If prognostications mirror results, Republicans will retain control of the House (a virtual certainty) and will gain control of the Senate (likely), but then what? Republican leaders in the House and Senate have been suggesting that no serious efforts will be undertaken to repeal Obamacare or do anything else of consequence for that matter. Back peddling on key promises, like the one to seek repeal of Obamacare, will have profoundly negative consequences for the GOP. That is because in no small measure voters are motivated to kick the Democrats out precisely because voters overwhelmingly reject Obamacare. If Republicans fail to meet voter expectations, they should not be surprised if they incur voter wrath in 2016.
Across party lines voters share a disgust with incumbents who lack principle and refuse to grapple with pressing issues. More particularly they loathe politics as usual in which politicians work feverishly to avoid controversy and feather their own nests at the expense of the American people and America’s interests around the world. They are disgusted by the failure of the elected to tackle the key and festering issues of: (1) unsustainable entitlements; (2) overregulation and over-taxation; (3) broken and unrepairable Obamacare; (4) a foreign policy that undermines American interests and fans the fires of terrorism; (5) an open border with federal welfare inducements that benefit illegals and encourage illegal immigration; and (6) an infectious disease policy that politically assuages the interests of West African countries rather than impose quarantines on the Ebola ravaged countries to protect American lives.
If Republicans take the Senate and, thereby, become the majority party in both houses of Congress, those elected will have a mandate to lead, and it will most certainly not be a mandate to maintain the status quo. Voters expect the new Congress to combat the Administration and fight vigorously for repeal of Obamacare, for reduction in the size and scope of the federal government, for reduction in corporate and individual tax rates, for serious border patrol (through a federal state partnership in which border states take the lead in protecting their states from the illegal invasion and the feds back that up), for implementation of a quarantine on Ebola ravaged countries, and for full military action to obliterate ISIS. If those elected do not take the voters’ mandate seriously and implement it with vigor, they will prove once again that politics as usual has triumphed over principled leadership, and they will invite voter payback in the 2016 general election.
Consequently, Republicans had better take heed. The old guard leadership of the party has harbored animus against Tea Party activists for many years and has resolutely refused to fight vigorously for repeal of Obamacare, a halt to deficit spending, and restoration of our republic. That old guard has defended the existing rapacious federal government over a return to a government that honors rather than desecrates America’s founding principles. If ever Republicans are to regain popular support (votes actually for them rather than simply against their opponents), they can only do so if they prove through their actions that they reliably adhere to our founding principles and forsake themselves. We continue to live in a state of crisis in which the reality of dire fiscal and international circumstances are ignored by politicians who prefer putting off until the moment of collapse what could best be resolved today.
The recipe for political success is not something new. It is the same old recipe that has defined American greatness since the founding: a sincere and unwavering commitment to America’s founding principles (to a limited government, to a government that taxes little and does nothing beyond core functions of justice, state, treasury, and defense, and to a government that frees the private sector of regulation and taxation so that it may grow the American economy, create opportunity, and improve the American standard of living without interference from officious intermeddlers in the bureaucracy and Congress).
Many disheartened and angry Americans will be voting on November 4. If they form a majority, incumbents will be thrown out in key races across the country. If predictions are borne out by performance at the polls, Republicans stand to gain control of the Senate and, thus, control of both houses. What they do with that precious mandate for reform will in no small measure affect prospects for further Republican gains in 2016. Most importantly, the new majority must either rise to the occasion and champion America’s founding principles, fighting tenaciously to restore limited government, or they will surely squander yet another opportunity to inspire respect and loyalty from the American people, suffering the political consequences in 2016.
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