We Talk – They Do

Is it any wonder why we conservative republicans are so frustrated with politics in general and Washington specifically? All we hear from our national representatives are hollow promises, tough talk, and then the inevitable excuse as to why they are unable to act.

It’s all well and good to lodge complaints squarely at the democrats. Lord knows they deserve it, but by now we should all understand there is no changing them. With each passing year they lurch further to the left – far beyond the point of reason and no return.

So understanding that, we must rely on our Republican representatives to push back and hold the line, sometimes regardless of the perceived cost. I say perceived because the actual cost Republicans ever pay at the ballot box is never as great as the talking heads try to convince us it will be, and lately has been just the opposite (ie: winning elections post-government shutdowns or sequestration).

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The latest iteration of that republican “tough talk” is Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions’ grilling of the inept EPA chief watermelon (green on the outside – red on the inside) Gina McCarthy. Sessions was tough as nails and did everything but call her a liar. He looked dumbfounded that she could not, or would not answer a single question. Ms. McCarthy had the typical air of superiority and petulance we’ve come to know from this entire administration. She seemed uninterested and frankly agitated that she even had to be there. It was a pleasure to watch Session dismantle her.

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And that’s my point. Yes, we all cheer when one of ours bests one of theirs, but that’s where it always seems to end. I hope, and it certainly appears that Sessions is sincere in his motivation for hammering on McCarthy – but to what end?

We want our side to actually do something – not just talk.

Will this display of fortitude by Sessions actually accomplish anything, or did it just make us feel better for a bit and will turn out to be more republican “all bark and no bite?”

I would be a lot more excited about the Senator’s performance if we had’t seen this show before.

In 2010, the Daily Beast posted an article describing the new
chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Darrell Issa. They wrote that “Darrell Issa is itching to delve into Democratic malfeasance as the House’s tough-talking oversight boss.”

Notice the key words – tough-talking?

To weed out the corruption, he told Politico: “I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks.” I recall the right hailing this news as a new day. But what happened?

He and his committee investigated Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal, Fast and Furious and Obamacare. Other than a lot of talk and finger wagging, has anything really been accomplished? Has any program or department been rolled back? Has anyone been arrested? Has anyone really been punished? Don’t give me Lois Lerner – she’ll be fine.

Senator and probable presidential candidate Rand Paul had the same result over Benghazi – nothing.

Well, one might say – these things take time. We have to be patient. To that I say bunk! Richard Nixon was impeached and forced to resign the presidency in less time, so don’t give me that.

So we can all “feel” good about what we saw of Senator Sessions, and I’m glad he did it, but will it change anything? Will it at all roll back the EPA, or even trim their budget? If the answer is no. Why waste the money on a hearing?

If all we want is good theater, we can go see a play. I’m sure it would much cheaper. I hear The Jersey Boys is good and may be coming to a city near you.

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