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December 28, 2016 5:49 AM Age: 325 days

The Republic is at Stake

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Source:  Larry Checco , featured commentator

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While Democrats may be licking their wounds, Republicans are licking their chops.

 

Ever since the election, establishment Republicans in particular have been making the rounds to TV and radio talk shows, think tanks and conferences touting all the changes they plan on making.  Everything from repealing ObamaCare to tax reform to rolling back regulations and laws related to the business sector, climate change, pro-choice, protecting Internet neutrality --- and more. 

 

Why not think big?  Republicans will soon control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives and will have the opportunity to stack the ostensibly nonpartisan Supreme Court in their favor.

 

What they don’t seem to be able to control, however, is each other.  And their party leader, President-elect Donald J. Trump, does not particularly enamor many of them.

 

When Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) the incoming head of the Republican Study Committee -- a highly conservative caucus of House Republicans -- was asked if Donald Trump was the GOP’s man, his response was “He is until he’s not.”  Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

 

Democracy is confrontational by design. Metaphorically it’s a unique anvil for hammering out diverse, often red hot, conflicting ideas, that when tempered, cooled and enacted into regulations and laws should ideally enhance the common good. 

 

Sure, there are always going to be winners and losers, but the common good and public interest of our country should always be at the heart of what our democracy is all about, not the demands of special interest groups.

 

Conflict democracy, however, is about to go on steroids.  And ironically, the biggest battles won’t necessarily be between Republicans and Democrats, but rather between establishment Republicans and alt-right loonies.

 

“We think of ourselves as virulently anti-establishment, particularly ‘anti-’ the permanent political class,” Steve Bannon, DJT’s chief strategist who will occupy space just steps from the Oval Office, told The Washington Post. “We say Paul Ryan was grown in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation.”

 

Then there’s former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) who publicly stated recently:  “It’s got to be a straight-out war” when it comes to attacking the federal bureaucracy.

 

Who are these people and what are they thinking?

 

The battle lines are clearly being drawn between alt-right and establishment Republicans on such critical issues as free trade, entitlement programs, nuclear arms build up, how to manage international relations, especially with Russia, and more. 

 

Even ObamaCare is at issue.  Believe it or not, rational Republicans see the danger in repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without having any reasonable plan to replace it -- leaving tens of millions of Americans without health insurance.

 

The fact is:  Caesar and his alt-right army has crossed the Rubicon and the Republic is in serious peril.

 

“The GOP establishment is soon going to have to choose between principle and political well-being,” wrote columnist Eugene Robinson.  We saw the choice they made when it was between party or country, which is how they, nay we, ended up with DJT.

 

Hard to believe that just one or two weeks before the November election all the talk was how the Republican Party was going to implode.  CNN’s “magic wall” had Hillary Clinton winning by a landslide, and Dems taking back the Senate, as well as 12-to-20 seats in the House.

 

The GOP may still implode, but this time it may very well be by its own hands.

 

Content Copyright © 2016 by Larry Checco - All Rights Reserved

 

 

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