‘SO WHAT?’ For Republicans, a Question Worth Asking

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.  
–Aristotle 

Dear Republicans,  

Thursday of this week you voted in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Congratulations. Other than to pander to a microscopic percentage of Americans who simply don’t like progress and energy production, there remains not one reasonable excuse not to build this pipeline — even if it produces only a handful of jobs. Barack Obama said he’ll veto the approval. So what?  

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress to address the threat Iran poses against his country and the rest of the (not just free) world? The threats from Ojarrett were palpable (“There will be a price”), and Obama has petulantly refused to meet with Bibi while the Jewish leader is here. Obama has also sent a delegation of political operatives to Israel to compromise Netanyahu’s election in the next couple weeks. Not good, but so what? 

Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC) is taking a hammer to the wall of lies surrounding events that occurred on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya? Everyone on the Left seems to have put up roadblocks to keep the American people from learning the truth, and don’t show signs of stopping. So what? 

About a year and half ago, junior US Senator Ted Cruz filibustered in an attempt to fund all of the US government except Obamacare. Virtually every law maker, Democrat and Republican alike, as well as popular media figures attacked him for his ultimately unsuccessful attempt? So what?   

This week the Senate committee hearings began for the nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. In a not surprising but nonetheless breathtaking display of ignorance of the law, this woman actually said Barack Obama’s executive action in essentially granting amnesty to five million illegal aliens was legal and constitutional. In addition, regarding the right to work for anyone in the United States illegally was a right that “[is] shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.” Loretta Lynch no more deserves the position of Attorney General than Al Sharpton. 

The American people need to point something out to you, Republicans. When you stand firm, very little bad happens. When you fold like origami — like continuing to fund Obamacare and letting Obama skate on every unconstitutional move he has made since taking office — lots of bad things happen. So we urge every one of you (Senator Hatch and Jeff Flake, you can still change your evidently malleable minds) to either vote no on Lynch or refuse to bring Lynch’s nomination to a vote. The rules don’t require you to do anything. And as you ponder that prospect, ask yourselves, “So what?”  

When you ask yourselves “So what?” you’ll often find silence as an answer, not the scary monster of lost elections and bad press you seemed so scared of. Maybe, as in the case of Ted Cruz’s filibuster where mere months later voters handed you Republicans a truly historic election, you might actually further the liberty ball down field. 

Will you be called racist? You already are. Will you be called sexist? You already are. Will you be called obstructionist, partisan, and just plain mean? You already are. So what? 

The worst that could happen is the Left will hate you more but might even respect you, and your base will support you. 2016 approaches, ladies and gentlemen.  

Be something. Stand up for America. If we fall, we fall together. 

(Thank you, Dennis Prager, for that “So what?” bit of wisdom)

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Michael Cummings

About the author, Michael Cummings: Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns. View all articles by Michael Cummings

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