In the wake of Tuesday’s election, we are hearing lots of talk about bipartisanship and statesmanship, with the unstated premise that statesmanship and bipartisanship are automatically the same thing. Nothing could be further from the truth. (Snip) If the election battle was indeed a war of ideas, and the president’s ideas prevailed, where does that leave the losing party?Let’s be brutally frank. In essence, Republicans are now prisoners of war who have a hard decision to make:Should they collaborate with their captors in order to try to obtain better treatment for themselves and their constituents?
Comments: An analysis of why the GOP should not "collaborate" with the enemy, using the metaphor of "Bridge on the River Kwai" to say the GOP should "blow up the bridge" of bipartisanship rather than be co-opted for a socialist agenda.
They won´t be treated as well as POWs. At least as well as POWs are supposed to be treated under the conventions.
Most of the GOP establishment seems under the illusion that this was just another defeat and in 2014 or 2016 or eventually they will take power again. Meanwhile matters won´t get too nasty, la, la, la.
I have sympathy for their plight and there is no hope except in resisting. In honesty I don´t see how they will be effective.
The brutal joke about thermodynamics comes to mind. "You can´t win, you can´t break even, and you can´t quit the game."
I´m sorry, but I cannot read it. The analogy may have been fitting for 2008, when Obama was elected president and the democrats captured the House and a filibuster-proof Senate. It most certainly does NOT apply in 2012. The Republicans still control the House despite gerrymandered districts designed to turn it Democrat again. Republicans have NOT been taken prisoner. The American people may have given the first black president another chance, but the only message he can take away from it is that he must moderate and work with Republicans if he wants anything other than four years of gridlock. We didn´t want Obamacare, and we sent a Republican House to Washington to be sure there will bo no more of that nonsense.
Oh, and let´s get this clear right up front. We did NOT return a Republican majority to the House with instuctions to play dead on everything. We would have voted Democrats in again if that was what we wanted. The Republican House is there to block Obama´s radicalism.
John Boehner is no William Holden. We have a permanent political class running Washington. Eventually crazy Joe Biden, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid will negotiate our lives away. Republicans won´t stand up and shut the government down.
As I reflect on this election, it occurs to me that the campaign was more a campaign of hate against a culture--a race, if you will--than against a candidate. It wouldn´t have mattered who had run, the focus would have been the same. We´ll never be able to come back as long as they have control of the media.
Revenge has been exacted on the slaveholders of old. Compromise would equal appeasement and should not be done.
FTA: ´´Do not imagine that building a bridge between Republicans and Democrats in these perilous times is good for the country.´´
There are those who are weak when we blow the ´´bridge´´ who will say, ´´Madness,´´ but they should just take their stuff and move to some tropical socialist paradise & leave the rest of US alone. Capitalist are innovators & creators, with a vision of the greatness that can be, not myopic losers that want to punish themselves and others for their lack of ambition and vision.
They blame the rich who created wealth and gave them jobs to feed their families, only to desire the material things of life instead of the spiritual that will fill their soul and heart. Sadly, we made a machine that is going to eat its creator to fuel its needs. Only problem is, when the fuel runs out, anarchy will ensue. History will be repeated and man will once again cry out to God for guidance and mercy.
BTW, I completely forgot about the two or three more justices that 0bama may now appoint to the Supreme Court. Romney and his team failed US in bringing out this important fact during the election. Frank Miele has written a chilling, but well thought out summation of the next four years. If we don´t try to obstruct 0bama & the dRATS at every stage of his bridge to nowhere, we will all find ourselves getting there sooner than we expected. Was this what we baby boomers expected in retirement? This is truly a ''Must Read'' and words to ponder.
William Holden was only an actor. We need fewer actors and more non-actors in Washington. We need people who are real and who have principles and who are persuasive. The persuasive part of the equation must not be forgotten. It is crucial to getting John Smith to push the button in your favor. You have to persuade and not just describe.
Persuasion is a bit of an art form. Yet, some were naturals at it. Ronald Reagan - ironically an actor - was one of the most principled and persuasive people around. In essence, we need something that is lost in the maelstrom of management consultants and advisors that has swamped the political world in recent years: plain-speaking leaders with principles who will persuade.
Even this article makes the assertion that Constitutionality of federal law (e.g. Obamacare) can only be decided by the US Supreme Court. In truth, the several States were given this power as well. It was only later that the Supreme Court asserted this power as its own. We need more states asserting their 10th amendment right to decide whether to abide by unconstitutional (as decided by the States) federal law.
Reply to No. 13: Realistically the Supreme Court does decide constitutionality. Otherwise Obamacare would only be valid in 24 states (or less) since 26 of them sued to stop it. Your solution would seem to be mainly a path to breaking up the nation into a confederation. We can certainly consider that, but it would no longer be the United States of America.
We are now dealing with a "lame duck" president. Our side has nothing to lose in defying 0bama at every turn. Just say "no", it´s as simple as that. Just be very happy that we still prevail in the house. All our beloved president can do is call us a do nothing congress. That´s good enough for me.
Whenever I think of Statesmen, I think of John C. Calhoun... or Robert E. Lee...
Unless Miele and Boehner trade places... we are doomed... almost...
Because there is always hope as Pastor preached on the persuasive, passionate, persevering and persistent widow from Luke 18:1-8... She had no standing as a woman in Jewish culture and there was no male to petition on her behalf... but even the unrighteousness judge honored her request for justice because of her perseverance ...
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