Conservatives cheered in 2014 when Republicans gained control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened their hold on the U.S. House of Representatives in a monumental mid-term whooping of the Democratic Party. I certainly remember grinning happily as race after race went to the Republicans. “Finally,” we thought, “the near-daily erosion of our country’s present, our children’s futures, and the values which made this country great is over!” Our jubilation was short-lived, however, as it quickly became strikingly apparent that the leaders of the two chambers of Congress – Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) in the House and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the Senate – were not the strong fortress wall that we hoped would halt (or at the very least slow) Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s liberal agenda. Instead, the past two years have demonstrated that neither “leader” is a fortress wall; even calling them a “gate” is generous as neither leader has demonstrated any intestinal fortitude to stand up for the conservative principles on which they campaigned and which helped send them back to Congress. For the past year-and-a-half, we have watched the Republican leadership in the House and Senate vote to give Obama and the Democrats most everything they have asked for with little fight and then bemoan their own perceived powerlessness.
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