Mar 26

Republicans Learning to “Govern???”

Since the disaster of the American Healthcare Act, there have been several prominent Republicans talking about the difficulties that the Republican Party seems to have with being the governing party rather than the opposition party. It would seem to me that in our country’s form of Government, both parties are supposed to be “governing” rather than merely an “opposition” party. I would think that the founding fathers wanted both parties to work together to find workable solutions that represent the best each party can contribute.

It is true that for the years of the Obama Administration, the Republican Party mainly focused on opposing anything and everything proposed by the Administration. The Party Leadership seemed determined to block every move by President Obama and the Democrats. From repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act to the refusal to process his last Supreme Court Nominee, the Republicans did function as an opposition party. Now that this party controls the White House and both Houses of Congress, the party has to face the reality that they are NOT a unified party. They have at least three (3) factions within the Republican umbrella that have conflicting ideals and Goals.
1) The former “Tea Party” which is now called “The Freedom Caucus” represents an ultra-conservative, so-called “Christian,” and rigid outlook. They are extremely anti Big Government and are reluctant to approve anything that does not measure up to their standards. The Freedom Caucus, like the Tea Party before it, seems to consider itself Divinely Missioned to “restore” the American Government to what they see as it’s primitive, pure state. Any Divinely Missioned Group is usually very inflexible and extremely difficult to work with.
2) The “Old Guard” which claims to be the embodiment of the Principles proposed by President Ronald Reagan. Trickle-down economics, smaller Federal Government, strictly conservative financial programs are some of their ideals. Within this group there are extreme conservatives and moderates
3) The “Trump” element. The unexpected election of Donald J Trump introduced another faction within the party. This group tends to exaggerate the “mandate” provided by the election of Donald Trump. Members of this group have their own ideals which often conflict with the other factions within the party.

With these severe divisions within the party itself, it will be extremely difficult to accomplish anything. Even though each group considers itself “conservative,” the gaps in interpretation of that concept will continue to make it difficult, if not impossible, to come up with unified laws, programs and legislative packages that will be acceptable with all. Unless some radical steps are taken, this Congress will continue to be, like its predecessor, a “Do-Nothing Congress.” Our Congressional System expects that taking the best viewpoints from the positions of both political parties will produce the best results. Compromise between the parties would provide workable programs and laws that would be acceptable to both sides Long before they try to bridge the gap between the Political Parties, the Republicans will have to SOLIDLY bridge the gaps among its own members. The Party Leaders have their work cut out for them. Will they be able to unite these extremely diverse factions?