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washington-dcWith Obamacare finally out, the nation gets to see firsthand just how bad an idea it is.  

Granted, conservatives have been warning about this since the inception of the bill in 2009. Now, however, the pain is being felt by everyone.

The job market is in total disarray, insurance premiums have spiked, and public interest is not nearly as high as the “central planners” down in Washington hoped or deluded themselves into believing it would be. It has even been reported that the administration outright lied to people to sell its “signature achievement.”

Yet still, the Republican party seems to be doing very little to point this out.

I’ve seen several columnists who called for the Republican party to get in front of the story and trumpet the failures of the law. I have only seen a handful of Republicans actually doing so, mostly on social media sites. No big events or speeches, nothing that seems to show that the Republican party at large even cares.

Not to decry the efforts of those few on social media, but it is not nearly enough. Republicans are managing to lose the messaging war, even when the best message they could ever get is being handed to them.

Their lack of action even caused me to briefly muse on Twitter about whether or not the Republican party has been infiltrated by Democrat operatives or some similar scenario. I am fully aware it sounds conspiratorial; frankly, it is.

On the other hand, I’m running out of ideas for why the Republicans fail so miserably at being “the opposition party.”

There are only a handful of viable explanations left to explain why the Republican party behaves the way it does. Simple idiocy is not enough of an explanation. As much as jokes of the Republicans being “the stupid party” float around (with legitimate reason), it’s a simplistic and reactionary comment that fails to delve into the underlying causes of the GOP’s apparent stupidity.

It is certainly true their are Progressives on both sides of the aisle, as was pointed out to me. However, Progressivism on its own strikes me as an inadequate reason for the Republican’s failure to capitalize on the various problems wrought by Democrats. After all, for varying reasons, those Progressives joined the Republicans.

This ineptness seems less about agreeing with the Left and more about an entirely different impulse.

Indeed, the Republicans seem to have been acting, more often than not, against their own best interests in recent years. They take their base voters for granted and work to expand the federal government, just at a smaller scale than the Left.

When Republicans are voted in and called upon to fight, they put in a halfhearted effort, often with internal discord, and eventually capitulate with almost no concessions from the other side. Of course, this isn’t the only problem with the Grand Old Party.

Many conservatives often complain about “the establishment GOP” in Washington. This is the group of congressmen and consultants who are firmly entrenched in their seats, and are there primarily to make money and a career out of “governing.” Rather than represent their constituents, they represent themselves and their personal interests.

And that establishment absolutely hates it when their power is threatened.

For many legislators in Washington, as well as the advisers they surround themselves with, the entire game is about power and control. They don’t care much for Conservatism, or even for a unified Republican party.

At least, not if that party isn’t unified behind them. This “Old Boys Network” is so strongly opposed to the actions of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and others. For the Old Guard, power is the objective and end game in Washington.

The establishment GOP fear a disruption of the current political order because disruption could change how they live with a single election. It is why they don’t fight hard for the good of the nation. They realize that a serious upheaval of the status quo could threaten their positions — positions which they feel entitled to for whatever perverse reason.

Anyone who even threatens to take the power away through populism and action are an existential threat to the lives of comfort they have created for themselves.

In many ways, Progressivism, though it has had a hand in it, is not the most dangerous threat coming out of Washington today.

The true threat to Conservatives and our Republic is the corrupting influence of the power given to Washington bureaucrats over the decades.

 
 
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  • Steve Tanton

    This is the best synopsis I’ve read recently about the true nature/problems within the GOP. Truly, the actions of the majority of the GOP inside the beltway are the actions of sustenance of self rather than sustenance of the Republic. He who does not stand for his principles, has no principles, and he who has no principles will never persevere. “Faith without works is dead.” – James 2:14-26

  • talkradio200

    And this is why people say “there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans.” Republicans are just as willing to tank the Republic to preserve their own power as the Democrats. That’s why John McCain says a murdering reprobate like Ted Kennedy is his good friend but say that Ted Cruz is a “wacko bird.”

  • AmericanLass

    Of course the Republican Party has been infiltrated by Liberals. There is not 1 org that they have not, so why would anyone think a political party would be any different.

  • Michael Diaz

    Republicans haven’t been good at communication for some time now. In addition we tend to put forward weak candidates who lack any true conviction or the ability to convey the conservative message.

  • RevG

    The Ole Boys Network needs to be let out to pasture..in prison.

  • Diane Hobbs Pinion

    You know they are part of the establishment and they actually think they have more power or something. Yes we have progressives in the Republican party, they must be removed, how, we have to get these people out. The problem is, we don’t have enough people in any locale that really knows what is going on, and who should go. They go to vote and say, I know that name. I’ll vote for him. Somehow we have to educate the people, how???? Ads perhaps but they have to be informative and played enough. remember rules for radicals, if you say something enough times it’s becomes the truth.

  • HanaFiveO

    Osei congrats on describing the theory of corruption. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s problematic on both sides. And, you would expect to see this on the Democrat/Progressive side because they think most of us are stupid, however, the “Pompous” snobs of the Republican elite are in the same boat.

    The problem of Oblunder Care is that it most likely will never go away. Back in 1965 when President Johnson introduced his ultimate Progressive utopian “the Great Society’s Medicare,” via the Social Security Act of 1965, Republican’s then were totally against this govt interaction of our seniors healthcare. However, LBJ at the time, much like Oblunder in 2009, had a “super majority” in congress and shoved this program down America’s throat forcing us to pay into to program. Meanwhile, Republican’s in the 1990’s under Gingrich had a super majority and Medicare remains.

    Unfortunately because of the S.S. Act of 1965, it allowed the hogs into our private trust troft’s and our S.S. funds are gone because of individual congressional pork projects, past and present President’s balancing our Federal budgets with our coerced retirement funds. That includes Clanton/Gingrich’s surplus budget.

    If you and others don’t believe me, then why was the S.S. originally implemented prior to 1965 had 2 secured private trusts; Congress couldn’t get it’s grubby hands on it. However, in 1968 S.S. became a line item in our federal budget and is now over One Hundred TRILLION Dollars of unfunded liabilities; it’s gone. There isn’t enough moola on this planet to refund it.

    The problems with our Social Security I guarantee it’s not because of us “Baby Boomers.”

    What we need to do is clean house. Both houses in 2014/2016 and quite possibly indict a few folks for the ponzi schemes that would make Bernie Madoff blush.

    Anyway, that’s my 2 cents worth, including inflation…sorry for the rant.!

  • Gene Pratt

    What these idiots in WASHINGTON dont understand is WE THE PEOPLE, do not want a government controlled, IRS policed health scheme to extort our hard earned bucks, and take away our FREEDOM OF CHOICE as to what kind of health plan we want and not what the government wants to force us to accept. They have no right to say our health plans are junk plans, from what I have seen it is the obuttmacare plans that are all junk, and cost more, and we get less. OBUTTMA, REID, PELOSI, PALLONE, MCCAIN, are all to old to be in office as they have grown, crabby, cantankerous, illogical, malicious, deranged, dysfunctional, anti american, muslim loving, frauds who only want to line their pockets with our hard earned bucks so they can live their lavish lifestyles, they have no concern for THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and all the AMERICANS they have hurt with this obuttmacare, I say get rid of them all starting with obuttma, and lets get some new young blood in office who are willing to work for the AMERICAN PEOPLE instead of against them!!!!