Last night, Bill O’Reilly interviewed a “Tea Party” Republican Congresswoman on his Fox News Factor show. She is a conservative member of the House of Representatives. A minority caucus within the Republican party who holds the majority of seats in the House. She and other Tea Party members of the House are pushing to defund ObamaCare. O’Reilly invited her on the show to explain why she stands firm on her convictions in spite of the overwhelming odds against defunding ObamaCare.
Bill O’Reilly is not opposed to the idea of ending ObamaCare, but clearly chastised the Congresswoman for taking a stand on an issue for which there is “no chance” of passing the House and Senate. In his opinion it’s a losing battle. A silly battle. And politically stupid. “All you are going to accomplish,” said O’Reilly, “is angering and alienating voters come next election.”
Of course, O’Reilly is absolutely correct in his analysis. The bill will not pass the Senate. He is also correct in calculating the battle may cost the Republican Party seats in the House and Senate come next election. However, Bill O’Reilly is absolutely wrong in his thinking. Furthermore, the Tea Party Congresswoman was wrong in how she defended her position.
So, what do you say in front of millions of O’Reilly viewers when O’Reilly has you in the hot seat? What do you say when O’Reilly rightly predicts you don’t have the slightest chance of passing your defunding legislation? What do you say when O’Reilly infers you are an extremist conservative? When he accuses you of being politically naïve, childishly unrealistic, and stubbornly uncompromising? That you are too proud to consider the political ramifications affecting the next election cycle? “Live to fight another day,” so the saying goes. What do you say?
Sadly, our Tea Party Congresswoman was ripped to shreds by Bill because she tried to defend her position from Bill O’Reilly’s point of view—pragmatism. Bill O’Reilly is a pragmatist. On his battlefield of pragmatism he will destroy you.
Pragmatism: 1. The theory that actions and beliefs must be judged by their practical results. 2. The use of practical means to solve problems. (Webster’s II, New Riverside.)
We Constitutional Conservatives are not pragmatists. We loathe pragmatism. We are ideologues. We’re the opposite of pragmatists. We believe our actions flow from beliefs and values, and we judge those results by how close we maintained our values, rather than judging the practicality of the results of those actions. For us, it’s all about remaining true to our values, beliefs, and principles; we leave the results up to God.
So, what then was the proper explanation our Tea Party Congresswoman should have provided Mr. O’Reilly? This is easy. Easy, easy, and easy!
“Mr. O’Reilly, thank you kindly for inviting me on your show. It’s an honor to be here. In answer to your question ‘why am I pushing to defund ObamaCare in spite of the odds.’ I can only speak for myself, of course, and my voters who elected me. I have three reasons for defunding ObamaCare.
“First. I was honest when I campaigned for my election to this seat. I told my voters I wanted to end ObamaCare. In a fair election, the voters selected me. I’m here in Washington to carryout my civic duty to my constituents. It’s my job to end ObamaCare. Integrity.
“Second. When elected I was sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. The federal government goes not have Constitutional authority to implement, fund, administer, or mandate healthcare services under our system of law. It’s illegal.
“Third. Ultimately, I answer to God for my actions. I have to do what I believe God would have me do.
“If my voters don’t feel I’ve represented them, they will let me know on election night.”
See the difference?
Bill O’Reilly is a pragmatist. Pragmatists have no direction, no moral compass. Pragmatism is the road Republicans and Democrats have been on for a long time. (Or worse, Leftist Progressivism.) To do what O’Reilly is suggesting will lead us further down the road of political corruption—a corruption of values. Pragmatism will continue to drive us directionless, meandering right off the moral, legal, fiscal cliff.
I like Bill O’Reilly, but unprincipled short-sighted pragmatism is suffocating this country. Washington D.C. stinks of it.