“I don’t need to joke anymore. I’m just telling people what Congress did that day.” – Will Rogers
When our Constitution was written, the election of US senators was the responsibility of state legislatures. The right to elect the House of Representatives was delegated directly to the people, as it represented them. But after the Civil War, disputes between state legislators led to many deadlocks. This left some Senate seats vacant for years. By 1900, the growth of a populist movement to have voters elect senators directly by popular vote led to the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1913.
Although both the House and Senate are elected by the people to represent the needs and the people in their government, since the rise and power of political parties and their influence on the will of the people in Congress, too many congressmen now represent their parties rather than those , who elected them. Recent elections have shown that Congress cares more about politics than people.
Since the Democrats took control of the Senate, every major piece of legislation passed in the upper chamber has been skewed to the left and benefited no one who didn’t subscribe to the Democrats’ “big government policy.” Many are wondering how long the voters will put us through this?
Thanks to the large number of extremist votes received by Democrats this term, GOP candidates are sure to use it in ads to “nationalize” every Senate race. At one time, the idea of returning the Senate to the Republican Party was a real thing. Senate Democrats have passed the most partisan agenda since FDR.
Senate Democrats passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, the so-called “bailout,” and a $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill that contained little to no real infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, without a single Republican vote . Their Inflation Reduction Act was also passed without a single GOP vote and has nothing to do with inflation and everything to do with handouts to green energy car companies.
If Democrats continued to spend recklessly, Democratic economist Larry Summers warned that it would create “inflationary pressures not seen in a generation.” After a year and a half of Democratic spending, inflation is out of control and recession is a real fear.
Every Democratic senator voted in favor of the American Rescue Plan, the $1.2 trillion “infrastructure” bill, and the Anti-Inflation Act. That means every Democrat in the Senate is responsible for the 9.4% inflation caused by these bills. Will voters be made to regret it?
Democrats have passed steep tax increases to fund policies like Biden’s Build Back Better Act, aka the Lower Inflation Act. Last fall, Republicans proposed a bill that would prevent “reconciliation legislation from including trillions of dollars in job-destroying tax increases.” And every Democrat voted against it.
After winning the smallest possible majority in 2020, Democrats have launched a campaign to federalize or destroy most of the key institutions of American democracy, including the sacred secret ballot, the Electoral College, the Supreme Court, the US Senate, and citizenship itself.
“The Senators are an endless source of amusement, surprise and frustration.” – Will Rogers
To pass their so-called “People’s Act,” Senate Democrats voted in favor of a federalized election scheme and banned election integrity measures like voter ID and ballot-gathering bans. The For the People Act would allow Justice Department bureaucrats to conduct elections by unilaterally overturning state election laws without oversight from Congress or the courts.
Every time Democrats shoot themselves in both feet, the great progressive god blesses them with a get out of jail free card. This allows them to “off the top of the mountain” when they need to, criticize the Republicans, rather than making the election a referendum on their lack of leadership and partisanship. While this is as certain as snow in December, Republicans are not ready.
“Republicans are often too conservative to fight back, and liberal Democrats know it.” – Will Rogers
With Joe Biden’s approval ratings so low, a snake could crawl all over him. For more than a year now, the Republican Party has been predicting a takeover of both houses after the midterm elections. But after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling and the controversy surrounding the Jan. 6 election protest and the FBI’s seizure of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Democrats across the U.S. are profiting from it
Top Republicans have already begun to dampen hopes of taking back an evenly divided Senate as GOP candidates who have received support from Trump are now beginning to show signs of difficulty.
If they don’t right the ship within a few months, they will more than likely lose more seats in the Senate.
The biggest shock last week happened in Georgia. A Quinnipiac University poll showed Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock leading Republican Herschel Walker by 10 points, 54% to 44%. The result was much better for Warnock than the race’s long-term average of two points.
The problem facing the Republican Party is that for two years they have been running on a platform of “not everything” the Democrats are doing, with no alternative for American voters. And they were not prepared for the massive attacks on Donald Trump by the liberal media and the Democrats.
Republicans have traditionally run on a platform of being the party that wants the government to do less. They don’t come up with new smart programs, they just stand in the way of bad ideas from the left. They argue that a Republican Congress should resist efforts by Democrats to expand government.
These general rules of thumb are useful guides to policymaking, but they are far from a sufficient program.
Given that the electorate has shifted rapidly and the rural middle class and blue-collar workers, especially in the heartland, Rust Belt and Sun Belt, have moved to the right, Republicans must become more familiar with the issues these Americans now face and propose policies that appealing to them with creative free-market ideas that set them apart from the liberal Democrats.
WC Fields said, “Hell, I never vote for, only against.” If Republicans want to win in the spirit ring, it’s time for them to realize that sometimes “silence is not golden.” Campaigning just to vote against the left doesn’t help anymore. Those outside the left-wing coalition of the liberal rich and famous, ID groups, socialists and progressives have been moving to the right since the election of Donald Trump. These voters want elected officials who take their laws for them, not a political party.
Democrats cannot escape blame for the problems they created or hide from the vote. If Republicans want to win the next election, they need to campaign on “solutions,” not just denial. The Republican Party must lose the election.
“We all joke about Congress, but we can’t improve them. Have you noticed that whoever we elect is as bad as the person he replaces?’ – Will Rogers