“No time for collaboration”
ALG’s Bill Wilson gets onboard the obstruction express!
[…] Under normal circumstances, a re-elected President can direct the debate. He has set out an agenda or has done so well in the first term that the country simply wants “more of the same.” Nobody – and I mean nobody – wants four more years of the same inane, vapid socialism of Obama’s first term. But, if Obama cannot determine the course we take, who does?
That answer is yet to be decided. The reason the issue is in doubt is because we do not yet know what the Republicans in Congress will do. They have a very real choice. The Republicans can surrender to Obama, collaborate with his regime and institutionalize his radical, leftist agenda.
Or, they can fight; fight to the last man standing, refusing to concede an inch to an alien ideology that at its core is opposed to the founding principles and ethic of the nation.
What will the GOP in Congress be; Free and defiant, standing up for principle and fighting Obama and his cronies. Or, will they cower at the sight of Obama’s meager margin and do his dirty work for him?
Wait, are these rhetorical questions? I mean, it’s John Frickin’ Boehner. He was ready to surrender before anyone told him there was a fight brewing. And Cantor is no better. Without a change in House leadership, we’ll see nothing but deals — and we’ll be told it could have been worse, and we don’t want to look like the party of obstructionists with the 2014 elections approaching, because the American people crave compromise. And more such nonsense.
There are plenty of those inside the GOP who will want to cut and run. Colin Powell, Ray LaHood, a host of northeast liberals, and more than a few in positions of power inside the House all embrace collaboration. Seeing nothing worth fighting for, they are all too ready to peddle themselves to the highest bidder.
And on the surface, for all too many GOP officials, such a course may appear the easier, softer way. After all, taking such a path will be sure to get rave reviews from the propaganda organs of the establishment-Left. They will be invited to all the right parties and be hailed as having “grown” and being a “good Republican.” Future employment opportunities will look very bright.
But there is another side to this. To millions of conservative, free-market advocates and the core of the Republican Party they will be reviled and hated. For these grassroots activists, such actions by their representatives in Congress or in Governors’ mansions will be viewed as outright treason. Knowing that all the House of Representatives has to do is refuse to fund Obama’s monster government and the whole thing stops will mean that anything less is sure to be met with intense anger and resistance.
How this existential debate inside the GOP plays out will decide the next four years. While it would have been better to have an adult partner in the White House instead of the childish, churlish Obama, it is of really little consequence. The real battle for the future of America is inside the Republican caucuses.
I hate to say this, but being reviled and hated by Hobbits is a badge of honor for the establishment GOP ruling elite. They prefer a permanent political class, and these small government types and untrained, unpolished intruders just make their whole collegial club look bad.
Honestly, I’m not sure what leverage we have to hold Boehner’s feet to the fire. Short of putting up a challenger for speaker who garners significant enough support that, win or lose, Boehner gets the message.
Also? It wouldn’t hurt to threaten to primary this guy — and all those like him. If we’re going to lose the country, I’d rather it be the Democrats who bring it down, not mewling GOP party men who are consistently on their knees.