Senator DeMint’s Challenge for Newly Elected Senators

As Governor Palin stated repeatedly on her FoxNews appearances last night, with Republicans now controlling the House and with gains in the Senate, it is time for the White House and Congress to work together. However, these newly elected individuals must not, as Governor Palin reiterated throughout the night, compromise on principle–both with the Democrats and with the GOP Establishment. Elected officials must remember who they are working for. This morning Governor Palin tweeted a link to a great Wall Street Journal piece by Senator DeMint who has challenged newly elected Senate conservatives to not give in to the party Establishment nor become blinded by power:

Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.

Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy. Consider what former GOP senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott told the Washington Post earlier this year: “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

Don’t let them. Co-option is coercion. Washington operates on a favor-based economy and for every earmark, committee assignment or fancy title that’s given, payback is expected in return. The chits come due when the roll call votes begin. This is how big-spending bills that everyone always decries in public always manage to pass with just enough votes.

When you are in Washington, remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom. Millions of people are out of work, the government is going bankrupt and the country is trillions in debt. Americans have watched in disgust as billions of their tax dollars have been wasted on failed jobs plans, bailouts and takeovers. It’s up to us to stop the spending spree and make sure we have a government that benefits America instead of being a burden to it.Tea party Republicans were elected to go to Washington and save the country—not be co-opted by the club. So put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today.

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