by Daniel Greene
Clash Daily Contributor
20 years ago, Speaker Newt Gingrich had the foresight to produce his Contract for America in the 1994 congressional elections campaign. Gingrich knew that something constructive and concrete had to be put in front of the voters to give them something to vote for. Today, Republicans are too busy schmoozing with the K Street lobbyists, the big bucks boys who finance their campaigns and their lifestyles, to bother with the hard work that goes with leadership.
Their cynical, lazy response to constituents who demand that they actually do something is, “We can’t; we don’t have control of the Senate.” Well guess what, GOP: if you don’t present some real plans now, and market them to the public, you won’t get control of the Senate. You’ve had several years of abject Obama failures, Hillary failures, and Kerry failures, providing a great chance to get in front of the press and present alternatives, positive plans for real improvements, and you’ve done little.
Since most Republicans seem devoid of imagination, let me provide a basic framework of some concrete ideas you can take to the voters as a mid-term election platform:
— Eliminate the IRS. Establish a flat tax or national sales tax. Start the legislation now. Even if it fails, the public will see a real contrast between the GOP and Dems. The IRS has been used too long as an unconstitutional political attack force, Brown Shirts who would silence opposition to the government.
— Create legislation for a massive border security wall. This is for our security, to prevent the ISIS jihadis from free entry into the country, as well as to give us control over the number of immigrants entering.
— Obamacare has been officially broken by the courts, with “rebates to some but not all” ruled unconstitutional. It took Republicans five years to generate an alternative to Obamacare, which they presented last March, and then went back to their cocktail parties. Put down your drinks, guys, and do what Obama has done for five years – campaign. Get in front of the low info voters; hammer your plan; market it; sell it; make sure everyone in the country knows what it is.
— Rein in the EPA, an out of control agency destroying our freedoms. The EPA has proposed a tyrannical regulation that will ultimately ban private property (as in land ownership). This regulation will subject ANY property which gets rained on to EPA control over land usage. This is a blatant and obscene attempt to banish the right to private property, which the Republicans have barked about, and done nothing.
— Create a real, multi-faceted, comprehensive energy plan.
**Establish a dedicated, focused project along the lines of the Manhattan Project to develop real alternate energy sources: safe nuclear, solar, battery, wind. In the meantime, actively promote fossil fuels.
** Open up all potential oil producing areas, including ANWR.
** Challenge Obama on the Keystone pipeline. Pass legislation approving it, overriding the President’s refusal to act.
** Eliminate EPA interference in energy production.
** Mandate the building of new refineries.
John Boehner has at least made an attempt to battle Obama in the House lawsuit against Obama’s executive actions, which is a realistic alternative to impeachment. With 67 votes required in the Senate to convict the President after impeachment in the House, and with the large number of Senate RINOs, impeachment would be a futile process as the Senate would never convict, even if Republicans earn a majority in this election. However, there is more hope that the RINOs would join Republicans in overriding presidential vetoes of Republican legislation (assuming that Republicans get a Senate majority this fall).
Even if few reforms get past Obama’s veto, the Republicans have to try. For the sake of the 2016 presidential elections, they need to present to the low info voters the concept that they actually have ideas that are good. Do some work; eliminate the evening debaucheries at the Edgar Bar and Kitchen; skip the Kennedy Center galas; leave the cocktail party circuit; and start now to prepare for the 2016 Presidential elections.
The Republicans have stubbornly refused to learn that in our post-modern pop culture, Image is Everything, Marketing is King, and they need to present a positive image to the zombie voters. They will need to combat the leftist propaganda media to do this, but nonetheless that is their task. If they have the substance of a solid platform combined with Obama-like marketing, Greek columns and all, then the GOP stands a chance in 2014 and beyond.
The 2014 Congressional elections are the most critical in the history of our country, if for one reason only. If the GOP succeeds in taking the Senate, it can prevent Obama from placing more anti-constitutionalist justices on the Supreme Court. One more Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor will destroy our freedom of religion, and will eliminate the right to keep and bear arms. One more Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the right to free speech will be replaced by the right to not be offended. We are on the very edge of a constitutional cliff, and will fall off that cliff into rule and tyranny by popular culture if Obama appoints one more justice to the Supreme Court. This threat alone requires that the Republicans actually get to work, and go into Obama non-stop campaign mode.
As an army brat, Daniel Greene has lived around the world. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, volunteered to serve in the US Army as a medical tech during Viet Nam, then began a varied career. He belongs to no political party, as he believes in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; the constitution; the bill of rights; a vitally strong America (both morally and militarily), and the need to actively defend those institutions, and no political party supports those tenets.