling that the country will collapse if Republicans don't give in to their demands.

There is some danger that the congressional Republican leaders will decide to accept whatever deals they can get, which might mean that Democrats get real gains and Republicans again get empty promises.  Or Democrats would get permanent changes and Republicans would get changes easily reversed by a future Congress.

If such deals are made, conservative organizations and conservative and liberty-loving voters would see that the current leadership is not an acceptable alternative to the left.  Conservatives would then likely repeat what they did in the 1970s, when they systematically and successfully undertook a multi-year effort to replace Republican congressional leadership.

With President Obama in office for another four years and his leftist appointees working tirelessly to implement the left's agenda, there is a virtual certainty that the economy will not have a significant recovery.  More likely the country will suffer a continuation of Obama's permanent recession.

Yes, this is a time of testing for you.

If Republicans provide a consistent, conservative alternative, the time will come, probably sooner than later, when most Americans will become fed up with the left's failed agenda and be ready for a change to "throw the bums out" and restore limited, Constitutional government.

So it's in the interest of the country and in your personal interest for you to use the power you unquestionably have now to stand firm and not surrender your conservative principles, no matter how loud the clamor of people whose central interest is to advance the left's agenda.

Sincerely,

(Affiliations for identification only)

Morton Blackwell, Chairman                                    Colin Hanna, President

The Weyrich Lunch                                                    Let Freedom Ring

Ed Meese                                                                     Jim Martin, Chairman

Conservative Action Project                                      60 Plus Association

Phyllis Schlafly, President                                        T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr,

Eagle Forum                                                               National Conservative Campaign Fund

Brent Bozell, President                                      Tom McClusky, Sr. Vice President

ForAmerica                                                          Family Research Council Action

Hon. James S. Gilmore III, President                       Gary Bauer, President

Free Congress Action                                                  American Values

Michael Farris, Chairman                                              Preston Noell III, President

Home School Legal Defense Association                   Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Penny Nance, CEO and President                                Shari Rendall

Concerned Women forAmerica                                    Director of Legislation & Public Policy                                                                         Concerned Women forAmerica

Richard Viguerie, Chairman                                          Al Cardenas, Chairman

ConservativeHQ.com                                                  American ConservativeUnion

Erick Erickson, Editor                                                   Ken Blackwell  , Chairman

RedState                                                                    Ohio Faith and Freedom Coalition

Foster Friess (WY)                                                      Tim LeFever

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David N. Bossie, President                                            Frank Cannon, President

Citizens United                                                              American Principles Project

Susan Carleson, President                                             Lori Roman

American Civil Rights Union                                         Regular Folks United/Rosies Project

President, Carleson Center for Public Policy

Amy Ridenour, President                                              Mark Fitzgibbons

National Center for Public Policy Research.                 American Targeting Advertising

Seton Motley, President                                                Ginni Thomas

Less Government                                                        LibertyConsulting

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American Commitment                                           The Mommy Lobby

Bob Reccord, Executive Director                                  Jim Backlin

Council for National Policy                                          Christian Coalition ofAmerica

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Traditional Values Coalition                                             Traditional Values Coalition

Nina May, Chairman                                    Joseph Farah

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Dr. Jim Garlow, Chairman                                        Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D

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Mandi Campbell, Legal Director                            Rod D. Martin, Chairman

Liberty Center for law and policy                          The Vanguard Project

Kay R. Daly, President                                     Tim Echols, Chairman

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary                           GeorgiaPublic Service Commission

Jeff Gayner, Chairman                                      Ron Pearson

Americans for Sovereignty                               Council forAmerica

Elaine Donnelly, President                                 Michael Centanni, Chairman

Center for Military Readiness                            Freedom’s Defense Fund

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Students for Life ofAmerica

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Dr. Day Gardner, President                              Kevin L. Kearns

National Black Pro-Life Union                         US Business and Industry Council

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Gary Aldrich, President                                                Gary A. Marx, Executive Director

Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty            Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman of

the Board, Council National Policy

Tim Macy, Vice Chairman                                     Bradley Mattes, Executive Director

Gun owners of America                                          Life Issues Institute

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Western Center for Journalism                        Ken W. Davis Foundation

Ken Timmerman   (MD-08)                                  Richard W. C. Falknor, Chairman

Republican Candidate for Congress 2012            Maryland Center-Right Coalition

JohnKwapisz,WashingtonLiaison                               Wes Vernon

American Council for Immigration Reform              RenewAmerica.com

Dianne Edmondson, Executive Director             Keith Mason, President

Republican National Coalition for Life                 PersonhoodUSA(CO)

Richard Ford                                                             Jason Jones, President

HeritageAlliance                                                        Movie to Movement

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Terri L. Burl                                                                 Common Sense Campaign (AL)

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Social Media Director

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Somers White Co., Inc.                                   Advanced Gynecology, LLC

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Chattanooga Tea Party (TN)                        Dubuque County Tea party (IA)

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Robert K. Fischer, President                          Tina J. Benkiser

Fischer Furniture, Inc.                                    Attorney & Counselor at Law

Fr. Republican Party of Texas Chairman

Kirk Elliott, Ph.D.                                            Dee Park, Chair

TodaysAmerica.com                                       MooreTEA Citizens (NC)

Suzanne (Zan) Green, Founder                         J. Keet Lewis

Rainy Day Patriots                                              Texans for Conservative Principles PAC

Joshua Charles                                                 David Y. Denholm President

Rediscovery Project                                         Public Service Research Council

William Jessup University

Harold Sorensen                                                           Lisa Becker, President

Americans Must Investigate Public Servants           Liber8Congress

Jodi McDade                                                               Lee A. Beaman

Member                                                                      Entrepreneur, Nashville, Tennessee

Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee

Joseph Schwartz                                                           Kim Simac President

North Woods Patriots (WI)                                         North Woods Patriots (WI)

Kirsten Lombard, Organizer                                 Seth Morgan

TheWisconsin9/12 Project                                    FormerStateRepresentative (OH),                                                                                           Board Member of Citizens for                               Community

Values, Conservative                                             Coalition Leader

Sidney E. Johnson, M.D.                                      Ron Hei

Member Wood County Republican Party         Common Sense Tea Party Patriots

Member Central Wisconsin Tea Party              of Covington County, AL

David Cook                                                                Tricia Erickson

DCC, Inc.                                                                   Angel Pictures & Publicity

Dale Beach                                                                   Sharon Glass, President

MontgomeryTea Party Patriots (AL)                     Santa Rosa TEA Party President

Jerry A. Johnson, President                                   Bobbie Patray, President

Criswell College                                                         TennesseeEagle Forum

Daniel J. Stafford, Representative                    Ken Settle (WI)

WaltonCounty Patriots,Florida                         Northwoods Patriots ofEagle River

Dr. Terry B. Batton, Founder and President                 Kirk Hays

Barbour County, Alabama                                                North American Jet

Tax Enough Already Party

Tearlach F. Sinclair                                                       Jeffery Horn

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American for Constitutional Enforcement (ACE)

Sidney E. Johnson, M.D.                                              Becky Hall, President

Member, Wood County Republican Party                Northern Liberty Alliance

Member, Central Wisconsin Tea Party                (Northern Minnesota/Wisconsin)

Donna Hearne                                                             Peggy Dau

Peter Weyrich  (VA)                                                   Mr. Jeffrey l. Kirschmann

Dan Curan                                                                    Jim Coursolle    (WI)

Ellen Grigsby                                                                Dr. William Greene,

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CEO: Harvest Projects International Inc.               Americans for Constitutional

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