Today’s Republican Party: Surrender Monkeys or Playing a Long Game?

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on February 18, 2014

It doesn’t take much to notice that the Republican Party has been working toward its devaluation for some time. Their strategy? Loudly railing against Democrat agendas while completely capitulating to them. Two headlines on FOX News, Sunday, highlight Republican Party intentions: “Republicans: Obama violating Constitution, but little can be done about it” and “Leave Hillary Alone? Republicans warn against 2016 Plan of Attacking Past.”

Neither item should come as a surprise. Just last Monday John Boehner, Speaker of the House, presided over passage of a “clean” budget bill. FOX News was direct in their assessment: “The House voted Tuesday to raise the government’s borrowing limit, as GOP leaders backed down from a potential confrontation with Democrats by declining to seek any concessions in exchange for the increase.” Twenty-eight Republicans, at Boehner’s behest, voted to carry the white flag to the top of the Hill. Establishment Republicans have been limping toward a one-party system of government for quite some time. The question is, why?

Sunday’s headlines are illustrative. Take, for example, the notion that the Imperial President is violating the Constitution. We hoi polloi have known that The Lyin’ King has been violating the Constitution, with his indiscriminate use of Executive Orders, since he first assumed dictatorial power. What is surprising is that Congress now admits this, publicly. The downside, however, is that Congress states that they are helpless to do anything about it. FOX News reported: “…congressional Republicans think the president abused the government’s separation of powers by using the executive orders to sidestep Congress …However, (Senator Mike Lee) said critics would have a tough time winning in court because Congress lacks the so-called ‘legal standing’ to present the case… ‘What gives him the ability to rewrite the law?’” And Senator Lee is one of the good guys.

Congress lacks “legal standing” to present the case? What about Senator Rand Paul, R., KY, filing a class action suit against The Lyin’ King over NSA transgressions? What about initiating impeachment proceedings? The question, “what gives him the right”, presents the answer. Congress is the Legislative branch of government, one of the three, underpinning America’s entire governmental structure. Congress is charged with writing our laws, not the president, nor the Judiciary. The Lyin’ King can’t usurp Congress’ powers just because he wants to. But the Republican ruling class expresses helpless indignation while permitting the Constitution, and their constituency, to be despoiled; the truth is that they want to appear as if they care…what they seem to want is to stay comfortably entrenched as the responsibility-free, minority Party. They act, ever more frequently, as if saying something is the same as doing something.

Karl Rove, establishment Republican poster-boy, continually maligns the Conservative base while supporting Democrat-lite policies. On Sunday, Rove warned Republicans against revealing Hillary Clinton’s foibles in 2016. According to FOX News: “… Karl Rove on Sunday cautioned Republicans against a 2016 presidential election strategy that focuses too much on the political history of potential Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton… he was uncertain whether revisiting Clinton and husband Bill Clinton’s years in the White House would help Republicans win the presidency.”

Uncertain? Hillary’s stint as Secretary of State alone demonstrates her unfitness to even run for a bus, much less president. But Rove, once again, cautioned against exposing an opponent’s glaring, political weaknesses. He is doing precisely what he did in 2008 and 2012; relentlessly giving defective counsel and insuring defeat. As this has been his hallmark for at least two presidential cycles, one can only assume his agenda has been successful

There Democrat stooges abound, ceaselessly creating mindless confusion. They say and do anything, no matter how bizarre, to further their cause. For instance, Congressman Xavier Becerra, (D. CA), said that if The Lyin’ King’s actions “were against the Constitution somebody would have sued him by now.” One supposes that Becerra wouldn’t acknowledge a murder either, unless a perpetrator is produced. Yet the superiority of such as this is what Republicans on the Hill submit us to?

Senator Paul said “… Republicans will not win again in my lifetime for the presidency unless they become a new GOP…it has to be a transformation, not a little tweaking at the edges.” But the Republican Party must want to win. If not, their long game will pitch them straight into oblivion.

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.