It may be old, but it’s anything but grand right now.
And the Republicans who replaced the Whigs may soon be as relevant as Andrew Jackson’s party if they are not very careful.
What do I mean?
America is at a politically critical turning point – a point of no return.
If Republicans don’t use the power they have in the House of Representatives to defeat amnesty and defund Obamacare, they risk political obsolescence – as well as a future America with no chance to return to constitutionally limited government.
The way things look right now, Republicans do not have the will or intestinal fortitude even to fight back, let alone play the cards voters overwhelmingly gave them in 2010.
Maybe Republicans need a reminder: They control one-half of a bicameral legislature – the half needed to approve all funding for all programs, agencies, departments and initiatives of the federal government.
Republicans have the power to kill Obamacare by defunding it. They don’t need a single Democratic vote.
Republicans have the power to defeat amnesty. They don’t need a single Democratic vote.
In fact, as I have pointed out many times, Republicans even have the power to return America to something resembling constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility. They don’t need a single Democratic vote.
But Republican leadership in the House shows little interest in doing any of these things.
Instead of using the power of the purse to do the right thing, Republicans seem hell-bent on feigning opposition to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party while giving them everything they want and need to continue their assault on liberty and the Constitution and everything America uniquely represents in the world.
What do I mean?
Once again, it appears Republican leadership plans to support what is called a “continuing resolution,” which represents a blank check for borrowing and spending by Obama without as much as a fiscal plan, known as a budget. Obama has not operated under a budget since he took office in 2009. Instead, since 2011, when Republicans swept into power in the House after the 2010 midterm elections, the GOP leadership has provided Obama and the Democrats with every dollar – borrowed or otherwise – they have needed to implement their radical agenda for America.
They could effectively defund Obamacare by not approving any money for its implementation. They have repeatedly failed to do this and, as of right now, appear unlikely to do it this year or next.
They could defeat the amnesty bill that will ensure Democrats are a permanent majority party in the future. But they appear unlikely to do this when the bill comes up for a do-or-die vote in the House.
They could drop the continuing-resolution game and refuse to raise the debt limit, effectively freezing all new borrowing by the federal government. There are no more than 20 to 30 Republican votes in the House for this politically popular idea – one supported by 80 percent of Republican voters, 70 percent of independent voters and even 60 percent of Democrat voters.
Why are the Republicans so timid? Why do they enable Obama and the Democrats? Why are they even afraid to vote symbolically against politically unpopular Obamacare, forcing Democrats and Republicans alike to express their opinions prior to the 2014 midterm election?
Are Republicans stupid? Are they afraid of their shadows? Do they not believe anything they say they believe? Do they actually love government as much as the Democrats? Do they secretly share with Democrats an utter disdain and contempt for the Constitution and liberty?
Let’s find out. Because if the Republicans are a sham and Obamacare and amnesty become the permanent law of the land, we’re toast.
How do we put Republicans to the ultimate test?
It’s the plan I unveiled shortly after the 2010 election – one that is getting increased support from Americans and even Republican officeholders. It’s the plan that has thus far delivered more than 1.5 million letters to House Republicans. It’s the plan that could shake up the GOP establishment if they hear from millions more.
It’s called the “No More Red Ink” campaign. It demands more than we will probably get from Republicans, but that’s good political strategy.