Allen West: Here’s why I fear Paul Ryan’s days could be numbered

There’s a very serious fight occurring for the future of what’s known as the Republican Party. It’s an ideological battle to determine whether America will have a progressive, socialist political party (the Democrats) and a progressive political party (Republicans).

There’s a dire need to present a clear alternative to what has become the Democrat party — and it has to be a resilient alternative with a principled and steadfast resolve. Sadly, what we’ve come to realize in this past year was that the current GOP leadership fed people a line of malarkey and was not serious about the campaign promises that it made.

It can’t be dismissed that, back in 2015, when the GOP had control of the House and Senate, they passed a repeal of Obamacare bill. Of course, it went nowhere with Barack Obama still sitting as president. However, from that point, they should have written legislation that would’ve accomplished the same thing if and when they got what they asked for — a Republican president.

Which they got in November of 2016. And what did the people get? A GOP that wouldn’t even pass the very same 2015 Obamacare repeal bill.

Now, here we are in the waning days of 2017, and significant legislative accomplishments are non-existent.

And yet, the GOP’s “leadership” is blowing off the angst that pervades within the dialogue on Main Street, USA. As reported by the Washington Examiner,

Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t worried about attacks from Breitbart and Steve Bannon as he continues to work with President Trump to get tax reform passed through the House. Ryan said on MSNBC’s “KasieDC” Sunday night he’s not been paying much attention to Bannon’s tour of force against the GOP establishment, which included railing against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during a speech Saturday. Ryan said Bannon isn’t helping the party, but he’s not really concerned.

“I don’t think it’s helpful to go after fellow Republicans. What’s most helpful is if we all unify around our common goals, principles and purposes and get an agenda passed,” he said. “I don’t think having these fights are helpful. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s going to deter us from doing what we say we were going to do. ”

Ryan brushed off attacks from Bannon’s conservative news outlet by laughing at the idea of them attacking him.

“Death, taxes and attacks from Breitbart,” he said. “I’m so used to that that to be honest you don’t spend time thinking about things like that in this job, things that are out of your control.”

What Speaker Ryan fails to comprehend is that the things he had in his control are not happening. Therefore, he’s receiving criticism — warranted concerns about his position.

Take, for instance, the current Curbelo-Moulton bill that goes far beyond the banning of “bump stocks” on rifles. Why is this all of a sudden a priority when it could be done as a regulatory measure by the BATF?

As well, Mr. Speaker, where are the measures on national reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act? It’s time we end the tired excuse of “the House has done its work.”

When one looks at the scoreboard, the House and Senate GOP team is losing — that’s what matters. And here we have very few days left in this calendar year and we still have no tax reform bill. I know, Speaker Ryan says they’ll stay til Christmas … hmm, just like they stayed in Washington, D.C. during the August break?

It appears that Speaker Ryan doesn’t what’s most disconcerting to constitutional conservatives. He says that “it’s most helpful to unify around our common goals, principles, and purposes and get an agenda passed.” Okey dokey, Mr. Speaker, so what’s the hold up — after seven years of complaining about Obamacare and tax reform? Why is it that we’re nearing the end of 2017 and we have nothing?

It has been Republicans that have sunk President Trump’s agenda up to this point. And even now, we hear rumors of the GOP acquiescing to create a fourth, higher income tax bracket because the Democrats want to “tax the rich.” What’s not helpful, Mr. Speaker, is to have “Republicans” who don’t own up to their own prescribed goals, principles and purposes.

When you have Republicans embracing Medicaid expansion as a proper means of providing quality healthcare to Americans, well sir, “Houston, we have a problem.” Now, expressing that there’s a problem, and calling out those creating said problem, is not about unifying or unity — it’s about results.

No one wants to ever see Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer be the leaders in the House or Senate. However, what Americans want is a principled, constitutional, courageous group of political leaders who are not afraid of the progressive, socialist Left, and their media accomplices. Say what you wish about Donald Trump, but one of the main reasons he won is because he became the first Republican in recent years to fight back against the liberal, progressive Left as well as the progressive Republican establishment.

Nope, I don’t agree with some of his manners, but I know he wants to get stuff done. The same can’t be said about the GOP-led House and Senate, especially a Senate like this one that took an entire week off for Columbus Day.

Speaker Ryan, I know it may seem tough, but one should always seek to take the hard right over the easy wrong.

We just want a fighter who’ll restore the American republic. There are many who are disappointed — ya know, those folks who get your email solicitations for money, and are asked to walk neighborhoods in the hot sun.

Breitbart is one of their voices. They’re not attacking you mindlessly; they just want to be heard … not dismissed.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]

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