Senior Republican and former Presidential Candidate Bob Dole appeared on “Fox News Sunday”. No longer having to bow down to Republican leadership, (if there is any), he spoke his mind about the horrendous division within the Republican Party, and its lack of focus. He expressed disappointment about its present condition.
He said that he, Ronald Reagan, nor Richard Nixon would have been welcome in today’s Republican Party because they had “ideas”. Dole served as a senator for nearly thirty years, and witnessed changes in the GOP which he believes have not been positive.
Dole made an appearance last December on the Senate floor. His mission was to secure a vote in favor of a United Nations treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities. His plea fell on deaf ears. When he left the chamber his former Republican colleagues voted down the measure, claiming it would “infringe upon American sovereignty”.
Dole rallied against his party’s policy of ‘obstructionism’.
“It seems almost unreal that we can’t get together on a budget or legislation,” he said.
The WWII veteran added that the party is suffering from a lack of leadership.
“They ought to put a sign on the National Committee doors that says ‘Closed for repairs,’ until New Year’s Day next year,” he said. “And spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”
He was also critical of President Obama for not seeking a more personal relationship with Republicans during his first term. He also believes that he lacks a cohesive association with his own party.
I couldn’t agree with the former Senator more. Being an independent, I have attempted to find one single member of the GOP I could cheer for. It’s not the Republican Party I respected throughout my lifetime.
The most serious problem is what the Senator said, there is no leadership. John Boehner is the most powerful Republican in Congress, but is a failure in his role as Speaker of the House. The proof is in the statistics. He led the 112th Congress. It proved to be the least productive in history. And, under his lack of leadership, the 113th is on a path to surpass its ineffectiveness.
For over four years, the only two policies embraced by the entire Republican Party were, “make Obama a one-term President”, that failed, and “just say no”, which has worked all too well, destroying America’s government.
Three factions are dividing the GOP. There’s the “old guard”, and few of them are left. There are those who seek to retain their title of professional politician and therefore care more about a single state’s needs than those of the entire nation. And, of course, there is the TEA Party which is owned and operated by the Koch brothers.
President Barrack Obama, the United States Senate, nor the United States House of Representatives run the country. Lobbyists run the country by ensuring that professional politicians will have ponderous amounts of capital for their reelection campaigns.
As former Republicans such as the 89 year old Bob Dole die off, so will the GOP. It doesn’t exist now as a purpose-led, and ideological organization, but when the last of those who stood for something leave us, so will any semblance of what Republican used to stand for.
I for one miss the deliberation between the two parties. Maybe even then it wasn’t the best government in the world, but at least they accomplished some good things.
The Guardian Express