Now that George Bush has demonstrated the foresight and resolve to reform it, Democrats are even denying it's a major problem, and are demagoging and obstructing to their partisan hearts' content. Again, that's predictable. What's upsetting is that Republicans are growing feckless about private accounts, even though they offer the best chance to alleviate some of the problems with the system. Without so much as a first round of debates, some are already willing to cave.
Then there's the ongoing outrage of the activist federal appellate judiciary, led by the moral relativistic, usurping, Constitution-disrespecting and out-of-control Supreme Court. There is no external influence that contributes to the degradation of our culture more than these institutions. There is no way for proponents of America's traditional values to turn the tide in the Culture War without courts regaining reverence for the Constitution.
We have a president firmly in charge of the executive branch, intent on appointing constitutionalists to the federal appellate bench. But he is violently opposed by filibustering Democrats who consider jurists who believe in interpreting the Constitution as written to be extremists.
Moreover, they insist on coequal power in the president's judicial appointments rather than limiting themselves to their assigned advise-and-consent function, in which they should pass only on the competence and character of the president's nominees. Again, such behavior by congressional Democrats has now become utterly predictable.
But where are the Republicans? Senator Frist earlier indicated he would invoke the nuclear option, which is a deliberately misnamed remedy designed to restore Senate majority rule to the Senate judicial confirmation process -- without, contrary to Senator Byrd's hysterical rantings, suppressing debate. Are we going to wait until more damage is done to invoke this rule change, or delay until GOP liberal Arlen Specter gets ready to throw us half a bone?
These are just three issues of many, but they illustrate that no matter how competent a leader President Bush is, his admirably ambitious domestic agenda will likely be sorely frustrated without help from congressional Republicans.
I truly hate to borrow a term from Dan Rather, but it is time for congressional Republicans to show a little courage.
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