What we need now is a "partisan" GOP

By Tom DeWeese
web posted December 18, 2000

The Republicans won the November 7th election and now control both the White House and the Congress, the latter by a small margin, but even in horse races, you can still win by a nose. In addition, the Republican Party has more Governors. By any calculation, it is the majority political party. So why doesn't it act like one?

Republicans, who are always accused of being partisan have fought hard to protect the electoral process from a candidate and a party that demonstrated it was willing to say and do anything to overthrow the results of the election to continue its control of the White House.

Now the Republican agenda for the 107th Congress must be to wage an all out war to advance the conservative issues that gave it the control of Congress.

They must begin to actually represent the views of those who gave it control in the hope and belief that we need a smaller government that protects private property from federal land grabs, that our taxes will be reduced, that our military will be rebuilt to defend the nation against its enemies, and that our national sovereignty will be held sacred against global intervention.

Conservative constituents can't survive another Congress that ignores their pleas. Democratic Party calls for "power sharing" and less partisanship are nothing more than a liberal trap that left the 106th congress open to charges of betrayal from the right and "do-nothing" from the left.

2001 is the year conservatives must ask themselves a very serious question: how hard are you willing to fight to protect your liberty? Bipartisanship isn't the answer to solving the nation's problems.

Bipartisanship blocked any debate in true education reform that would reveal the massive damage inflicted on local schools by federal programs. A report released this week reveals that our eighth grade students lag behind other developed countries in both science and math. One in five high school graduates cannot read their diploma. Our schools, held captive by the liberal teacher's unions, have been turned into laboratories of social engineering to produce students who distrust their parents and lack any knowledge of our nation's history and its role as a leader in the spread of democracy.

Bipartisanship has provided the convenient camouflage to allow destruction of private property rights and the acceptance of federal lands grabs in the name of protecting the environment.

Bipartisanship has allowed the blizzard of presidential executive orders that has permitted Clinton to legislate without opposition.

Bipartisanship has promoted the decline of national sovereignty by stifling debate on US membership in the World Trade Organization and a failure to review continued membership in the United Nations as it continues its intention to become a global government.

Clearly it's time for principled partisanship from the Republicans and that partisanship need be nothing more than Republicans standing firm and fighting to implement and uphold for conservative values. That is why the nation chose them, not the Democrats, to lead.

Tom DeWeese is president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist, think tank headquartered in Herdon, VA. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.com.

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