CHARLOTTE, NC, November 7, 2014 – On Tuesday night, the U.S. went to war against its president and his policies.
It will be a two year battle and it will not be pleasant. The country turned red. Not Republican red. Red with anger.
Barack Obama said he heard the message. If he heard it, he wasn’t listening. It has always been his way or no way. In that regard nothing will change.
That makes the task for the Republican majorities all the more important in the coming two years.
As Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs wrote, “the same country that elected Barack Obama in the White House not once, but twice, was not so far gone that it couldn’t right that wrong and right the ship. People all over the world look to America as the moral force for good in the world. And that hope had been dashed…until (Tuesday) night.”
It does not mean Republicans have necessarily become the fresh new face of American politics. What it means is the American people do not like the direction we are going and we want legitimate, productive change.
Honest debate is good. It is healthy. What we have witnessed in this country for the past six years is a cancer that must be removed. Republicans have been assigned the surgical task because there is no one else who is able to do it.
It is a great opportunity but it will not be without challenges and it will not be easy. Especially with the barriers that remain in the White House.
A caller to Rush Limbaugh this week had an excellent suggestion for the Republicans which is non-confrontational, bypasses the press and takes advantage of contemporary social media practices to get their message to the American people.
Like most great ideas the concept is brilliant in its simplicity.
Here’s how it works: Whenever the house and senate pass a bill to be sent to Barack Obama for his signature, Republicans should hold a press conference to announce precisely what the bill contains.
Lawmakers should outline the provisions of the bill, the specific details of how it will be implemented and answer any and all questions from the media.
Even if the major networks do not cover the press conferences, cable networks will fill the void, therefore making the work of congress transparent while informing the American people about what is being submitted.
Which means that when a bill reaches the president his decision will determine the success or failure of the legislation.
Of course, that does not ensure that every bill will be acceptable to every person, but it does allow Americans to understand what is happening in their government without the interference of the press to interpret law(s) for them.
Debate should be welcomed, but most important this technique would be an interactive means of allowing Americans to determine what they want from their government.
Barack Obama has shown no inclination to alter his agenda in any way. Meeting with Republicans is a token gesture. It is political in every way.
Those who believe Mr. Obama will now cooperate with the other side of the aisle have not been paying attention for the first 75% of his presidency.
Some analysts have even suggested the implementation of the “I” word; impeachment. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer has warned Republicans not to take the bait.
Impeachment at this point would be a foolish undertaking. To begin with, Americans want Washington to actually accomplish. Whether that means compromise or whether the Republicans submit good, solid legislation on their own does not matter. Just do something worthwhile.
Had the American people wanted more of the same on Tuesday night, the voting would not have favored the Republicans as it did.
Secondly, impeachment is a long, drawn out process. Obama will have completed most of his tenure by the time that legal process would play out. Why bother when there are more important productive uses for the time?
The old expression goes “live and let live.” What we have had in the past six years has not been close to living the American ideal. It has become a distortion. “Live” has been rearranged into something “vile” which has been flip-flopped into “evil.”
We can only hope that the Republicans did indeed get the message even if the president did not so that we can return to being able to “live” in freedom and return to the “pursuit of happiness.”
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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