End of the G.O.P.?
The Republican Party is still in denial although they failed miserably in their goals in the election. They’re ignoring the demographics, and the issues that mattered most to millions of voters.
Grover Norquist, Wayne LaPierre, and the TEA Party obstructionists have an “all or nothing” philosophy, and they are dismantling the once, and rightly named, “Grand Old Party”.
Extremist views and uncompromising attitudes cannot be tolerated in these difficult times. They never should be an issue or consideration in the debates of our lawmakers. The first duty congress has is to “do the will of the people”, to enact legislation that fairly affects everyone. To perform their responsibilities both parties must move to the center and reach compromise.
The Republican controlled House of Representatives proved how divided they are when Boehner attempted to bring his plan “B” to a vote. He didn’t have the numbers. He claims that it is the President who will not compromise. What he won’t admit is that the American people will not stand for his attitude towards the very wealthy in our country. They did not elect the President, people just like you and I did.
In the 2006 and 2008 elections, when Republicans were trounced by Democrats, a large number of those on the right began to look for change, change that would insure re-election, and election of new Republican candidates. Many of them aligned themselves with the TEA Party, including the Speaker of the House. The problem was that none of them foresaw what would happen a few years later. The TEA Party is just too extreme, and has both handcuffed government action, and fractured the GOP.
Lobbyist Grover Norquist coerced Republican legislators to make a pledge to him that they would never vote for a tax increase of any kind. When our elected officials display more loyalty to a lobbyist than to the electorate, something is seriously wrong with that group.
There are many congressmen who agree with Wayne LaPierre. They are misguided. They spout the right of any citizen to own any type of gun based on the second amendment. I know you’re probably tired of seeing me write this, but it is the truth. When the second amendment was written, the type of weapons we have today, never existed in their wildest dreams.
The NRA is a lobby. Lobbyists work for special interests, they have no concern for the people of the country. When thousands of innocent lives are destroyed by individuals wielding powerful weapons that can dispel hundreds of rounds a minute, something has to change. When our most precious young citizens are slaughtered in what we all believed to be the safest of locations, something has to change.
Any of our elected officials who continue to align themselves with the utterly ridiculous statements made by LaPierre yesterday, will hopefully lose their next re-election bid.
In the past, it has always been the Democrats who were less organized, less committed to one cause, one position. The rolls have reversed. Most Republicans don’t know where to stand on every issue because no longer is there just one faction telling them what to do.
(By the way, I am 75% sure Boehner is on his way out. He is no leader.)
News Correspondent-The Guardian Express