On a daily basis, I try to wrap my head around the “logic” being employed by the GOP establishment in Raleigh and DC. The media and its leftist allies tell us that the GOP has a problem with X. Instead of challenging that assertion, the GOP establishment falls all over itself to accept that premise and implement a solution to “fix” its “problem” with X.
The media and its leftist allies tell us that the GOP has a problem with Hispanics. So, the GOP kicks off all of this “outreach.” The party could take this opportunity to lecture its opponents about how wrong it is to pigeonhole people and market to them as segments. After all, there are plenty of black, white, red, yellow, green, male AND female Americans deathly worried about the economy and the ObamaCare mess. Instead, the GOP’s congressional leadership is bound and determined to ram amnesty through on Capitol Hill.
The media and their leftist cohorts also lecture the GOP for having a “women” problem. When the left talks about “women,” they mean the loud, hirsute Rosie O’Donnell fans who obsess over birth control and abortion (even though they will never have a need for any of that). How does the GOP establishment respond to this? They set up a class to tutor sitting Republican officials and GOP candidates on how to talk to women. Congresswoman Renee Ellmers went as far as to set up a Republican Women’s Policy Committee. Georgia congressman Tom Price (R) lost his campaign for a House leadership post to Ellmers BFF Cathy McMorris Rodgers mainly because of a lack of estrogen.
Ellmers has picked up and run with the whole man-bashing thing – blaming the party’s troubles in 2008 and 2012 and 2013 on MEN. Over the weekend, she made headlines again calling ObamaCare a “war on women.” Never mind that it’s doing quite a number on men, too. Her remarks were a far cry from her spin of just a few months ago, where she was bashing Tea Party efforts to defund ObamaCare.
Instead of offering up a lesson on the virtues of limited government and the free market, the GOP establishment — led by Ellmers — is deciding to respond to ObamaCare by taking the tinkering and micromanaging off into a slightly different direction. There are plenty of baby-boomers walking around who can remember the days when doctors came to your house, and you could actually pay the complete bill out of pocket. As government started sinking its claws into the industry, costs sky-rocketed.
In Raleigh, state House speaker Thom Tillis and his leadership team fought tooth-and-nail to pass reparations for people who got sterilized by the state government in the early part of the 20th century. Conservatives, for years, have taken a stand against reparations for people with historical grievances. Where do you stop? Japanese-Americans imprisoned by FDR? Descendants of African slaves? All of the various and sundry Native American tribes? This was little more than buying into the Democrat game of using other people’s money to “buy” votes from certain groups and goodwill from the media.
Some bad things have happened to innocent people throughout history. Is it the responsibility of modern-day people to pay for the sins of the past? Raleigh Republicans apparently thought so.
I think a lot of us would like to see a lot more leadership and a lot less “ME TOO” out of Republicans in Raleigh AND DC.