WILL THE REPUBLICANS SEIZE THE DAY?
Now that the President’s failings have been thoroughly condemned by an angry electorate, enabling the Republican Party to gain control of the Senate and to acquire the largest House majority in over half a century, all focus is upon whether Republican leaders will seize the day or squander the opportunity.
Will Republicans boldly send to the President bill after bill to dismantle Obamacare, roll back regulation, decrease corporate and individual tax burdens, strengthen and expand border security, quarantine ebola stricken nations, and obliterate ISIS, or will they meekly send the President only those measures that they think he might sign? Meekness will cause the electorate to despise the new leaders equally with Obama. Voters want prompt and decisive action. They want the very opposite of President Obama’s pattern of delay and indecisiveness.
Voters overwhelmingly rejected the President’s failed leadership but did not overwhelmingly endorse the Republicans voted into office. Thankfully that mercurial and corrupt enemy of liberty, Harry Reid, will now lose his control over the Senate’s agenda, reduced to the minority, but Reid’s ego leads him to believe that his departure from control of the Senate will be for a moment (destined to end in 2016). Unless Republicans comprehend their mandate and seize the day, Reid might be right. That mandate is one of rage against a President whose failure to revivify the economy and protect American interests at home and abroad has significantly diminished the nation’s economic standing, liberty, and international stature. It is essentially a vote to throw the bums out and put in new folks with the hope that the new folks would prove themselves. It is not a ringing endorsement of any specific policy path, yet without question the only way to convince anyone to trust in Republican leadership lies in clear and unequivocal adherence to first principles of limited government, sovereignty in the individual, free enterprise, and strong national defense, forever the cornerstones of American greatness. For Republicans who wish to remain in office and win the White House in 2016, it is back to basics when it comes to principle and it is forward to unremitting action to dismantle government barriers to individual liberty, free markets, and national defense.
Voters want to see if Republican leaders will pass the measures needed to take apart Obamacare (getting rid of the medical device tax, getting rid of the individual and business mandates so if you want your doctor you can keep your doctor and if you want your health plan you can keep your health plan, and getting rid of the exchanges). Voters want to see if Republican leaders will roll back federal regulations that block innovation, progress, and development and dictate who wins and who loses in the market. Voters want to see if Republican leaders will cut corporate and individual taxes to permit the American market to grow. Voters want to see if Republican leaders can quarantine ebola stricken countries to prevent migration of individuals with the disease to our nation. Voters want to see if Republicans can force the hand of the President not simply to contain but to obliterate ISIS.
Now the contest for each day of the next two years is between Republican congressional leaders and the President with the outcome decided by who most deftly marshals popular support for their cause. Obama is a weak President who now, more than ever, sits atop a party that resents his presence. There is at this moment an enormous political opportunity that will not last for long. Republicans must move rapidly to push through bill after bill that will undo Obama’s market, liberty, and American interest killing Administration. There is no time to bask in the victories of November 4, because those victories will not be translated into meaningful action unless Republican leaders seize the day, drive through the necessary bills, and campaign against congressional and presidential opposition with unrelenting zeal (marshalling as Reagan did popular will in favor of each new measure).
The best approach is to adopt a clear agenda by topic of the areas for action, focusing on the most urgent: Obamacare repeal, ebola quarantine, deregulation, and tax reduction. For each set of measures under each agenda topic (e.g., a dozen or more to repeal Obamacare), a public campaign must be enlisted to inundate the offices of those opposed to the measures and prepare as best as possible to override Obama vetoes. Obama’s failed leadership must continue to be the focus and all those who oppose measures should be likened to Obama as obstacles to needed reforms.
Without this kind of principled, persistent, and overwhelming drive for reform, Republicans will themselves be viewed as failures, blameworthy come November 2016. With this kind of reform, each Obama veto will cut against Democratic fortunes in 2016. Predictably, Obama’s obstructionism when supported by Democrats who refuse to override the vetoes will be understood by many as the very obstacles to restoring American greatness.
Scrutiny on Republican leaders will be close, as voters will size them up to determine if they are sincere, principled, and driven to action or are insincere, unprincipled, and hedonistic. For all leaders who shine in the light of honesty, deep commitment to America’s founding principles, and mighty action to achieve reforms there will be great political rewards and for all, regardless of party, who mimic Obama in their dishonesty, ambivalence toward America, and hedonism, there will likely be significant political losses. The fate of the Republican Party and of Republican prospects to regain the presidency lies entirely on what Republicans achieve between now and 2016, and the reality of politics is that most of those achievements, if they come at all, must come within the next six months.
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