Headlines abound in every internet search engine showing the media asking the question, “Can Republicans lead?” Even McClatchyDC is asking the same question with the headline continuing “That’s what they – and others – want to know.” According to this article, Republicans have concerns about taking leadership.
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) stated, “We’re on probation, quite frankly.”
Roe is correct. With all the dysfunction and corruption in Washington, DC, Americans ousted the domination of the Democrats in the Senate with the election of Republicans in November. It was a message sent to Congress that the people are weary of dysfunction, corruption, and the heavy-handed rule of Harry Reid in the Senate. The election of Republicans to the Senate echoed Americans’ frustrations with the economy, amnesty, Obamacare, and other Democratic agendas stifling the country today. But will the Republicans have the tenacity to effectively legislate on behalf of their constituents?
So far, the Republicans are off to a bad start with re-electing John Boehner as Speaker of the House and his possible retaliatory measures against those who voted against him. To make matters worse, Boehner buddy Devin Nunes would like to introduce a Republican resolution to prevent members who voted against the Speaker to be prevented from holding committee chair positions. These incidents have not been received well by the voter base who supported a return to a Republican majority.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated, “I don’t want the American people to think if they add a Republican president to a Republican Congress, that’s going to be a scary outcome.”
Who exactly is McConnell trying to appease here?
In an interesting post-election strategy memo, Republican pollster David Winston wrote, “What Republicans do with this opportunity will be central to how the brand evolve. It’s important to understand that the election showed the public is willing to listen to Republican ideas, but voters have to be sold on each individual idea first. Republicans do not have carte blanche, but they have an electorate that is willing to listen to Republican ideas to fix the country. That is a unique opportunity for any political party.”
First of all, the Republican Party is not a brand of mayonnaise that has to be marketed to the public. Secondly, the public does not want to be “sold” on Republican ideas or better yet, their agenda. By the same token, the public doesn’t want to be “sold” on Democratic agendas. Thirdly, the Republicans need to be listening to their voter base instead of trashing them or contending that the voter base should “buy” their ideas. The only individuals that can be “sold” on something are liberal progressive socialists who can’t think for themselves and need someone else to do it for them.
What would really be unique and refreshing is a representative body that listened to the people, instead of forging ahead with whatever idea popped into their heads or whatever scheme was proposed by the lobbyists and wealthy donor base. The best thing that could happen would be for elected representatives to honor their oath to support, uphold and defend the Constitution, which so far, the majority have failed to do. So, the question is not whether the Republican Party can lead or whether Democrats are better leaders. The question is “Will the elected representatives follow the constitution?”
As Americans have witnessed in the past, both parties do a spectacular job of eating at the Constitutional buffet; they pick and choose what they want and discard what they don’t like or just leave it lying. This “gorging” on the gutting of the Constitution has been solidified with the appointment of judges who are intent on trying to “rule” away inherent, unalienable individual rights and freedoms. As the pundits of government get ever fatter on their “pigout,” the erosion of the very freedoms and principles upon which this country was founded has been laid to waste.
Republicans are no better than Democrats and vice versa. Each party brings to the table an agenda that violates the constitution, granted in different ways, and erases the republic form of government. It is acceptable that each party have a different platform; however, it is not acceptable that the platforms and ideology overrule the supreme law of the land that governs this country. It is the clash caused by pushing agendas, ideology, and platforms then “selling” that to the unwitting citizens that lead to corruption, dysfunction, and lawlessness. The number of unconstitutional agencies created at the federal level, the participation of members of Congress in insider trading, and the number of criminals present in Congress are a testament to that fact.
It is not just the “selling” of agendas that has led to the state this country’s citizens find themselves. It is the representatives of the citizens that operate under the belief they have “carte blanche” to ram any and all legislation down the voters’ throats. The “that’s what the American people voted for and what the American people want” mentality driving politicians today, believing a “vote” is for carte blanche activity, is what has become the problem in government. If that wasn’t enough, the constant pandering for the votes of one group after another with repeatedly unconstitutional legislation and actions have sickened and frustrated a voter base who now feels unrepresented and slighted because of fabricated issues, unfounded labeling and maligning of that voter base occurring in both parties.
It is quite obvious with the statements of appeasement by some Republicans, such as Mitch McConnell, that they are trying to win over the liberal progressive socialists instead of concentrating on the actual reason for them being in government – to represent the people by supporting, defending and upholding the Constitution, instead of trying to hold an office for personal gain and party agenda. Republicans are on probation with the citizens but not for the reasons they think. Citizens are looking for a return to a constitutional representative republic. They are looking to re-establishing a government who will cease over-regulation, intrusion into Americans’ privacy, over-reaching mandates, unconstitutional actions, inequality with enforcement of laws and enforce preservation of individual rights, national sovereignty, freedom, and liberty.
Democrats have certainly failed on all aspects in that regard. The question is not whether either party can lead – it’s evident they can, even if it’s in the wrong direction or allowing the boat of America to drift. The real question is “will they listen to those they represent and follow the constitution?” If the past can be any measure of the future, Republicans, just as Democrats, will fail and America will be facing the same issues of diminished freedoms at the hands of a different “bill of goods,” if it gets past the current dictator. If the dictator insists on maintaining the status quo and Republicans maintain their modus operandi of capitulation, America will be positioned for the coup de gras of all out socialism and all that full blown socialism brings with it.