By Daniel Bobinski
To every Republican Senator, Congressman, and Congresswoman,
The State of the Union address has been delivered. The impeachment trial in the Senate is over. Trump has been acquitted, and the Democrats have egg on their face. Not only from Trump’s acquittal, but also from the Iowa Caucus fiasco. As of this writing, there are 268 days until the 2020 election. It’s time for Republicans to shine, but will you?
For the past 1,699 days, the Swamp and their Leftist bulldogs have been crossing ethical lines as they desperately try to get rid of Donald Trump. Sadly, for so many years, Republicans occasionally squawk about Democrat malfeasance, but as so many have observed, usually nothing happens. The Right side of the political aisle seems to take pride in being nice, thinking they’re taking the high road. But to what end?
Nice is not a synonym for good.
Some say Republicans don’t fight for their platform because they’re afraid Leftists will call them names. Well, it should be obvious by now that the Left slaps vicious ad hominem labels on conservatives without cause, plus they make up stories about events that never took place. They even send out their talking points to their partners in the legacy media so everyone uses the same labels and makes the same accusations.
No matter what conservatives do, Leftists attack like starving alligators. Republicans must realize that this is going to happen no matter what – and press forward anyway.
Some say Republicans are afraid that if they call out the Left on their misdeeds, their own misdeeds will get called out. If that’s the case, those Republicans shouldn’t be in Congress anymore. Just get out. You were looking for a job when you found this one. If you’re on the Right side of the aisle and have skeletons in your closet you don’t want exposed, please retire and serve in your community at home.
Stand firmly on principles!
So long as Republicans try to act nice and not hold the political Left to account nor move forward with the Republican platform, creatures from the Swamp and their Leftist bulldogs will continue unimpeded with their unethical, immoral, and illegal activities.
Imagine how wildly crazy the media would have been over the past few months if the following two things had happened:
- Impeachment papers were filed against Trump
- Trump immediately deleted 30,000+ emails, used bleach-bit on his hard drives, and took hammers to his staff’s mobile phones
To heck with the media. If that happened, everyone – including you – would have been demanding Trump’s impeachment.
Of course, we know Trump didn’t do that, but it’s public record that Hillary Clinton did. Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton, who puts on her pant suits the same as millions of other American women, been charged with a crime? I thought no one was above the law. If anyone should be charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, it’s Hillary Clinton. If Republicans are to lead, they must demand justice.
Also, evidence has come out that murdered federal border agent Brian Terry kept a diary with details about Eric Holder’s illegal “Fast and Furious” scheme. Why hasn’t former Attorney General Holder been investigated or charged with a crime? Again, Republicans must demand justice.
Thankfully, some Republicans are stepping forward and showing some spine. Nancy Pelosi’s dramatic interpretation of a 5-year old, tearing up her copy of the State of the Union address, finally got some Republicans to file ethics charges and call for the Speaker to step down.
Kudos to Representatives Matt Gaetz, Lee Zeldin, Kay Granger, and Paul Gosar, plus anyone else I may have missed.
And thankfully Senator Lindsay Graham is starting an investigation of the Bidens. (I pray he is not merely going through the motions.)
My question for Republicans on Capitol Hill is, “Can you maintain the momentum?” Earlier today I saw a screen shot of a post-SOTU fundraising email sent from Nancy Pelosi, saying, “We can’t let up.”
To all Republicans in the Senate and the House I say the same thing: You can’t let up.
The ripple effects of Republican inaction
Democrats have been playing full court press for years now. If Republicans don’t start playing full court press in return, you risk losing most of what you’ve gained since Donald Trump took office. Yes, I know Republicans are currently the minority in the House, but principled action must be taken or you’ll be perceived as weak – by both the political Left AND your own base.
This should be a concern, because your base starts looking elsewhere when the Republican platform is ignored.
Let me explain.
In 2000, George W. Bush won the White House, and for the first time in 40 years we had a Republican President, a Republican Senate, and a Republican House. Having voted Republican since Reagan, I was elated. “This is great!” I thought. “Now they can do all the things they’ve been saying they’ve wanted to do.” The Republicans were finally given a chance to turn our country around.
Ten seconds after my elation, a fear hit me: “What if they don’t? What if the Republicans don’t do what they’ve been promising us?”
Guess what? They didn’t. It took only a few years for Republicans to grow the budget even more and offer excuse after excuse for why they couldn’t do what they always promised they would do.
It was then that I became disgusted with Republicans and started looking for another party. I believed in the Republican platform, but I didn’t see Republicans doing anything to bring that platform to reality.
Remember the Tea Party? Many disgruntled Republicans flocked there. I actually registered as an Independent for a while in protest, as did many others, and I stopped donating to Republican causes. Hundreds of people have told me similar stories about becoming fed up with Republicans, and I’m sure hundreds of thousands would tell me similar stories if asked.
It’s only since the arrival of Donald Trump that many of us came back to the fold. We were not impressed with McCain. We were not impressed with Romney. We were disgusted with office holders who had an “R” after their name but wouldn’t press forward to enact the Republican platform.
People follow principled leaders
With the arrival of Donald Trump, we’ve seen spines stiffen among Republican ranks. But here’s another question: “Will we still see strong Republican leadership in 2025 after Donald Trump is no longer in office?” I am grateful for what I’m seeing lately, but this level of principled leadership MUST be maintained.
I’ve been a management / leadership coach for 30 years. As I tell my clients, you don’t have to be mean to be firm. In fact, standing firm on principles in the face of opposition is tremendously beneficial.
Consider Chik-fil-A. In 2012, they were attacked by social justice warriors because of the owner’s stance on traditional marriage. Rather than back down, the company took the heat and stood firm on principle. And what happened? Their business flourished! People flocked to their restaurants in support of their stance.
Conversely, look at what happened this past November when Chik-fil-A bowed to social justice warriors, announcing they would withhold or restrict future donations to pro-family and pro-life organizations. Many stopped eating at their restaurants, and it took the social justice crowd less than 12 hours to start demanding even more concessions.
You can’t let up
I urge you to stand FIRMLY upon and work resolutely to ENACT the Republican platform. Press forward with strength. Stop playing defense against the offensive Democrats in Congress.
As a consultant, I would advise that the Republican platform serve as your mission statement. And Devin Nunes is right: Stop talking to the Legacy Media. Members of the Swamp and their media bulldogs are working overtime to stop you. Instead, take your message to the New Media.
Finally, the Left’s New Way Forward Act, HR 5383, is the Left’s boldest attempt yet at destroying our Republic. For decades, the Left has practiced the Hegelian Dialectic: Two steps forward, one step back. They consistently propose wild legislation, then demand compromise. It’s time to turn that around. It’s time Republicans demand that Democrats compromise with bold Republican proposals to make government smaller.
If you don’t reverse the trend of compromising in their direction, our country will be gone. Will you fight harder? Nancy Pelosi shouldn’t be the only person in Congress saying, “We can’t let up.”
Daniel Bobinski, M.Ed. is a certified behavioral analyst, best-selling author, columnist, corporate trainer, and keynote speaker. In addition to working with teams and individuals to achieve workplace excellence over the last 30 years, he’s also a veteran and a self-described Christian Libertarian who believes in the principles of free market capitalism – while standing firmly against crony capitalism. Daniel writes on both workplace issues and political issues for multiple publications, but in his ideal world he’d be a speechwriter for President Trump. Reach Daniel for help with your workplace through his website, MyWorkplaceExcellence.com. For things political, use @newbookofdaniel on Twitter. © Shadowtrail Media, LLC
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