The title harkens back to Great Britain in the early 18th century. Per Wiki, the Country Party was a coalition of Tories and disaffected Whigs. It was a movement rather than an organized party and had no formal structure or leaders. It claimed to be a nonpartisan force fighting for the nation’s interest—the whole “Country”—against the self-interested actions of the Court Party, that is the politicians in power in London. The ideology of the party faded away in England but became a powerful force in the American colonies, where its tracts strongly motivated the Patriots to oppose what the Country Party had exposed as British tyranny and to develop a powerful political philosophy of Republicanism in the United States.
Recent remarks by Rush Limbaugh, and the response it provoked from Rep. Steny Hoyer provide an example of how it looks in this early 21st century.
Hoyer:I was just on television and they played a clip of Rush Limbaugh before that, and Rush Limbaugh said we ought not to compromise because we don’t have anything in common with them, meaning Democrats. Our response was, “Oh, I think Rush Limbaugh is wrong.
In point of fact, we are all Americans, and we were elected by the American people as their board of directors. And the American people expect us to work together. They understand there are different perspectives. So I was really very disappointed with that kind of philosophy, that we have nothing in common. We’re Americans; we want our country to succeed. We want to create jobs for our people.
Rush:Yeah, but you have nothing in common, Congressman. You don’t have anything in common with Republicans. There’s nothing you believe I want to compromise with. Your view of government’s entirely different than mine. Your view of Washington, your view of citizenry, entirely different.
Washington versus the rest of the country. The real alignment now is ruling class, country class. And the ruling class is made up of people all parties, all races, all creeds. It’s of Washington.
Steny said it, but a lot of the elected of all parties in Washington have the same view he has. They really don’t have to say a word. Just look at how arrogant and haughty they look. What they have in common is that they are of Washington. They have a very high opinion of themselves and how important they must be. The only way this will change is if WE the People stop sending them back. They are not going to change.
What bothers me more than anything else is the gloom and doom so many voters have that everything is hopeless and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Nothing? Seriously? My friend, Cold Warrior , has some suggestions about actually doing something. I refuse to surrender and give up on the voters. Nobody knows what events are going to wake people up and realize they have been voting and sending people to Washington that are making things worse instead of better. Hopefully we don’t first become like Greece before the awakening occurs.
Defeating Court Party incumbents is very difficult. They have the most money and a powerful political machine that the challenger doesn’t have. It’s annoying when people say they despise a Court Party incumbent, and in the next breath they say the challenger can’t win because they don’t have enough experience winning elections. Each one of those Court Party incumbents had at the beginning no experience winning elections. Demeaning and demonizing a challenger just makes it that more difficult to defeat the Court Party incumbent.
Part of the Court Party running for reelection in 2014.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (IL)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY)
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (TX)
Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)
Senator Mark Udall (CO)
Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
Part of the Country Party running to replace some of the Court Party.
William Lee (IL)
William Lee, 55. is a newcomer to the Illinois political scene but that isn’t deterring him from seeking the Republican nomination to face off against Senator Dick Durbin.
William Lee was born in Rockford Illinois and has lived there except when he has been deployed around the world. He has been employed at Ingersoll Milling Machine Company, and as an over-the-road truck driver, school bus driver, and is a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
The Illinois Republican Party has made peace with the Democrats. The people in Illinois don’t see that they really have a choice.
Durbin doesn’t represent Illinois. He represents Harry Reid in Nevada. I would be available to anyone who calls the office. Constituent service would be the big thing.
We must come together behind one candidate to soak up as many votes as possible. Libertarian, Constitution Party, America’s Party, independents, R’s, Conservatives. I think if you go moderate, you lose more votes than you gain. Also, there is the advantage of this being an off-year election. It is just a matter of getting enough money, and a solid conservative candidate.
Over the last decade the EPA has become obsessed with “global warming/climate change.” In fact, Obama in his Galesburg speech mentioned ” reducing dangerous carbon pollution”. We are not using coal because of a hoax and fear of plant food (carbon dioxide.)
I would do everything I can to reign in the EPA to include reducing the budget to nearly nothing. The role of the Federal government is to “regulate Interstate Commerce.”. The EPA gets into all kinds of places it doesn’t belong. States can regulate industries to protect their people. Coal can transform this nation, with ultra-low energy costs, which Industries heavily rely on. It is the one Gigantic advantage the United States has, but is being squandered.
Matt Bevin (KY)
Matt Bevin, 46, grew up in an eight-person family in a small farmhouse with no central heating near the foothills of the White Mountains. He took the conservative values of his Christian faith, family, and community that his parents imbued in him, and achieved the American Dream. After serving 4 years as an Army officer, Bevin embarked on a career as an investment consultant.
In the late 90’s he became the director of institutional marketing at National Asset Management Co. in Louisville. In 2003 and 2004, he started his own investment management companies, Integrity Asset Management and Veracity Funds. After several years of hard work, Integrity became one of Kentucky’s largest asset management companies, with $1.8 billion in assets and many jobs created in the Louisville area. He was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.
In 2003, his oldest daughter, who wanted to work as a missionary, died in a car crash. Last year, his family bell business, which he took over from his uncle in 2011, burned down to the ground in a spontaneous fire, burying with it 180 years of history and treasures. After personally turning around the failing company just one year earlier, Bevin spent his own fortune to rebuild the factory and retain payroll. Several years ago, Bevin adopted four children from Ethiopia, and has been involved in charitable work there for years.
The American way is that you get back up again. Bevins have been making bells on the land we’re standing on for 180 years and I’m a Bevin. I’m standing here and I’m going to make bells here.
Never before in American political history has the leader of a party lost a primary election. Never. But never before has it been so important to make that happen. But, McConnell’s record, particularly on immigration, spending, and taxes, is unacceptable.
I’ve got a wonderful life, I’ve got a wonderful familys. I don’t need this for me personally. If elected, the job will provide my family the lowest income we’ve had in recent years, and it will come at a greater personal expense than other jobs. I’m sure George Washington, during the winter of 1776, would have much sooner had his feet up on the hearth at Mount Vernon than freezing his keister off with a bunch of guys who had no shoes because they had to eat them at Valley Forge. I’m sure he didn’t do that for fun, either.
History calls upon people to stand up and be counted. And this is a time, and this is a place, and it needs to be done.
Erick Wyatt (TX)
Iraq war veteran Erick Wyatt, 34, has filed to run as a Republican for U.S. Senate against Cornyn, the Senate Minority Whip. Wyatt served in the Army for 10 years and the Coast Guard for four years. He was injured in Iraq in 2007.
I’m running to serve, and I mean that in the old-fashioned patriotic sense of the word.
I’m a very big constitutional conservative and believe we have our God given rights. I’m tired of them getting stomped on … I fought for the constitution and I fought for America and I’m not gonna let them get trampled if I can do anything about it.
Gimmicks are the last things you will get from me.
Nancy Mace (SC)
Nancy Mace, 35, is the very first female graduate of The Citadel, the once all-male Military College of South Carolina in 1999. Mace has also earned master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Georgia, and she now currently owns and operates a public relations firm. U.S. Senator Tim Scott, State senator Tom Davis and Representative Mick Mulvaney are among her clients. Nancy married her husband Curtis in 2004, and they have a son. Miles, and a daughter, Ellison.
I was raised in a home where I learned about sacrifice and service. I understood from a very young age that you must be willing to work hard in order to succeed, that you must fight for what you believe in…We cannot change Washington unless we change who we send to Washington.
I believe this government is out of touch. Washington thinks it knows better than the people. The federal government has worked its way into nearly every corner of our lives, trying to solve every problem for us. And yet, we are still not better off for it.
Owen Hill (CO)
Owen Hill, 31, was elected to the Colorado State Senate 2012, Hill represents Senate District 10, which encompasses Eastern Colorado Springs. Owen and his wife Emily are the parents of four children. After studying Economics at the Air Force Academy, Owen had the opportunity to complete his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in association with the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Following his military service, Owen worked in international finance operations, serving as a Chief Financial Officer for a non-profit organization, and running his own financial consulting company. He managed the budget for Compassion International, a children’s non-profit.
I believe the only way forward for Colorado is to abandon past failures and fight for real reform and innovation. I’m not here to hang out. I bring new energy to the Republican fight. I think it’s time for new ideas and some innovative thinking. I got in the state senate and realized how much of the community thinks D.C. is broken; so much of what is happening is coming down from the federal level.
Rob Maness (LA)
Political newcomer and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness, 51, of Madisonville, jumped into the race in May. Colonel Maness is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Air Medal.
He is Entergy Services Inc.’s director of safety and training and owns a third-generation family farm with his wife, Candy. He is a founding board member at NOLA Patriots, Inc., a military veterans advocacy group “committed to preventing veteran suicides and ensuring military families have equal access to benefits. Maness and his wife have five children and two grandchildren.
Since my retirement from the Air Force in 2011, I’ve seen first-hand how the Obama administration — along with our current Senator Mary Landrieu — are hurting our economy and our freedom with unconstitutional big-government schemes like Obamacare.
Our state deserves a senator who will side with the interests of Louisianans, not collude with the Washington politicians to give them more control over our lives.
We are in a battle for the soul of the United States of America and as Americans we owe it to our grandchildren to stand up. This is not about party, even though I am a lifelong Republican, I am an American and am putting out a call to ALL Americans to help remove the political class and return to non-career public servants in office.
Cross-posted at Unified Patriots