OPINION – This has been an exciting week! The people who call themselves Republican won back control of the Senate, because Americans finally shouted out their rejection of Obama’s policies. That’s what really happened during this midterm election.
After all, neither party ran on a positive agenda. Actually, Republicans are really negative about everything Obama and his party have done. From wreaking havoc on our health care system, to allowing waves of illegal immigrants to swarm over our border, and developing an awful economy accompanied with a foreign policy that, well, doesn’t exist.
But who can blame them really?
They’re not making this up and we all feel the painful effects of what he has done.
What concerns me is whether or not Republicans are ready to or are even capable of talking about and creating solutions to these problems.
The real question is: Do our present crop of political leaders have the right stuff? Can they set a positive plan that is comprehensive and easy to understand so that every American can embrace it?
Right now, the Republican voices are scattered and that could be a problem.
One thing I respect about Democrats is their ability to rally around their positions so that they all appear to be on the same page. That’s not been the case for Republicans in recent times.
I know the tea party has created great fear in the Republican establishment, but where is the statesmanship? How are these two opposing groups trying to compromise?
Do you remember how Democrats and Republicans negotiated in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and to a certain amount in the 1980s? Both sides crossed the aisle and compromise was reached that kept the country moving forward – and it showed in our economy and our standing in the world.
Part of the reason for our present state of affairs is that the “Establishment” Republicans have wandered away from Constitutional principles. Grass-roots Americans see this and they are against it. Just observe how Republicans have let Obama ignore the Constitution. And it is incomprehensible that they are unwilling to fight back against these attacks on our founding documents.
I’m sure our Founding Fathers would be shocked to see that the carefully crafted separation of powers within our three branches has broken down. How could they imagine that the values of our leaders would sink so low that they would refuse to defend their branch?! That’s why there is a tea party! Ordinary citizens recognize the problem the Republican power brokers are ignoring.
Right now the Republican mandate is to stop Obama. That’s what Americans said they wanted Tuesday. And Republican leaders need to work 18 hours a day to reverse the destructive policies he has created.
But that is not enough. Stopping Obamacare is not enough. Republicans must offer a positive alternative to repair the health care system or they will surely fail.
And so it is with our sluggish economy, our leaking borders, our incredible debt, our weak foreign policy and our failing educational system. Nationally this country spends $13,000 per year per student. That is nearly more than any other country, but we have declining test scores. These kids are our legacy and the key to a bright future for America.
All these problems require creative aggressive solutions that must be carried out at he same time we reverse the terrible legislation that we now suffer.
Republicans are now in a position to set up their run to regain the White House in 2016. The Americans who have restored a Republican majority in Congress are looking for results soon. The work must begin now so that when the new Congress is sworn in, in January 2015, they will have a robust plan in place to take back the White House. The plan has to be aggressive, easy to embrace, and positive.
Americans are starving for leadership that is centered in the common sense values that they grew up with. For the majority of Americans, the Constitution matters and God is in their lives. The Republican leaders must acknowledge this and have the courage to confidently lead all Americans forward because they desperately want to feel the greatness of what we have done together and can accomplish tomorrow.
Written by Bob Ural.
Bob Ural is a developing columnist with St. George News. The opinions stated in this article are his and may not be representative of St. George News.
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