“The Republican Party is Dead”

Republican congressman Ken Buck of Colorado published an opinion editorial Monday in The Denver Post in which he stated, “The Republican Party is dead,” and said the Party has abandoned its people.

Buck wrote, “Last year, I was proud to call myself a Republican,” and he referenced the platform written by members of the Party that upheld its values and principals – a platform that “offered a powerful vision for what America could be.”

Along with a call to repeal Obamacare and a “constitutional requirement for a federal balanced budget,” the platform included the words, “Our highest priority, therefore, must be to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws.”

However, Buck observed, “[T]he men and women who crafted these words are not the men and women serving in the halls of Congress,” and added, “[T]he Republican Party no longer belongs to these writers. Standing in their place are the writers of the omnibus bill, the lobbyists, the special interests, the weak-kneed senators, everyone who sees the federal government as a diamond mine to be exploited for their personal riches.”

Buck slammed his colleagues for their failure to accomplish that on which the Party campaigned:

Republicans carried a strong vision and values into unified government six months ago. We championed principles like limited government, job creation, border security, and budget balancing. We promised to repeal Obamacare, enact tax reform, and roll back burdensome federal regulations.

But what have we done? Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that betrays our values. A replacement for Obamacare lies dead on the Senate floor. We’ve heard about tax reform but seen nothing yet. Immigration reform is talked about more on Fox News than it is on the House floor.

After eight years of assuring that unified Republican government would allow for conservative policy, our Republican Congress has accomplished little, except for passing a spending bill that shackles the aspirations of future generations with crippling debt.

Additionally, Buck highlighted the insurmountable pile of debt with which the nation is saddled and said instead of leaders with a vision and a message to unify the country, we’ve “assembled a ‘B-team’ of messengers who distract the nation with frivolities.

The national debt approaches $20 trillion, saddling each American with more than a $60,000 share. We’ll be servicing this debt for decades. Our children will spend a good portion of their livelihood paying off our generation’s extravagant spending.

Meanwhile, they will also contend with a collapsed health care market and a tax code that favors the rich and well-connected. A continual undervaluing of the rule of law and influx of illegal immigration will devastate the American family and the American worker.

Both parties have proven their inability to deal with these problems.

What can we do? More than anything else, we need a vision, someone who has a message and a plan to unify this country. Instead, we’ve assembled a “B-team” of messengers who distract the nation with frivolities.

The frustrated congressman offered a call for the Party to turn back to its destiny, to offer hope and prosperity, concluding with:

If we can pass a balanced budget amendment, a responsible spending bill, and reforms of our health care system, of our tax system, of our entitlement system, and of our immigration system, then we can begin to fulfill the one-time destiny of this party, a destiny to offer hope and prosperity to the people of this great nation.

Buck has served in Congress since 2015 and was previously a District Attorney for Weld County, Colorado.

Buck isn’t the only one disappointed. After the Senate’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, stating that it’s time to return to the practice of “Senators chosen by state legislatures.”

Ratified in 1913, the 17th Amendment established the popular election of senators, which critics say has taken the power away from the people and lets elected officials basically ignore their constituents until election time.

“Founders had it right,” tweeted Huckabee, noting that senators who are chosen by state legislatures “will work for their states.”

The Senate’s bill, which would have repealed various parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, and would have defunded Planned Parenthood, failed after three Republican senators, John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), turned coat and voted against it.

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