Where Do We Go From Here–After the Midterm?

tadalafil times;”>EditorialBy Gregory J. Welborn

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generic times;”>What the Republicans accomplished in the 2014 midterm elections is truly of historic proportions. When one looks at the gains in the Senate, in the House, in governorships and in state legislatures, it is not only a wave election, but a clear and resounding a repudiation of a set of policies as we have ever witnessed. Now, the question becomes where do we go from here?

Were Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton or George Bush seated in the White House, the answer would be that we will move toward a more truly bi-partisan phase of governance. But with Barack Obama in the White House, such an outcome is not only questionable; it is most improbable.

We logically reach that conclusion simply by observing President Obama’s actions over the last six years. Obama has consistently put leftist policy demands ahead of the Democratic Party’s interests in maintaining some appeal to the middle of the political spectrum. The “liberal” side of the party has been subsumed by the “leftist” side. This tilt explains much of President Obama’s isolation – both from many in his own party and from an increasing number of Americans. And, it has cost the Democratic Party more seats in a midterm election than any president since Eisenhower.

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Sadly, many of the President’s inner circle, who encouraged Obama as he drove the party and the country into the ditch, are now encouraging him to redouble efforts to transform America into the leftist utopia they envision they share with him. These are the voices that advocate continued use of executive action to accomplish what cannot be accomplished through a legislative process, or even through judicial overreach. These are the voices that advocate the quick stroke of a pen to deal with immigration the way they want, not as an overwhelming number of Americans want.

The President’s speech after the election offered obligatory promises of a bipartisan approach while in the same breath denying that the vote was about his leftist policies or that there would be any pivot toward the new Congress. He told the nation that the losses were either due to a weird timing of which states had senatorial elections this year or that the losses didn’t really matter because only a third of the electorate voted. The implication is that had the other two thirds of the electorate voted, they would have somehow voted for him. This is delusional not only in its denial of the statistical validity of a voting block this large but also in what it says about his own supporters. Suppose many of the two thirds who didn’t vote were Obama supporters. What does that say about how his own supporters view his policies? Even they are so upset that they didn’t support him.

So from his history, his temperament and his pronouncements, we must rationally conclude President Obama will never be the unifying force he has often promised, nor will he initiate any significant overture to repair the damage his policies have wrought. This is now up to the Republicans.

So, what will they do? Where do we go from here? The answer lies in an understanding of what America really is and why so many Americans feel we are on the wrong track. Americans remain an aspirational people. We want to believe that our kids and grand-kids can work hard to have a better life than we do, and we’re upset that this mobility is now jeopardized. Americans remain a moral people, and we’re sickened to see our traditional Judeo-Christian moral values mocked and undermined. Americans are a responsible people who understand the necessity of strong, and good, leadership in the world, and we worry that the vacuum Obama has allowed on the world stage will further embolden the likes of ISIS, Putin and the Chinese communists and ultimately jeopardize our own security. This was the basis of the repudiation of Obama’s policies, and it is the basis of the Republican response just articulated by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

Republicans will be committed to addressing the most pressing challenges which face the country, including:
• Excessive taxation which is driving jobs overseas,
• Healthcare costs which continue to rise under a deeply flawed mega-law,
• A growing, not contracting, global terrorist threat,
• An educational system which condemns too many kids to the margins,
• A regulatory bureaucracy which focused its efforts on perpetuating its own power,
• The demeaning of the participation of our churches and synagogues in the public square,
• The burdensome national debt grown well beyond what any generation should bequeath to the next.

Republicans will tackle these issues on behalf of the American people; they will reach across the aisle, but they will not hesitate to propose real solutions to these real problems and thus allow a president to show where his loyalties lie – to the people or to his own ego.

This is where we will go from here. Whether we actually see progress in any of these areas will not depend on Republicans. They now control the House and the Senate, but they do not control the presidency and thus do not have the power to do what they want. We can have every confidence that there will be a full and compelling legislative agenda focused on correcting what has been so badly damaged over the last six years. But whether anything is actually accomplished over the next two years will be determined by President Obama. It will depend on what he decides he wants to be his legacy: as someone who will now turn and work for the American people, or as someone who will continue to focus on his own vanity.

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Gregory J. Welborn is a freelance writer and has spoken to several civic and religious organizations on cultural and moral issues. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children and is active in the community. He can be reached [email protected]/5l.com

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