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Book? What book? GOP asks Steele

January 9, 2010

steeleRepublican Party Chairman Michael Steele is once again at odds with his party. This time it’s for calling for active opposition of the Obama agenda. What’s wrong with that, you ask. Well, he did it in a book. A book GOP leaders knew nothing about until it hit the shelves.

According to Amazon.com, Steele’s book, “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,” “throws down the gauntlet,” and makes an argument for “abandoning ‘conservatism-lite,’ returning to core conservative principles, and launching an uncompromising campaign for limited government.”

The book is said to be highly critical of the party and has angered Republican congressional leaders who feel such a blueprint for the party should have included their input. Some GOP leaders only learned of the book when Steele began promoting it in television appearances this week. 

To make matters worse, the book tour has been speckled with controversial remarks from Steele.

On Monday, Steele appeared on Fox News Channel and said he did not believe Republicans could win back a majority in the House in 2010.

Later in the week, he told ABC News that those angry with his remarks need to “get a life.”

He added, “If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.”

To further fan the flames, he called out his Republican critics while being interviewed by a St. Louis radio station. ”I hope you play this tape over and over again because these folks are the problem, not the solution. Get with the program. I’m the chairman. Deal with it,” he said.

But Steele isn’t the only one in Washington getting into trouble over a book this weekend.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued an apology to President Barack Obama on Saturday after  a new book on the 2008 presidential campaign revealed some private conversations including some racial remarks.

The book “Game Change” by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heileman said Reid described Obama as “light-skinned” and with “no Negro dialect.”

Reid issued a public statement and called the president to apologize. Obama accepted.

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This is precisely the problem in politics. We still live under the illusion that competition is what will make things better.

There is no sense of cooperation. No one on capitol hill wants to work together to solve problems. They just want to discredit each other and pitch their own “solutions” as being better than the others. The reason we have deliberative bodies in congress is because we understand that no one individual has all the answers or understands all of the problems we deal with nationally.

Our leaders are supposed to work together in order to find real working solutions that benefit the people. Instead all we get are political idiots that want nothing more than to oppose the policies of the other party without delivering anything that can even remotely be construed as useful, or helpful.

Does the republican party aim to fill the needs of the people? Do they believe in serving the citizenry? It seems they are more friendly towards corporate interests. Human equations mean nothing and money means everything. If this is the only message the GOP can deliver on then they deserve to be defeated. If money is such a big deal to them then why don’t they stop corporate welfare and war? Those two things eat up way more money than securing the people’s interests would ever cost.

The Democrats need to get it together too. It’s not about creating useless programs so that they can take credit for doing “something”. We have REAL problems. And we need REAL solutions. If the well being of the people is not at the center of policy then nothing will work worth a damn and we will continuously be forced to suffer.

If the law does not serve the people then it is worthless and should not be obeyed.

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Still publishers are slower than most of our speedy lives. Competiton? Competition is fine, it is even better when it does not have Marxists of the Democrat Party trying to stop it.

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