The Republican Party Legislative Incompetence

Let me preface this piece by stating no party better encapsulate the values and policies – unfortunately not today’s actions – that have made America the greatest nation in the history of mankind than today’s Republican Party. It was my great honor to be elected to the recent California Republican Party Presidential Platform Committee in 2014 and I was stunned by what came out of the committee – a document that was about economic growth, limited government, families, protecting the unborn, religious freedom and overall prosperity in all facets of life for all Americans and immigrants – legal or otherwise.

Chad MayesThe party of Lincoln and Reagan, the party that fought against slavery, the KKK, and overwhelmingly voted for the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act is at a crossroads … and it has nothing to do with President Donald Trump. The party has lost its way – the national party and more importantly the California Republican Party – epitomized by Republican Assembly Leader Chad Mayes who just supported huge tax increases while never thinking about the awful fiscal outlook for California. Moreover, Minority Leader Hayes has a complete lack of understanding for how California and the United States thrive in our dangerous, geopolitical world.

The best way to describe the disarray of the national Republican Party that bleeds down to the CPR is a recent comment by Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey. He had a candid response at a Town Hall when local ABC27 News Anchor Dennis Owens asked about the Republican struggles with the failed repeal of Obamacare and overall health care reform. Senator Toomey said:

“Look, I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win, I think most of my colleagues didn’t, so we didn’t expect to be in this situation.”

After seven years of railing against President Obama and the Democratic Party, the Republican Party had nothing to show for the over 60 times they voted in Congress to repeal or replace Obamacare led by the ineptitude of Senator John McCain. People voted for a repeal of Obama’s health care law, tax and regulation cuts to bolster the economy, American trade interests being at the forefront of economic treaties, defunding Planned Parenthood, enforcement of our borders and laws along with a more robust deterrent in our foreign policy. Instead the American voter received John McCain’s cowardly health care vote and the other Republicans who voted with him. They voted to be thought of favorably at D.C. cocktail parties and on Morning Joe than what’s best for their constituents and America.

The American public and California voter was also told that Secretary of Health and Human Services, and leading Obamacare critic when he was in Congress, Tom Price had a plan of action ready to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Thus far Secretary Price has been silent on Capital Hill, and neither Secretary Price, nor the Republican leadership (led by Californian Kevin McCarthy), or critics of the current Republican health care overhaul have any answers on how to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.

What should concern any Republican or independent is California Senator Kamala Harris becoming President Harris, because of Republican malfeasance on health care reform. Republicans bemoan they aren’t being given a fair chance and fake news is difficult to overcome while searching for health care solutions. Those sentiments are why we will lose, and lose big if we don’t get our act together immediately. Either stand up and fight for Republican values or else.

If Congressional Republicans, particularly California Congressional Republicans need assistance (and they do!) then listen to shows like Mark Levin, Hugh Hewitt or Dennis Prager who consistently interview health experts of all political stripes with answers and solutions to these problems; or contact the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation or RAND for detailed legislation that can be immediately voted upon.

However, if those are to far right then click on the Brookings Institute website for various plans and solutions to Obamacare – even the ultra-left leaning publication The Atlantic has answers.

Additionally it has been over seven years, and now a Republican majority of not anticipating for someone like Donald Trump to win doesn’t have an idea of what legislatively comes next. It’s mind-numbingly incompetent, and why Democrats will take back the House and Senate if something substantial isn’t put in place on how to govern before the year is over. Where are Darrel Issa, Kevin McCarthy and the dwindling California Congressional delegation? If Secretary Clinton were President Clinton does anyone believe she wouldn’t be pushing her Godless, radical agenda down America and California’s throats at this time? Not hardly.

The Democratic Party is no longer the party of the workingman or women or middle class, but is only about the top 1% in technology, entertainment, media and universities. Democrats are now about appeasing all sorts of anarchists and radical Islamists along with economic and energy policies that will deeply hurt America. The Party of Governor Pat Brown, and Presidents FDR, Truman and Kennedy is finished – the Scoop Jackson wing of the party is also dead. In finality, the Democratic Party’s policy ideas will kill America and a world in desperate need of California and American leadership.

According to the new, controversial, best-selling book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray, Europe is committing national suicide implementing the same polices as U.S. Democrats want ad nauseum to occur immediately in America. Yet Republicans like John McCain and the editors and contributors at The National Review and The Weekly Standard should learn that Donald Trump is not the enemy. It’s the social, economic, education, energy, and national security policies of the Democratic Party led by Chuck Schumer, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders that should be fought against with World War II-like vigor.

Outside of confirming Neil Gorsuch – using a Democratic legislative trick – Republicans also haven’t rid the world of the disastrous Iranian Nuclear Deal that hasn’t worked, housing is now depressed because of Democrat polices from the previous administration, and China is a continued menace; but somehow Republican leaders believe passing higher taxes on Democratic-controlled states is tax reform. Moreover, North Korea has missiles that can obliterate this state.

But Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnel, Darrel Issa and the rest of the Republican-controlled Congress seemingly can’t put together a plateful of legislative pancakes without choking them all over California and the American public. Democrats seem to never have that problem.

What Trump proved and Republicans aren’t grasping are Democrat-controlled states and California can be won with a pro-growth, pro-jobs, and pro-American message. Trump won states that haven’t been won in a generation with that message. The solution is to find real candidates for state and federal positions who can articulately convey the message of growth, putting American interests first, and watch the bluest state of all – California turn back to its pro-growth, pro-prosperity roots – that made it a beacon of light for the post World War II generation.

Todd Royal is a geopolitical risk and energy consultant based in Los Angeles.

Comments

  1. Tell it like it is Todd.

  2. Excellent post!

  3. Well put!

  4. Bill Saracino says

    You preach Todd – you preach !
    I add a hearty “Amen!”.

  5. Shout it over and over from the highest mountains LOUD and CLEAR!

  6. California resident and I keep waiting for the Dems to declare Marshall law and take California over and then declare that noone is allowed to leave..Kinds sounds like a Communist country huh? That is what California has become..

  7. Henry Batsel says

    Todd,
    Excellent grasp of the situation. On Healthcare – there are simple solutions demolish the Veterans Administration and use the facilities for free medical. Give grants for educating medical students, nurses, etc. Must serve in the VA facilities & free clinics for 5 years to pay back education debts. Limit litigation against free services. Offer retired medical professionals tax incentives to volunteer in the VA & clinic. Reduce doctor’s risk and paperwork by 99% or they won’t volunteer. Reduce litigation incentives in the entire health care market. Eliminate workers compensation and use the free system. Finally have the option of buying your own insurance or paying cash for medical services. The free system would provide pressure to keep medical costs down. Open up the health care market to a free enterprise system with options for limited litigation contracts.

    • Excellent and Very creative suggestions! I agree we need to drive the free market in medical care involving all parties concerned – doctors, legal, and insurance. VA hospitals must be ended for vets and using them for the poor would be perfect use.

      Have you emails the white house at http://www.whitehouse.gov?
      202-456-1111

  8. Great piece written by a true Republican with the courage and wisdom to call out these lout RINOs who masquerade as opposition. Those of us who agree with this need a charismatic Republican who thinks like this to mount a campaign of conservative ideas. True conservative ideas will beat most any Leftist ideas. The charisma is needed to get through the Leftist Press shield. Trump did it and he isn’t a conservative. We’re being led over a cliff. It could be stopped if we get the right candidate.

  9. True Teacher says

    I’ve been a long time subscriber of NR until they became Never Trumpers. Until this article, I was not sure if CPR had one foot in NRs camp and one in Trump’s. In addition, I battle with the NT gang for telling me I have purged my conservative values by not supporting unrestricted free trade and open immigration. And Peggy Noonan now sounds like Maureen Dowd, so I’ve had it. Many thanks.

    • No worries, True Teacher. Peggy is politically schizo! She has been for years. Spent too much time at CNN, etc. Too bad, but no surprises from her.
      What is Betsy doing? We need to clean up the school and college systems ASAP. People need to get their head on straight. And Keep the Faith…the right Conservative will step up, likely greatly inspired by the leader of the free world.

      • True Teacher says

        1000 upvotes, and nice to meet you. I know Betsey must be doing the right things when every day Diane Ravitch and her communistic chorus become even more unhinged. And you are right about cleaning up the schools, starting with K-12. It’s beyond time to take them back for the sake of the kids and the country!

  10. I predict that the next elections 2018 and 2020 will be led by NEW Republicans to replace the old ones and the democrats!!! These NEW Republicans will be in lock step with President Trump. I think the voters know it too!!!

  11. I like most of my colleagues have stopped claiming they are members of the Republican party. It is a shame to be considered a Republican leader. I may still vote Republican because the alternative is even worse, but I no longer claim to be a Republican. I will vote Independent from now on.

  12. Wanted: Just 1 conservative to run for CA guv
    ‘Save California’ Leader Randy Thomasson has done the Math and has a recommendation for Every Republican hoping to make the Party Viable – Again:
    1 Republican needs to gracefully drop out
    Thomasson says that Voters Must Take action

    *SaveCalifornia.com provides this solely for educational purposes and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.*

    – Huntington Beach assemblyman Travis Allen and San Diego financial whiz John Cox are the only two Republicans in the 2018 California governor’s race. And I strongly believe one of them needs to step down.

    While Travis Allen has a mostly conservative record in Sacramento, John Cox’s rhetoric and positions are also mostly conservative.
    But if one of them doesn’t drop out of the governor’s, there may be no conservative at all on the November 2018 general election ballot.

    Here’s why. There are four big-name liberal Democrats running — former Assembly Speaker and L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former state Controller and current state Treasurer John Chiang, and former assemblywoman and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

    Of these four Democrats, at least three of them will receive mountains of money from public and private unions, which they’ll use to rally Democrat voters to turn out for them. So you can expect the large majority of California voters in the June 2018 primary to vote for Democrats. The reality is, with statewide initiatives no longer permitted on the June ballot, Republican voters might lack issues to energize them, and might only comprise 30% of the electorate 10 short months from now.

    Therefore, it is the wisest and safest course for California conservatives for them to demand there be only 1 viable Republican in the governor’s race. Because if there’s only one Republican, you can be virtually assured the November 2018 general election will pit a mostly conservative fighter against a liberal statewide politician. It’s simple math.

    THREE HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS (Found at savecalifornia.com)

  13. Wanted: Just 1 conservative to run for CA guv
    Save California Leader Randy Thomasson: 1 Republican needs to gracefully drop out | Take action

    SaveCalifornia.com provides this solely for educational purposes and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

    Pro-“LGBT”/assisted-suicide Republican David Hadley is out. So is the legendary Rosey Grier, a conservative Christian. That leaves Huntington Beach assemblyman Travis Allen and San Diego financial whiz John Cox as the only two Republicans in the 2018 California governor’s race. And I strongly believe one of them needs to step down.

    While Travis Allen has a mostly conservative record in Sacramento (video), John Cox’s rhetoric and positions are also mostly conservative (video). But if one of them doesn’t drop out of the governor’s, there may be no conservative at all on the November 2018 general election ballot.

    Here’s why. There are four big-name liberal Democrats running — former Assembly Speaker and L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former state Controller and current state Treasurer John Chiang, and former assemblywoman and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

    Of these four Democrats, at least three of them will receive mountains of money from public and private unions, which they’ll use to rally Democrat voters to turn out for them. So you can expect the large majority of California voters in the June 2018 primary to vote for Democrats. The reality is, with statewide initiatives no longer permitted on the June ballot, Republican voters might lack issues to energize them, and might only comprise 30% of the electorate 10 short months from now.

    Therefore, it is the wisest and safest course for California conservatives for them to demand there be only 1 viable Republican in the governor’s race. Because if there’s only one Republican, you can be virtually assured the November 2018 general election will pit a mostly conservative fighter against a liberal statewide politician. It’s simple math.

    THREE HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS

  14. The heavy blanket of Censorship that Our bought & paid for ‘free press’ has cloaked the appalling misconduct of the greasy kid of teflon coated kalifornia politicos – former Frisco Mayor Gravid Nuisance (now Gov.Lt.) – has left a sizable amount of the Electorate completely in the dark about his treatment of a Female Subordinate, His Campaign Manager and whether Nuisance Also Shared the “Substance Abused” with her???

    The media cover up has now surpassed even that of Slick Willie “I did Not – with that Woman, Mz. Lewinsky” – let alone the Blackmail while in office of Governot ‘Der Arnold’ over his allegedly ‘secret’ Extra Son. Whether Nuisance ever gets openly questioned about his disgraceful behaviors towards a Subordinate Employee – is problematic, given that he Refuses to Discuss the Issue and the media is out to lunch with their darling destroyer of Proposition 8 – which he trashed like the Marriages he has left in ruins.
    SEE
    AIDE QUITS AS NEWSOM’S AFFAIR WITH HIS WIFE IS REVEALED / Campaign manager confronts mayor, who is ‘in shock’
    http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/AIDE-QUITS-AS-NEWSOM-S-AFFAIR-WITH-HIS-WIFE-IS-2652745.php
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s re-election campaign manager resigned Wednesday after confronting the mayor about an affair Newsom had with his wife while she worked in the mayor’s office, City Hall sources said.

    Alex Tourk, 39, who served as Newsom’s deputy chief of staff before becoming his campaign manager in September, confronted the mayor after his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, told him of the affair as part of a rehabilitation program she had been undergoing for substance abuse…

  15. Good, and New, ideas are swarmed by the Congressional GOP – and covered with a pillow until they stop breathing.
    H/T to David Burge @ IowaHawk blog.

  16. The author is right on target. The average rank-and-file Republican is now asking what was all that effort to get a Republican majority about? Obviously the John McCain’s and Maine’s senators do not have my values. Is it wise to send campaign money to this party?

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