On Tuesday, January 3rd, a new Congress was sworn into session in Washington, D.C. After an election in which Republicans nabbed the White House and expanded their majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives, a new day has dawned in the nation’s capital. The conservatives are in charge…and not a second too soon.
As with every political cycle, the majority party must view their newfound leadership as a probationary period. Americans will be watching – and they will be watching more closely than usual, thanks to the extraordinary spectacle that is President-elect Donald Trump.
But Republicans should not take this extra scrutiny as an invitation to take hesitant, cautious steps. Quite the contrary. It’s “put up or shut up” time, and there are no more excuses. The Obama agenda has been a disaster. It’s up to this Congress and this President to bury that agenda in the soil of history and bring the United States back from the brink of destruction.
First up, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Republicans are divided about how to accomplish this, which is not a good thing. They’ve had a long time to come up with a plan; this should have been nailed down years ago. They’re motivated – that much is obvious – but motivation won’t be enough to carry the ball across the finish line. And this is not a ball they can afford to fumble.
At the same time, we have our own part to play in ensuring their success. We elected imperfect men and women who will be operating within the confines of a remarkably corrupt political system to get things done for the betterment of the nation. They’ll make mistakes, and some of those mistakes will be inexcusable. But in expressing our dissatisfaction, let’s not make the mistake of doing the left’s work for them. They will be in non-stop attack mode for the next year; we don’t necessarily need to add our voice to the chorus.
For the next couple of years, all we need to see is a minimal amount of political competency from the GOP. Anything short of outright malpractice will be better than what we’ve had for the last eight years.
A new day is indeed dawning in Washington, but it’s up to Republicans to decide how bright the day will be.