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GUEST COLUMN: The nightmare that is the Republican Party

By: Robert Blaha
March 22, 2017 Updated: March 24, 2017 at 8:24 am

Well, the Republicans are in control and it seems as though they possess an incredible ability to fumble the ball inside the 20-yard-line. Whether it's repealing and replacing Obamacare, dealing with wiretap narratives, faking governance or just trying to create some form of a unified image - the incompetence is stunning.

This shocking admittance from an ardent conservative activist who - unfortunately is a realist.

It seems that Republicans idea of leadership is being part of a subgroup that constantly attacks other groups with the objective of finding a way to "lose the day." Whether it's individuals making noise for their own self-interest - permanent political class members like John McCain or Lindsey Graham or groups (I might even feel personally affiliated with) including many freedom loving legislators, conservatives just can't get out of their own way.

Although Republicans have waited decades to be in this immutable position - with a Republican president who has guts, controlling both the House and Senate and a vast majority of state legislatures and governorships - greed, avarice and self-absorption remain persuasive. Rather than a unified way forward, Constitutional principles and ultimately liberty - Republicans fight.

So here's some inconvenient truths that the Republican Party must deal with:

First, governing and guiding the electorate outstrip individual interests. Elected officials must learn to take a 90 percent "good deal" and say thank you. Any real negotiator realizes that a good agreement is one that you get most of what you desire. The current Republican team has a All Mine or Nothing attitude, leading nowhere. Get a deal and move to the next deal. Ultimately, progress is obtained and the "Movement" wins.

Second, Republicans need to identify individual deviants and stop cowering in identifying outliers. They must be bold calling out those who are not doing what's in the best interest of the Republican Party and conservative ideologies. Many of these deviants have been pulling the same stunts for decades. They never saw a camera that was not personally soliciting their magnificence. This aggressive approach would require a yet unfound courage to point fingers and name names. That's right - call out those who prize their own image and fame above that of America. Republicans are awful at the courage thing.

Third, we need to have a series of "come to church" meetings, expand the tent stakes and have a good old-fashioned Dutch Uncle discussion. Republicans need to be crystal clear on what it takes to effectively govern and lead a country. To date, all that has been demonstrated is a willingness to eat their own and torch others' villages. This discussion needs to clearly define the areas Republicans are in agreement, negotiate a peace in areas they are not and move on to a better America for all. Simply stated - all must get on the same page!

Sun Tzu, the Chinese warrior and philosopher sums this up well - "He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks."

Focus, clear messaging and courage must rule as opposed to special-interest individual wants and egos.

And finally, here's an idea that could transform the Republican Party. They must attain a realization that ultimately "Governing makes a difference" and individuals who have the right to speak and influence the process are better off than those outside the process. R's have spent the better part of the last decade looking into the room and complaining about what was happening. Look no further than the last eight years for verification.

So, as a Republican - let's wake up get it together and prove we can lead a country to a better way of life!


Robert Blaha is a Colorado Springs businessman.

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