Does The GOP NEED The Left?

I’ve heard this question debated in several different forums in the past, and it’s an interesting question. You can ask it about either the Republicans need the Democrats, or you can ask it about the Democrats needing the Republicans. Either way works. And in actuality, I’ve come to believe that yes…you do need the opposition…for several reasons.

When government is working well (which it hasn’t been for some time), you need to left in the case of the Republicans, to show the idiocy that they display and would lead by if in fact they were given the chance to lead. The Democrats need the right, basically for the same reason. Because both sides represent not the middle, but more of the fringes of the party. There are no more moderate parties in our political system. You’re either conservative, or you’re liberal.

When government is working not so well, you have ballast. I talked about that yesterday. If you have just conservatives, you have a tendency to go overboard and push things too far to the right (and yes…there is such a thing as going too far to the right!). If you are liberal, well…we know they are always pushing things as far left as they can through incrementalism. By having two parties, you get a balance of a sort. It’s not a perfect system, but it does show a little bit of ability to bring whichever side is running things back closer to the middle. And regardless which side of the aisle you’re on, you have to understand that America is a slightly right of center country. We’re more moderate than either the Republicans or the Democrats would like us to believe.

And that is exactly why the current crop of Democrats are going to fail. It’s exactly the reason Barack Obama failed as president and had to issue so many ill-fated Executive Orders. He couldn’t get things through Congress, even when he had both Houses under his party’s control, because the American people didn’t stand for the “transformational change in government” that he was trying to sell to us. Had America realized what he was talking about during the election, he may not have won by as great a margin. I doubt he would have lost to someone as inept as John McCain, but it wouldn’t have given him any sense of a mandate.

The current crop of Democrats have pushed the party so far left, that someone like a Joe Biden seems almost conservative in comparison. He also looks very worn out and tired, and that’s what 50 years of politics will do to a person. But the problem is, most of the Democrats still in the field vying for the nomination, are much farther left than most Americans are. The Republicans learned that lesson some ten years ago when the Tea Party tried to push the GOP to the right. They pushed too far and it led to losing seats in both the House and the Senate.

In the end, as sad as I am to say it…the conservatives actually need the left, and the left actually needs the right to survive. Otherwise, one side pushes too far and we become either Nazi Germany, or Venezuela. Neither are very good choices if you ask me!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

7 thoughts on “Does The GOP NEED The Left?

  1. I completely agree with this. There is a scripture in my church that reads as follows: “For it must needs be that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.”

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  2. I must respectfully disagree with your comments regarding the Tea Party and that they went too far. Granted the Tea Party failed to defeat Obama but that’s wasn’t the Tea Party’s fault, it was John McCain! The Tea Party movement didn’t actually start until 2009 when Rick Sentelli coined the phrase on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

    The Tea Party actually saw their first success in the 2010 midterm elections when they flipped the House of Representative back to the Republican’s. And during the next three Senate elections the Republican’s picked up 13 seats.

    The Tea Party had a great influence on my personal political views. That’s when you started seeing a resurgence of patriotism. That’s when you saw the resurrection of the Gadsden Flag flying on neighborhood flagpoles. And don’t forget, it was the Tea Party that caused the investigation into Obama’s certificate of birth, which led to his stolen social security number and phony forged registration to the Selective Service. And it’s only now that we understand how he avoided any real criticism or investigation. If these accusations were made about Trump the media, the FBI, and every other corrupt government agency would be all over it screaming “impeachment”!

    If you want to know who really divided our country it was Obama. Right out of the box he took sides with the Henry Gates, the Black Cambridge professor over that of the police before he knew the real story. And don’t forget Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown when Obama took their sides first, then ostracized the police further driving a wedge between the Black community and law enforcement.

    But all-in-all you’re right; there isn’t good if there isn’t evil, and we need both sides to maintain some sort of balance.

    “Don’t Tread on Me”
    For GOD and Country

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    1. While I would agree with your comments about the Tea Party, my point was they did to the Republican party in a sense, what the socialists are doing to the Democrats. The Tea Party moved the GOP to the right quite a bit (too much in some places where they were able to win the primary, but couldn’t get the moderate vote and lost the general election). Democrats haven’t learned the lesson that you can’t forget the more moderate faction of voters. It is, after all, the small minority of independent voters in the middle that make the difference in presidential elections. State-wide and congressional elections are a different matter because those districts and states tend to be more solidified to one party or the other.
      I’m not saying it was the Tea Party that divided the country. I’m saying it was the Tea Party that divided the Republican party. In the end, the party shifted more to the right, even though it didn’t go as far right as the Tea Party wanted.

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