Whatever Happened to the Loyal Opposition?


Today’s politics has not been our finest hour. However, I have been seriously dissapointed by the House Democrats, who have been in the majority now since the last election cycle, but have done next to nothing legislatively except investigate the President, despite the glaring need for some legislation. In the good ole days, the party opposite competed with the party in control in the arena of ideas. In my opinion, the Democrat Party’s fixation with impeachment and obstruction has taken their focus off of where it should be, which is proposing alternatives to the positions of the party in control.

The Democrat Party’s irrational insistence on obstructionism and impeachment has drown out virtually every legislative idea that they might have proposed. Instead, in my opinion, they’re wasting their time in control on impeachment. And, by so doing, the Democrat Party has squandered a golden opportunity to distinguish itself from the Republican Party. Instead, the Democrats have chosen the path of obstructionism and just saying no to whaever the President proposes. I predict that the Democrat Party is going to pay dearly for this decision in the 2020 elections, and I think the margin is going to be surprisingly convincing.

I pine for the days of the relationship between the late Tip O’Neil and President Reagan, who, despite being bitterly opposed on political matters, were nevertheless social friends. That’s what is missing in politics today. Everyone is appealing 24/7 to their rabid bases and in demonizing the opposition. Could this be attributable to gerrymandering? McNews? Do we need term limits to battle gerrymandering. Whatever the true cause, our elected officials on both sides of the aisle need to seriously scale back the rhetoric and get back to what’s best for the country, not just for their party.

 The only ideas emanating from the Democrat Party are the wacky and out of the mainstream ideas of some of the Democrat presidential wannabes and the radical socialist representatives that President Trump calls the Squad. Almost all of those ideas have humongous pricetags and virtually no chance of passage or acceptance by a majority of Americans.

Like him or not, President Trump has been incredibly refreshing in that he’s focused on what he promised  during his campaign, and he’s delivered on several fronts already. Very few politicians today keep their promises, in part because most are promising things based on attracting their base and not what is best for the country.

The President has a record to run on, and he will continue to pursue and deliver on what he promised during his campaign. He will continue to emphasize the return to law and order, building the wall, enforcing the immigration laws, another round of tax cuts, putting more conservative judges on the bench, and whatever it takes to keep America great.

What do the Democrats stand for? I honestly don’t know, except that they’re rabid for impeachment and investigating things that don’t seem to need to be investigated. 

I was a Democrat until I was about 40. Frankly, the Democrat Party’s slide toward liberalism just left me behind. And I’m not alone. In my opinion, the Democrat Party has become a fringe issue party. Most of the stances of the party are out of line with ordinary Americans, who are the ones who elected President Trump. I pray that the Democrats don’t wake up until they’re licking their wounds in November 2020.

About lpaulhoodjr

I am an inactive lawyer who practiced almost 20 years as a tax and estate planning lawyer. Today, I am a speaker, author and consultant on tax and estate planning. In the recent past, I was the Director of Planned Giving for The University of Toledo Foundation. I am the co-author of six books, the sole author of another book and a frequent speaker and writer on estate planning, planned giving and business valuation.
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