Republicans still leaderless in Congress

As a former Republican member of Congress, it was painful for me to watch current Republican Minority Leader John Boehner spar with George Stephanopoulos yesterday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.” If anyone still harbored a belief that the Republican Party possesses leadership at the congressional level, Boehner’s performance Sunday should disavow them of such optimism.

On issue after issue, Boehner’s responses to Stephanopoulos’ jabs were disjointed, vague and rambling. There were virtually no specifics put forward by Boehner, despite numerous openings provided by Stephanopoulos for the Republican leader to provide a counterpoint to the Obama Administration’s liberal agendas on matters such as healthcare, climate change, and energy policy. On healthcare, the closest Boehner could come to providing a plan to counter Obama’s government-controlled proposal, was to note that “we’re working on a plan.” Regarding carbon emissions and climate change, the Minority Leader talked about “what cows do” as emitters of CO2, and admitted that it [climate change] was a “big issue” and that “I think you’ll see a plan from us.” The GOP’s House leader “thinks” the country will see a plan on a major issue? That’s leadership?

In response to a question about last week’s Tea Parties, at least there Boehner did go on record that in his view Americans do pay too much tax (he’s right about that, despite Stephanopoulos’ efforts to prove that Americans pay too little in taxes), but he offered nothing specific as a solution — only the general point that spending and debt are too high. Of course, specifics for the Republicans on that last point would be a bit hard to defend, since President George W. Bush, with Boehner as the then-House Majority Leader, racked up some pretty hefty spending and debt totals themselves.

Clearly, if the Republican Party is serious about having a shot at reclaiming their majority in the House anytime in the foreseeable future, they’ll need leadership other than what they now have.

46 comments Add your comment

downtownguy

April 20th, 2009
9:09 am

I saw his performance yesterday as well. You’re absolutely right Bob, hisperformance was miserable. They are out of ideas and out of time.

We’re going to have huge public participation in a new health care insurance plan, and republicans would do well to steer clear of propping up a private system that has been robbing us blind by making money through denying care instead of through preventative medicine.

I’m waiting hot the republicans or the democrats to start talking about cutting costs by introducing tort reform as part of health care policy language. I would gladly pay lower premiums by voluntarily participating in a system that capped awards when mistakes are made…as long as lifetime healthcare is provided in order to address the mistakes.

Maybe it’s an idea that won’t work… But right now, we’re getting nothing…no ideas….nothing!

Joe

April 20th, 2009
9:20 am

Leaderless? Are you sure about that Barr? At least the folks in Georgia don’t think so. I’d be willing to say that the dems are the one’s without a leader. Do you call Pelosi and Reid leaders? Not to mention Obama. The biggest joke of a President in history along with Carter. Republicans ideals are certainly more in line with your average American much more than any of these liberal dems. You’ll never hear the so called main stream media say that though. I know you think Republicans have thrown you under the bus Barr and maybe so. It’s your own fault for acting so crazy and out of touch with main stream America…

Seriously?

April 20th, 2009
9:26 am

Right on Brother Barr! That was an absolute embarrassment. I mean I almost couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The “bull-s@#*” rambling about cow-crap as a reponse for the climate change question was beyond irony. For that guy to be in a position of leadership says a lot about the Republicans and the power of incumbency and money in politics. Their only hope at ever being relevant again is hoping for Obama’s failure. But then again, that’ probably their strategy…it worked for the Democrats.

Dominique

April 20th, 2009
9:29 am

I think the Republican Party has lost any credibility. Many of us who attended the TEA parties don’t care for either party anymore. I think, perhaps, for the first time, that a third party will be viable. There is a hint of a movement to start a new third party…I guess we will just have to wait and see what transpires in the days and months ahead.

Jefferson

April 20th, 2009
9:32 am

One thing about R’s — they are smart asses and when given the chance to rule they fail. Look at our own state, they would be up the creek without the bailout they got from Uncle Sam.

They should try rehab.

Chris Broe

April 20th, 2009
9:36 am

Clearly, if the Republican Party is serious about having a shot at reclaiming their majority in the House anytime in the foreseeable future, they’ll need leadership other than what they now have.

Wrong, Mr. Barr. The Republicans needs a time machine. The world has moved on. Lincoln himself wouldn’t survive the Iowa Caucus with a traditional Conservative Platform today. Try considering our America. Our America. The America that actually exists in realities of 2009, (or join Newt and write those stupid historical novels inspired by revisionists’ wet dreams).

Termites are the leading emitter of methane on the planet, if you don’t count the natural process of wetlands.

Maybe a novel about Liberal Termites……I see a million-seller in your future.

Seriously?

April 20th, 2009
9:40 am

–Joe,

Barr’s out of touch with the main-stream?? What don’t you get about that November landslide and the overwhelming public support for the direction of Obama’s leadership. I guess where you’re from that’s not the mainstream. You know the land of FOX and Rush!! Keep letting them tell you what the “mainstream” is thinking in spite of the reality. I have an idea. Why don’t ya’ll in your mainstream move to Texas and seceed. But I must warn you…there’s a bunch of “mexicans” down there!

BadMoJoe

April 20th, 2009
10:31 am

I think both parties are out of touch with mainstream America. The last election was more of a vote for change than it was a vote for Democrats. As a life long Republican it pains me to see where the Party has gone. There really is not much of a difference between the two parties and until we get a viable third party we will continue to suffer the fools in office. There is no integrity in either Party. Votes are made pro or con based on party lines, nobody votes thier conscience or the will of the people…my patience is running thin

Joe Matarotz

April 20th, 2009
10:32 am

I can honestly say that the current crop of Republican ‘leaders’ do not seem to reflect my beliefs or represent my feelings. What has happened? We seem to have been overrun by the ignorant and the superstitious. And it’s not like the Democrats offer a palatable alternative. As a lifelong Republican, I feel like I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I hope we will soon see a new party, whose platform truly represents that average working citizens of our country.

MrLiberty

April 20th, 2009
10:38 am

The problem is not lack of leadership, but lack of principles. Whenever Ron Paul is interviewed he has an answer to all issues because he operates from principles, not just political expediency. The past 8 years under Bush and the solid unwillingness to own up to that adminstration’s failures, destruction of the constitution, outrageous spending, and the complicity of virtually every republican member of congress are standing firmly in the way of anyone in america taking these folks seriously. One need only look at the rhetoric being spewed at last weeks’ tea parties to see that the republican party is really not serious about cutting government spending or taxation. Their embrace of the ridiculous FAIR TAX is about all the proof one needs. This 15 year old plan fails on so many levels, not the least of which is that it is revenue neutral. 15 years ago that was way too much money for the government to have and today it is so much worse. Further, how does 23 cents cover costs from 15 years ago and also cover costs today, with the new outrageous republican medicare drug benefit, the unconstitutional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and every other wasteful and overpriced program the republicans and democrats happily gave Bush and Clinton over the past 15 years? Promoting this kind of alternative that is ultimately designed to soften the pain of taxes while keeping government size and scope big enough to keep today’s version of “conservative” happy only shows why the party is lacking in any serious leadership or principled stand on issues counter to the socialistic and economic fascistic plans of Obama. Deep down the party leadership is not really against big government, not against high taxes, and not against violations of the constitution if these plans further the size and power of the empire. Any opposition to Obama is more about hatred of democrats than hatred of policy or big government. Those in the republican party who think that their party is the path to liberty or economic salvation are about as deluded as democrats who think their party is the path to peace or civil liberties. Every one of these folks needs to be voted out of office because all they care about is government, not the american people.

MrLiberty

April 20th, 2009
11:01 am

The republican and democratic parties, at state level, have passed ballot access laws that are an impossible hurdle to any new party trying to get a foothold. In Georgia, the signature requirements for congressional candidates are so bad that no 3rd party has had a candidate on the ballot since 1935 !!!!!! Yes, those are the jerks you keep in power. That is how afraid they are of real competition.

I don’t know the web site, but do a search on “Ballot Access News” and check out the wonderful site for ballot access information. You will see there just how difficult each state has made getting on the ballot. It is easier for new parties to get on the ballot in countries we used to refer to as “unfree” than here. For a new party starting up, to get on the ballot in every contested partican race in the nation would take something like 3 million signatures while it only takes the republicans and democrats a few thousand to achieve the same thing. Sound fair??? You elected them. You allowed them to do this.

Ever stand out in front of a supermarket trying to get anyone to sign anything? I have and these days its near impossible, especially the way our government spies on people and puts them on no-fly lists, etc. Georgia doesn’t even have an initiative process so people aren’t even used to seeing folks trying to get signatures to make change happen.

I supported the Libertarian Party for two decades and I still think they are the best, most principled, alternative we have, but even they are having internal issues and their support of Mr. Barr only further shows how far they have drifted in years towards the celebrity and away from principles.

As well, “I hope we will soon see a new party” is exactly the reason there isn’t one. You all sit around and hope rather than getting off your butts and doing something about it. You don’t fight for ballot access changes when the Libertarian party of GA gets them proposed in the state house. You don’t demand any change from your elected officials, and you just continue to vote for the lesser of two evils rather than a third party candidate because you are too afraid of who else might win rather than supporting principles.

My candidate never wins, but at least I don’t need a shower to wash the shame off myself after I vote, and when nobody is worthy of my vote, I withold my support of the process and send the message that I don’t approve of their system.

David Staples

April 20th, 2009
11:47 am

I found myself so frustrated with both parties last year that I finally decided to look for an alternative. I found my home in the Libertarian Party. Less Tax, More Freedom, Smaller Government. Let people make their own moral decisions and get the government out of my private life. I’d encourage each of you to look at third parties as well… if not the Libertarian Party, find another movement that the platform fits your beliefs. The GOP certainly has proven that it doesn’t really mean it when it says it’s for limited government.

MrLiberty

April 20th, 2009
12:19 pm

The problem is not lack of leadership, but lack of principles. Whenever Ron Paul is interviewed he has an answer to all issues because he operates from principles, not just political expediency. The past 8 years under Bush and the solid unwillingness to own up to that adminstration’s failures, destruction of the constitution, outrageous spending, and the complicity of virtually every republican member of congress are standing firmly in the way of anyone in america taking these folks seriously. One need only look at the rhetoric being spewed at last weeks’ tea parties to see that the republican party is really not serious about cutting government spending or taxation. Their embrace of the ridiculous FAIR TAX is about all the proof one needs. This 15 year old plan fails on so many levels, not the least of which is that it is revenue neutral. 15 years ago that was way too much money for the government to have and today it is so much worse. Further, how does 23 cents cover costs from 15 years ago and also cover costs today, with the new outrageous republican medicare drug benefit, the unconstitutional wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and every other wasteful and overpriced program the republicans and democrats happily gave Bush and Clinton over the past 15 years? Promoting this kind of alternative that is ultimately designed to soften the pain of taxes while keeping government size and scope big enough to keep today’s version of “conservative” happy only shows why the party is lacking in any serious leadership or principled stand on issues counter to the socialistic and economic fascistic plans of Obama. Deep down the party leadership is not really against big government, not against high taxes, and not against violations of the constitution if these plans further the size and power of the empire. Any opposition to Obama is more about hatred of democrats than hatred of policy or big government. Those in the republican party who think that their party is the path to liberty or economic salvation are about as deluded as democrats who think their party is the path to peace or civil liberties. Every one of these folks needs to be voted out of office. All they care about is government, not the american people.

SaveOurRepublic

April 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

The GOP has been co-opt’d by the Globalist Neocons, and thus has resulted in their Left turn & loss of majority status. The “Republicruds” had a chance to embrace a true (paleo)conservative patriot in Dr.Ron Paul, but their Globalist Elite ma$ters demanded another puppet (”Juan McAmnasty”).

As I’ve said many times, the GOP & DNC “leadership” are 2 sides of the same (Globalist Elite controlled) coin. The only viable alternatives (party wise) are the Constitution & Libertarian parties. I’m (personally) an Independent who’s part Old Right/paleocon & part Libertarian. I left the Neocon infested GOP years ago.

[...] Over at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, former prominent Republican Congressman Bob Barr aimed his arrows at the current House GOP leadership, stating that the Republicans are still leaderless in Congress. [...]

south side

April 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

The state GOP is just as bad Soony Perdue is nothing close to a leader. Time and time again there has not been one meaningful bill passed.This state is athird world country.He has moved this state back at least 25 years.Ga. is now the EMBARRESS ME state

Mac

April 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

Amen, Bob. The GOP (of which I used to be one until nuts took over) has no ideas, only braying vaguely about the damage the other side is doing/going to do. Contenders have ideas and leadership … something the GOP has absolutely none of right now.

Joey

April 20th, 2009
2:43 pm

It has been 5.7 months since losing a national election, bigtime. So, Duh on the leadership issue. One reason that the election was lost is that Republican’s had no leadership during the 2008 campaign.

The Republican Congress took the wrong path around 2003 or maybe earlier. Maybe they were following Bush’s lead, I don’t know. But they showed themselves to be self-serving rather than servants of the people of the United States. It is up to Republican candidates and would be candidates to correct that, sooner rather than later.

There are and have been some Republicans who are nationally popular, but other “Republicans” are quick to join Democrats in bringing them down any time one begins to build a little momentum. (That self-serving thing.)

Republicans need to start supporting each other rather than bad mouthing each other. Only a handful of Republicans are praticing that.

Don’t stir the milk and the cream will rise to the top.

Mac

April 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

“Not to mention Obama. The biggest joke of a President in history along with Carter.” It’s statements like that that represent what republicans have become. Obama has been President three months, therefore by any objective measure that statement is absolutely, complete BS. Limpbaugh twists pirates into impoverished teen martyrs in order to criticize Obama.

To be a real party, you have to have ideas. The GOP has lost all ideas. It’s now a “party,” of tactics … dirty politics and name calling. Shameful.

Free advice for the GOP: Retreat. Think. Come back with some solutions to our problems. Regain your honor and civility while you are at it.

Davo

April 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

I’m a conservative…and I have no party. At least, not a party that can win an election yet. I have resorted to thinking that Obama is almost assured an 8 year run. Even if a republican leader could be found before the next presidential election I can’t imagine them winning. The GOP needs desperately to let go of some out-dated and irrelevent ideas…gay marriage, anti-abortion, interventionism…but it just can’t or won’t. They are playing to a shrinking base and seem completely oblivious to how dire their situation is…meanwhile, true conservatives are left without a voice.
The silver lining is that maybe next time we get libertarian in the debates…and then after 8 years we may have a shot at a libertarian president. As unfortunate as it plays out, the worse things get the better the chance for a true return to the Constitution.

Eric

April 20th, 2009
4:30 pm

Good article again, Mr. Barr. Would you please updates us on Real ID in the near future? That got me riled in 2007 when it became an issue, but haven’t heard anything since then. Thank you.

Jack

April 20th, 2009
5:27 pm

To Bob Barr,
I always thought you were a weasel, playing politics with President Clinton/ impeachment. I believe you did it for political reasons/
not the “rule of law” garbage you were saying. But, since you left office, I will give you credit for not pulling punches with your former party (R) You have made valid constitutional, legal and moral arguments
against republican AND democrat alike. I respect your views.

Joe Matarotz

April 20th, 2009
5:40 pm

Don’t look now, Bob, but Bookman the panderer has 181 responses to his drivel as of 5:40pm. You have 22. It doesn’t look like you’re in line to rescue the GOP, either.

Rusty Shackleford

April 20th, 2009
5:48 pm

Why should the Republicans regain control? No, I don’t want the socialist democrats in power either. But if the expression of conservatives (and probably a good many moderates) at last week’s tea parties show us anything, it’s that the country is ready for real conservatives in one form or another, be it a renewed Republican party, Libertarians, Constitutionalists. I hope Americans will hold onto this sense of being *bleep*ed and take it to the polling places in Nov 2010 and Nov 12. Or else take it through their state legislatures to sovereignty bills with some teeth, like the one in NH.

Jefferson was absolutely correct — government forms should not be changed for “light and transient causes,” and we are apt to keep an abusive government for as long as we can bear it, because it is what we know. But how many “abuses and usurpations” is it going to take for us to throw off our government? I am not promoting treason nor revolution. I think we ought to throw off our usurping government wholesale and replace it, in its rightful Constitutional

Rusty Shackleford

April 20th, 2009
5:49 pm

picking up where I left off …

rightful Constitutional form with an executive and legislators who are committed to staying within their enumerated powers!

Mark

April 20th, 2009
6:00 pm

Davo,

I agree with you that the GOP needs to step off the interventionism platform to a very large degree. Protect American interests, but narrowly define that. As far as abortion — we must hold that the Constitution provides for a government which promotes the general welfare. Conservatives, many of whom are Christians, Jews, … even Mormons, Muslims and non-religious folk who believe that life is sacred and must be protected at all stages. If the protection of pre-born life goes, the GOP is dead, period. As for gay “marriage,” first of all there is no such thing. Marriage was instituted by God and it exists in reality between one man and one woman. But since liberals and others have come up with ideas that also don’t exist in reality, like Karma, then I guess some States will defy nature and its Creator and make laws recognizing homosexual “marriage.” Other States will not create that and will choose not to recognize it. In that case, one compromise might be for the 10th Amendment to come into play, so that States who want to call people given over to reprobate perversions “married,” may, and States which hold to legitimate definitions, may also do so, and not consider gays with a document from CA or MA “married” in their sovereign territories. I realize that probably would be interpreted by a liberal judge as falling under interstate commerce clauses in the Constitution. Still, the government’s hands MUST be tied by the first amendment to the Constitution which protects freedom of speech and free exercise of religion; that is, individuals are free to say that gay “marriage” doesn’t exist, and churches are free to refuse to wed people, consider them for employment or membership or whatever.

jt

April 20th, 2009
6:32 pm

Goverment will never yeild to justice. Only to expediancy. For every incumbment re-elected, the goverment will get stronger.

Just Nasty & Mean

April 20th, 2009
9:12 pm

A little rebellion now and then…is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), Letter to James Madison, 1787

Ayn Rand was Right

April 20th, 2009
9:21 pm

Sorry Mark – marriage, the way you speak of it is sanctified by the church, but the government has hijacked the terminology as a category of government oversight. I agree that the church coined “marriage” so should be able to keep the term and regulate who does it. Since the government uses this unity to regulate and manage their constituents, we must force the government to change their terminology. If the word marriage was replaced with civil union (which is all they can regulate anyway), then problem solved. Let anyone of age civilly union with anyone else of age. Churches can individually and with much prejudice select who gets “married”. Divorce however, should stay with the government, as God does not recognize it.

We must stop this party to party warfare. It has gone so far that now Chavez and Ortega are weighing in on our situation…how far do we have to fall before the Romans realize Rome is burning. Ditch your parties, take responsibility, read the Constitution, read the Declaration of Independence and ask your self, not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

See you on the otherside.

Ayn Rand was Right

April 20th, 2009
9:22 pm

Just Nasty & Mean – please re-post regularly.

Bill

April 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

Davo,
How, exactly, are you a conservative? Abortion and gay marriage are two hot button issues for conservatives. You sound much more like a moderate to me.
As a conservative, I would like to see us returning to a country where the citizens earn their way, instead of having the government provide for them. The Prescription Drug program needs to be scaled way back, Section 8 Housing needs to be eliminated and the Free School Lunch program needs to verify incomes. When working-age people get their $2,500 monthly rent paid by Section 8 (and my tax dollars), the system is clearly broken. They have no incentive to work hard to earn that apartment, and their kids grow up seeing this is the way to live – off the government and the tax payer.

One Voice

April 20th, 2009
10:10 pm

Mark,

You try to dictate what is reality and what is not and suggest that what is reality is defined by god? You certainly are delusional, aren’t you? Umm, god is not reality, smart guy. There is absolutely no evidence for your fantasies, so you may want to adjust your world view; it it obviously the world view of a brainwashed individual who has difficulty processing evidence.

One Voice

April 20th, 2009
10:22 pm

I find it amusing that conservatives are now suggesting, both in subtle terms and explicit ones, revolution and secession. For 8 years they have accused Democrats of being un-American when they voiced the slightest criticism of the Bush administration’s many ruinous policies. And now, barely 3 months into Obama’s administration, “conservatives” are talking secession and revolution. Literally, what could be more un-American and unpatriotic than an attempt to no longer be an American? Obviously, conservatives were the ones who were un-American the whole time: they blindly followed and supported a president who usurped the Constitution, and then they whine that they no longer want to be a part of America once the majority of the country clearly endorses a progressive direction. Here’s a news flash: There aren’t enough of you fools left to mount any resistance, either politically or militarily. Obama has a 65% approval rating, unbelievable for a sitting president, and Republicans just keep embarrassing themselves and appearing inept and corrupt. You have nothing. As it should be.

Steve

April 20th, 2009
11:47 pm

Like we said during the campaign Congressman – Real Choice, Real Change, Real Leadership, Bob Barr for President. Thanks for being willing to call out the duopoly.

Though to be fair, you yourself once embraced the idea of that awful “revenue-neutral” shell game the FairTax.

Bill

April 20th, 2009
11:56 pm

One Voice,
How can I ask God to bless you today?

Dean Striker

April 21st, 2009
12:33 am

to Bob Barr from a very disappointed Libertarian. I emailed your campaign staff 3 times after your nomination by the LP, each time saying that you would actually have a real chance for yourself and the LP if your campaign addressed the hugely apparent economic collapse in progress. Three times the only “reply” was another request for contribution to your campaign, nothing more.

And YOU did nothing to help either, so you got 1% of the vote, big whoopee. My vote for you was merely the only way I could say “none of the above”. So you have a lot of gall writing about the Republicans not getting it together. You are right about that at least, but not much else.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

April 21st, 2009
7:08 am

Boehner looks and acts like he has a drinking problem.

One Voice

April 21st, 2009
7:21 am

Bill,

Tell you what, why don’t you pray for something and see if it happens? If anything happens that is remotely like what you prayed for, it’ll be just like a fortune cookie and you can claim you have “proof” of god. I feel depressed about the state of education in this country when I think about how many Americans are willing to base their lives on absolute nonsense.

Anne

April 21st, 2009
7:39 am

I am an angry young Republican.

Yes, we Republicans had a chance to correct some of the wrongs with this country but failed. You, sir, were part of the group whose actions lead us to the leaderless state. We became too concerned with grabbing headlines rather than dealing with the small steps to help our country.

I find it funny that you can write such an piece without accepting responsibility for the role you played in getting us into this position, and without offering any suggestions for correcting the situation. As with all of your writings, you state to plain obvious and like as it is an original idea.

Davo

April 21st, 2009
8:41 am

Bill,

Go on and start your own political party if you won’t accept reality. There is no winning for the GOP if they continue to drag social issues into the forum. You say I sound more like a moderate…I say you sound more like a liberal; you want govt to legislate and dictate personal responsibility and decisions…just like our socialist friends.

vuduchld

April 21st, 2009
8:55 am

The responses posted here while credible, left out one aspect that everyone who posted is missing and that is…Americans have moved on. This is the 21st century, the 19th and 20th are gone, poof! America is changing and it is changing for the better. I find it funny that six years ago most of the people on here had “war fever”. No sense in a history lesson, we know what has happened there. We’re spending $1-2B US per week in Iraq and people yell about not being “fiscally responsible”.

The stimulus President Obama signed into law in February are for SHORT AND LONG TERM INVESTMENTS our nation has put off for far too long. Maybe instead of listening to a bunch of neo-conservative chicken frauds who wanted war but didn’t serve, this money could have been put to use getting our nation ready for the challenges we face now and beyond.

I get sick and tired of hearing “chicken little” stories from people and a party who did everything in their power to run our nation in the ground. Democrat or Republican, there were individuals with an agenda who did not have ALL of America’s best interests at heart.

To keep calling President Obama a fascist or socialist might be fine, if you want to make yourselves feel good, but at the end of the day myself and others believe in his leadership because he is sincere about SOLVING PROBLEMS FACING OUR NATION.

When Republicans begin to understand the “solving problems” part instead of “taking America back” and “2012″ then people might give them a second look. Right now however, that is not the case and frankly I wouldn’t touch these skunks with a hundred foot pole!!

Jack

April 21st, 2009
10:13 am

It’s not easy to lead when over half the voters want a handout, not leadership.

Durie Burns

April 21st, 2009
11:19 am

I applaud Mr. Barr for his assessment of the Republican Party leadership in Congress. He has identified the true source of the Republican’s problem. He correctly points out the party does not have any answers to counterpoint the Democrats’ stance on the issues. Republicans spend an enormous amount of air time on television and radio condemning every stance the Democrats espouse. They constantly talk about how the Democrat’s plans will not work. Yet, they have not suggested any alternatives other than to continue lowering taxes and cut spending. Where were they when Mr. Bush was spending all our money in Iraq?

They instigated the now famous “tea-parties” to try to find an issue to unite their misguided followers. The media covered them like they were the original Boston Tea Party all over again. However, the difference between the original Boston Tea Party and those held by the Republican Party is the original Boston Tea Party was held by poor Americans who were tired of being over taxed. This Republican led tax revolt was led by rich Americans who are concerned about a 3% tax increase for them. What’s funny; probably 90% of the people who participated in the “tea-parties” will receive a tax deduction from the Democrat’s tax plan.

Republicans bamboozled Americans for 8 years under the Bush administration. They truly learned the art of propaganda in its purist form. For the life of me, I cannot understand their love for confrontation and fear mongering to control the masses. You would think after 8 years of this, Americans would be a lot more wiser than those who followed the Republican Party lead “tea-parties”.

I am a registered Independent because I believe neither the Republican or Democratic Party really cares about what is best for the American people. I believe all they care about is maintaining or regaining the power they won or lost in the elections. As a result, any ideas that either party proposes that would truly benefit the American people are watered down in the infamous “Compromise Bill” we usually get approved by the President.

You see, neither party can allow the other to pass a bill that totally satisfies the American people. If they did, their party would never regain the power they lost. Our system for selecting our leaders was a good system when originally initiated. However, it was based on the premise that the leaders would do the best for their people. Unfortunately, it has now led to corruption and greed throughout our government and society. Plus, we waste millions of dollars on elections that result in more discord between these parties. There has to be a better way to select our leaders so they work for us; and not against each other.

Davo

April 21st, 2009
11:46 am

Durie Burns,

“They (GOP) instigated the now famous “tea-parties”

No….they hijacked them. Anti-tax rallies have been goin on for years. The republicans, having no original ideas of their own, simply turned their media machine on and stole this protest from ordinary people…mostly people of the libertarian persuasion I would think.

PoliticalMan

April 21st, 2009
12:19 pm

Lead what or whom? Is there a coherent idea in the Repub Party. After permitting the country to go down the tank, one would think they would be humbled and at least make an effort to say or do something intelligent to counteract 8 yrs of stupidity. But no – they are what they are. One last dig. From what I see, Repubs are not lovers of America. They will stop at nothing to pull this nation down with their fuzzy-headed ideology.

CommunistAJC

April 21st, 2009
1:52 pm

The Republican party left conservatism. More and more people are leaving and becoming Libertarians.