Thomas Tripp

The basic question, of how to pay for our cultural foundation, begins as a Constitutional issue—the House of Representatives is square one, where all spending bills begin. When Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating in 2011 they noted: “The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America's governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable…The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy.” S&P was chided for their honesty.

The discussions surrounding these matters when the next manufactured crisis arrives in January, 2014 should finally be as honest and lofty as the arguments in Philadelphia in 1787. They are fundamental to America’s cultural ideals and its existential reality. That the conflicts today are not addressed in these terms, that they have degraded to confrontations and political sniping instead, dangerously obscures what Congress should, and more to the point, can be doing. Perhaps this is why the public’s approval rating of Congress hovers near 10%; it is not fooled by any of this.

We should not allow the liberals and their sycophant media partners to invoke bluster about how high-minded they supposedly are, and how low and mean-spirited they consider conservatives to be because the latter observe principle and the former see only political opportunity. If we allow today’s debates to devolve into political righteousness and gamesmanship, the can of debt, which obviously gets bigger every time Congress fails to deal with the substance, will roll on down the highway, all by itself, until it and the nation fall permanently into the sewer of self-destructive politics.

It is an ultimate act of democracy to deal with the Constitutional foundation that connects the financing issue with the actual people who pay for everything. What the public can do is allow the House of Representatives to advance the debate from its Constitutional foundation toward solutions that will preserve the long-term solvency of our country.

The conservatives are beaten up by the press for alleged obstruction, but their actions are founded in principles that the liberals and media are doing their best to stop them from voicing. The debt crisis isn't about just the Affordable Care Act, it is about debt that is too big to be repaid without changing what America is, and how that destroys people and the nation. No matter what, for the last 50 years we've been watching Congress, not once has there been reform on spending so as a nation we have a future. The Tea Party was born out of frustration. These Congressmen and women are not mean or selfish or obstructionist, they are rational and honest. Let’s listen for once because these discussions are not conservative extremism nor “government by extortion” as President Obama claims, conservatives are engaged in an act of principled democracy.

Thomas Tripp

Tom Tripp has written on politics and the law and has been published in various mainstream news outlets and online and professional journals. In addition to political consulting and involvement in campaigns he has been an active fund raiser and served on various non-profit, business, and education boards. For more than a decade he served as a board member and officer of the American Conservative Union Foundation and is currently chair of FirstPrinciples.US