When asked to comment on the election, Sen. Harry Reid said, “Well I guess the voters just want us to work together.” Going forward you will probably hear any of a number of reasons the Republicans retook control of both Houses. I intend to use this space to offer this Republican’s analysis of the election.
If I were in Reid’s shoes I would have answered the same way. The facts are, however, the country seems to believe we are headed in the wrong direction. Exit polling clearly shows with as many as 69 percent of those polled offering that opinion. This election is a repudiation of the direction we as a country are headed and the politics that caused us to get off track.
When the smoke clears from the election, Republicans will have taken a vast majority of governorships. Republicans will have gained a net of seven Senate seats with at least three more probable. It has also been reported another two or three Democrat senators may well change parties. The House will be overwhelmingly Republican with a pick up of another dozen or so seats. This all bodes well for Republicans in 2016. All they have to do is come up with a candidate who will be acceptable to the country as a whole. These results do not bode well for Hillary or Elizabeth Warren or for any far-left liberal who might be thinking about running. This country’s experiment with big government and liberalism is either slowing or ending altogether. As is always the case, the pendulum swings.
So, what do the American people want from this new Republican majority? Here are a few of my wants.
Number one, approve the Keystone Pipeline. This is a no-brainer. Let’s get busy with energy production and subsequent energy independence. It’s right beneath our feet. Next, let’s get to the bottom of all the scandals surrounding this Administration. Benghazi, the IRS, NSA spying, border security, the Bergdahl prisoner swap and too many more to even list. Find the truth and deal with any lawbreakers. Then on to real tax reform and budget balancing. Of course that means they have to first pass a budget. And finally, Obamacare. This turkey really cannot and will not work. We need real health-care reform that is both affordable and workable. Surely with all the brains available in this country, we can do better than Obamacare.
Then comes the matter of Supreme Court nominees which may well arise in the next two years. Get the politics out of the High Court. Quit trying to balance black/white, male/female, Hispanic/whatever. Let’s get the right people there based on their knowledge of the Constitution and their willingness to use that document as the basis for their judgments. The Constitution is not a living document. As written, it is the law of the land.
Establish a reasonable, workable foreign policy. Let our friends know for a certainty they can count on us and let our enemies know with that same certainty they should fear us. Leave no doubt on either point.
And finally, if Barack Obama gets cute with his “pen” and decides he’s going to enact law from the Oval Office, bring that or him to a quick end. I would suggest one from his own party make a little visit and explain the facts of life. I personally don’t want to put the country through another impeachment but, if it becomes necessary, go for it. The country and this Republican have spoken.