The New Political “Unity” as a Result From the Alexandria Shooting: Far Left Progressive Democrats Are Not Your Friends, Republicans

This week’s unity-fest between Republicans and Democrats is little more than a temporary cessation of hostilities. Both sides benefit from the photo ops it provides but both sides hope they will earn more political points than the other as a result. It is like the post 9/11 period in microcosm. It lasts as long as it takes for agendas to resurface, then that guy for whom you were just expressing your undying friendship and admiration goes back to being a racist, bigoted, homophobic war-criminal who is literally trying to destroy the entire planet.

Those beliefs don’t go away after a crisis like the Alexandria shooting. There’s just some vestigial part of the leftist psyche that remembers that continuing to act like a jerk after a tragedy is bad optics. It only applies to those in the spotlight though. The run of the mill left wing activist or social media troll uses tragedy as an opportunity to ramp up his douchebaggery.There is no political unity in our ultra-polarized country, nor should there be, to be quite honest. The polarization exists because one side wants to “fundamentally transform” (or destroy) the things that make America America.

Unity is one of those concepts like compromise. Being united, like coming to a compromise, almost always means moving the country to the left. It is almost always the right who gives in to appease the left. It’s true despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth that occurs whenever Republicans attempt to implement policy. Almost any time Washington takes action it results in the federal government having more power, spending more money, or curtailing more individual liberty. There are occasional back steps but the overall trend is leftward, toward more centralized government. Elections no longer decide the direction of the country. They only determine the rate at which we are moving to the left.

If you are an elected Republican, Democrats are not friends with different opinions. That is a description that perhaps applies to average citizens, neighbors, coworkers, family members. While I still balk at the hysterics about us being involved in a literal civil war, I am not naive enough to think Democrats want anything less than transforming America into a European style welfare state. To a large extent they already have. That sort of policy will never achieve its stated goals, so in the minds of progressives, the federal government will never have enough money or power. To get it, they will lie, cheat, or defame anyone who stands in their way. Far left progressives would destroy you in a heartbeat if it could advance their agenda.

The progressive left routinely tells horrible lies about not only the policies of the right, but about the motives of those who propose them. For some reason Republicans believe that this is something that happens between friends. How long would you stay friends with someone who constantly maligned your character in public? Not long, I suspect.

Maybe I just have an unreasonably high standard for deciding who I count among my friends, but if there is real friendship—as opposed to just superficial cordiality— between, say, Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, or Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, then the entire political show is a farce. The hostility and character assassination are just political theater meant to fool the proles into thinking someone in Washington is on their side. Either option is enough to turns one’s stomach.

In every one of these Washington unity displays, the Democrats are the “elites” and the Republicans are the “schmucks”. The GOP thinks that maybe the Democrats are finally coming around to accepting them as human beings while the progressives get to look warm and fuzzy for a few days before going back to slinging false stereotypes and denigrating the character of their “good friends.”

Obviously there are always exceptions. Occasionally some progressives will have short term goals that coincide with conservatives and we should work with them when that’s the case. Republicans too often act to appease the left though. I’m not advocating that Republicans fly into impotent rage at Democrats like President Trump on a 3 AM Twitter bender. I just wish they would stop letting themselves get played for schmucks.

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How Politicians Are Hurting the American People

The failure to pass new new health care proposal in the House has hurt the GOP and President Trump. The situation is very confusing, let me break it down so even the politicians will understand. 

There are three basic things that America needs from a fair health care plan. First, a reasonable cost. Working people can’t be punished with high insurance premiums. Second, the poor who cannot afford insurance are given access to healthcare in some way. Medicaid is perhaps the best way. Third, that all Americans are protected from medical catastrophe.

So if I’m a sitting Republican congressman, how do I vote on the new proposal to replace Obamacare? It’s impossible to know if the proposed GOP law would lower costs for everyone. But if healthcare companies can eventually compete all across America, market forces would likely bring the cost down. I’m also evaluating the entire situation. It doesn’t do any good opposing the first House proposal knowing that the Senate will change it. It seems logical that you move the process along. Then at the end, when the entire bill is in front of you, you vote your conscience.

But by throwing the whole thing out for ideological reasons, nothing is accomplished other than the GOP looking bad. This analysis is not based on any party sentiment by me. It’s all about you and what’s best for the American people. 

It’s a given that Democrats are not going to turn on Obamacare. They’ll support it to the bitter end. Democrats may tweak it a little bit. But they want a giant, expensive entitlement that hurts workers by making them pay higher premiums. So if the GOP doesn’t unite, Obamacare stays the way it is. The big reveal here is that conservative Republicans who voted against the new proposal will not compromise.

President Trump did get hurt by the healthcare ordeal. But it’s not a catastrophe. All presidents lose on some major issues. For example, President Obama wanted to close Guantanamo Bay and ramp up social justice spending, but neither happened. Making new laws is tough, as it should be. The president would be wise to move along and try to get a new tax code. That issues should unite all Republicans who believe the free marketplace is the way to provide prosperity to Americans. If some Republicans oppose lower taxes, that would be stunning.

But President Trump needs to move quickly. A tax plan should become clear in early May. We need new tax rates for workers and corporations. We also need to phase out deductions that only benefit the very wealthy. That doesn’t seem to be too much to ask Congress to do.