Meet the Right-Wing Rebels Who Overthrew John Boehner | Rolling Stone

Published February 19, 2016 by wallacedarwin

“FreedomCaucus” Scourge?
[Saving America by Destroying It?=-O “Taking it back to WHEN? 😥
EXPLORING “NarcissisticNationalism”]


Composed of nearly 40 of the most committed ideologues in the House, the Freedom Caucus has a simple mission: to get GOP leadership to deliver on the extreme, anti-government and social-conservative rhetoric that nearly all Republicans spout to get elected.

Rep. Jeff Duncan, a member from South Carolina who played football at Clemson, insists the Freedom Caucus just wants to take the fight to the Democrats: “Republicans are in control of the House and the Senate — and it’s about time we pass bills that reflect what Republicans stand for.”


In fact, the seeds of division in the modern GOP were sown late in the Bush administration. This anti-establishment movement was born of hard-right furor over GOP government intervention in the economy — including the bank and automaker bailouts — following years of K Street corruption and deficit-bloating social spending.

Freedom Caucus members define themselves less in opposition to Democrats than to “establishment” Republicans — politicians they see as quick to betray their voters, and subservient to K Street and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents big business in Washington. It’s a view articulated by their Senate co-conspirator, Ted Cruz of Texas, who inveighs against a “Washington Cartel” of “lobbyists and career politicians” that “favors giant corporations over taxpayers.


The defining characteristic of these districts is race — they are 83 percent white, or nearly 10 percentage points higher than the national average. That demography is reflected in the makeup of the Freedom Caucus itself. With the prominent exceptions of a woman named Cynthia and a man named Raúl, these are all white men.

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