When you think of courage, principle, and leadership, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not, most likely, come to mind. He has not shown himself to be a conservative who stands athwart history yelling, Stop. He could change that reality overnight, however, by doing one thing: Join with his conservative Senate colleagues to vote against any further funding of Obamacare.
The time is now: Congress must pass legislation -- a continuing resolution (CR) -- to fund the government past Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. So far, 12 conservative Republican senators have agreed to vote against the CR if it includes funding for further implementation of the president's socialist health care monstrosity. More than 60 House members have pledged the same.
But McConnell isn't on board. He has the opportunity, at this time in history, to truly yell stop and put Obamacare into a coma. Yet, by all reports, he is chickening out, retreating, wilting under the harsh glare of the Republican Establishment and the liberal media.
Conservatives, to their credit, are calling the Senate Minority Leader out.
In response to McConnell’s henpecked leadership, the conservative group ForAmerica is launching a video advertisement and campaign today that takes McConnell to task, reminding him of his bold rhetoric about repealing Obamacare and supposedly “not backing down from a fight.” The ad also makes it clear that as Senate Minority Leader, if McConnell funds Obamacare, he owns it.
The ad, “Who Are the Biggest Chickens in Washington?” compares McConnell to “the chicken, or gallus gallus domesticus, common domestic fowl,” with the birds on-screen nervously pecking about a barnyard, and adds, “In American slang, the chicken represents a coward.”
“The chicken is also representative of a new breed of Republicans in Washington,” says the ad. “They tend to say one thing: ‘Obamacare should be repealed, root and branch.’ – Sen. Mich McConnell. But when confronted with an opportunity to act, they often run, far away, without a sense of direction.”
“Take Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” the ad continues. “On the issue of Obamacare, he says, ‘This law is a disaster. And I want you to know we’re not backing down from this fight.’ But when he has the chance to defund Obamacare, some say he’s chickening out.”
In conclusion, the ad says, “Senator McConnell, conservatives don’t need a chicken when it comes to Obamacare. Leaders lead. But if you fund it, you own it!”
The ad is paid for by ForAmerica, a non-profit group committed to personal freedom, personal responsibility, Judeo-Christian values, and a strong national defense. ForAmerica is headed by L. Brent Bozell III, a long-time conservative activist, syndicated columnist and author. (Disclosure: Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.)
The ad is running, as part of a first phase in the campaign, on key websites focused on Washington, D.C. and McConnell’s home state, Kentucky. McConnell is in his 5th term in the U.S. Senate, nearly 30 years, which, like a government program, is among the closest thing to eternity here on Earth.
In addition to the video and other digital ads, ForAmerica and the Tea Party Patriots are holding a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol to officially announce their push to stop any further funding of Obamacare – the “You Fund It, You Own It” campaign.
ForAmerica’s Bozell will be joined by Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin at the event, along with leaders from the Club for Growth, Heritage Action, Citizens United, Family Research Council Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and other conservatives in the upper chamber have signed a letter stating that they will not vote for a CR if it includes any further funding for Obamacare. A similar letter is circulating in the House of Representatives.
Time is running out. Mitch McConnell can either stand for what's right and try to defund Obamacare or he can move to the side and allow the socialist leviathan to drive deeper into the nation.