Congressman reveals why 'Swamp' took Jim Jordan out of speaker race

October 24, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

One of the newer members of Congress, one who definitively is not part of Washington's established political "Swamp," is explaining how that political agenda took Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, out of the running to be the next House speaker.

In a column at the Gateway Pundit, Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas, explains Jordan was "blocked" because he "was a threat to the Swamp."

"Yes, America lost to the swamp. Again. Hill reporters (who live and breathe on Washington speculation) quickly chalked up the defeat to differences and preferences within the Republican Conference. However, those in the grassroots realize that Jordan’s defeat represents something far greater – something that has been building for a long time," Self wrote.

"Jordan was a threat to 'the system.' Aka, the traditions, the hierarchy, and the old-guard beliefs engrained in Congress to protect the Washington elites who control money and power with no intention of relinquishing either. To 'the system,' known to many as the Establishment, Jordan represented the thousands of Americans who lit up Washington’s phone lines last week demanding real change – perhaps the most frightening possibility to the Establishment."

Jordan was up for the post after Rep, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was voted out. However, Jordan failed to gain the needed 217 votes on the House floor, meaning some of his own party opposed him.

Self-noted, "How was Jordan, the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, and the second most popular conservative in the nation blocked by the Republican party?"

He explained taking the broad view, "It was stunning to see just how far the conservative movement has come."

He said, "I can see how far it has come because I can still see myself standing at Preston Road in Plano, Texas, at one of the original Tea Party rallies in 2009. It was during this movement that Americans across the nation headed to the street corners to wave flags, gathered at rallies, and lit up the phones across Washington, DC demanding the need for our leaders to shed us of taxation without representation. That same spark I saw in the Tea Party has burst into the flame I witnessed at the beginning of the 118th Congress (my first term)."

When the GOP took over the House Majority last winter, he said many thought, "a new era of conservatism had landed on the beaches of Capitol Hill, and frankly I’m not sure Washington was ready for us."

First accomplished was a rules package including "budget rules, single-issue bills, and having 72-hours to review legislation – commonsense to us, inconvenient to Washington politicians."

Since then, he said, a "fierce boldness has spread" through the GOP.

"The Establishment is starting to realize it cannot count on all of us to kiss the ring and vote. In May, 71 Republicans bucked House leadership and listened to the American people, voting against an unacceptable debt ceiling deal. In September, 90 Republicans again left the ranks and voted against the 45-day clean government funding bill. Bottom line, the two major bills that made it from the House to the Senate and ultimately were signed into law by Joe Biden, required Republicans to get Democrat votes," he said.

He explained, "Because of the conservative movement, that I believe is rising across America, more leaders are emboldened to ask the tough question – even of our own party."

He said now, "The Establishment is no longer able to operate in the shadows. Lines are emerging, and it’s becoming crystal clear to the American people who are working for them and who is out for themselves.

"No one can promise that setbacks will not happen. Those who have long held power WILL fight back. But I and the small band of Republican conservatives remaining in the House will continue our efforts to move our nation forward."

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