Sometimes when you get everything you want, you quickly regret doing so. This is likely the case with the Republican Party today. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have been begging for a monopoly in Washington. Now that they have control of both houses of congress, and the White House, they should be pleased and eager to pass legislation which supports their agenda. The have done nothing.
The fact that they have accomplished nothing is directly attributable to their refusal to curtail the immoral and anti-American agenda of Donald Trump.
Because the GOP is divided internally, they entered 2017 with enormous challenges. They were facing opposition from extremists in their own party, an illegitimate president who knows nothing about effective governing, and whose agenda is based on white supremacy, Islamophobia, Homophobia, and misogyny.
Every action; every proposal from the White House angers large groups of Americans as it works to enhance the lives of the wealthiest of our citizens.
Just yesterday political appointees in the Justice Department announced that they will investigate ‘affirmative action’ policies at some universities. If they decide that ‘whites are experiencing discrimination,’ they will file lawsuits against those institutions.
Efforts to suppress minority voting in Texas and other states by Republican governors was defeated by the Justice Department of the Obama administration, but is now accepted by Jeff Sessions and his current staff.
There is no doubt that the Republican Party has supported ‘fringe racism’ for decades, but these blatant steps by the Trump administration will cost the GOP votes in 2018 and 2020.
Trump is an ‘infestation’ into an already failing party. I doubt that it can survive if they continue to support Trump’s vile agenda. If they allow Trump to continue on his current path, they are signing their own death warrants.
There is another way to look at this situation. Trump’s destruction of the GOP may be a good thing for the future of the party. For years weak leadership from Republicans has moved their party too far to the right. The TEA Party and the Freedom Caucus refuse to deliberate and compromise with moderate Republicans and any and all Democrats. A democratic republic cannot function in this matter.
The Trump administration may force the Republican Party to rebuild itself and return to a party with principles and ideas. Mitch McConnell is bigoted and frankly too old to remain in his position. Paul Ryan has proven himself a hypocrite and unable to lead the House. He opposes all legislation which would serve the majority of Americans and therefore must lose his position as the Speaker of the House.
The voters must stand up and remove all incumbent Republicans from office; replacing them with true conservatives who understand that a single party cannot establish all policy and create all legislation in Washington.
I have always believed that America needs a three party system, but without a minimum of two, our government is dysfunctional.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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