Saturday, March 16, 2013
Has the time come for a re-assessment of the GOP leadership? Have they lost touch with what the base of the party really desires. In Congress, the leadership of John Boehner has increased spending through "continuing resolutions" instead of passing a budget. That is a huge problem because those "CR's" have increased spending in each of the past 4 years...which was when the Democratically controlled Senate last passed a budget (2009).
Instead of passing a budget and sending it to die in the Senate, and effectively shutting down the Federal government, the House leadership has gone along to get along...which is the root of the problem. We, the American people, don't want our leaders to just go along. Oddly enough, we expect them to lead. That's something they've just not done.
Furthermore, our "elite" party leadership, through their top notch consultants have lost the last four elections. 2006 (GOP lost control of both houses of Congress...and the Dem's increased spending, except Defense, 25% across the board).
2008 was disastrous because we chose a Moderate candidate (aka Democrat Lite) as our standard bearer...who ran the worst GOP presidential campaign in modern history and managed to lose badly to a candidate who was wholly unqualified for the office of President, and allowing a Socialist to be elected for the first time in our history.
In 2010, those candidate anointed by our "elite leadership" lost, while those chosen by the Tea Party movement returned control of the House of Representatives back to the GOP...leadership of whom, promptly squandered the opportunity to force the Democratically controlled Senate to do their Constitutionally mandated jobs...and produce a budget...something they have yet to do. Instead, they chose to "go along to get along" and passed "continuing resolutions" to fund government operations. Those CR's included regular increases in spending each of the past 4 years.
In 2012, having NOT learned a damn thing from 2008, the "elite leadership" of the party anointed yet another Moderate (aka Democrat Lite) who ran arguably an even worse campaign against a President who has had the worst recovery from a recession in history...yet...
We expect Rince Piebus and his coterie of inside the beltway strategists to be able to figure out where they went wrong. These guys ARE the problem...they aren't part of the solution. We in the GOP aren't called the "party of stupid" for nothing. Thinking that these people will be able to solve the party problem is like asking an alcoholic if just one more drink will help him over the finish line...
It may well be time to boot all these people out. Start fresh...those of us who are small-time bloggers and grass roots activists have been calling for this for four long years. It's time for a change in the GOP. Unless we want to be come the irrelevant party of a permanent minority, we need to dump the current leadership and find new.
Remember that Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were NOT selected by the "elite leadership" they were chosen by We The People as our voice in the corrupt cesspool inside the Washington Beltway. They're now the standard bearers of the future of our party, NOT the Rince Priebus', John Boehner's and Mitch McConnel's...they are the past that has gone along to get along and helped put us into a debt that our great grand children won't be able to pay off...
It's time for a change in leadership. The current leadership has led us down the primrose path to ruin. It's time to dump them, because dammit, we can't do any worse than they already have.