Oh Republican Party, why do you bother to exist? Speaker Boehner is ready to file a lawsuit against President Obama over his unwillingness to uphold the laws he took an oath to uphold. We’re hearing Sarah Palin lead a (thankfully) few voices from the right calling for impeachment (Which Boehner recently quelled). And yes, I know that most of the Impeachment talk is coming from Democrats needing to whip up their base – I’ve gotten my share of their impeachment porn fundraiser e-mails in my Inbox myself. It’s not like the Democrats have anything positive to offer at this point – even they admit it. Yes, there are valid arguments for both the lawsuit and impeachment, but at the end of the day you have to ask what exactly is going to be accomplished by your actions.
Impeachment? OK, the votes are probably there in the House of Representatives, but how far would that go in Harry Reid’s Senate? How about suing the president? Yes, that’s also a possible route but let’s assume that the best case scenario happens – the president is found guilty of the charges after this goes up to the Supreme Court and exactly what happens then? It’s not as though this administration pays attention to court rulings against it. And if this does, when does the ruling go into effect? This could drag out in the courts until we’re swearing in the winner of the Jeb Bush/Elizabeth Warren presidential race in 2016!1
And even if everything goes how the Republicans wanted it to how do they think this would be portrayed? Would the press treat Republicans as the adults in the room working to reign in an unruly child who never had any business in any kind of leadership role? Or would they be portrayed as a bunch of meanies trying to bully our poor, good hearted country’s first black president? We all know the answer – the press can’t be happy about having so many presidential scandals that they’re finally being forced to do their jobs. Combine their battered wife syndrome with some fond memories of the 90’s and they will be only too eager to rush to the defense of the man they worked so hard to get elected and to shield while in office!
So what action should the GOP be taking right now? If impeaching or suing the president will do more harm than good what recourse do they have over the president’s refusal to follow the laws he took an oath to uphold? How about exposing his ideas for what they are and forcing him to stand by them. And exactly how do we go about doing that?
I’m glad you asked! How about dealing with the 800 pound gorilla of this administration in Obamacare? For some odd reason the left is in this country has been howling mad over Hobby Lobby getting an exemption from one part of the law have seem to have missed over the last few years how Big Business, Unionistas, and our politicians have gotten themselves waivers from the president’s signature law. Why not put all of the Democrats on notice as to who they truly support? Write a law that will simply state that every American should qualify for the same exemption from Obamacare, regardless of how much they assisted the president’s election campaigns. If the rest of America can’t enjoy the same exemptions, then every entity that was granted one should be forced to comply with the law. And give it a nice poetic name, “The Equal Protection Under Law and Health Care Equality Act”.
Just writing the law itself isn’t going to accomplish anything – the conservatives can easily unite and push the cause of Health Care Equality. The bill would easily pass in the House, mainly on partisan lines and with a few nervous Democrats in purple states. Harry Reid would naturally leave the bill to die on the Senate floor. That’s where the conservatives have to unite – call Reid out at every turn why he won’t bring it up for a vote. Push the president as to why he is willing to put moneyed special interests ahead of the American people? Republicans could also try something novel, and talk to us like we’re adults. Stop pretending repeal of Obamacare is going to happen any time while he’s in office or the Democrats control the Senate. An easy way to explain it would be,
“We understand that many Americans are unhappy with the results of Obamacare. You were told that if you liked your plan you could keep your plan. You were told that if you liked your doctor you could keep your doctor. You were told that a family of four would be saving $2500 per year, and that if you made less than $250,000 per your taxes would not go up. We know that these all turned out to be lies, and while some Americans have benefitted from this act for the majority of Americans have not been able to say the same.
We would like nothing more than to repeal this law and cut our losses. We’ve wasted one billion dollars on failed state exchanges and would like for this to stop. Democrats chide us for not working to “fix” the plan, where the only fix they seem to see is to throw more money at failed ideas. When somebody is racing their car toward an edge of a cliff it’s tough to find common ground when all of the solutions at best involve slowing down or taking a different route to the edge of the cliff.
Sadly, the American people have been given a choice, and we collectively as a people decided to keep President Obama in office and the Senate in control of Harry Reid. As much as we would like to repeal this law and work to build consumer oriented solutions it is simply not possible right now. So our only alternative is to push to move forward with implementing the bill. Let the American people see every bit of what this law entails and how it’s affecting their lives. And by the American people I mean all American people. We want the president to obey the law that he proudly signed himself and stop granting exemptions and delays to moneyed special interests who want exemptions from this law that they worked so hard to inflict onto the rest of us.
And that is what our bill calls for. “The Equal Protection Under Law and Health Care Equality Act” will prevent special interests from being above the law. This is a simple bill, and one that will level the playing field for all Americans. Once all Americans feel the total effects of this law the electoral process can decide whether or not what the president’s vision for health care in the United States is what we want. But first let’s ensure that all Americans are being treated equally under the law.”
And bring this up continuously – launch a blitz on the news show circuit and in social media. Don’t let the president take a breath from this and as an added bonus we can start dispelling the notion that the Democrats aren’t the party of big business. Until the president causes another scandal to get the media’s attention, of course. Or if you want a good clear explanation of our health care situation check out what Capterra owner Michael Ortner wrote to his employees. Why can’t politicians talk like this?
And there’s no need to stop there. On immigration take it to the working class Americans and ask why the president is flooding their neighborhoods with immigrants to take their jobs simply because they’ll vote for him? As for the border, ask if we should simply abolish our immigration policy? Apparently we don’t have one anymore, as any person who can get into Mexico simply needs to know a few phrases of Spanish and head north to be given free reign in our country. Not to mention the national security aspect – exactly why do we think terrorists won’t use our southern border to get into the country? Or how about with all of these immigrants simply put them on planes or buses into wealthy leftist neighborhoods? The left is very generous when reaching into other people’s wallets, let them show their willingness to help others in need. Or not.
What about the IRS scandals? How difficult can it be to point out that when an agency that handles sensitive financial data is so thoroughly corrupt and incompetent we should trust the government with our health records? Put it back on the Dems who are trying to brush this scandal under the rug, even as it seems to get worse every day. How can you expect us to trust a government that is completely unaccountable to its citizens?
Of course, none of this will ever happen. It’s not like the GOP leadership is any less beholden to big business as their counterparts in the Democrat Party. But cases like Gov. Christie in New Jersey show how a flawed leader can cover up some of those flaws with some honest talk. Actually talking to voters like a normal person and not just spewing consultant tested talking points goes a long way in connecting. And the day is coming where not talking like an adult will no longer be an option. NRO’s Andrew Stiles summed it up perfectly:
“Republicans need to start addressing the insecurities of the poor and middle-class, and convince them that conservatism holds the solutions,” says a senior GOP aide. “We can win specific battles like Obamacare when the other side messes up, but that doesn’t mean we’ve won the trust of the American people to run the government. Even if they like what we’re saying, they’ll never trust us if our policies don’t match the rhetoric.”
And treating us like adults would be a good start.
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Cross posted from Brother Bob’s Blog
1 Let’s hope this does not actually end up as the ticket.