A Divided Party Cannot Stand
Just a few hours ago I called for the disbandment of the right wing party that dares to call themselves “Republicans”. For more than twelve years they have demonstrated their separation from the once GOP. They are imploding, mostly thanks to big business that supports the “do nothing” TEA Party. But the lack of leadership in the Party must share the blame.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, Speaker of the Republican led house, are, to put it mildly “wimps”.
After Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida gave the sanctioned “Republican Response”. After he was finished, Rand Paul, Senator from Kentucky, who was elected as a Republican, but in fact has no resemblance to the basic ideals that made the GOP what it used to be, made a speech relating the concerns of the TEA Party.
Although they agreed on many items, mostly attacking the president, criticizing any attempt to tax the wealthy fairly, and the universal and passé topic of government spending, they were divided on others.
“The argument I would make is Marco Rubio’s was a general election response and Rand Paul’s was a primary election response,” says John Brabender, a Republican strategist who served as a senior adviser for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign. “I think the leadership of the Republican Party is wide-open right now.”
The two largest items of contention were defense spending, and who is responsible for the deficit.
“On foreign policy, America continues to be indispensable to the goal of global liberty, prosperity and safeguarding human rights,” Rubio said. “The world is a better place when America is the strongest nation on earth.”
Rand said that both parties had to give up their “sacred cows”.
“It is time Democrats admit that not every dollar spent on domestic programs is sacred, and it is time Republicans realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud,” he said. Paul also channeled the pervasive ‘throw the bums out’ Tea Party mantra when he asserted that if lawmakers refused to follow their own rules or pass a budget voters should, “sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home.”
Recognizing their severe loss of Hispanic votes to Democrats in November, they had similar responses. Rubio aligned himself with the Latino population making a simple statement: “My parents immigrated here,” said Rubio, who is Cuban-American.
Paul said in his speech: “We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to come to America for a better future,” he said. “We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities.” He connected immigration to economics.
Rubio was interesting in the fact that he commented on several issues not addressed by the President. Both continue to be in denial that the Republican Party and the TEA Party were badly beaten in the election. They continue to believe in “trickle- down economics”, and reducing public benefits of taxation labeled “entitlements”. Neither Rubio or Rand recognize that the working class have tired of the outdated policies of Reagan, Bush, and Bush.
We are a not a new country, we are a renewed country. The demographics of our nation have drastically changed. The “middle class” as it was in the 60’s and 70’s has disappeared. More Americans are in the low income level, or poverty level than ever before in the nation’s history.
Polls show that a large majority of Americans blame Republicans for a government that is stagnant and broken. If the GOP is to once again be a viable and productive party, it must find progressive and positive leadership. It may only take one person to break away from the party line and suggest ideas that appeal to the majority of Americans. But that scenario must happen soon. Republican self-destruction has begun a countdown. They definitely need a “McGyver”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express