We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Republic Party is a center/left party with a dominant liberal wing. They do not oppose any ofbthe liberal/socialist programs enacted in the last 100 years. Not the regulatory state nor social security nor medicare nor medicade nor affirmative action nor dept ed nor epa nor open borders nor ...
They are not incompetent; no one group of people could be so consistently moronic. They are a faux opposition, pretending to oppose the left's march toward global socialism while enabling it with feigned bumbling. They'll pretend to try, but they'll stop nothing.
Goodness, harsh judgments! Buy your Republican representatives a copy of David Horowitz' "Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left." Only 166 pages, and essential. No one is better qualified at understanding the new Left. The first section deals with understanding the Progressives. We think of them as simply misguided, rather dim in their understanding of economics, and too busy trying to buy the votes of the poor. They are not. They are zealots who are convinced that their policies are way stations on the path to a "better world." They firmly believe that Republicans are evil, and must be destroyed. They are missionaries who want to "change society" and "solve" its problems. They are out to create an entirely new order, which they call "social justice." I had to read the first chapter over and over to get it through my head that anyone could think like they do.
Part Two deals with the Art of Political War. Some of the problem is simply the way we talk. Democrats say: The Republicans are defending the rich at your expense. Republicans say: The Democrats are using class warfare rhetoric. We focus on policy proposals to the electorate, Democrats tell them how much they care. Caring always wins.
That's why Romney lost. The electorate believed that Obama cared about them, probably because of the widely circulated photo of Obama hugging Donna Vanzant who lost her marina to Hurricane Sandy. (Vanzant never heard from either Obama or FEMA again). Which is also typical, a point to counter Democrat's claims, but never made by Republicans. They just don't understand what they are up against, nor know how to do battle. Help them out!
The Elephants Child
I don't think most of them are conservatives and certainly not tea party type conservatives. Most of them are afraid of the MSM and want to get reelected so they are unwilling to act "too" conservative. The want to go along to get along and retain power for awhile. They want to retire millionaires and step into cushy big dollar jobs when they do finally get out of office. They grudgingly will make half hearted attempts to please the conservative base but ultimately will give in to the Democrats rather then take a stand on a conservative issue. This is the fault of Republican voters who continue to vote for the least worse candidate. We would be better off to vote in a liberal Democrat then keep a Rino.
The conservative voter is naively convinced that this should be easy: "Why, all it takes is to stand firm in your principles Congressman!"
Except if they have one principle we disagree with we turn on them and vote them out. Then we whine because Washington isn't filled with staunch conservatives.
They labor against the PR disadvantages The Elephants Child references, plus a legacy media and some powerful institutions. We make it worse by doing dumb stuff that shows how RIGHT we are, dammit, putting leaders in impossible positions. Conservatives have proven repeatedly that they would far rather go down in glorious defeat, so long as they can make Real True Principled speeches to their choirs.
We deplore what has happened in Europe, but do not learn from it. We continue to believe that if politicians would - just once - articulate conservative values and stick to them, darn it, that the waters would part before them and the world turn right.
Our representatives may not be very good, but they are far better than we deserve. We do not want to govern. We want to complain.
Assistant Village Idiot
Seems to me a "clean" bill would not have a illegal law in it.
When are we going to stand up to our King/Dictator?
President Obama said he took "expanded" executive actions
"because it was the right thing to do"....well rounding up
certain groups (like ISIS does) and wasting them could be
termed the right thing to do.
President Obama needs the open borders (liberal dream)
so the Democrats have a dependent class .. for votes.
Throw Boehner out.
Defund all of President Obama's pet programs.
OMG-- What are you talking about--Republican Party? As if this thing--Republican Party--was a group of people with strength of conviction, a greater sense of self discipline and organizational ethics. Are you kidding me? Here's one for you: Senator Slade Gorton the be all to end all Republicans of the Mob ruled state of WA--yes sir. Worked most of his life as a fake Republican--then when he planned to retire he quite simply did not even contact the Republican Party headquarters. Nope, just turned it over to the Dirty Girls of Seattle. Gave his senate seat to his daughter's girl friend -- Senator Cantwell. Both phonies--he pretended to be a man of integrity above the average. She pretends to have a mind--any kind of mind would be an improvement over nothing.
John Hinderaker: Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?
Partly, but it's more a matter of false expectations. Many Republicans are willing to compromise in order to move legislation forward, but the Tea Party wing feels they are owed, and refuse to compromise. Republicans could pass legislation by working with Democrats, but this is politically untenable. Hence, dysfunction.
And why must Republicans always compromise, but the Democrats do not? Especially now that they are in the majority?
I wish the majority of Republicans in Congress would be hard liners and not care what the Press or Democrats think about them. They have never even given a thought (en masse) to go ahead and shut down government until the Dems cry uncle. Did anyone get hurt by the last shut down? The longer it went on, the better for us all. It takes time to show the American public that most government is unnecessary and does not impact your every day life.
Republicans have done way too much compromising without an equal amount of compromise from the left. No thanks.
Compromise is nearly always required in the U.S. system. With a Democratic president, it takes two-thirds in both chambers to override a veto. In addition, the Tea Party faction refuses accommodation, even for passage of their own agenda. If they can't have it all, they vote it down. It's scorched-earth political combat.