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Horowitz: What is strategically missing from the GOP ‘Commitment to America’

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The recent “Commitment to America” document released by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is beautifully written … to achieve the GOP’s interminable goal. Republicans seek to indulge the broad talking points of their base in a general, shallow, and superficial manner – just enough to appear as if they are on their side without, of course, actually committing to anything transformational that offends their donors and puppet masters. On that score, the document was a home run. Otherwise, not so much.

There’s nothing offensive in what is actually written in the document itself or its supporting messaging, and most conservatives would find themselves nodding along in agreement while reading it. However, when you consider what is omitted from the document, it quickly becomes clear that even what is in the text is a vacuous platitude that will never be followed through on with ironclad commitments to see the outcomes of those policies to fruition.

In order to ascertain whether the GOP is really committed to the right solutions and policy ideas, one first needs to glean from the preamble of the party’s plan whether Republicans fully understand the ailment that plagues our government. But from reading the document, one gets the impression that this could have been written in the 1980s or in any other era. “We have a recession and a bad economy with inflation, along with too much crime. We need pro-growth policies that empower small businesses, and we love the police and want you to feel safe.”

OK, that’s not exactly what they wrote, but that is the takeaway. As if this is all within the realm of normal, we’ve experienced this morass before, and we have the same solutions as yesteryear, albeit peppered with a couple of unique buzz phrases of the time, like “investigate China,” “big tech censorship,” and men in female sports.

There is no recognition whatsoever that this is the Fourth Reich, the economic collapse is not by accident, and that we have suffered through the greatest tyranny and civilization destruction of all time. That is to say, the biggest omission from this document is COVID fascism. It’s as if the past two and a half years never occurred. There was no throwaway line even nodding toward banning all mandates, much less reviewing the genocide of gain-of-function research, dangerous vaccines, ending the PREP Act and immunity for pharma, and making sure this can never happen again. There was no recognition that the inflation is a result of the policies from COVID, which the GOP collaborated with. There is also no acknowledgement that the energy crisis is not just about inflation, but about building on the COVID lockdowns and social control to impose an equivalent scenario with energy and food.

How do they describe the past two years?

Unfortunately, over the past two years, Democrats in Washington have led America off-track. They created crisis after crisis: from crippling inflation and rampant crime, to failing schools, border chaos, and disrespect for our nation across the globe.

Notice COVID fascism – the issue of the century – is not even mentioned. The persecution of Americans for their political beliefs is not mentioned anywhere other than some throwaway line about the “politicization” of the DOJ. They mention female sports, but never the grooming of children into transgenderism, castration in the hospitals, mixed bathrooms, and the broader licentious cultural rotgut. They talk about school choice and a parent bill of rights, but never mention the 800-pound gorilla of critical race theory and certainly never mention a patient bill of rights to deal with the hospital genocide.

I think we all understand why the Republicans omitted those issues, at least anyone familiar with their thinking and sensibilities. However, that also sheds a negative light on the issues they did mention, such as crime and illegal immigration. While it’s hard to disagree with anything they did write on those issues, given that the GOP was on the other side of those two issues last decade (and if you look carefully, they still are), their rhetoric doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. We all know that without 60 votes in the Senate and the presidency, the GOP’s only avenue to effect change on those issues is to call upon state Republicans to implement those policies and to fight for them in the budget funding bills, both of which are never mentioned anywhere on the website. The words “power of the purse” are never uttered.

Even as it relates to big tech, they don’t frame the issue properly. Government is working together with all corporations to create an apartheid to box out political opponents from life, liberty, and property up until and including barring people from organ transplants for not getting the shots, and blocking free speech of doctors who oppose COVID fascism. Instead, they limit and trivialize the problem by distilling it to examples such as, “70% of Republican campaign emails go to spam on Google Mail, compared to just 10% of Democrat campaign emails.”

The document and supporting presentations are very heavy on promoting energy production, but they never pledge to roll back existing green energy mandates that Republicans have supported and continue to support. They somehow think that oil and gas production can coexist with climate fascism, just like they somehow think personal freedom can live harmoniously with the big pharma vaccine agenda they still support.

They focus a lot on funding the police and even hiring 200,000 more officers (isn’t that a state issue?), but they fail to understand the main issue is the de-incarceration agenda, liberal judges, and weak sentences. Absent reforming that agenda, which the GOP has signed on to for years, hiring more cops will continue to result in catch-and-release.

They focus heavily on drugs and fentanyl as a bridge between crime and the border, but again, it was Republicans who pushed the largest de-incarceration bill in history that released heavy-hitting federal drug traffickers from prison.

The plan is replete with mentions of holding China accountable, but Republicans are helping fund China’s “thousand talents” program with over 350K Chinese students a year and foreign workers from China and India who help drain our supply chains and have promoted China’s and India’s brain gain. Their dogmatic and categorical support for all forms of “legal immigration” is a complete mockery. McConnell is promoting unqualified and unconditional legal immigration more than ever.

For the military, the document simply states, “Support our troops, invest in an efficient, effective military,” and the supporting material refers to growing our Navy and rails against the Afghan pullout. But there is no recognition of the social engineering, climate change fascism, critical race theory, and transgenderizing plaguing the military, nor is there reference to the lack of a clear strategic mission of the military or the treatment of our troops during COVID that is still ongoing. It’s all about throwing more money at the woke and broke military, just like throwing more money at police without addressing the key policies.

Here is a screenshot of this one-page document:

It is understandable that Republicans would desire to keep it simple with a postcard of talking points. But at the same time, they should have backed it up with another document full of legislative ideas explaining exactly what they plan to pass in the first 100 days and how they plan to stand behind those ideas in the budget bills and, when appropriate, have Republican legislatures adopt them in the states. The 1994 Contract with America was also relatively short, but it has a list of very specific policies and commitments for the first 100 days.

For years, Republicans never uttered a word about illegal immigration. Now that the issue is perhaps irremediably broken, it’s finally not taboo to mention it in broad talking points. Always a day late and a dollar short. Yet when it comes to the new issues, such as vaccines, medical freedom, grooming, January 6, critical race theory, the deep state, etc. they won’t even offer broad platitudes.

Republicans are akin to a man finding a murderous robber leaving his house with a bloody knife after killing his family, and rather than running to avenge the blood, proceeds to rage against the robber stepping on his garden on the way out. Historically, what they do is help Democrats induce a problem by agreeing to the premise. Then, while still quietly agreeing to the premise and even helping the policy continue, they rail against some of the most extreme manifestations of yesterday’s policy before an election in order to create some perceived distance between the parties. It’s a vicious cycle that moves the Overton window inexorably in one direction.

This is why Republicans still believe in the pharma COVID agenda, that we need more legal immigration, that we have an over-incarceration problem, and that climate change is a problem on some level, yet they will rail against some of the more extreme lengths to which Democrats pursue those agendas. This is why observing what the Republicans omit from their criticism and from their forward-looking plans is so important. They have declined to promise legislation banning a single odious action of the COVID regime from the past 2.5 years. That is simply astounding. It would be akin to Republicans having run the 2010 elections without mentioning Obamacare.

Perhaps in four to six years from now, Republicans will finally discuss COVID fascism in the way they finally discuss illegal immigration now that we are confronted with an issue that somehow overshadows today’s calamities in magnitude. May God help us all if this is the opposition we have.
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