WASHINGTON, April 15, 2015 – In the 2014 midterm election, the Democratic Party suffered massive losses all across the country. The areas that were typically safe Democratic areas rose up and voted Republican.
The American people used the midterm to send a clear and direct message.
Why did the American people respond like this in such an enormous way? As Rush Limbaugh accurately stated, “The American people voted for the Republicans for one reason. They did not wake up and say we love the Republican Party.”
Rush stated the truth: “The American voters wanted the Republicans to stop the Obama madness.”
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During the midterm elections, Republicans did not run on a positive agenda. Instead, they used the president and his unpopularity to get themselves elected.
Republicans ran continuous ads against the unpopular health care law and the need to rein in an out-of- control president.
The Republicans promised that, if elected, they would vote to repeal Obamacare, stop executive action on amnesty and stop the out-of-control spending.
The campaign worked like a beautiful Mozart composition. Republicans made massive gains in the House, giving them a majority. The landslide in the Senate gave the GOP a 55-seat majority in the United States Senate.
Despite the landslide election, the Republicans managed to turn a huge victory into a defeat.
Unfortunately for the American people, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell talks out of two sides of his mouth. He talks tough about stopping Obama to help him get re-elected. However, when the election was over the majority leader sounded like a man who had no power.
McConnell showed his hand when he said, “The Republicans can not shut down the government.” This simple statement suggests that, no matter what the Obama administration does, Republicans will not stand their ground if it means grid-locking government. It means their promises to stand tough against the president are meaningless.
Congress as a whole quickly showed its true spots as well. After the election, Congress shrank back against Obama.
Conservative leaders wanted to pass an short-term budget to give the new Republican majorities a chance to accentuate change. Unfortunately, under the leadership of Sen. McConnell and House Speaker Boehner, Congress fully funded all of Obama’s massive spending plans for an entire year. This package included complete funding for Obamacare and took away the chance of the newly elected Republicans to change course.
The GOP campaigned against the president’s executive amnesty. When the new majority GOP came into power, it said it would not fund the president’s executive action. Instead of standing up for their voters, the GOP caved and fully funded amnesty. The weak-kneed Republicans were afraid of being blamed for a government shutdown.
The latest betrayal by the Republicans involves the nuclear deal with Iran. The president of The United States made a terrible nuclear deal that threatens the survival of not only our allies in the Middle East like Israel but also the United States.
The constitution requires Congress to approve foreign treaties with a two-thirds majority before they go into effect. Instead of standing by the Constitutional requirements, the GOP folded like a cheap suit. Congress agreed to a “compromise” that gives Congress “a say” in the deal with Iran, if one is reached by June 30, but it doesn’t meet the constitutional requirement. Instead, the wording will make it very difficult for Congress to scuttle an agreement, limiting the possibility that it can overturn any agreement reached by Secretary of State John Kerry and Tehran.
The Republican members of Congress have broken their promise. They were elected to stop Obama, but instead continue to facilitate his actions.
We don’t need a Congress whose only act is to continually surrender powers to the executive branch. America deserves better from the GOP than blatant disregard for the voters.