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No Will to Fight

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About three weeks ago, Republicans swept into power in a massive wave that caught even most optimists off guard. From the federal level down to local governments, Republicans were ushered in, and Democrats were ushered out of power. The next day, Democrats in Washington claimed the message from the election is that the parties in Washington need to work together. But now, President Obama has declared he will grant amnesty for millions of illegal aliens by fiat.

In 2011, President Obama said he did not have that power. His specific words were, "With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case. ... There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president."

He won re-election a year later with the public thinking he could not unilaterally grant amnesty. When he then declared he could and would, his party was ousted in defeat. The Republicans, however, have no will to fight the president.

In 2013, Barack Obama shut down the government. Sen. Ted Cruz got the blame. Even Republican leaders ran from Sen. Cruz and his conservative colleagues with hair-on-fire hysteria. They blamed Cruz in 2013 for the Republicans losing the Senate in 2014. They said Cruz would cause the GOP to lose governorships, seats in the House of Representatives, etc. None of that happened.

Gallup polling after the election shows pretty clearly the public wants the Republican Party to restrain President Obama. Polling also shows a majority of Americans oppose unilateral presidential action on amnesty.

But the Republicans will not fight. In fact, what the Republicans are proposing as a strategy to combat the president is to let it happen, and then go through an elaborate theater to let it keep happening. They will, once they have fully funded the government, try to undo the funding.

This is called a rescission. But the president will veto it and the Republicans will fail to override the vote, so Republicans can say they opposed the president, but funded him nonetheless.

Likewise, the House Appropriations Committee has already come out with a statement saying there is nothing they can do. "The primary agency for implementing the president's new immigration executive order is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This agency is entirely self-funded through the fees it collects on various immigration applications. Congress does not appropriate funds for any of its operations, including the issuance of immigration status or work permits, with the exception of the "E-Verify" program. Therefore, the Appropriations process cannot be used to "de-fund" the agency," a committee statement read.

In other words, Congress has the power to spend money, but cannot stop spending money. This explains so much.

There are two things really happening. First, many Republicans in Washington actually agree with the president. Most of the Republicans want amnesty. They may disagree with the means by which the president seeks amnesty, but they will not oppose him because they agree with the outcome.

Second, some Republicans are tired of the fight. They truly believe the public still hates them for shutting down the government in 2013. Consequently, they have no will to fight now. They are scared, feel unloved and have no energy for the fight. They cannot do what the public wants because they think the public will not love them for doing so.

The larger issue will never even get addressed, but it is perhaps the most significant. In 2011, President Obama said he had no power to do what he has now done. It is an overreach of his constitutional authority. It breaches the checks and balances the founders put in place. If this Congress has no will to stop him, can any president be stopped when his own party does what is political but not constitutional?

Deep down, Republicans are relieved the president has taken this issue from them, and they would prefer to ignore the related constitutional issues.

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You have confirmed my fears. I, like you do not believe the Republicans will do anything but cry and whine for their perceived base. I am now totally convinced that the Republican party is composed mainly of big government socialists. What does that say about the other party which is much farther to the left?
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Posted by: Gary Hampson
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:27 AM
Re: Gary Hampson;... That is about the funniest thing I have read all day. There are a lot of rich people who believe in socialism for the poor. If the poor do not suffer the socialism of poverty, the rich cannot enjoy the privitization of our wealth.
After so much wealth was taken out of Appalacia by the rich, they were some times vocal advocates for welfare. The government has got to help the poor people of Appalacia. They never said: We took too much and now have to return some of our ill gotten gains. I say: They are all good Christian republicans. Let them pray, or ask the republicans for help, because when the goods were being robbed from them from beneath their feet they barely squeaked in protest. God will certainly not deny his own; but the republicans will. Some will make the distinction between the worthy poor, and the unworthy poor. A moral people will not see themselves dispossessed of their wealth and property without a fight. After they have proved themselves demoralize under the threat of law, and the demands of their faith, how good are they in defense of right and freedom. Let them bawl out their hyms and plead with the almighty. They are useless to the cause of freedom.
Thanks...Sweeny
Comment: #2
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:31 PM
Sir;...The republicans are unloved. The democrats are unloved. The people desparately need solutions to the down ward spiral of their lives and economy, and the parties have no answer.
My answer to the republicans is simple. Do what you want because what ever you do will be impossible to undo. Don't worry about love. You have money is on your side, and money is better than love. Don't worry about love because all you need is enough people not hating your guts who can be convinced the democrat is an immoral devil from hell with a pitchfork and tail in his pocket, and you're in.

Never underestimate the power of money over the imagination of men and women. We adore the rich. We want to be rich. If we were rich we would want to be free and clear of taxes too. There is not enough for us, so there will never be enough for all those thems who want to be Americans too. The people are all on your side if you do not lose them. And most of your districts are gerrymandered to be safe. All that you need is enough persuasion to make all those who would un-elect you to feel sick at the prospect of voting for anyone, and success is yours.
You have won by default, and it cost a lot of money, but money is cheap to the rich and victory is dear. No one showed up to contest your election. The democrats were empty of dreams, and ideas, and thanks to the republicans had little to show for their time in office. Mr. Obama ran that change thing into the ground by doing exactly as any republican would have done.
Some things only a republican can do. Only a republican could have opened China, and if the democrats were smart they would do nothing, and make the republicans lift their world on their own. Obama Care would not be Obama Care without the republicans, but if it was theirs, and they could take the credit for it, and it would be fine. There are somethings democrats cannot do, even if too late, and long over due. Can you imagine what a howl the republicans would have set up if a democrat had tried to open China. It would have been like the outrage over Obamacare, and it would be heard today.
The democrats need to stop trying to do, and start resisting in a constructive fashion. Success for the republicans demands that they put party before country, but doesn't everyone? If the democrats had done nothing, the republicans would have done something or seen the whole government fall, or seen the health care system fail. When people start dying in the street even a republican can find a soul. Let them save their own souls. Quit trying to drag the republicans into the light of grace. Learn to shrug. Learn to act like a republican even if you cannot stoop so low. Use their tactics and simply stop short of insanity.
Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:03 PM
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