Operative B wants to clarify his comments in regard to a recent exchange the two of us had on the nature of Republicans, and whether they were more like Democrats than people realize. The Czar takes the opinion that modern Republicans increasingly resemble Truman – Kennedy Democrats, and modern Democrats are basically open, hostile socialists. Operative B wants us to know that’s not really what he meant.
My comment about Republicans was meant to demonstrate that the current Republican “old guard” (such as McConnell) don’t follow through with their campaign promises. Instead, they make promises to the voters to gain office and then don’t do what they promised.
This makes them no different than Democrats. In fact, it makes them worse: Republican promises were meant to fix the country’s problems, not to simply buy votes. By not keeping their promises to do the hard work needed to right the ship of state, they betray those who voted for them – and are thus hypocrites.
We know what Democrats stand for: tax, spend, class warfare, socialism, and buying the electorate. And that’s how they vote when in office. They aren’t hypocrites. They do as they say they’ll do. They keep their promises.
Republicans say that they are different, and they supposedly stand for different values. But what they say and what they stand for are meaningless unless they take action accordingly. And if they can’t actually take action, they can at least cast votes to show the public what they stand for.
I’d be happy to see the votes, even if the bills are vetoed. It would restore my faith that the Republicans are willing to fight for what they stand for. But surrendering before the fight is started? Is that what I voted for?
Granted that the Republicans have multiple factions, and that there’s a lot of infighting, and that there are multiple ideas about fixing what’s wrong. This may all be good: it shows that Republicans don’t march in lockstep and are at least discussing options.
However, up to now, the Republicans have failed to come together, pick an option, and actually vote on something that they’ve promised to do. Thus, they are betraying their voters. They aren’t keeping their promises. They have betrayed the trust of their electorate.
And that – betraying their voters – is something the Democrats don’t do.
Well, you aren’t wrong about Republicans—except that this has always been the case. Trust the Czar on this one—even back in Grant’s presidency, people were fed up with the Grand Old Party and their failed promise-keeping. It’s practically expected, if you want us to be cynical about it.
But Democrats aren’t promise keepers by any stretch of the imagination. Have they eliminated poverty? Have they weaned people off welfare? Have they provided low-cost healthcare to all people? Have they reduced crime with a single social program? Have they helped the middle class by punishing the wealthy? Have they improved foreign policy with nuanced negotiations? Have they improved the morale of the military? Have they given Americans a new deal? Helped the environment? Reduced government waste? Ended the era of big government?
You may recall around 1993 there was a document being emailed around the country with a list of Bill Clinton’s fifty campaign promises, with the dates they were either broken or an indication that they were never met. Every one, broken. The only voters Democrats don’t betray are their corporate donors.
Democrats don’t keep their promises: they lie about what they’re really going to do. That’s a key difference.
Look, the Czar doesn’t disagree that the Republicans (a) have never been better positioned to steamroll over the Democrats in 2016 and (b) are in no position to come close to winning despite that. In the last two weeks, the Democrats have eliminated their fringe candidates and are already organizing against Republicans in the general election—not the primaries, but the general—and are allegedly sharing mailing lists and intel with each other. They get it: the Republicans are the Enemy, and they are teaming up to defeat the GOP. The GOP on the other hand are still figuring out what a URL is. It’s that bad, and a unified messaging campaign would be awesome. But we can’t get there when we have 14 or so sure-loser candidates making noise on debate stages.
To your point, imagine if the Republicans fielded a candidate who spoke the truth about what he wanted to do, had a concise—even memorable—explanation for the top challenges of the day, and enough courage and integrity to see it done. He’d be popular—and that’s one reason why Trump is still in the field. Not because he is that way, but because voters want to perceive him that way. Obama pulled that off in 2008, and Trump is mimicking that plan.
America is desperate for leadership, yes. And we’re being awfully tolerant of some morons on both sides. But your tapping finger of irritation is shared by the majority of the country. Something’s gotta give.