Like many Conservatives these days I’m angry and jaded. The anger is strong. It is more powerful than mere policy differences. It’s not just this election, the sewer slugfest between the two least popular presidential nominees ever. Nor is it the fact that the Republican Party, the party that fielded the most impressive group of presidential candidates I’ve ever seen, nominated Donald Trump.
No, I am mad as hell about the Republican Congressional Leadership’s failure to deliver on effectively fighting Obama and his radical agenda to transform America so fundamentally.
My anger may have begun as disillusionment with the excessive deficit spending and the bailout of the banks, but it grew under the Obama regime. The extreme abuses at the IRS, the EPA, the Justice Department, in the healthcare industry, the State Department and extra-legal immigration actions. The Republican Congressional Leadership told us they would fight Obama’s radical transformation of America. But they didn’t.
They said if we gave them control of the House they would fight Obama. In the wave election of 2010 we did, but they didn’t stop Obama. Then they said if we give them control of the Senate as well then they would fight Obama. In the wave election of 2014 we did, they didn’t stop Obama; they helped him.
Sen. Ted Cruz said it best on the floor of the Senate in July 2015:
There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised …
We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months. What has that majority done? The first thing we did, in December, is we came back and passed a $1 trillion ‘cromnibus’ plan filled with pork and corporate welfare. That was the very first thing we did. Then this Republican majority voted to fund ObamaCare, voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. And then leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Madam President, which of those decisions would be one iota different if Harry Reid were still majority leader? Not a one. Not a one. This Senate operates the same — the same priorities…
And it all got even worse when the GOP-controlled Congress passed the omnibus spending bill in December 2016. To show they could get things done they passed what Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer said was the Democrats’ agenda.
When Cruz conceded the presidential nomination, I became even more disappointed. I considered switching my registration to Independent because I am a Conservative that votes with for the Republicans. I thought about long and hard.
Finally, I realize my beef is with the Congressional leadership that continually fails to take the fight to Obama, not the Republican Party.
In those two wave elections, not only did we win control the House and then the Senate, More importantly, we cleaned up at the State and local level. Republicans now control about 56 percent of the country’s 7,383 state legislative seats, up 12 percentage points since Obama became president. And there are now 31 states that have Republican governors.
These elected officials are doing great things. They are working hard to govern with Conservative principals — reducing the government’s negative impact on the people and the economy. They also serve as the farm team for higher office.
Yes, I’m still mad as hell about the GOP Congressional Leadership’s failure to deliver on effectively fighting Obama, but there is much to appreciate about the GOP at the State and Local level. And that enables me to continue to be registered Republican and work to ensure we have a presidential nominee more to my liking in 2020.