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Did you know George Washington was not a member of a political party, before or during his presidency? In fact, he railed against political parties in his Farewell Address, as he was fearful of conflict and stagnation. When one observes the politics of America today, is there any doubt about the veracity of Washington’s wisdom and foresight?
Well, we wound up with political parties anyway, starting with Washington’s immediate successor, John Adams, of the Federalist Party. Since the election of Abraham Lincoln, the Democrat and Republican (GOP) parties have been the only political parties of control. Nineteen Republicans and 13 Democrats have since been elected to the office of the president.
Last week, I gave you some insight, in my opinion, of the deplorable state of the Democrat party. Sadly, they don’t have a monopoly on decay and stagnation.
As a Conservative primarily following the Republican party candidates, it appeared to me the GOP first started coming unraveled with the election of Barack Obama. His policies and direction seemed to unleash a torrent of radical Leftists with their hair-brained ideas that had been previously held in check, simply due to common, hard-working Americans quietly ignoring their existence. By the end of Obama’s term, the onslaught had become so prevalent that some in the GOP relented to the pressures of political correctness. Better to concede, and then lie to the constituents back home in order to preserve the fat, cushy positions that a life in politics provides.
This act by so many in the GOP, called RINO’s (Republican In Name ONLY) spawned the Tea Party, which through government interference (as in Lois Lerner) could never quite gain a foothold. It also splintered the GOP party.
Then we the people elected Donald Trump on the GOP ticket with a mandate to drain the Swamp. One would think that was a great concept, particularly for the Conservative base, including pompous souls like Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove, who claimed to have contempt for most things Obama.
Nobody saw Trump’s election coming – why, hadn’t Hillary already been coronated? Had everything gone to plan, and Hillary did gain the Oval Office, the GOP could go on pretending to fight the evil Dems, while accomplishing little for their constituents. But they could go home, pound their chests, and talk about how they tried and you should vote for them so they continue the good fight. It seems as if they prefer being in the minority, showing a clear lack of leadership skills.
The problem with the election for the GOP is that many of those members of the GOP also happen to be Creatures of the Swamp too. You see, Swamp Monsters of any ilk, like to play political games and act important while protecting his/her position at all costs. This includes deserting the new president, who happens to have been propelled to the head of the GOP party by his election and has no intention of becoming a Swamp Monster. He doesn’t need their money and is currently the leader of the free world. Like rats off a sinking ship GOP Congressman are still deserting in droves.
Consider that, with a majority in both the House and Senate, a majority in the Supreme Court, and Trump sitting in the Oval Office, what Republicans have accomplished since the 2016 election. I’ll wait while you try to come up with an answer. The recent pork-laden Omnibus spending bill, which forked over half billion dollars to Planned Parenthood, would not be a good place to start with a list of accomplishments.
Democrats regularly talk about impeaching Trump, who hasn’t done anything impeachable, and hardly anybody in the GOP is standing up for their president. The Mueller investigation grinds on, and there is no groundswell of Congressmen on the right pushing to end this expensive witch hunt. Hillary Clinton, arguably the biggest criminal in US history, goes unpunished, and most amazingly, un-investigated by corrupt FBI leadership. Where is the Republicans outrage? Why is every Republican, with the exception of Donald Trump, afraid of Hillary?
In their customary practice of spreading as much rancor as possible in order to sell news (as opposed to deliver it), the media is jabbing GOP Congressman to see if they intend to support Trump in the 2020 election. The media seems to be having a hard time getting anyone to “take the bait”, with all the GOP Congressmen wanting to take a wait-and-see approach. What kind of support is that?
And finally, state-wide, consider what the Republicans are doing in Springfield to tear Mike Madigan’s hands off our throats? I’m asking for a friend.