Posted on | May 10, 2014 | 30 Comments
Totally disagree with Dean Clancy at U.S. News:
And no matter how the GOP fares in November — even if it should somehow wipe the floor with the Democrats — President Obama’s veto pen will still be there, waiting to stop any plan they can manage to put on his desk. This will make the fainter-hearted among their ranks skittish about the whole “repeal” project. Why not work with the president to “get something done”? Why not — yes — “fix” Obamacare?
In short, Republicans appear to be damned if they do and damned if they don’t.
The damned thing in play at the moment is Progressivism. I’ve grown up hearing that Social Security and the other entitlements are out of control. And then we have this partisan cramdown of ObamaCare.
ObamaCare has been a river of lies from conception to delivery. Why, then, not simply articulate such to the American people: “You’ve been scammed. Here is the reform plan.”
#OccupyResoluteDesk’s veto pen isn’t a bug: it’s a feature. A potential GOP Congress, sworn in next January, would have two years to hone and refine substantial reform ideas. Republicans could lay out for the American people a comprehensive, frack-this-noise blueprint for the future of the country extending well past a 2016 rejection of Her Majesty, Empress Clinton.
Sure, #OccupyResoluteDesk is ideologically incapable of doing anything useful. I get that. His only real commitment seems to be dishonesty–how do you negotiate or compromise with a man bereft of honor? Don’t bother. If the American people have the truth and an alternative served up, then the energy of 2009 will likely return, and we’ll see a non-Progressive Republican candidate (not Jeb Bush, not John S. McCain) earn a hefty mandate.
Granted, Europe sure looks like it’s on a war trajectory. Obama’s general foreign policy impotence means that a significant portion of the GOP effort is going to have to be about foreign policy. Again, step up to the plate. Dude, I know it was more than two years ago, but the days of “support friends, oppose foes” really should be considered again for a possible return.
Down the road, the GOP should support the Convention of States and an actual return to limited government. The more Progressive the Republican party the more it deserves to, and will, lose.