November 8, 1994, was a monumental day in my life. It was up there with my wedding, the birth of my children, and being selected as the MVP of my Little League championship team. Not since I was a age of one ad the Congress of the United States been in Republican hands. And yet, November 2, 2010, was even more significant than that magnificent day sixteen years before: It was a clear repudiation of the left-wing policies that have been imposed upon the American people by the Democratic Party over the last four years.
It was a pleasant sight to see member after member of the House losing their seat for capitulating to the Obama-Pelosi-Waxman agenda. Which brings up an interesting question: Why would any reasonable person either run or remain as a Democratic member of Congress when they now know that they will used as cannon fodder by the leftist old bulls that only care about their own agenda? That is for Democrats to consider while the Republicans take control of our policies at the federal level. As Republicans adopt a larger and more significant role in our government – not only on the federal level, but in state governments as well – we should remember what our President, Barack Obama, recently stated: “It would be one thing if [Republicans] had gone away and gone off into the desert. They could have meditated and thought about, boy, how did we screw up so bad.” The President was correct, but for all the wrong reasons.
When they first came to power in 1995, the GOP did what everyone expected of them. Led by Congressman John Kasich – the newly-elected Governor of Ohio – they eliminated one hundred bureaus and commissions in their first budget. But then they stopped. And then later they started acting like Democrats, spending excessively and creating earmarks for their local pet projects. Tom Delay created a sordid, underhanded culture that the American people rejected and to which this current crop of Republicans cannot ever return.