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GOP Must Be Lions, Not Sheep

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Judd Dunning By Tuesday, 09 February 2021 09:30 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

By the end of his ninth day in office, President Joe Biden had signed 40 executive orders, actions and presidential directives. It was as if our new imperial president was in a competition to dethrone Franklin D. Roosevelt and his long-standing record of 30 orders – though it took FDR an entire month to achieve that number.

For meritocracy lovers, the Biden strike team's bombastic barrage of post-Trump proposals and administrative purges has been logistically impressive. It was far from "sleepy." Ole Joe's "America is back" executive order orgy happened so quickly that no one even had time to breathe, let alone process them.

Adding insult to injury, soon to be served up red hot in Congress are the new HR127 and HR1 bills that will destroy gun rights and a fair, accountable voting system.

Just trying to digest the hundreds of pages of these bills alone presents a daunting task, let alone marshalling the political opposition to fight them. Faced with this barrage, I can't help notice that many Republicans in Congress appear to have either checked out or been struck silent.

As a result, the frustration of conservative voters and Trump populists is palpable. We are sitting in the cheap seats and our noses bleed as we peer down at the arena below in unheard disgust. We wished we had rotten tomatoes to throw at our reluctant gladiators. We wish they could at least hear our jeers of "What are you doing? Wake up! Look behind you! Fight, men. Fight!"

It's not as if this battle was not expected. Trump-hating Democrats have been waiting for four years to joyfully wreak havoc on the Orange Man's agenda. Yet, the planned, or unplanned, response by some of the "respected" minds on the Right appears to be to force a return to an old, pre-Trump status quo – an attempt to revive "normalcy" in what is a totally abnormal situation.

It's painful to watch. It's painful to see politicians pander and scramble. It's painful to watch them play defense in an arena that is not "normal." It hasn't been normal since the day Donald Trump came down the escalator and began boldly saying what was on many Americans' minds instead of couching it in Tele Prompter-fed niceties.

Our representatives need a wake-up call. Stop with the restrained, gentlemanly accommodationist politics. For now, at least, that political approach is dead. It died with Donald Trump. And perhaps the very reason Trump was hated so much by Democrats is that he attacked them with the kind of intensity that they have attacked timid conservatives for decades.

Remember how they accused Trump of being a "name caller?" Democrats have been calling conservatives ugly names for years, a tactic that's only become worse with the amplification of identity politics.

The good news is that even after losing legislative dominance and the executive branch and walk through the shadow of the valley of political death, we've got this. We've got it as long as we stand up and vigorously challenge every move our political opponent makes. In the real world we value dedication, hard work and overcoming major obstacles. Why should it not be so with our politicians?

Trump was never timid, even more so behind the scenes. A source close to the Trump administration told me that only days after his election, President Trump and his team sat in front of a whiteboard with a group of lawyers and identified every law, executive order and destructive policy that was still in effect from previous administrations and ways that they could kill them.

Instead of acting shocked, conservatives need to get real and get into the fight, whistling as we go. We must embrace obstruction in the legislature and launch every legal blockade we can file in the courts. And with Trump's successful appointments of dozens of level-headed federal judges over the past four years, we actually could prevail with the judiciary.

These are not placid political pastures. For Republicans, it's time to take a cue from Donald J. Trump, embrace new tactics and toss out what's become a tired, old game of compromise, surrender and fearful flight.

It's time to be lions, not sheep.

Creator of #BPN a conservative political news and entertainment website, Judd Dunning, is political author, host, pundit and producer. Over Judd's three-decade political journey from liberal to conservative activist, he has collaboratively hosted various political entertainment for conservative (and independent) audiences, including his current shows "Unapologetic with Judd Dunning" which he hosts, "BulletPoint Nation" with Fox News regular Michael Loftus and his livestream show "Talking Smack" with former Fox Host Rob Nelson, and just authoring his new Humanix/Newsmax Book "13 1/2 Reasons Why NOT To Be A Liberal: And How to Enlighten Others," just published internationally. Read Judd Dunning's Reports More Here.

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Our representatives need a wake-up call. Stop with the restrained, gentlemanly accommodationist politics.
Tuesday, 09 February 2021 09:30 AM
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