WASHINGTON: GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he intends to exit Congress after the 2018 midterm elections. And who can blame him? Speaker Ryan is the next Republican to follow the rats off the GOP’s sinking ship. H.L. Mencken once described what he called the first rule of American politics: “When the water reaches the upper decks, follow the rats.”
Under Ryan’s speakership, funding for Obamacare continues, as does funding for Planned Parenthood. And Republicans have consistently voted to increase the debt ceiling and national debt. Which is not what voters, Republicans, and others, voted for.
Will voters in the 2018 mid-term elections be able to hold their nose and vote red?
We barely knew she was gone
If, as some believe, Democrats regain control of the House later this year, Nancy Pelosi will assume her chamber’s speakership with the nation in pretty much the same fiscal mess she left it eight long years ago.
The mainstream media will claim the Democratic victory is a referendum on Trump’s caustic style of governance. That, of course, will be proven wrong when Trump easily dispatches his Democratic opponent in 2020.
Not a dime’s difference between Democrats and the GOP’s Sinking Ship
A possible GOP congressional trouncing this November will signal that the party’s traditional base (some call it “conservative”) have finally seen the ugly truth. As the late third-party candidate George Wallace said during the presidential campaign of 1968:
“There’s not a dime’s difference between the two major parties.”
They all look alike to me
Republicans gave us the Patriot Act. Democrats, with the aid of the secret FISA court, expanded it so today our every phone call, email and text message are collected and archived for future data mining. The same kind of data mining for which our hypocritical Congress lambasts Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
This despite Facebook’s generous contribution of its user’s metadata to the National Security Agency during Obama’s reign of terror. Something most Americans know nothing about. But if you complained to your sister about a medical malady, they may now know about it. Or be able to find it. Because your conversations are being stored – by Facebook, the government, the NSA, the CIA – who knows.
Where is Edward Snowden when we need him?
The view from the high-tech tower
Recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey – who’s online, social networking site is closing the accounts of right-of-center voices – tweeted a link to an article by Peter Leyden, CEO of Reinvent, which he called “a great read.”
It praises the benefits of one-party rule for the so-called “land of the free”:
“At some point, one side or the other must win — and win big. The side resisting change, usually the one most rooted in the past systems and incumbent interests, must be thoroughly defeated — not just for a political cycle or two, but for a generation or two. That gives the winning party or movement the time and space needed to really build up the next system without always fighting rear-guard actions and getting drawn backward. The losing party or movement will need that same time to go through a fundamental rethink, a long-term renewal that eventually will enable them to play a new game.”
Someone needs to tell Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Reinvent’s Peter Leyden the political future they so desire is right here, right now.
When Republicans recently passed the first fiscal budget in six years, it increased discretionary spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years and threw in a 13 percent increase in appropriations.
Oh, and they restored Obama-era “stimulus” programs.
Saving Mueller’s privates
And a bipartisan coalition of the Senate’s one-party staters – Republicans Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis, along with Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker – introduced legislation to protect witch-hunting Special Counsel Robert Mueller from a potential firing by the swampland’s only outsider and current U.S. president, Donald Trump.
Lacking any evidence of Trump/Russia collusion, actions by the desperate Mueller led FBI agents to raid the offices of longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen. The hope is that by violating Cohen’s attorney-client privilege, Mueller will find something on which to prosecute Trump.
2018 mid-term elections – what will the straw-man party do?
So, what will be the GOP’s congressional campaign slogans for 2018? Vote for us and we’ll:
- Repeal Obamacare.
- Reduce wasteful government spending.
- Cut government debt.
- Fourth Amendment protections.
No, no, no and no again.
The GOP has lost all credibility on these issues.
The party’s over
Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Washington because he knows his political party hasn’t got a future. The Democrat party is absorbing feckless Republicans, keeping all those Obama era policies in place.
As a lifelong Republican who intends to sit out the 2018 midterms, this is my response to Republican candidates. Those candidates begging for my vote:
“The GOP is Dead to Me.”
Paul Ryan shakes hands with outgoing GOP House Speaker John Boehner. Photo: Office of Speaker Paul Ryan.