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What the 2014 Elections Mean for Republicans

Updated on November 6, 2014
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I am a contributing author at TheBlaze. I am an avid fan of movies and comic books. I am also a Roman Catholic apologist.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife

2014 seems as though it has turned out to be a big win for Republicans, maintaining control of the US House of Representatives, and gaining control of the US Senate. But Republicans need to make no mistake, this should not be read as the American people supporting Republican policies. This was nothing more than the people expressing their dissatisfaction over the Obama Administration and the Democrat policies that have gotten us to where we are today over the last eight years, which was amplified over the last six since Obama has been President. What happened Tuesday is no different than what had happened back in 2006 when the Democrats won their filibuster-proof majority. America was fed up with Bush then just as they are fed up with Obama now. Make no mistake, Republicans, this was not an endorsement of you, this was a condemnation of Obama.

So now, Republicans, you are faced with decisions. The ball is in your court. You can score, or you can drop the ball as the Democrats have been doing for the past eight years. 2010 was a good step in the way of embracing Conservatism, but the Republicans didn't get it and they ran Mitt Romney for President in 2012. How did that work out for you, Republicans? You need to recognize what this win means. And you need to take the ball that the American people have put in your court, and you need to run with it. Americans don't want more of the same, that's not why they gave you the ball. The American people don't want you to be carbon copies of the Democrats they just collectively gave the finger to. It's time to step up, Republicans, and get back to the Conservative values you have been pushing to the side the past few decades. It is time to get back to the part of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan and get away from the party of McCain, Christie and Romney.

Immigration Reform protestors
Immigration Reform protestors

Immigration Reform

Mitt Romney, former Governor of the very liberal state of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, went on record a few days before the election that the Republicans' first priority if they won control of the Congress was going to be Comprehensive Immigration Reform, which we all know is code for an Amnesty bill.

"You are going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate," the former Massachusetts governor said on "Fox News Sunday."

Mitt, and the Republicans actually in Congress, you need to listen to me. Americans do not want this. This is a Democrat policy and you need to stay as far away from Democrat policies as you can. Americans could support an amnesty bill, we really could. But there are things you need to do first, like secure the border to make sure this doesn't happen again, and there are certain things you need to put in the bill, like restrictions on public assistance and not granting them voting rights. If you get into a position to make a move on immigration reform, and believe me we aren't in that place yet so this can't be your "first priority," you need to make sure this is a bare bones compromise. These immigrants need to get worker's rights and residential rights, but you can't grant them full citizenship. You need to put in place a system that will revoke their residential privileges and send them back across the newly heavily fortified southern border if they commit ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE. Anything short of that will cause the American people to turn on you. Americans might be willing to compromise, but make no mistake, Republicans, we do not want this and if you shove it down our throats, you will lose those new seats you picked up and a lot more.

ObamaCare

ObamaCare has got to go, Republicans. Or at the very least, you need to gut it of its most dangerous bits. Get the IRS out of it. Repeal the individual mandate. Hold Obama true to his promises and get the people who lost their health plans due to this despicable Big Government fiasco back under their private plans that they wanted to stay on the whole time. Your top priority needs to be to shrink the government back to respectable levels, Republicans. You were elected to get us back on track, not to derail the whole shebang. If the American people wanted to go over the cliff, they would have kept the Democrats in office. The people want smaller government, the Republicans have been promising it to them, this is your chance to stay true to that promise. Shrink the government. That is your only job right now. That is the exact reason you were elected. Get back to the Constitution. You're out of touch, Republicans, and you need to get back in touch with your base. And your base wants ObamaCare gone and government MUCH, much smaller.

Economic Recovery

Despite what the Obama Administration has been preaching, the economy is not recovering. Unemployment is still sky high, business are going under left and right and those that are surviving aren't thriving by any stretch of the imagination, taxes are through the roof. Part of the Republican plan to shrink government has to include economic policies that incentivise job creation, we need to start getting people off the government teet and back into the workforce, we need to get the Clinton Welfare work requirements put back in place. We need to pave the way for Americans to have more opportunities in the private sector, and fewer opportunities to make careers living off the government. The American people are sick and tired of paying for other people's free rides and having nothing to show for it themselves. The middle class are working their butts off and have nothing. They're barely clinging on to life, and the Republicans need to stand up and get some more of the middle class' money, the money they are working hard for, back into their pockets. We don't want anything we haven't earned, but we are tired of being fleeced and it is your job, Republicans to put a stop to it.

If you take these things I've written here to heart, Republicans, and you pick a candidate that Conservatives can actually get excited for, 2016 could be in the bag. You can toss Hillary's hopes and dreams of being President out on her ass, but first you have to take the next 2 years and prove to the American people that you have gotten the message they sent you in this election and that you've taken it to heart. Conservatives haven't been excited in a long time, Republicans. Many of us stayed home in 2012 and those that did vote for Romney didn't do it proudly. Or McCain, or even Bob Dole in 1996. Get your heads back in the game, Republicans, and let's all come together and fix this country. The American people have given you the chance to hold true to the values you claim. Don't let us down.

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  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

    How much damage can a lame duck congress and president do in the few months left before the new congress takes office?

    Obamacare can be replaced by a few well constructed laws that address the few real problems in the health care system.

    Pre existing conditions as a separate law.

    Reducing the practice of medicine by insurance companies by withholding treatments, doctors, hospitals, and drugs.

    There should be no reason to separate doctor visits and drugs. Probably a high percentage of doctor visits always include a prescription for without which the visit would be useless.

    Make it like the hospital visit all inclusive..

    Just to name a few.

    I have to see hubs without comments, especially on important issues.