Andy Marquis, reporter for RACE22.com, is a guest blogger. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more. He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain.
Here’s his latest guest post:
In the spirit of the holiday season, I present a list of resolutions the Republican Party should adopt in the New Year.
John Boehner Returns as Speaker
Okay, I know he’s been ineffective and I know how he operates. But, I do like Boehner. More importantly, if Boehner keeps the role as Speaker of the House, it flips the bird to the TEA Party faction that has flipped the bird to the American people. After last week’s circus, Boehner knows the Democrats in Congress (along with moderate Republicans) and President Barack Obama are the only friends he has in Washington, and he knows that he must cooperate with them and not the TEA Party.
Don’t Go Off the Cliff
Unfortunately, Republicans are more than willing to drive off the cliff because it’s the only “win” for them, even though it’s a loss for the American people. In the long run, it’s a loss for the GOP as well. Fact, Barack Obama has the upper-hand in Fiscal Cliff negotiations. Fact, Barack Obama will get his way. Averting the Fiscal Cliff will force Republicans to accept that Barack Obama has the right vision for America.
Barack Obama is the President – accept it.
Stop with the birther nonsense. Just, stop. Obama was legitimately elected President of the United States in 2008. He was legitimately re-elected in an electoral landslide. Barack Obama is popular, he has good ideas, he is an American.
Stop Bringing Up Reagan
Reagan did not slash the National Debt, he tripled it. Reagan did not deport illegal immigrants, he granted amnesty. Reagan did not dramatically reduce the size of government, he increased it. Reagan was a good President. He didn’t defeat the Soviets with extreme military force; he defeated them using an unconventional and unbelievably intelligent diplomatic process. And he did negotiate with terrorists. He would also, in today’s Republican Party, be considered a “RINO”, a “socialist” and be forced to switch to the Democratic Party. The Republican has invented this mythological superhero, but it’s not the actual Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Kick Out the Extremists
Here’s a secret the media won’t tell you, the TEA Party still defines the Republican Party’s message. And the TEA Party is still popular with the Republican Party. However, it’s misguided. This is nothing more than a group that hates the American government more than it loves America. The Republican Party needs to reject the entire premise of the glorified internet hate group and rejoin reality.
Simply put, a two party system can work. There can be ideological differences – a weighed debate with the outcome being what’s best for the American people. But if the Republicans can only think about winning primary contests, they deserve the political extinction that will come with appeasing the TEA Party faction.
With that, I say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.