If you think the President is much more than a glorified cheerleader, you need to check back over the last 16 years of politics. The Republican Party did not change. After Newt Gingrich left we went from Contract With America to Contract On Capitalism.
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert never saw an Entitlement program he did not like. His culture of corruption spread wide and far. This is what you get out of letting anyone from Illinois get their hands on the People's money. Their politics have tainted the whole nation.
Senator Frist was even more scary.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006: The Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) ushered in military commission law for US citizens and non-citizens alike. Text in the MCA allows for the institution of a military alternative to the constitutional justice system for "any person" arbitrarily deemed to be an enemy of the state, regardless of American citizenship. Senator Bill Frist and Senator John Warner were the two co-sponsors of the bill.
Both of them were RINOs. That bill would sound conservative to the willingly ignorant. Now, perhaps, you see the folly of concentrating power in a Party or a President.
As much as I like Senator Mitch McConnell and Representative John Boehner, we need to get away from trusting personalities in politics. We need executives to run the government and legislators to write policies, but we need to engage constantly in the workings of our government to defeat the special interests.
Republican Leader Boehner seems to have gotten the message when he said:
"I think people are seeing Republicans take principled stands against their government takeover of health care, spending and clearly the issue of their national energy tax. And, so, we continue to show people that we've learned our lessons from the past, that we can stand on principle, and as people begin to hear about our better solutions, I think we're going to do fine."(Audio)
"I'm just telling you, we're going to have our hands full. The only way that we can stop this is if with the American people stay engaged in their government. You know, they did a great job over the summer and through September but we've gotta have the American people engaged or they are going to find some way to ram this thing through Congress."(Audio)
The Speaker of the House holds the people's purse strings. You cannot increase Entitlements without the Speaker's cooperation, if not instigation.
You can have the same President and change the Speaker, like was done under Clinton for surpluses. Speaker Gingrich was the author of our surpluses until 2000.
You can lose ground under Bush as was done by Hastert with ever increasing Entitlements. Entitlements ("welfare") grew by 2005 to be larger than the entire budget of 2000. The surpluses were gone.
When Speaker Pelosi got in, she changed the rules and consolodated all the power into her office. We did not just go from the frying pan to the fire. We fell into a blast furnace. They tanked the housing market and used the Treasury to compete with private industry for credit.
Without the people engaged, the only change in government will be toward more nationalization of whole sections of our economy.
None dare say it, but we are on track to becoming a totalitarian nation with a President who violates the Consitution through a culture of corruption that includes the Speaker Pelosi and is propelled by a Personality Cult .