Letter: Republican Party self-destructing

Oct. 10, 2013 @ 01:26 AM

To the editor:

Hear that hissing sound? That’s the sound of the air being let out of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential campaign.

I have never witnessed such a complete meltdown of a political party in my life. Between grandstanding and infighting, the Republicans look more like sophomore novices than seasoned leaders. Nowhere in this Republican sideshow is there even a hint of a plan to wrestle control from the Obama administration in 2016. Every time the Obama administration finds itself drowning in its own hubris, the Republicans somehow manage to do or say something completely moronic, thus taking the spotlight off Obama and giving his administration time to regroup.

The Tea Party, once the beacon of the Republican Party, has become a yoke around its neck. The Tea Party is to the Right what Progressives are to the Left; each a collection hard-liners more concerned with pushing their agendas than with what best serves the citizens. While the extreme wings of both parties feel their causes are just, I think both camps need to remember who they serve; they serve the best interests of the people, all the people. This country cannot and should not be held hostage by the extreme wing of either party.

Though Obama will be gone in 2016, his cronies will remain, and unless the Republicans get their act together we will have four more disastrous years of leadership that will continue the legacy of entitlement, anti-business and divisiveness that has marked Obama’s tenure.

As of today the Republicans appear to have no strategy (they need to find a strategist, and fast), they have no platform, other than the repeal of Obamacare, and most concerning of all they appear to have no viable, non-polarizing candidate to run in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama spent his first two years ramming Obamacare through Congress, and the Republicans have spent six years fighting it. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. The Republicans need to stop fighting that battle. The program will fail under its own weight, and the citizens will hold the Democrats accountable in 2016. The Republicans, in my opinion, need to regroup as a united, moderate party capable of reigning in an out-of-control bureaucracy, giving the people back their freedoms and regaining respect throughout the world.

First things first; find us a leader and a viable candidate for 2016!

Ron Smith

Lenoir