For the past four years, the Republican Party has staked its entire existence on opposing health care reform in general and what is called Obamacare specifically. This is particularly ironic since much of the law has been drawn from the GOP’s own ideas and policies.
Despite Republicans’ often frenzied efforts and success at keeping supporters in a high state of rage and anxiety, they have not and cannot stop the Affordable Care Act.
Indicative of their real agenda has been the tremendous rejoicing and gloating at the temporary failure of the websites, more evidence of a party-first, country-last attitude. All evidence now shows that the ACA is on track. History suggests that all this huge upset will be soon forgotten as the nation moves on.
What has been concealed in all of this is the Republicans’ real agenda. Constant obstruction stripped away, they have only one salient interest: not paying taxes.
I would enjoy seeing the average tea party member plunked down in India, a democracy with a weak central government and feeble tax-collecting machinery. India is a beautiful and fascinating country, endlessly rewarding as a travel destination. But in terms of functionality and infrastructure, it is a total mess; very few Americans would tolerate having to live there.
If the Republicans actually aspire to regaining ascendancy, they need to develop a positive vision of our society, something that is now totally lacking.