The way I look at it, if someone were to ring my doorbell and ask to come into my home and subsequently steal everything not bolted down, I’d say “no.” If someone were to ask to provide my three-year-old with a $300,000 mortgage loan, saddling her with debt long before she ever had the opportunity to earn a dime, I’d say “no.” If someone were to ask whether or not I’d willingly pay twice as much each month for electricity, I’d say “no.”
Yet, if you ask the Democrats currently controlling Capitol Hill, you’d think that “no” contained four letters rather than two. Just yesterday, for example, during a news conference celebrating the arrival of the Democrats’ 60th vote in the form of a washed-up, liberal comedian, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decried efforts undertaken by his Republican counterparts to oppose the Democrats’ continued pursuit of their counterproductive and contraconstitutional agenda, saying that Republicans should cease what Politico characterized as a “just-say-no approach to everything the Democratic majority wants to accomplish.”
If the last eight years have showed us anything it’s that the American people want us to work together. It’s up to them to decide if they want to continue to sit down and be the party of no or to sit down and work for the common good of the people. It’s up to them. I hope the party of no is coming to an end. We have and will continue to offer Republicans a seat at the negotiating table.
As it turns out, Reid is even funnier than his newest senator.
In fact, the Democrats have gone out of their way to avoid any and all discussion with their Republican counterparts, both in the Senate and the House, with regard to everyday discourse and key pieces of legislation alike. A few examples:
- Just last month, Republican Whip Eric Cantor complained that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to meet with Republicans.
- Also last month, Cantor pointed out on his Web blog that Democrats were using their majority to completely shut out floor amendments from Republicans on spending legislation.
- Back in February, Democrats including Reid and Pelosi intentionally shut Republicans out of conference negotiations in an effort to force through the so-called “stimulus” package in the dead of night.
- In late May, during markup of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, Democrats voted against every effort and proposal made by the Republicans to present common sense ideas designed to protect the American people against the disastrous economic impact of the bill.
The same Democrat Party which, for eight years, decried unilateralism and promised bipartisanship has, since gaining the majority, instead embraced unilateralism and provided very little in terms of bipartisanship — what, may I ask, is the problem with “no?” At a time when the majority party is gaining momentum in its War on Success and Prosperity, “no” is the best possible answer. I want the Republicans to say “no” to killing millions of jobs and forcing an end to American exceptionalism through cap-and-trade. I want Republicans to say “no” to forcing the free market out of our healthcare system. I want Republicans to say “no” to the next so-called “stimulus” package, already a consideration because, as we’re hearing now, the first one just wasn’t big enough.
A “no” from Republicans translates into a “yes” for American business stifled by increased regulatory burdens, for the American people bracing for higher taxes and energy costs, for an America losing its grip on prosperity and growth. A “no” from Republicans is exactly what America needs.
But the GOP should not stop at “no.” Indeed, the Republican Party should embrace the Doctrine of Constructive Obstructionism — propose quality alternatives, unify behind them, and give zero ground to Democrats looking to undermine our national security and destroy our economy. Indeed, the Republican Party must ensure that their Democratic Party counterparts take complete and full ownership of every single measure, plan, proposal and passed legislation which makes our nation less safe, results in jobs sent overseas, weakens our currency, eliminates American jobs, and renders us more dependent upon foreign sources of energy and even food.
By doing so, the GOP will be in the unique position of watching the Democratic Party crumble under the weight and reality of its policies, and be ready in 2010 and beyond with concrete, cogent alternatives backed by a unified party. Add to that a candidate who can effectively articulate the tenets of conservatism and inspire confidence in an American people clamoring for competence in leadership and fiscal restraint, and we could see 1994 all over again.
The Doctrine of Constructive Obstructionism. I like “no,” but I like “no, here’s why, and here’s what we’ve proposed” a whole lot better.