Can the ultra-conservative-financed Republican Party survive on the national political stage?
Can the tea party-led GOP continue to fail at the national level or is it time for it to present a more positive agenda?
It should have been a huge wake-up call to the national GOP leadership when one of their own, former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, took the party to task on a politically conservative Fox news show.
Dole said it was time for his party to focus on "positive agendas."
"I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors that says closed for repairs until New Year's Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas," Dole said.
The self-described mainstream conservative Republican went so far as to say in today's political climate neither he nor the GOP idolized and cherished Ronald Reagan would have been successful in the party.
Dole reminded his party that most people are of his political leaning, taking exception to the extremists within the GOP.
Dole is right. Most of the people I know are not ultra left nor ultra right in their political views. Most are somewhere in the middle, maybe leaning one way or the other on specific issues.
But those mainstream views seem to have been forgotten by both political parties with the tea party holding the GOP hostage and the ultra liberals holding the rest of the Democratic Party at bay.
Maybe those extreme views not being in line with the general American population is why nothing is being done in Congress and why the American people have such a low regard for their political leaders, Congress, the courts and the presidency.
It seems most people I know talk about wanting Congress to change, wanting a less obstructionist Congress, wanting a less hostile Congress, but yet they continue to vote the same political type of candidates back into positions of leadership. How do they expect anything to change?
Compromise should not be a dirty word in the political arena. Many of us have to compromise in our business and personal relationships to get anything accomplished. Why can't our government leaders understand that and accept that as political reality?
For eight years the American people had to survive President George W. Buch running roughshod on the Constitution, now we are having to survive President Barack Obama doing likewise with a series of government coverups and scandals involving a terroist attack in Libya, the IRS harassment of conservative groups and the seizing of reporters' work and personal telephone records.
Isn't it time for the American people to cease having to survive its political leadership?