America and the Weiner class

Do you want to know what is wrong with America? It can be summed up in two words: Anthony Weiner. Photo: AP Photos

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 — It is hard to draw anything other than the obvious conclusion: America is sinking.

This nation that was once the greatest nation not only in the world, but the freest, most prosperous nation, is now in decline. Ask people who are involved in politics why this is happening, and you will see a fast partisan divide. Democrats blame Republicans and conservative will blame liberals.

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Who is responsible for the decline of America?

It is Anthony Weiner.

Not Anthony Weiner personally. It is that so many of the politicians in America have turned into Anthony Weiner. Or maybe they have all turned into Eliot Spitzer.

Anthony Weiner is back in the news. The disgraced former Congressman who resigned from office after sending sexually explicit photos of himself and engaging in sexually explicit online chat, has been busted again for doing the same thing.

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Weiner tearfully confessed two years ago after the late Andrew Breitbart exposed him. He said he would seek counseling and his politico wife was standing beside him.

Tuesday, Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife did the professional politician’s wife’s rendition of “Stand by your man.” For her it was an encore performance, having had to do the same thing two years ago. 

If we want to save America, one of the best things that could happen would be for one of these humiliated political wives to simply turn around and deck their slimy husband at one of these walk of shame press conferences.

It isn’t just Anthony Weiner. It isn’t just Eliot Spitzer, the former New York Governor who resigned in disgrace after being implicated as a customer in a high priced prostitution scandal. Not only that, but Spitzer committed financial crimes that someone who is not a member of the political class would have been sent to prison for.

It is all of them. America is dying because our leaders are not the best and brightest. They are the dirtiest and slimiest. 

In the 1990s, Bill Clinton decried the “Politics of Personal Destruction,” while he and the Democrats raised it to an art form.

Until the 2008 election, Barack Obama’s MO was to use scandal to destroy any political opponents in a race. In 2004, Jack Ryan, an Illinois businessman was expected to defeat Barack Obama in the race for the open United States Senate seat. Conveniently after the primary where Ryan became the nominee, Obama allies pushed to have Ryan’s sealed divorce records opened. They were and Ryan was embarrassed by divorce allegations that had been made by his ex-wife. He left the race.

Democrats do not have a monopoly on scandal. In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is being investigated for loans, gifts and other benefits that are not available to mere mortals but are available if you happen to be a rising member of the political class. McDonnell may still see his name on a Federal indictment.

The problem America has is our leadership seems like it is generally drawn from the sewer. And that is manifested with people like Nancy Pelosi who believe they are our public masters and not our public servants.

There is an old political joke that says certain politicians could survive anything except being found in bed with a dead girl or a live boy. Now they can survive even that. 

Scandal used to be a great way of culling the political herd. A scandal would kill a politician’s career. No longer.

As Weiner and Spitzer have both proved, unless you are in prison, scandal is no longer a bar to a future political career.

America’s problem is we now have a permanent political class. With membership comes benefits not available to the average citizen. No wonder so many politicians will do anything to remain a part of that political class.

America is a nation that was designed by geniuses and is now run by idiots. Can we survive having a permanent political class?

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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