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Have Republicans Forgotten How to Govern?


Offbeat  (tags: Republican Party, Politics, USA )


- 675 days ago - bbc.co.uk
On election day last year, American voters gave the Republicans a powerful gift - unified control of the presidency and Congress for the first time in a decade. But turning a governing majority into enacted policies is proving to be a challenge



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 18, 2017, 1:37 am
Thanks, Ray

"At a time when a concerted political effort on the part of Republican leadership in Congress and the White House is essential to the success of a key part of their agenda, distractions and dissent rule the day.

While Mr Ryan is undertaking his juggling act, the president seems intent on throwing baseballs at his head.

Time and again the president has undermined Republican political priorities with off-message comments and tweets.

Behaviour that helped throw opponents off-balance and demonstrate his unorthodoxy during the campaign are proving less helpful when conducted from the confines of the White House."

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I particularly like the ending:
"Conservative humourist PJ O'Rourke once quipped that "Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work, and then they get elected and prove it".

For the past few months that line has seemed less of a joke than a prophecy."
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday March 18, 2017, 2:04 am
Thanx Ray
 

Marco C (31)
Sunday March 19, 2017, 5:57 am
Well, that may be true if you believe that what currently clings onto the ideology of "Republicanism" has an interest in governing society as a whole.

Republican ideology was corrupted by "easy money" cloaked in patriotic economic activity in the post WWII era. Both Nixon and Regan were the most visible and blatant advocates of a "money and finance" driven party with little to no interest in wasting time or resources in advancing other values or virtues.

Its hard not to view the current "Republican officials" as having abandoned governance as too tricky and complex, preferring instead to view it all as a balance sheet while enjoying the comforts and easy life style provided at the expense of the taxpayers with all the lucrative attention from the special interests as icing on the cake while providing cover for "constituent advocacy".

There is little evidence of any connection to the "average American" or a regard for anything but the "upper crust" with a view of shame and disgust for anything but. So, it comes as no surprise that they behave as they do with their dismissive behavior and distain.

The American experiment has gone from that of democratic virtues and values supporting freedoms to pursue our human potential to a form of social capitalism where society supports capitalism and not the other way around.

If I look at it from that point of view, what they are doing begins to make sense.
 

Freya H (345)
Sunday March 19, 2017, 6:22 am
Unfortunately, Democrats aren't much better. Our entire system needs a drastic overhaul. The trick is even getting that overhaul started. The house is collapsing, and Dems and Reps fight over what color curtains to hang.
 

Jeanne R (1203)
Saturday August 19, 2017, 7:24 am
TYFS.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Saturday March 3, 2018, 4:02 pm
Don't think they ever learned !!!!!!
 
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