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GOP Selfishness Undermining Their Party, Agenda

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President-elect Donald Trump, flanked by his wife Melania and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while walking on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, following their meeting. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

When Republican voters went to the polls last November, electing Trump meant seizing the last branch of government in Washington, D.C. Trump would join the existing Republican House and Senate. These optimistic voters looked forward to ushering in a new era of unchallenged conservative government. Trump’s election would be a stunning repudiation of Obama’s eight years of big government and soft socialism,

Instead, what Trump voters got was Vichy France.

Although in fairness to the French, when Marshall Petain surrendered France to the Germans in 1940 Hitler was at the height of his power.

Republicans in Washington, D.C. — led by Curator of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,  — surrendered to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D -N.Y., after Hillary lost the presidential election and Schumer failed to capture the Senate. But Democrats don’t have to actually win to defeat Republicans.

Democrats just have to exist.

I’m sure the explanation for this rout has something to do with the 2018 mid-term election.

In the run up to the 2016 vote, Republicans were warned not to expect too much in the way of conservative legislation from the GOP-controlled Senate and House. The GOP was defending more incumbent Senate seats than Democrats and McConnell had to protect the vulnerable.

In 2018 it looks like Republican voters can’t expect a return to conservative government this time because the Democrats are defending more incumbent Senate seats.

In the meantime McConnell in the Senate and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in the House are supporting a $1.07 trillion funding bill that increases government spending by $5 billion, specifically prohibits spending money on Trump’s border wall, fails to penalize sanctuary cities and fully funds Planned Parenthood abortion mills.

The only concession on Schumer’s part was Trump won’t be forced to sign the capitulation bill in Chappaqua, N.Y.

This is what "bi–partisanship" looks like in D.C. Democrats get what they want. Republican voters get excuses.

The wall and penalties for sanctuary cities aren’t some last-minute addition to voter concerns. Trump talked a hard line on illegal immigration from day one of his campaign.

Real Clear Politics found, "Although the Republican establishment would rather not think about it, immigration was Trump’s central issue as he came out of nowhere to beat 16 challengers and win the nomination."

A Pew post-election survey put immigration among the top three issues for Trump voters.

Yet The Washington Post headline says it all, "Democrats confident they can block Trump's agenda after spending-bill win." And the situation isn’t going to improve in September, regardless of what Trump, McConnell, and Ryan promise.

As The Washington Post observed, "Democrats’ lopsided victory on the five-month deal, which is likely to be approved this week, means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint."

Sen. John Cornyn, R-RINO, spun the sellout thusly, "We can’t pass anything without [Democrats].” That’s because the few genuine conservatives in government refuse to participate in the GOP leadership’s bait-and-switch scheme.

There are currently two parties in Congress. One is a party of the left that has a coherent system of belief and is composed of elected officials that attempt to achieve party goals through legislation. That’s the Democrats.

The other party’s central motivation is self–interest. That party has no bedrock principles. Instead it has talking points. Back home members profess to support conservative principles. When they return to Washington voters get only the conservatism that's consistent with the member's re–election and the continued approval of the donor class.

That party is the Republicans.

It's almost enough to make one admire Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Tom Perriello. Perriello was a one–term congressman because he voted for Obamacare, even though he knew it was risky. Perriello thought standing up for his principles was more important than winning an election.

Republicans think that’s crazy talk. Yet, although Perriello is gone from Washington, it looks like Obamacare is here to stay.

Republican voters never seem to have the weight with our officeholders that leftists who might vote against them or establishment contributors do. The Republican establishment simply doesn’t fear any retribution from the base.

That has to change.

Otherwise spending, immigration and the growth of big government will proceed unchecked. Fed–up conservative donors should direct all their contributions to the primary opponent of every sellout that votes for this spending travesty.

The only way to force Republicans to vote for conservative principles is to force a few of these moral jellyfish out of office. The conservative government Republicans talk about during the campaign will only become a reality in Washington when people like McConnell are made to believe fighting the conservative base is more dangerous than fighting Chuck Schumer.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now

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There are two parties in Congress. One is a party of the left with a coherent system of beliefs attempting to achieve party goals through legislation. That’s the Democrats. The other party’s central motivation is self–interest, with no bedrock principles. That's the Republicans.
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