What Is America's Road To Recovery?
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#1 Oct 19, 2013
Ted Cruz Isnt The Problem With The Republican Party; Hes The Solution
Written By : John Hawkins
October 14, 2013 Liberals have the Democrat Party, Establishment Republicans have the GOP, and conservatives have no party that represents them in Washington.
Dont get me wrong, there are plenty of Republicans who say theyre conservative. There are even plenty of Republicans who will vote like conservatives when it doesnt matter. But, how many conservatives are actually willing to fight for conservative principles the way Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi fight for liberal principles? In the House and Senate combined, there are a few dozen, tops and the establishment Republicans are incessantly bemoaning the fact that anyone stands up for conservatism.
So when Ted Cruz and Mike Lee pushed to defund Obamacare, grassroots conservatives embraced the idea. Most of them did so knowing full well that getting Obama to defund the Affordable Care Act was the longest of longshots. However, they also knew that there were and are plenty of other opportunities to be grasped.
That has certainly turned out to be so.
Obama has been telling the world he wont negotiate while he punitively shuts down national parks, kicks old people out of their homes, and blocks off veterans from memorials. Conservatives are energized by the fight. All Democrats in the Senate have now gone on record as being in favor of Obamacare, saying it doesnt need to be delayed and saying that they deserve an exemption from Obamacare that the rest of the public doesnt get.
If this isnt a winnable fight for the Republican Party, you have to wonder what a winnable fight would look like? If Obama publicly sacrificed a baby to Satan on Ted Kennedys birthday, would the public believe that the GOP was waging a war on children after listening to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell for 10 minutes?
Moreover, the one heavily skewed Wall Street poll thats freaking squishy Republicans out isnt telling the whole story. Barack Obamas approval rating has dropped to 37% and his approval rate with independents is down to 16%. Barack Obama is the face of the Democrat Party and those are the kind of numbers that lead to political bloodbaths while dislike for Congress has sadly become the rule, not the exception. Moreover, there are still great opportunities to be had. How about funding the entire government, but insisting on removing the exemption for members of Congress and their staffs? Let the Democrats tell the world that theyre willing to shut down the government to make sure that the American public supplements the cost of their Obamacare coverage. Thats a very winnable fight, but sadly, you have to suspect that a lot of Republicans would rather lose the political fight than lose the exemption theyre getting from the law.
#2 Oct 19, 2013
P2 They might vote for it when they know the Democrats wont agree, but actually winning on the issue? Theyd prefer a half-hearted loss than a go for the throat win.
But instead, after some smart early maneuvers from the House, the GOP leadership team there has largely fallen silent. Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate have been actively working with the Democrats to undermine the House. In addition, establishment mediocrities like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Haley Barbour, Devin Nunes, Grover Norquist, John Sununu, Bob Corker and the loathsome Peter King have been fighting tooth and nail against their real enemy: grassroots champions like Ted Cruz who actually want to stand up for conservatives instead of corporations, fatcat donors, and country club Republicans.
The problem with the Republican Party isnt politicians like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee who actually believe in representing the people who sent them to D.C.; its the establishment Republicans who fight harder against conservatives than theyll fight against the Democrats along with a GOP leadership that cant talk, strategize, or do much of anything except flounder around haplessly while they get their brains beaten in by the Democrats.
Its all well and good to say,The most important thing is to win more seats and then well fight later. The problem with that is weve already gone down that road during the Bush years and we found that the same people who dont want to fight now, didnt want to fight when we had the House, the Senate, and the White House either. In fact, a big part of the reason why the GOP lost the House, the Senate, and the White House was because Medicare Part D and more funding for the National Endowment for the Arts was its idea of what the GOP should be doing when it was in charge.
People hate the Republican Party right now and they should. It doesnt communicate well, it doesnt do much outreach to groups that dont vote for us, it doesnt stand up for the values it supposedly believes in, it betrays its supporters on a regular basis, and although it claims to be the adult party of small government, reduced spending, and law and order, it doesnt consistently stand up for those principles even in the minority. Liberals never have to question where the Democrats are on abortion, raising taxes, or expanding government; so why should we never know if we can count on the GOP on gun control, illegal immigration, and spending?
The road to recovery for the Republican Party starts with proving that it will fight aggressively for the principles it claims to believe in as opposed to being talking big and never backing it up. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee get that. If more Republicans in D.C. understood that, the GOP wouldnt have lost the last presidential election because a few million members of its base stayed home.
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