As voters look to the November election, many seem discontented with the Republican Congress due to their failure to repeal Obamacare and to support common sense border enforcement. In fact, according to a recent study, 53% of Americans are dissatisfied with the GOP leadership. Though grateful for the tax cuts and the economic recovery, many voters seek a change.
Some pundits predict that discontented Republicans coupled with #resist voters will cause a “Blue Wave” in support of the Democrats. Yet the Democrat party’s support of socialism and divisive tactics of obstructionism prevents our country from moving forward in a positive direction.
The change voters seek does not exist in moving our country backwards, but rather in moving it forwards. In Congress lies both the problem and the solution. Further, the problem and solution lie not just in Congress, but in congressional leadership.
Paul Ryan announced several months ago that he would not be running for re-election. This presents an opening for new, needed leadership in the House of Representatives. Recently, Jim Jordan (R-OH), a true conservative and founding member of the Freedom Caucus, announced his run for Speaker of the House. Some say he doesn’t have a chance because he’s not the “natural successor” for the position. These people argue that the House must continue to run according to the “way things have always been done.” Yet hasn’t abiding by the status-quo created the stagnant leadership which drives voter apathy?
If the House wants to prove to voters that they support conservative policies and the Trump agenda, they need courageous leadership willing to fight for conservative values. Jim Jordan has proved that he can and will do so. Jordan, according to the Washington Post has stated, “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people…Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what we said.” If elected speaker, Jordan has pledged to fully repeal Obamacare, build a wall along the southern border, make the Trump Tax Cuts permanent and cut federal spending to reduce the debt.
This sounds like the change the American people want and need. However, some feel threatened by a man who would do what he promised. Cue the false allegations. At a curiously opportune time, some have raised the question that while assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State, Jim Jordan knew about the team doctor’s sexual misconduct and did nothing. While the allegations do not directly involve Jordan, we live in a sound-bite world where people don’t read (or listen) to everything. So, a narrative involving sexual allegations will ultimately read “Jordan Answers Questions on Sexual Allegations.” The title of the story misleads the public into thinking that Jordan must answer questions about his conduct, not the conduct of another person. For those seeking to discredit Jim Jordan’s integrity, a misleading story achieves their goal.
However, consider the source. Perkins Coie, the law firm conducting the “investigation” at Ohio State happens to be the same firm which represented Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Perkins Coie also hired Fusion GPS, the company which produced the dubious “Trump Dossier” claiming collusion with Russia. Can they be trusted as a non-biased source?
Voters must fight back by making their support of Jim Jordan known. Voters cannot assume that left to themselves Congress will support a conservative change in leadership like Jim Jordan. Citizens need to call their representative and voice their concerns.
With our busy lives and obligations, it can seem inconvenient or even intimidating to make a phone call to our elected officials. However, the genius of the American system lies in our form of representative government. We elect representatives to represent our interests. Then we hold them accountable. When we fail to do so, it means that we have relinquished a part of what makes our country great. We have relinquished our obligation to steward the blessings of freedom. As General Douglas MacArthur noted, “No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” Being vigilant to the preservation of freedom means allowing our representatives to represent us…by telling them how to do so.
Voting for conservatives in November stands as the best chance to preserve liberty in the Congress. Encouraging our Congressmen to vote for Jim Jordan as House Speaker stands as the best chance to restore conservative leadership in the House.
Some say Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House is a long-shot. However, if the grassroots support him, he’s the best shot.
Published on Patriot Post, August 15, 2018.
Image Credit: Kamira/Bigstock
Immediately following the November 2016 election, #resist became a battle cry for those opposed to the presidency of Donald Trump. Resistance has come in many forms: social media campaigns, protests, intimidation, congressional obstructionism and in some cases violence and terror. Those who participate in #resist claim they are helping to “save democracy.”
The question remains, “Are they?”
The resistance made its first public appearance at the inauguration. Breaking windows, lighting cars on fire, and striking fear into those who attended the event, #resist certainly made the news. But does violence and vandalism “save democracy”?
At the so-called Woman’s March angry attendees wore genitalia hats and costumes, while Madonna said she’d like to “blow up the White House.” Saving democracy? You can decide.
Then came the congressional obstructions. As a bloc, Senate Democrats have slowed the process at an unprecedented level. A July 2018 report noted the striking differences between the confirmation of Trump’s nominations and the nominations of previous administrations. At a similar time in their presidencies, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 42, and Obama, had 80%, 84%, 72%, and 75% of their nominees confirmed. Trump has 57%.
Consider the effect of slowing the confirmation process on “democracy.” The democratic process gives power to representatives who vote on behalf of the people. Obstruction challenges, rather than supports this democratic process.
Obstructionism also negatively effects the people of this country. Having a government without the full staff of agency heads and other employees makes everything inefficient for the people. Additionally, obstruction hurts the American people by denying them qualified people in key positions.
Consider the case of Andy Puzder, nominated for secretary of labor. The son of an immigrant, Puzder worked his way through law school and ultimately became CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Junior. He knows the value of hard work and understands how to unleash productivity and flourishing for the American worker.
In his book, The Capitalist Comeback, Puzder recounts how protesters came to his front door, held a rally in his town, and drove a billboard through his neighborhood accusing him of abusing women. Perhaps the most alarming incident happened when in the form of a mysterious package addressed to his wife. It contained white powder, a paper doll with a noose around its neck and a pink piece of paper with the words “TRUMP.” Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Sadly, Puzder withdrew his nomination after lack of support in the Senate and America lost an opportunity to have a great man lead the labor department. Did the protesting, intimidation and obstruction “save” democracy?
The most recent blockade has been against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a highly qualified jurist who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court (known as the “second highest court in the land”). A graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh also lectures at Harvard Law School (he was hired by Elena Kagan when she served as dean of the school). Lauded by right and left as a brilliant jurist, Judge Kavanaugh now faces baseless attacks on his character, his family and his legal record. Isn’t obstructing a qualified jurist “endangering democracy?”
Even the quintessential American sport, football, has been weaponized. The national anthem, long held as the symbol of unity for the American people, has been transformed into a political statement by those hoping to #resist. However, are these people resisting Trump or American values? How does this “save democracy”?
The resistance also calls for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Perhaps the most visible has been the Occupy ICE campaigns, such as the Portland campaign which left their area with blocks of trash, bottles and used needles. Does protesting and trashing property “save democracy?”
Many people have begun to question the validity of #resist and the ideology of those who support it. The #WalkAway movement has revealed an awakening of liberals who do not subscribe to violence, bigotry and hateful distain for those with whom they disagree.
As Ronald Reagan stated, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old — old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”
Reagan understood that dividing lines did not fall between the right or the left. Rather, they fell between freedom and totalitarianism. Returning to this basic understanding of America helps to shed light on what #resist represents. The resistance blockades the American people, American values and American patriotism. The resistance subscribes to violence, lewdness and bigotry. While considering themselves “progressives,” the resistance regresses downward to a divided nation and a country that cannot move forward. Ultimately, they resist unity, democracy and forward-thinking policy. Ironically, they #resist progress.
Also published on Patriot Post, August 2, 2018.
Image credit: DmitriyMur/BigStock