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Dear GOP In Congress: Put Up or Shut Up

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No more mister nice guy, no more patty cake, no more milk and cookies.

I give credit where credit is due. I don’t admire much about the Democrat Party but I do admire their ability to fight. They never quit—they never stop advancing, and even when they are on defense like they were for two years after the 2016 election with no power in Washington D.C., they kept the pressure on the GOP. 


Only because of President Trump did the GOP get a few things done like tax cuts and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but that is because Harry Reid went nuclear on judicial nominations against the wishes of Mitch McConnell. Reid’s decision to wield power there turned out to help the GOP later on. McConnell still refuses to get rid of the Senate filibuster rule. 

Take the following to the bank, folks. When the Democrats win back the Senate, they will get rid of the filibuster rule and run roughshod over Republicans. When Democrats wield power, it’s not halfheartedly or with shame. When you have control, you have to use it. It doesn’t last forever. The Democrats did that with Obamacare. They shoved it down the throats of the GOP and the American people and at a political cost. We’re still trying to get out from underneath it thanks to the late John McCain.

In politics, the name of the game is to win. There are no style points. Losing sucks. Democrats do not care how it looks when they win or lose. Take Stacey Abrams for example. She still refuses to concede the Georgia Governor’s race despite losing by 30,000 votes in November 2018.

In politics, once you win, you have to follow it up by winning at legislation and winning political arguments in the court of public opinion. You must always be advancing. There is no holding on as was the plan of the Republican National Committee in the 2018 midterms. They hunkered down and hoped the slaughter would be minimal. It was worse than that. It was an old-fashioned butt whooping. They went from being on offense to now having to play defense in the House of Representatives. California nearly wiped out the GOP, winning congressional seats long held by Republicans. The Democrats know how to play defense. The GOP does not. On defense, they still try to get along with the left. For so-called intelligent people, they haven’t figured out that there is no getting along with the left. They left wants to kill us, figuratively and literally. Ask Steve Scalise and anybody violently attacked by the goons from Antifa.


Here is how the GOP played on offense when they controlled the House and Senate. Speaker Ryan failed to call the USMCA for approval. Trump signed it on Nov. 30, 2018, with more than enough time to get it done before Nancy Pelosi took the gavel from the GOP. Many on the Republican side forget that. They did not make the tax cuts permanent; they failed to deal with immigration or pass national concealed carry reciprocity. They fought Trump’s attempts at border wall funding, and failed to get an infrastructure bill to the President’s desk. Now they want to blame Pelosi for not bringing these crucial pieces of legislation for a vote? Please.

The GOP now is currently playing defense by asking the Democrats to play fair on impeachment. What? When have Democrats ever played fair? Since the beginning, this whole impeachment process has been nothing more than a hyper-partisan invented scam. I am glad that Trump refused to have his office honor Adam Schiff subpoenas. I am a rule of law guy, but if the Democrats are not going to honor the rule of law, why should we, why should Trump? I refuse to let someone tie one of my arms behind my back before going into a fight. 

Newt Gingrich said in an interview that he didn’t think Trump needed to call this impeachment fiasco a “lynching.” Why not? It is an attempt to topple the Trump Administration without cause. Another establishment GOPer Charles Kolb who was a deputy assistant to President George Herbert Walker Bush, said that Trump was sabotaging his re-election chances because of his crude language and erratic behavior. This is re-election advice coming from a one-term Presidential staffer. Kolb said that President Reagan won by being positive. Trump started positive. All he said was, Make America Great Again and America First. Sounds positive to me. However, all hell broke loose on the left and they have been trying to kill him ever since. George H. W. Bush was a nice guy. Where did that get him with Democrats? They called him a wimp and dispatched him after one term. Washington Post supposed neocon writer Jennifer Rubin recently said that because of Trump enablers the Republican Party should be set on fire and burned down with no survivors. Oh how nice.


Trump realizes that the wolf in the form of Democrats is at the door—in fact, the wolf is chewing through the door. Trump's choices are to kill the wolf or be eaten alive. We need to hear less from guys like the GOP weasels. Trump doesn’t need advice from them. He should keep hitting harder and hitting first.

If any GOPer wants to help Trump, leave the white gloves at home. This is not a white linen tablecloth affair. This fight is going to be messy. Democrats made politics a blood sport. Come with bare knuckles, hell bring brass knuckles if you want. If you insist on boxing gloves, put a horseshoe inside. Whatever you do, keep punching like President Trump is. If you go down, it’s better to go down swinging by sending a clear message to Democrats: Welcome to hell. You asked for it, and we will oblige.

It’s time the GOP in Congress either puts up or shuts up. 


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