The GOP is limping into the 2013 legislative year. They are injured, sick, weakened and vulnerable, all serious conditions, and all entirely of their own making.
They have allowed politics to deform their agenda and divide their policy initiatives. They have wasted so much effort aiming for the illusion of a political center bullseye, they have completely missed the target. They have squandered their precious and rare control of US government and turned their back on Republican first principles. In my opinion, they have utterly failed in several critical tasks that speak directly to what should be at the core of their conservative political philosophy.
Since his reelection, they have capitulated to President Obama on nearly every vital policy issue, serving only to embolden his wrongheaded policies.
Chief failures so far include their:
- failure to force responsible, substantial reductions in government spending, allowing the President to continue his profligate course,
- failure to force substantial deficit reduction,
- failure to reform entitlements that are careening toward insolvency,
- failure to force the President to present a responsibly balanced budget,
- failure to quash tax increases,
- failure to stimulate genuine creation of jobs,
- failure to achieve an acceptable level of national security, and to properly pillory the culprits responsible for the travesty in Benghazi,
- failure to staunch the continuing flood of illegal immigration,
- failure to move an energy policy adequate to the nation’s needs
- failure to impede the damages of Obamacare.
While all of these failures conduce primarily to the President’s own hands, that only serves to make it all the more urgent that Republicans flex their muscles of loyal opposition and see that the right things get done for the country. A number of these failures extend all the way back to President Bush and the Republican majorities he enjoyed. The GOP didn’t just become sick when Obama came to office. They’ve been ailing for some time.
In a nutshell, on issues vital to America, there has been a failure to legislate – by both parties, and for too long. The failure to reach the kind of reasonable compromise, the kind that leads to enactment of beneficial legislation, has been on both parties.
Unless and until the GOP returns to its conservative knitting, their illness will remain disabling. Democrats will continue to run amok, and America will suffer accordingly.