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Will the Real Republican Party Please Stand Up?

We’ve heard this before. “We’re going to cut taxes, cut spending, and return our nation back to the time of our Founders. Our government is too big and bloated and we need to put the power back in the hands of the American People.” "We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth." "Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process." Yet, every time these smooth-talking, “blue-collar” Republicans strut into Washington with your interests in mind they suddenly come down with a severe case of Obamaitis.

It’s an epidemic that existed way before the President. If that’s not enough then they suddenly get “happy feet” and “happy fingers” as they rush to spend our money. They can never explain this strange condition where they seem to not be able to help themselves as they write check after check after check. Talk about tired wrists? I suppose, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama provide the perfect cover; yet, they need to “man up” and take responsibility for our own actions. Instead of jumping into every attempt by the liberal media or their minions we interact with daily to defend President Bush, let's look at what he said against what he did. IF we can do this for President Obama. Let's be fair and balanced. “Facts are stubborn things” – Ronald Reagan. It's interesting to note that a majority of these ingenious quotes came from the consummate Conservative himself, Ronald Reagan. It is also interesting that although Reagan uttered these life-changing words, the national debt and the size of government increased. “Facts are stubborn things”.

The Republican Party, in the modern era, has become a party of big spenders. We see what the democrats are doing and believe that if we put our people in charge, it will change everything; yet, this is rarely the case. Need I remind you of the massive entitlements enacted under the watch of the GOP: No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid to name a few? And what? We undertook massive amounts of new debt and all we got in return was a coupled more votes and public ridicule. If we are to admit it or not, our irresponsibility drives the general public to find comfort in the hands of our opposite numbers. Then, the cycle repeats itself.

Isn’t it interesting how the “changing of the guard” in the capitol is a bit of a shell game? Far too often, we see that one side will attempt to push all the blame on the other. In this, both side exchange power, everyone stays elected, and no one has to do anything. Coincidence? If one sides feeds on the emotion of their base they can spend all their time blaming and none of their time solving problems. These people are politicians after all.

Remember, remember, the second of November. This historic day not only epitomized our nations’ annoyance with our politicians but was repudiation to the very core of the progressive movement. We simply do not want these policies under any circumstances - nor can we afford them. Americans fought back against flawed idealism and failed policies and demanded a government by the people and for the people. The Tea Party – the most vocal of all the groups – played an instrumental role in the success of the GOP.

Yet, it was not a month and a half before we were back to “business as usual” in the lame-duck Congress. Believe me, it was far from lame. Where in any voter poll did you see a majority of people concerned about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Dream Act, or the START Treaty? We are focused on job creation, less government, and less spending.

The American people delivered a mandate to the new GOP majority.

  1. A repeal of Obamacare and a practical, affordable bill run by states with minimal help from the federal government.
  2. A drastic cut in spending and elimination of all earmarks. How much? General consensuses are 15% initially with a view to even truly drastic cuts over the next five years according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll.
  3. Lower corporate tax rate and permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts. Large-scale expunging regulation and regulation agencies that inhibit job creation.

Now, I can cope with these “poor unfortunate souls”. People call them incessantly with a Santa size list of demands and favors that they surely checked more than twice to add more goodies (I mean needed legislation). Reports come out that if we don’t plunge further in debt, people will die in the streets. If you don’t support health care provisions lacking in oversight and fiscal responsibility, you want to pull the plug on Grandma. This is incredulous! These people have played these cards and participated in these charades for far too long. Where did our morals, principles, and backbone go? To rot with our states’ rights and individualism?

We don’t care what they say, what they attempt to do, or how much they cry. We want results. Life is a results business. Talk is cheap and no one knows that more than the American citizen. As much as we want to believe them, they are still politicians. We need to make sure we hold them accountable to the promises they seem to pull from a certain place of the human body as the money we spend – of which, I will respectfully decline to mention. I am personally grateful for the growing movement of conservative outlets in the media now holding tour leaders accountable and encouraging their supporters to follow suit. The GOP must remember that they are on probation. It will take some painful and seat jeopardizing decisions to enact the required change. Again, will the real Republican Party please stand up?

###  Michael Adeleke is a high school senior and founder of the Young Conservative Writers Coalition. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow him on Twitter @madeleke13.

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