Freedom is just another word for another wingnut group

My apologies to Janice Joplin for riffing off of “Me and Bobby McGee” in the caption.

Those of you who are familiar with politics in Washington, D.C. are aware that the Republican Study Committee (RSC) is the hotbed of far-right radical extremism.

Matt SalmonApparently the RSC is not radical or extreme enough for the likes of Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ).

He is part of a new farther-far-right radical extremist group, laughingly calling itself the “Freedom Caucus” (conservatives have rendered the word “freedom” devoid of any meaning today with their constant abuse of the English language.)

The Hill reports, House conservatives form ‘Freedom Caucus’:

House GOP conservatives announced a new “Freedom Caucus” on Monday to split from the Republican Study Committee (RSC) after complaints that it had become too cozy with leadership.

The nine founding members of the group have been frequent thorns in the side of House GOP leadership over the past four years. Many of them voted against giving John Boehner (R-Ohio) another term as Speaker earlier this month.

The mission statement of the House Freedom Caucus says it will give “a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them” and advocate for limited government.

“The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans,” the mission statement reads.

In other words, they believe in platitudes and empty rhetoric. What, the GOP doesn’t do this already? I’m sure they do. It’s all they do.

The caucus is made up of Reps. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John Fleming (R-La.), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).

Taking “the crazy” to new heights of crazy! Awesome.

UPDATE: Wow. The “218” blog at Roll Call spends way too much time analyzing this development. House Freedom Caucus Might Present Challenge to RSC — Or Not.

2 responses to “Freedom is just another word for another wingnut group

  1. Progressives need to take back the word “freedom”. Republicans offer Americans anything but freedom. They offer us wage suppression, discrimination, and repressive laws that take away our freedoms!

  2. Frances Perkins

    The Country needs to be freed from the “Freedom Caucus”. Must be the 1984 version of “freedom”. Maybe Trent Franks can chair the “Reproduction Police/Storm Trooper”caucus. Arizona’s GOP Congressional caucus. More wing nuts than an A-10 mechanic’s tool box.