The likely leaders of the next, Republican-run Congress are already signaling that they will cut deals with President Barack Obama despite clear voter rejection last week of his and the Democrats' agenda, former Ambassador Alan Keyes told Newsmax TV
Instead of taking the midterm election result "as a vote of no confidence" in the president, "all we're hearing from the Republican leadership is how they're going to find ways to cooperate with Obama," Keyes, a past conservative candidate for president and the Senate, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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The early accommodation by House Majority Leader John Boehner and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is typical and expected, Keyes said, given the state of contemporary politics.
"The whole political process is kind of a con in which we have leaders working for their own interests and [for] the little cliques of people who are right now in control of both parties," said author and political commentator Keyes, who served in President Ronald Reagan's diplomatic corps.
"The quisling leadership of the Republican Party, as I call them, the Boehner-McConnell clique that now controls the leadership — they're not of a mind to represent the constituents who put them into office and gave them these majorities," said Keyes.
He said that even as the president has abused his authority, committing "high crimes and misdemeanors" in office, the new Republican leadership team in Congress is happy to press ahead with Obama as a partner on projects that midterm voters flatly oppose.
Keyes cited "more damaging free-trade agreements that sacrifice our interests to the interests of people overseas" as one likely area of bipartisan collusion.
Obama, for his part, has license to continue policies that will be destructive to working-class Americans — and especially to black Americans, said Keyes.
"One thing is clear: Barack Obama has done enormous damage to the black community," said Keyes. "He has taken stands — particularly when it comes to things like immigration — that actually have very ominous consequences for the job prospects and the prosperity prospects of the black community."
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Obama appears ready to use executive authority
to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants despite those consequences, said Keyes.
"Instead of saying, 'Let's do what we can to free up the opportunities and to free up the energy of the American economy,' Obama has been concentrating on making sure we bring in more people to compete with those who are unable to find jobs right now," said Keyes.
Asked to suggest a strong Republican presidential candidate for 2016, Keyes said, "Well, frankly, before we start dealing with 2016, we need to make sure we're going to have a republic when 2015 is over."
"It's the intent of the elite . . . to destroy government of and by and for the people in the U.S. so that elections don't matter," he said.
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