Wednesday, March 11

Where is Republican Leadership?

As Hilary Clinton is mired in scandal the Republican leadership seems to be doing what they always do best - F***ING EVERYTHING UP! 

I know what you are thinking and no I am not talking about the supposedly foolish Republican letter to Iran and the MSM's apoplectic response claiming the Republicans have committed "treason" against "dear leader."  Tom Cotton's letter may very likely turn out to be ill advised in hindsight and possibly contains one constitutional faux pas in regards to which branch of government ratifies treaties.  With these possibilities in mind Obama and the MSM can attempt to rile up all the anger they want in regards to the letter but as the following excerpt from Wikipedia (no bastion of conservative thought) demonstrates the Republicans are not to far from the truth.

The treaty power is a coordinated effort between the Executive branch and the Senate. The President may form and negotiate, but the treaty must be advised and consented to by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Only after the Senate approves the treaty can the President ratify it. Once a treaty is ratified, it becomes binding on all the states under the Supremacy Clause.

Enough of that non sequitur for now and on to what is truly important at this moment (I am not saying that Iran is not important, but anything short of severe sanctions or a military strike will not stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon).  The Republican leadership like always is aimlessly wandering from one topic of the moment to next much like Moses and unlike Moses I do not see a promise land in the Republican's future. 

Mitch McConnell's John Boehner's recent capitulation on executive amnesty is case and point.  The Republicans are chasing a mythical unicorn in their search for the Hispanic vote.  Hispanics do not vote for Republicans not because of some fear of racist Republicans or because the Republicans have refused to vote for a comprehensive immigration bill.  Hispanics do not vote for Republicans because they are largely lower income and are largely concentrated in major cities (both strong sources of votes for the Democrats).  As Hispanic immigrant's education and income levels rise and new they become more integrated in American society they will begin to vote much like immigrants of the past (i.e. Italians). 

The Republicans need to stop concerning themselves with small issues and red herrings like immigration, same-sex marriage, and an array of other issues which only enable the MSM to brand our party as out of touch and incompetent.  A more focused plan on the economic improvement of all Americans is the surest path to victory.  First the Senate and House must devise a joint plan to replace Obamacare (this should have ben done years ago even without the looming King vs. Burwell decision).  Next they must come up with a regulation and tax reform plan which both independents and the party's base can rally around.  These must be the two planks of Republican leadership's platform going into the future because Americans are more concerned about their future well being than whether or not a few million illegal immigrants receive citizenship. 

If the Republicans in congress can create a plan addressing healthcare, regulations, and taxes which can show appreciable benefits for the American public as proved by the CBO they will not only show that they can govern our nation properly, but they can give whoever is the 2016 Republican nominee for president the best possible shot at victory and may win a few more Hispanic votes along the way.

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