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Bill Maher, of all people, has given Republicans just what they need to take back control of Congress and shut down the waking idiocy of Joe Biden White House: a compelling platform.
The late-night cartoon aptly hit its own party recently by calling them “the party without common sense.” He is right; The GOP should campaign as the party of common sense.
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President Ronald Reagan was the High Priest of Common Sense and supported sensible positions on environmental laws, school curricula, defense spending, and other issues. It worked then, and it can work today.
Republicans need this; they have to repel harmful progressive policies that drive President Joe Biden and Democrats to self-destruction, and they can. Nothing gets uberliberal, who, for example, claim that letting criminals out of jail reduces crime, or that adding trillions of dollars more into a hot economy will curb inflation seems more foolish than old-fashioned common sense.
The GOP must also bring their party together on a common platform. Here’s the reason: the stunning Republican mid-term victories in 1994 and 2010, which party leaders hope to repeat this year, both had a compelling theme that attracted Americans from across the political spectrum and helped unite their own party.
In 1994, two years after Bill Clinton’s presidency, Republicans used Newt Gingrich’s contract with America to snatch 54 seats and take control of Parliament for the first time since 1954.
Just six weeks before the election, about 300 GOP candidates gathered on the steps to the capital to sign Gingrich’s contract. The contract called for a balanced budget change, common sense measures to reduce crime, cut middle-class taxes, shrink the government and reform welfare. It was an ingenious platform that addressed the concerns of voters and promised to restore “the faith and confidence of the American people in their government.”
In the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans achieved a similar historic victory, winning 63 seats in the House of Representatives, six Senate seats and a net six governorships. In addition, the GOP candidates were given 720 state seats, leaving 26 states under GOP control.
This “shelllacking,” as President Obama described it, was driven by the Tea Party’s just anger, a grassroots movement of voters alarmed by the explosion of public spending and the bailouts of huge corporations that followed the Great Recession. Americans were furious that our business and political leaders had enabled an epic economic meltdown in which millions who had nothing to do with the housing bubble and the ensuing collapse lost their jobs.
This year, a year into his presidency, President Biden is splashing, and his party is divided; unusually, opinion polls show that voters would prefer Republicans to control both Parliament and the Senate. The stage is set; odds-makers give the GOP a 70 percent chance of regaining control of the House and Senate, up from 32 percent in July.
These odds are extended if Republicans can unite behind a powerful common sense platform that gives Americans what they want. Joe Biden and other Democrats have totally left the middle ground and embraced far-left policies on topics ranging from economics, school curriculum and immigration to crime. They have given the GOP a dramatic opening.
To take advantage of this opening, here’s what Republicans should offer:
Make America work again.
More than three million fewer workers are at work today than in February 2020. A critical shortage of labor is one of the main drivers of inflation; common sense says we should encourage work. Drop the vaccine mandates that have kept truckers off the roads and nurses out of hospitals. We know that vaccines prevent people from becoming seriously ill or dying, but since fully vaccinated people can and do become infected and pass on the virus, there is no “public health” excuse for them. Republicans, too, must insist that emergency aid and welfare payments go to the needy and ban several large payments that have kept workers on the sidelines.
Make our streets safe again.
Demand a return to common sense policing and an end to dangerous bail and enforcement policies that let hardened repeat offenders get out of jail. The GOP must promise to make our streets safe again.
Enforce our immigration laws.
Stop the wave of people entering the country illegally by taking the reward from breaking our laws. Tighten our boundaries, reduce the benefits and job opportunities available to undocumented people, and embrace the “Return to Mexico” policy. At the same time, give Dreamers legal status as resident legal aliens and a path to citizenship. Fix this running wound.
Give parents a choice in their children’s schools.
Establish standards for our schools that guarantee opportunities for all, and demand that schools that fail fail or be reformed. Common sense means limiting the power of teachers’ unions, which oppose accountability, by making school choice a reality for all Americans.
Restore energy dependence.
Return to an “all of the above” energy policy that secures the needs of Americans and preserves a critical geopolitical advantage. Encourage a gradual increase in the use of renewable energy in circumstances where it does not hurt our economy or harm low-income Americans, who bear the bulk of higher gasoline and home heating costs.
Protect small businesses.
Keep taxes low and reduce bureaucracy for all Americans, and especially on small businesses that are the backbone of our economy and our cities.
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This is not rocket science. Finding common ground, being aware of voters’ concerns and attracting compromises is not magic; it requires hard work and requires solid arguments. In addition, it requires common sense.
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Joe Biden was elected mainly because he was not Donald Trump, and also because he promised to rule as moderate and bring the country together. During his first year in office, Biden has completely betrayed the trust of American voters and deserves his own insult in November. By marking themselves as the party of common sense, Republicans have an excellent chance of delivering just that.
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