Join or Die: The GOP’s Dilemma

President Donald Trump has been in office for 40-some days. There are 435 Republicans in the House, and 52 in the Senate. Come 2018, if the political trends in this country continue, Republicans could have the opportunity to begin changing the laws of this nation completely unopposed from Democrats- on a Constitutional level. This is a majority not seen since 1928. And Congressional Republicans may throw it away.

The past 8 years have been filled with lamentations of the GOP; “if only we had a Republican President, we could finally get things done.” We’ve been told time and time again that with President Trump finally in office we would see the disaster known as Obamacare repealed and replaced so fast it would make our heads spin. Yet here we are, 45 days later and we’re still talking about it.

Not only has decisive action not been made on the matter, but the current progress of the replacement sounds terrifyingly similar to the ACA when it was in its infancy. Not only does it sound like we may be getting ObamaCare-Lite according to some rumors, but as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, the replacement is kept “under lock and key” and a majority of Republican Congressmen are not allowed to see it.

As much as the GOP viciously attacked the Democrats for Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) statement saying “we have to pass the bill to know what’s in it”, this sounds disturbingly familiar.

This behavior may have been acceptable in past years; we’ve heard for decades from politicians how tough it is to get things done, and that the general public just doesn’t understand the process. But the Donald Trump Presidency may serve to hurt Republicans in Congress more than it helps them.

This President has gotten things done at such a fast rate that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he will fulfill, at least in part, all of his campaign promises before the 2 year anniversary of his Inauguration. This is obviously a beautiful reassurance to those that voted for him, and an alarming sign for his detractors and Democrats in Congress, but this may also be a concerning moment for Republicans in government.

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At least the past 4 decades have been governed by the stereotypical politician. Democrats and Republicans alike have run on grandiose promises to finally be the one to get things done. Then when elected, they accomplish maybe a fraction of those promises, and the only explanation given to the public is “it’s complicated.”

But the public finally has an alternative to contrast them with in Donald Trump. The years of partisan politics of toeing the line and playing the moderate may finally be over, as the GOP have been forced to fulfill their promises or be replaced with someone who will.

Many average-Americans overwhelmingly support President Trump’s agenda. Perhaps Paul Ryan, John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and other “#NeverTrump” Republicans need to seriously consider where their loyalties lie. The job security they value so highly depends on it.

Trump-Republicans in Congress, and Trump supporters alike need to begin invoking Benjamin Franklin’s iconic “Join or Die.” If we can unite under President Trump this may be the most revolutionary time in America since it’s the Nation’s inception.

TDL

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