Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sen. Thom Tillis is February's RINO

Senator Thom Tillis is fast becoming a huge disappointment.  I, like many other conservatives, voted for a champion to do battle with the progressives in Washington D.C.  What we are getting is something completely different.  Here is an excerpt from an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer:

What the vast majority of Americans want now is for both parties to cast aside their petty partisan differences in order to deliver solutions that benefit the nation.
Unfortunately, the far-right and far-left are already mobilizing to prevent that from happening, ensuring that we keep the status quo: polarizing rhetoric, stalemate in Congress, and no meaningful results.
The far-left has vowed to stop Trump every step of the way, even though he hasn’t even been sworn in yet. These extreme voices already seem to be influencing the rhetoric of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who recently made the proclamation that the only way he would work with Trump is if the President-elect “moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.” If Schumer is sincere about closing the door shut on bipartisanship, then Democratic leaders want to maintain gridlock.
Meanwhile, the far-right is already creating their own definition of what “draining the swamp” means. They’re demanding Republican members to go on record supporting their agenda, which is certainly not the same agenda the American people voted for. This is nothing new. For years, so-called “conservative” for-profit special interest groups have attempted to turn every provision in every bill into a litmus test of ideological purity. They promise to primary any Republican who dares to even think about working in a bipartisan manner.
Both the far-right and the far-left want to maintain the gridlock and dysfunction. Together, they represent the single greatest threat to producing progress for the American people.
I, for one, have no intention of sitting down and watching another re-run of the same divisive partisanship we see year after year. I resolve to work with my colleagues to succeed in producing the good rather than failing to produce the perfect.
I’ll be reaching across the aisle to find opportunities to work with Democrats on the issues that desperately need to be addressed: reforming the nation’s broken immigration system, providing regulatory relief, overhauling the VA, reforming our criminal justice system, and modernizing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

Well, I did vote for gridlock.  The simple fact is Democrats never compromise their principles while Republicans do it all the time.  And look at what Senator Tillis is proposing.  That looks like a progressive wish list to me.  The man is a fool if he seriously believes Democrats are going to help provide regulatory relief.

Senator Tillis even adopts the vernacular of Democrats by evoking progress numerous times in his op-ed. 

Republicans are in power and have the potential to deliver historic results – but only if we work together with the Democrats who also want to see progress. We owe it to the American people to set aside the areas where our ideology may prevent progress, and find common ground where there are plenty of opportunities to produce good results. It is time for Republicans to step up and lead.

If I wanted to work with Democrats, I would have voted for a Democrat.  Senator Tillis is right about one thing: conservatives primary RINO’s.  See you next election cycle Senator.


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