Ever since the Obamacare repeal and replace bill was shot down by Congress, the issue of rogue GOP members of Congress has gripped the heart of the party, and has brought into question their ability to live up to the promises they set out for their constituents when they were elected.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky shared the truth regarding this matter. “I think there are differing opinions on whether we’ve lost our way,” he said. “I think some in our party have, who are less conservative. We promised to repeal Obamacare, and then people voted against repealing. So I think there’s objective evidence to that.” He went on to say that President Trump’s appointments have “exceeded” his expectations, and that, “As far as the party losing the way, yeah – there’s a quite a few people who used to be for repealing Obamacare and then voted otherwise. That concerns me,” as reported by Lifezette.
He made these comments on Tuesday on The Laura Ingraham Show and went on to clarify that the party’s failings had nothing to do with popularism, xenophobia, protectionism, or Trump. Rather, the party had lost its way and chose to embrace establishment principles instead of what’s best for the country.
“If you’re going to say, ‘Oh, the days were so much better when we had George Bush versus President Trump,’ I’m not so sure I agree,” he stated. “I think the Cabinet that Trump has put in place is more conservative than even Reagan’s Cabinet. I think that Trump appointing Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is better than we could have ever hoped from either Bush.”
These comments came in response to his colleague, Sen. Jeff Flake, who blamed nativism and protectionism for the problems when he spoke on CBS’ Face the Nation. “I think that if we’re going to be a governing party in the future and a majority party we’ve got to go back to traditional conservatism, limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility, and respect for free trade. Those are the principles that made us who we are.”
One might say that Americans already had an opportunity to vote for which brand of conservative they wanted in the Republican primary, and Trump’s populist, common-sense conservatism won the day. If they wanted a more traditional conservative figure in office, they would have voted for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or anyone else.
With the GOP failure to repeal Obamacare, many believe the Republican Party to be in turmoil. Are there too many liberals in the Republican Party?
Rather than blaming Trump’s brand of ideological conservatism, the issue seems to stem from the GOP failing to live up to its campaign promises despite being elected into majorities in both the House and the Senate. In his appearance on the Ingraham show, Paul went on to say, “This is once again where you’ve got conservative versus establishment,” and expressed doubts that the president’s tax cut, a $2 trillion cut that would rival Ronald Reagan’s, would pass through Congress.
Rand is right; Congress is letting Americans down at this critical period in time. The public voted for Donald Trump, and they want to see Trump’s policies come into effect. But with these turncoat GOP members barring the path of legislative progress, it seems the GOP needs to do some soul-searching on whether it can truly represent its constituents.