Why the GOP is so ineffective with their majority
Obamacarelite is still being pushed by the Democratlites in Congress. Thankfully, there are still a handful of promise-keeping Republicans in both chambers, particularly in the Senate with Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and a couple others who are trying their best to prevent the full leftward lurch by the GOP.
This is a problem that goes well beyond Obamacare, huge budgets, and perpetuation of liberal policies carried over from the past two decades. It’s setting the stage for a permanent degree of moderation within the GOP itself, one that threatens to leave small-government-minded Americans without a valid home. This, more than anything else, is why we’re so dedicated to helping the Federalist Party rise. It’s becoming blatantly obvious that DC is controlled by an ebb and flow between the Democrats and the Democratlites (formerly known as the Republican Party). To understand what’s happening to the GOP, we have to look at the three primary causes for their push to the mushy middle.
Democrats pushing the boundaries
Why do the Republicans of 2017 act like the Democrats of 1994? The biggest reason is because the Democrats of 2017 have pushed their agenda so far to the left they’ve become the modern day faux-pragmatic socialist party. By vacating any claims to the middle, they’ve allowed the GOP to fit nicely.
For the GOP’s part, it’s technically a smart move. They know that if they can be the moderate party, conservatives will reluctantly vote for the lesser-of-two-evils as they’ve been wont to do since the 90s, the Tea Party’s temporary rise from 2010–2015 notwithstanding. Unfortunately, this “smart move” is only smart for the party. It’s proving to be devastating for the country.
What they always wanted
Let’s not give the GOP too much credit for making the smart move. It also happens to be the ideological move they’ve wanted since before Barry Goldwater and his ilk tried a conservative coup of the party.
Since the 1960s, those of us old enough to remember and bored enough to pay attention have witnessed their continuous push towards the middle when it comes to policies. This is a standard wash, rinse, repeat scenario. During election season, every Republican candidate espouses small-government Federalism, defending rights, and protecting life. After the elections are over, they act in one of two ways. If there’s a roadblock such as not holding majorities in one of the chambers of Congress or having a Democratic President, they are very bold in most circumstances. Case in point: passing a full Obamacare repeal in 2015 knowing full well that President Obama would veto it.
The other scenario is like the one we’re seeing today. They have control of both chambers and the White House, so we get to see their “when in power” playbook. This playbook isn’t about what they can do but rather how they can justify doing pretty much the same things the Democrats would do if they were in power.
With no excuses for inaction, they have to use creative civics in order to cast blame on everyone else for their ineffectiveness. Why did they put out a gigantic spending plan that included pretty much everything the Democrats wanted? They blame the Democrats and hope only a handful of people are left scratching their heads. Why can’t they pass Obamacare repeal? They blame conservatives for obstructing. Why can’t they get funding for the wall but they can fund Planned Parenthood? This is a particularly embarrassing set of logic-gymnastics they’ve been performing for months.
The real answer is this: the Establishment GOP, which is to say the entire GOP leadership minus a handful of ideological Federalists, aren’t looking to shrink government or empower the people the way they claim during campaign season. They want the status quo and as long as the Democrats keep pushing to the left, they feel justified in their stance.
Election strategy over improving America
Both major parties have spent more time and energy since the end of the 19th century figuring out how to win elections and stay in power than they’ve spent fixing the nation’s problems. This is arguably the biggest reason we have the gargantuan federal government we have today. They’ve spent over a hundred years “giving” things to people in order to secure votes. Unfortunately, the things they’re giving aren’t actually theirs to give. They’ve systematically overburdened the American taxpayer for one reason: funding more government to help them win elections.
Every move both parties make takes into account how it will affect the next election cycle. In fact, election repercussions are usually the primary factor they consider when making decisions. This is unavoidable in a two-party system. It’s further evidence that the Federalist Party must continue to rise.
In 1780, John Adams warned us about what we’re experiencing today:
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
Every day we’re seeing actions by an empowered Republican Party that do not align with their campaign promises nor do they align with the small-government premise of their platform. It’s time for Americans to realize both major parties have devolved into campaign machines rather than representatives of the people. If we can go into election time with our eyes open, we have a chance of finally changing the paradigm. To do this, as stated twice before, the Federalist Party must rise.
Article originally published on The New Americana.