How come all we hear from GOP leadership is crickets?

When I was a young Captain at Ft. Riley in the 1st Infantry Division, the famed Big Red One, our Division Commander was a stellar New Englander, a Norwich University graduate named Gordon Sullivan. General Sullivan went on to become the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and has been the leader of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) for quite a few years. He is a legendary leader.

General Sullivan had a saying I will never forget and have often used – in fact he even wrote a book with same title, Hope is Not a Method. I first heard him say it at a Unit Status Report (USR) brief when a Brigade Commander made the mistake of saying,”General, I hope…”, at which point he was verbally kneecapped.

I believe the GOP leadership needs a seminar with General Sullivan so he can explain that simple maxim — and it seems the National Review agrees. In a piece entitled Republicans, Make your Case, the editors write, “Republicans continue to lack any strategy for winning the November elections beyond avoiding mistakes and hoping that President Obama’s unpopularity, especially in key states, delivers control of the Senate to them. It must be said that the party has executed this passive count-on-a-wave strategy fairly well, selecting presentable and sometimes admirable candidates. The strategy could even work. But it will not maximize the Republican opportunity, because it does nothing to dispel the public’s justifiable doubts about whether Republican rule [governance] would be good for the country.”

In comparison to the progressive socialists, a collection of giraffes could do a better job — but that’s not the point. I’ve been disturbed and appalled at the lack of any GOP leadership over the past five weeks speaking out on a variety of issues facing our nation. Where is House Speaker John Boehner or House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy? Where is the messaging that’s supposed to emanate from Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers?

If there’s one thing for which I commend the progressive socialists of the Democrat party, it’s the fact that they all echo the same talking points. It’s as if every day, members of the Democrat party awaken and have a chip implanted by central command so they all speak from the same script. And when you go off script — in other words reject your implanted message chip — you will be excommunicated. Just ask Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar or even Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel — as we saw the recent reversal on his ISIS assessment — he got the call from central command, kinda like Big Brother in Orwell’s tale, 1984.

But where is the unity in message for the GOP? When it comes to offering a simple free market solution for healthcare in America, the House GOP Doctors Caucus submitted the American Healthcare Reform Act (AHCRA), but most Americans have never heard of it. I wrote about it here last year.

Where are the GOP voices such as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee addressing the troubling reductions to our military at a critical time when Islamic terrorism and jihadism is on the rise? Just now, we heard our president say we’re going to destroy ISIS, then later he says he’s just going disrupt it. Well, if something is destroyed you don’t need to disrupt it, do you? Lastly, he said we have to manage the problem. Huh?

Who from the GOP will challenge the president on his Iraq incrementalism? He’s sending another 350 troops, for what? And I thought we didn’t have a SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) with Iraq? Who has a foreign policy vision that offers solutions in the Middle East from a conservative perspective? Look at what is happening in Libya– it’s a mess, but who is speaking up on it from the GOP? I have some ideas.

Americans are about to suck down $761 million to allow illegal alien children to enter our schools. Why? This shouldn’t be the burden for struggling American families — it was caused by Obama. And don’t give me the “comprehensive immigration reform” line — that just means amnesty and we all know it. What about securing our border at this critical time? What about the problem with Islamic militancy and jihadist recruiting in Minneapolis? And why allow the community organizer to parade around and tout a $15 minimum wage? Rally together the small business owners and make a stand against what will be an economic death blow to them.

So where is the direction from the GOP? “Hope is not a method,” and that’s what the National Review article points out. Too many Republicans are running on the promise that they will “check” the president in some unspecified way. They say they dislike Obamacare, but have no plans to replace or alter it. Republicans are asking for trust, but trust is earned, and it is earned by working hard to demonstrate your better vision. Take Ronald Reagan for example. He made a clear delineation of his vision and policy agenda for America and in his election against Jimmy Carter he won 44 states. In his reelection against Walter Mondale he won 49 states! That is the result of earning trust.

The National Review concludes, “The [Republican] party is not going to do any of this corporately, so individual candidates should step up. They don’t have to be merely the object of trends in the polls, hostage to events in D.C. and abroad that they cannot affect, coasting along like flotsam on a wave. They can be the captains of their own fate, and tell voters they can as well.”

The Democrat party method is to make people believe that Republicans suck — all the while never mentioning that they suck far more. If the Republicans never address the issues and policies from a simple perspective that connects with the American people, then Americans will continue to fall for the propaganda and gimmicks of the Democrats.

I reiterate this simple message to the GOP leadership; Boehner, McCarthy, Scalise, McMorris-Rodgers, McConnell, and Cornyn: “Hope is not a method.”


  1. The current GOP seems to be just sitting on their hands hoping for the best….you cant wait for an opportunity to present it’self, you have to take the offensive and keep the opposition reacting to YOUR moves so you maintain the initiative.

  2. When Reagan was running against Carter I was in kindergarten, my parents were union democrats. Reagan was a positive gentleman, a true leader and as Col West states here Reagan had a clear strategy. We knew Reagan was worthy of our trust. Our liberal dominated media has too many people sheepishly believing their talking points. Americans need to wake up, use their own common sense and vote for what they believe is right. They need to be contacting their representatives on a regular basis holding them accountable between elections.

  3. Republicans are scared of the media . They listen to & believe DEMOCRATS & THE MEDIA ! The media & Democrats always pick our candidate for us ! They fall for the same old tricks every time, they believe that they don’t dare offend illegal immigrants ,for fear of losing the Hispanic vote ! Americans want principled candidates who stand up for their beliefs, & stop listening to the old tactics of KARL ROVE ,Mitch McConnell & Lindsay Graham ! & stop campaigning against their own new principled candidates of the T.E.A. PARTY COALITION !! It seems that the old G.O.P. would rather lose to a PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT than support the future of the party . If they have any hopes of ever winning another national election they better wake up & let go of the past ! voters are tired of the old school politics as usual ! The old timers corrupt the new blood like a cancer ,send them home !

  4. The frenzy on the right is pure fear of stepping out of line with the Republican politburo and getting shipped to Siberia.
    This lockstep mentality is rare in American history. Here is a grand old party frozen, suspended, mesmerized,
    in thrall to a gaggle of showboats and radio entertainers and small mobs of fist-shakers standing staunch for unreality, and no Republican elected official dares say,
    There will be books written about this in years to come, and they will not be kind to the likes of Rep. Boehner and Sen. McConnell.

    GARRISON KEILLOR, “The Old America is Fading,”, Mar. 30, 2010

  5. IT’S finally sinking in.
    Republicans are getting queasy at the gruesome sight of their party eating itself alive, savaging the brand in ways that will long resonate.

    President Obama has deranged conservatives just as W. deranged liberals. The right’s image of Obama, though, is more a figment of its imagination than the left’s image of W. was.
    “It makes the party look like it isn’t a modern party,” Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Erin Burnett, fretting about the candidates’ Cotton Mather attitude about women and gays. “It doesn’t understand the modern world that we live in.”

    After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: “I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective.”

    The Republicans, with their crazed Reagan fixation, are a last-gasp party, living posthumously, fighting battles on sex, race, immigration and public education long ago won by the other side.
    They’re trying to roll back the clock, but time is passing them by.

    MAUREEN DOWD, “Ghastly Outdated Party,” New York Times, Feb. 25, 2012

    • Reagan at least loved America. No rational thinking person would suggest that of Obama. Obama and his wife are two of the most disrespectful people ever to enter the White House. When the economic crash comes, and it is, you and the liberals will swear Obama did everything he could to save us. He is on a fast tract to destroy this country, via healthcare, national debt your grandchildren will not be able to pay off, internal cancer of our military and a total embarrassment on the national stage. This so call President leaves one Marine in a Mexican jail, fails to attend the funeral of the highest ranking General killed sense Vietnam, but will jump at the opportunity to bash white people for the plight of thugs. History will repeat itself for that I have no doubt and when the SWAT teams deploy it will be the liberals out in the street with open arms as the bullets begin to fly. You are fools for the slaughter once again into the breech !

  6. The Republicans in Congress are simply waiting and allowing Obama to drag down his fellow Democrats with him. His popularity is basically non-existent to the point where only hard-core far left Liberals support him. The Democrats running for re-election don’t want him anywhere near them especially on the issue of Amnesty for illegals. I doubt Boehner will be Speaker of the House after the November Elections but the Republicans will gain the Senate, Keep the House of Representatives and elect a new Speaker.

    • I hope you are right on all counts, but I’m afraid that the GOP leadership is only concerned with maintaining their power and their cash flow, not what is good for the U.S. of A.

  7. As a Progressive/Lib,,, I would have to say that neither party truly represents the
    people,,, maybe there was a time,,, but really, not anymore
    The money, power, and greed that resides in Washington now is thick….
    both parties are to blame,,, and we the people put them there..

    Politicians and diapers need to be changed often…..
    and for the same reason.~~M.Twain

  8. Boehner and the GOP leadership are not just playing ‘Pin the tale on the donkey’ are they? That has been preempted by the administration in a game with Isis.

  9. I think we need your level-headedness and firmly principled convictions in the Oval Office, Col. West. Consider this your ultimate call to duty – for God and our tottering nation.

  10. Perhaps some polling of the moderates would reveal the following concerns:

    1) Low to mid skill level manufacturing jobs. Most of the blue collar folks here in Manchester, NH are very upset due to the number of factories that have gone to China. God forbid if we went to war with China. Could we manufacture all our military needs in the US? How is Germany able to support low level manufacturing? If it means subsidizing companies to keep their factories here in the US, do it!!!

    2) Education. The public schools have become snake pits of drugs (heroin being the drug of choice), anti-life indoctrination, violence, and anxiety. Most folks want vouchers for private schools, secular or religious. 50+ years of trying to fix the public schools has become the reason why they still exist. It’s time to put down your pencils and be graded on your effort. Enough, enough, enough. CHANGE IT OR WE WILL PERISH AS A NATION.

    3) Most folks know the health care system is in trouble, with or without Obamacare. Without issue number one being fixed, folks simply cannot afford health care. Health saving accounts with tort reform might be a really good start.Even simple dentist plans would win a lot of votes.

    4) The immigration problem is out of control. Most blue collar guys are infuriated by illegals taking their construction jobs. It’s getting really nasty. Simple, no passport, no jobs. Someone hiring a worker without a passport will be prosecuted. And, no passport, no public assistance and no voting. Period. Everyone here in NH is outraged by the busses that show up from MA with immigrant voters on election day.

    5) Many of the blue collar working guys are divorced. They’ve figured out that the one thing in common with many of the divorces is their ex-wives had abortions prior to their marriage. The conclusion — abortion causes divorce. They are sick of paying child support. This is why the young guys won’t get married.

  11. Maybe the GOP could rent out Sandra Fluke to start their own war on women campaign because they seem to be quivering and shaking like your average dimmy.

  12. The GOP needs that “fire in the belly”. They need guts. They need to be angry enough that they will take action and no prisoners. They need to prove their dedication and loyalty to this country. We need more like: Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, Duncan Hunter Jr, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Deneen Borelli, Ben Carson and Tim Scott. But mainly, they need to start learning from someone who has more than proven themselves worthy of being called a Guardian of the Republic; LTC Allen West.

    • I didn’t like the way Ben Carson sucked up to Jesse Jackson during their one on one debate on FOX a couple of weeks ago. That quickly soured me on him.

  13. A $15 an hour minimum wage? NICE…there couldn’t be any collateral damage from that. NAH! That would NEVER increase the unemployment rate.
    Is this country going insane?

  14. Like to see West run. I like Carson, but would like to see him in the Senate. GOP is quiet, don’t hear a lot coming from them. To much division in the ranks. Need to start coming out and letting the country know what a difference they would make if they took the senate and the White house. They are to damn quiet


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