By J. D. Heyes, Editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) Politics: If, as a conservative and supporter of the Republican Party, you were beginning to believe that it doesn’t have the stones to actually govern despite owning Congress and the White House, sadly, you were right.
A report in the Washington Examiner Wednesday confirms that the GOP does not have the unity, backbone or the will to make the hard decisions necessary to prevent the country from slipping into into a morass of ugly, Left-wing socialism, buried in debt and hopelessly trapped in an endless cycle of poverty and violence.
Frankly, Trump and the GOP majority were our last opportunity to step back from the chaos that awaits us should Democrats once again obtain power. Americans were fortunate enough to have beaten back Hillary Clinton and the nightmare of corruption, nepotism and economic despair that would have defined her tenure; now, it seems, judging by the recently passed Democrat-favored “budget deal” and GOP’s inability to get a damned thing done, we were duped, once again.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
House Republicans, bedeviled by mistrust, infighting and influential outside forces, are struggling to advance an Obamacare repeal package and prove that their majority can deliver results.
The American Health Care Act, on the surface, is bogged down over a debate about whether the bill provides adequate coverage guarantees for Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
But veteran House Republicans said in interviews Tuesday that their problems run deeper. They lack the unity, mindset and political will to make the hard choices required to govern.
The healthcare breakdown is just another symptom of this broader political virus that seems immune to all antibodies, including President Trump, the Republican who took up residence in the White House in January.
“The failure here has not been in our leadership, it’s certainly not been in the president, it’s been in our inability to overcome our own differences and our lack of trust in one another,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. said.
So, what’s the problem then?
Some Republican insiders fault missteps by Ryan and the president. But in interviews with about a dozen current and former House Republicans, and current and former House GOP aides, most of the blame was heaped on members.
Too many arrived in Washington during the Obama era, and remain trapped in an opposition mindset bent on obstruction. Old school Republicans say it’s a marked difference from the get-things-done approach that predominated under GOP majorities that governed from 1995-2007.
“It starts with the will to compromise and reach consensus,” said Tom Reynolds, a New York Republican who served in the House from 1999-2009 and was part of leadership. “We’ve just kind of gotten away from that.”
During Reynolds’ tenure in the majority, House GOP leaders could wield earmarks — federal money for district projects — to cajole resistant members. Leadership could also use fundraising as a cudgel. The party tightly controlled access campaign cash and wayward members risked being cut off come re-election time.
That has changed.
House Republicans passed parliamentary rules banning earmarks, when they won back the majority in 2010. Social media and the Internet allow members to raise money and drum up grassroots support without party support.
Changes in election law led to a proliferation of outside groups, flush with cash with sport more political influence over members more concerned about losing a GOP primary than they are to upsetting leadership.
Critics of the party establishment, and they are legion, have celebrated the liberation of members from leadership’s influence. But it’s led to frayed relationships and a lack of cohesion that at times cripples House Republicans to get things done.
This is how you have varying factions of Republicans – conservatives, so-called centrists, RINOs and so on.
The Democrats, mind you, don’t have this problem. They are all committed Leftist/Marxists, and when it comes to moving their agenda forward, they have no trouble getting it done whether they are in power or not.
“We have got to start governing, and legislating the Trump agenda,” a frustrated Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., said.
As we noted yesterday, Republicans have a simple choice: Get it together and govern or get the hell out of Washington, D.C. We have a country to save, boys and girls, and if you’re not willing to help, you’re just taking up space for another Republican who is willing to step up.