It is darn tough to be a Republican these days. The Republican Party in Washington remains steadfastly opposed to fighting for the principles that they supposedly believe in. Their candidate lost to one of the more beatable Democratic presidential candidates in recently history and, not even a full work week after the loss, had their Congressional leader promise compromise on one of the biggest and most costly regulations this nation has ever seen.
John Boehner is in the hot seat in Washington. The House Speaker appears to understand that the United States government cannot continue reckless spending, but holds a muddy view on the solution. Is the fix less spending or more revenue? Again, Boehner promised compromise with Barack Obama who has repeatedly stated his desire for higher taxes on the wealthy. More revenue is no solution.
Further, the Republican leadership has seemed to give up entirely on the issue of Obamacare, declaring the complex new set of regulations to be the law of the land. Not only did the Republicans fail to prevent its passage, but they now seem comfortable and content with its presence in the American economic landscape for years to come.
It is no wonder that the Republicans failed to pick up a more powerful voice in Washington during the 2012 elections. Quite frankly, they do not appear to have much of a voice at all. What is their direction? When is enough enough? How many more failures will the GOP endure before they realize that compromise and limp-wristed policy-making is no way to re-build a clearly flailing political party?
Small government is the solution to the Republican party. Americans consistently embrace the principles of a more Libertarian and laissez-faire government and economic policy structure, but few are prepared to place their vote for anyone other than a Republican or Democrat. The Republican base is looking for a reason to vote again. They will take almost anything, any semblance of reform, of true change, of a smaller and more freedom-loving government. All the Republicans need to do is offer it up.
Will the Republicans respond?