Letter to the Editor
In matters of great concern, sooner or later people will acknowledge their concerns, deal with them and get on with their lives. This is especially true of the political process. It became evident with the elevation of Donald Trump to the Presidency that once again voters realized they were victims of the politicians and voted for real change in Washington. We are not getting that change.
It is largely business as usual in Washington. The Political Class continues to thrive in the phony world they have created for themselves. As usual, preservation of America and the will of the voters is ignored. This is business as usual. True believers of the myth that Republicans are different from Democrats accept business as usual and make excuses for Republicans who are part of the problem. The record could not be clearer. Republicans favor bigger government as much as Democrats. The only concern is who will be in charge of it.
The standard Republican campaign rhetoric about the need for smaller government, lower taxes, and less government spending means about as much as a hole-in-one at the golf course with no witness to the rare event. Republicans have run out of options as to who they can blame for the current malaise. Republicans control the national government, therefore, the reason for their intransigence is them. They won’t admit this, of course, but ordinary Republican voters know the truth and are, grudgingly perhaps, accepting the truth about the devious Republicans. They assured the faithful that control of the House was what they needed. We gave them that control.
House Republicans control the purse strings. Fiscal responsibility was not and is not to be found among the Republican elites. The Senate, they said, is critical to the Republican Agenda. We gave them control of the Senate. Still, they did little to enact the conservative agenda that defined their campaign rhetoric. We were told that to make any real difference, we needed a Republican in the White House. We got that done too.
Yet, with total control of the political process, we are not seeing significant change in Washington. This is clear evidence that the Trump Agenda, the one that put the Donald in the White House, is not the agenda of the Republican Party or the Political Class collectively. It is not demanding too much that Republicans do what they were elected to do. It is not demanding too much that Republicans respect the limits imposed on them by the U.S. Constitution.
It is a mystery that after all these years of business as usual, there are people who still refuse to accept the real problem. Slowly but surely, that mindset is changing. Having failed to do what they said, Republican campaigners in 2018 and 2020 will have only one campaign item. They will tell us that if we don’t elect them, the Democrats will again control in Washington. Fact is, the Democrats and their agenda have seldom not been in control.