Robert Knight

The Republicans who signed the brief are infected tonsils. The Tea Parties and other traditionalist Americans already suspect the GOP, as currently constituted, will not effectively resist the Democrats’ relentless leftwing agenda. By failing to slow down the madness of Obamacare, gun control, out-of-control spending, unconstitutional appointments, bizarre nominees, unvetted “czars,” and incentives for more illegal immigration, Republican leaders resemble worn-down speed bumps. In some cases, potholes.

Another case in point. Last Wednesday, the Senate confirmed former White House chief of staff Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary by 71-26. Mr. Lew epitomizes the “1 percent” that Mr. Obama has demagogued. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, summarized the absurdity: When Mr. Lew “worked at tax-exempt New York University, he was given a subsidized $1.4 million mortgage. Now, Mr. Lew claims he cannot remember the interest rate he paid … does this pass the laugh test? When Mr. Lew was executive vice president of NYU, the school received kickbacks on student loans from Citigroup. Then, Mr. Lew went to work for Citigroup.”

Mr. Obama has railed against investors dodging taxes in the Cayman Islands, but, “Mr. Lew is a serial Cayman Islands investor. On his watch, Citigroup invested money there, and he invested his own money there,” noted Mr. Grassley, who voted no, unlike 20 GOP colleagues. When something important happens, have you noticed that there’s almost always a handy Republican or two who joins liberal Democrats to make it “bipartisan?”

John McCain and Lindsey Graham, despite all their thunder about Chuck Hagel being unqualified to be Defense Secretary, allowed a vote to confirm him rather than continue to filibuster his nomination. Four Republicans -- Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Rand Paul of Kentucky -- joined all 54 Democrats, plus Maine Independent Angus King, in voting yes.

This, despite Mr. Hagel’s disastrous hearing, anti-Israel record, naiveté toward radical Islam, including a reluctance to back sanctions against Iran, and his support for nuclear disarmament.

Last Thursday, 87 House Republican tonsils, perhaps terrified of “war on women” rhetoric, helped Democrats reauthorize a Senate-expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a piggy bank for the Left. As Phyllis Schlafly notes, “VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the nearly a billion dollars a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.”

Other developments, such as Obamacare’s abortifacient mandate, are testing whether America will succumb to such extreme political correctness that it will extinguish the right of conscience. This assault on sanity and liberty could be blunted if the party of Abraham Lincoln found its voice. But too many in the GOP are scared of the media or listening to “conservative” pundits who tell them to be more like Democrats.

Despite winning every court case, the Boy Scouts are under enormous corporate pressure to commit suicide by allowing homosexual leaders and members. California Democratic State Sen. Ricardo Lara has introduced a bill to revoke the tax exemption of the Scouts and other youth groups that won’t embrace San Francisco values. Where is the GOP when it comes to the Scouts? Largely silent, with honorable exceptions such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

I’m hearing more and more people ask whether America is over. They say the moral rot and feckless “opposition” is landing us in a pit from which we will not escape because we no longer have the God-given values that sustained America through a civil war, a Depression and two world wars.

But pessimism to the point of paralysis is not the answer, despite the media’s assurance that we’re doomed to live in a socialist version of Sodom and Gomorrah. Thousands of tea parties all over America, plus a growing number of churches, are organizing and educating Americans about real constitutional rights. They will be a huge factor in the 2014 elections and beyond.

When the GOP is serious about regaining credibility, party leaders may want to attend some Tea Party meetings. Watching them work to save the country despite the betrayals by the infected tonsils, they could learn something about American character.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.