“Back in the day” (as we baby boomers lament) there were Republicans and Democrats and a few Independents. Today we still have Democrats and Independents but the Republican Party finds itself fragmented (and hampered) by idealists, aka: Conservatives and “tea partyers” who have a wonderful understanding of our rights under the Constitution but who apparently do not understand the American political system.
Not that these idealists are wrong about what they are fighting for, e.g., Obamacare really IS destructive, both financially and Constitutionally to America; it takes basic freedoms and choices away from American citizens and it forcibly transfers the cost and responsibility for the health-care of the poor, uneducated and unemployed from the central government (where it belongs) to those who can provide for their own health care with or without insurance as they choose. This is President Obama living up to his pre-election promise to “level the playing field”.
Where, in my opinion, the Conservatives and tea partyers are wrong is that they feel so sure that they are right they operate as if EVERYONE else is wrong as well as inconsequential. As much as the they would like their idealism and dedication to the Constitution to be automatically shared by every other politician and every citizen, these ideals are not universal.
“The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.”
Sydney J Harris
To be an effective legislator or political leader you must occasionally compromise your personal ideals for the sake of America and Americans. Right now the idealists want the un-American monstrosity known as the Affordable Care act defunded, killed and neutered without regard to the fact that this Act is an existing law that has been declared Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. The fact that the Supreme Court paid no attention to the Constitution when it made that decision really makes no difference at this point. The monstrosity was declared Constitutional and until or unless that decision is successfully overturned, it is the law of the land.
Obamacare CAN be defunded but the idealists can’t get it through their thick skulls that it will NEVER happen while the Senate and the Executive branch are controlled by Democrats. Like deranged goats, they seem to enjoy butting their heads against the wall completely unaware of the facts that make that action futile.