The GOP is no longer a singular entity. There are two parties under one name. In reality the TEA Party should be on its own and no longer be included in the Republican primaries or receive funding from the Republican National Committee. A Republican Party divided cannot stand.
Today John Boehner was reelected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. His only challengers were members of America’s third party, the TEA Party. The primary reason Boehner was reelected is because his opponents are extremists who refuse to negotiate with their constituents on the left side of the aisle. Democratic forms of government only exist when there is an exchange of ideas by opposing members of the legislative body. TEA Party members are promoting a return to the past when civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights were non-existent.
America must rise and face the future with a positive attitude and optimism. Moving back to the dark ages of the 1950’s would result in social upheaval and an ultimate destruction of our way of life.
The ultimate problem with the GOP is a lack of effective leadership. Under the Obama Administration John Boehner and now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have failed to advance the Republican Party with pledges of a ‘do nothing’ Congress and a lack of new ideas to lead the United States into the 21st Century.
Contrary to popular belief, the TEA Party has little support among right wing voters. The midterm elections were anything but representative of the interests of the American people. An extremely low voter turnout did not reveal the true concerns of the electorate. The voters who did go to the polls were significant by demonstrating displeasure with the President, and not a confirmation of Republican candidates. In truth the results were indicative of an election which was decided by whether the candidate had an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ next to their name. Little knowledge about the candidates influenced the voters.
The naiveté of Republicans is demonstrated by the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. Elise Stefanik is from New York and is only 30 years of age. The first question asked by Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning displayed her lack of understanding of America’s political system.
Stefanik was asked if the Republican Party had an ‘image problem.’ She replied in a scripted political manor. She claimed that the 2014 elections were a mandate for the GOP, and that everything had changed.
The interview was conducted in a primarily friendly manor, but O’Donnell did question her about her ‘pro-life’ stance which is viewed by most women as anti-feminist. Once again Stefanik displayed her political spin by saying that she ‘respected different views.’
After Boehner was reelected today numerous opinions and empty rhetoric by Republicans and TEA Party members flooded the media. The Speaker’s close election was considered a weakness of traditional GOP values by conservatives who are at the extreme right of the party. It was considered a victory for those who value the integrity and ideals of the GOP.
For the Democratic Party they can be optimistic that the division between rival interests in the Republican Party bodes well for them in 2016.
Commentary By James Turnage