There is no good time for weak leadership, but with the re-election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell as Senate Minority Leader, Republicans in Congress face a leadership deficit that threatens not only the future of the Republican Party, but the future of the Republic itself.
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However, each of them lacks the most essential quality for leadership in these perilous times: principles.John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have demonstrated time and again that they have neither the will nor the talent to effectively lead Republicans in Congress in battles for the fundamental principles the Republican Party supposedly stands for.
Were either Speaker Boehner or Minority Leader McConnell able to articulate their reasons for time and again casting aside the core principles of the Republican Party, we could have a rational debate about the future of the GOP. However, neither of them has the intellectual heft or rhetorical art to do so, even if there was a rationale for their actions beyond the desire to maintain their power.
Make no mistake about it, the great battle of principles between those who wish to remake American society and government into a secular liberal bureaucratic state and those who wish to maintain our traditional Judeo-Christian values in a limited federal system of government is reaching a critical point.
The only way to win this battle is for Republicans to frame it and fight it on the basis of small government constitutional conservative principles.
Compromising, deal cutting and accommodation -- as Boehner and McConnell are genetically programmed to do -- merely slow the pace of destruction. They do nothing to stop or roll-back the liberal agenda.
When the chips are down and the vote is between the conservative principles supported by the vast majority of grassroots Republicans, and giving way to the liberal agenda of President Obama and his secular liberal Democratic Party allies in Congress, Boehner and McConnell have always betrayed conservative principles and caved-in.
Given their absolute refusal to stand and fight for conservative principles – or indeed for any principles – as long as Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are the face of the Republican Party and are running the Republican show on Capitol Hill, the Republican brand is dead.
The Rules of the House and Senate being what they are, we are apparently stuck with Boehner and McConnell holding the position of “leader” of their respective Republican Conferences for another two years. But that doesn’t mean small government constitutional conservatives must accept their failed leadership.
To overcome the weak leadership of Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell, small government constitutional conservatives must proceed on four separate, but related tracks.