From February and throughout 2009, TEA Party protests dominated the political landscape. Hundreds of thousands descended on Washington D.C. to protest "big government" beginning what became an election tsunami just a year later.
In 2010, that tsunami resulted in 138 candidates (129 US House and 9 US Senate) identified as TEA Party candidates. 32% won their elections
In 2012, with much less of hard-core conservative influence, just 4 of 16 TEA Party candidates for the US Senate won and conservatives lost some of the seats taken in 2010.
In 2014, Mitch McConnell and his establishment minions moves candidates (moderate and conservative alike) around like chess pieces and ultimately dealt a blow to conservative representation in the House and Senate.
And all that happened because we let it.
While several of those conservative candidates that were elected in 2010 and 2012 consistently warned us about not losing focus, more and more those protesters from 2009 lost interest and resorted to protesting big government from their desk chair rather than getting out and influencing others. That wave of conservatism turned into a trickle as most couldn't keep up the emotion of 2009.
And the GOP establishment has been counting on that since it began.
John McCarthy took himself out of the running for House Speaker just moments before the vote, likely based on the threat of having an affair with a congresswoman from NC. John Boehner immediately postponed the vote, something he wouldn't have done had one of the conservative candidates pulled his name from consideration.
This comes of the heels of Boehner announcing his resignation based on the threat of not getting enough votes to remain speaker.
In 2010 and to some extent 2012, moderate candidates decided not to run for re-election to the house and senate based on the threat of getting thrashed at the polls by a more conservative candidate.
You see, those threats work.
The difference is, in 2009/10 and 2012, the threat covered large swaths of the representation in Washington. Today its more of a sniper type threat picking off one at a time.
Because the movement has slowed down so much, those we elected in 2010/12 aren't getting the help they need to really effect change in our government. They are 40-50 hard-working conservatives fighting and losing battles to the establishment and Boehner, McConnell and others are simply waiting for the conservative steam to run completely out.
Elected officials like Ted Cruz, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mark Meadows and others need more help.
And you're the only ones that can provide that help.
Get emotional again.
Get out there and influence votes like you did in 2009 and 2010. Show the establishment which direction the representation needs to go and get rid of candidates/elected officials that aren't doing as promised in 2010.
Many times, cutting off the head kills the body. In the government, another head keeps taking the place of the one cut off. Get rid of those moderate candidates in the House and Senate and the moderate leadership cannot be reelected to their positions.
We can control how this plays out.
If we want to.