by Roger L Simon · April 17, 2017
They have the House, they have the Senate, they have the presidency — and nothing’s happening. Nothing, that is, that Donald Trump doesn’t do by himself (i. e. reversing Obama’s executive orders and cutting regulations in general, reviving American global power, etc.).
The Republicans in the legislature are a disgrace. They can’t get it together to compromise on anything and move forward — no tax reform, no healthcare, no nothing. They are overwhelmed by a combination of overweening ego and rigid ideology — a lethal cocktail. What their behavior is doing is creating an inevitable situation where they lose control of Congress and ultimately the White House to the Democrats, when they had everything handed to them. Evidently, the Republicans can’t stand prosperity. Or maybe they really are the Stupid Party.
At the same time, the Evil Party today is worse than it ever was, an amalgamation of aging Marxist professors, snowflake Social Justice Warriors with an allergy to free speech, thugs in Guy Fawkes masks who smash windows and pick fights with just about anybody for no discernible reason, leftover identity politics exploitation hacks like Maxine Waters and equally leftover feminists, and, oh, yes, some rich Hollywood and media types who love to virtue signal their love for the common people while cavorting on a superyacht in Polynesia — not to mention lying or moronic (you pick) politicians who still insist on claiming Trump is in collusion with Vladimir Putin! Do we seriously want to give control back to them?
Has Maxine Waters Lost Her Mind?
That would indeed be moronic, but complicating matters, exacerbating the problem for the Republicans of all stripes, is that they are out of touch with their voters. The rank-and-file are far more pragmatic than they are. Those voters live in the non-D.C. real world where practically every sane person realizes the perfect is the enemy of the good. More that that, most grownups realize there is no perfect (outside of baseball pitching and maybe a couple of paintings by Vermeer). Running around trying to achieve it is fruitless. What you want to do is make progress — and, obviously, not in the “progressive” sense, which is a ticket to national slavery. But that’s what the congressional Republicans are courting by their intransigent behavior — almost every one of them on all sides.
So my advice is this — Easter’s over. Do something! Now!
More specifically, face the following realities. Don’t expect healthcare to be anywhere near perfect, ever. There will always be a supply and demand problem for the foreseeable future, no matter how it’s formulated. Just try to make it better, see what happens, and then try to make it better again. Rome, as the cliché of clichés goes, wasn’t built in a day. And even if you get what you think is perfect, I promise you it’s not. So talk to each other and make an agreement, but be mindful of the following…