After All These Years, Are Republicans Finally Realizing Liberals Aren’t the Enemy?

boehner-2013Okay, hear me out.  I’m sure the majority of people who read the headline either jumped to a conclusion or simply dismissed it entirely, but it’s a question that deserves to be explored.

Following Speaker of the House John Boehner’s decision to push back against the ultra right-wing groups that have been the primary forces controlling the tea party, I can’t help but hope (though I’m 99.9999% sure it’ll never happen) that this could be the first step toward two conflicting political parties actually viewing each other as colleagues instead of enemies.

Whether conservatives want to believe it or not, Democrats/liberals want to work with the Republican party to help this country.  Sure, there are the far-left liberals who’ll act just like tea party conservatives (the “all or nothing” type who refuse to compromise on anything), but for the most part the liberals I know understand that the best interests of this country depend on the two major political parties working together — not against each other.

Because, after all, didn’t this budget deal prove that Republicans have been the problem all along?  After years and years of blaming President Obama and Democrats and then shutting down our government, look at how quickly a two-year budget got approved the moment they decided to stop playing games and actually do their jobs.

But now it seems “established” Republicans have fully committed to pushing back against many of these tea party infused right-wing groups.  See, while they wanted to act as if liberals were their biggest enemy, it was actually the very entity their party embraced the moment President Obama moved into the White House.

The question is, will it continue?  Because it hasn’t just been groups like FreedomWorks or Heritage Action that have been pushing the GOP toward insanity — individuals like Grover Norquist and Karl Rove have been doing it since the 80’s.  Long ago, Republicans began signing a “no new taxes” pledge to right-wing lobbyist groups.  Sure, recently these groups have taken the Republican party to unheard of levels of ridiculousness, but these movements were based off of the previous lobbyist groups the GOP sold out to long ago.

Now, like I said earlier, I’m pretty sure this new stance against the tea party isn’t anything groundbreaking.  While nice, Republicans have still sold their souls to plenty of right-wing groups when it comes to economic policies that do nothing but benefit the rich and social policies based on discrimination.

In fact, the only reason Boehner is pushing back now is because polling data is telling him this continued love affair with the tea party could cost Republicans the House next fall.

But at the end of the day, who’s really been the enemy of the GOP?  The political party who jumped at the chance to work with their adversaries on a two-year budget deal, or these ultra conservative groups that have been pushing the GOP to hold this country hostage for years?  The same groups who are targeting established Republicans in primaries hoping to remove them from office in favor of conservative politicians who’ll be friendlier to their radical right-wing propaganda.

I think it’s time for Republicans to finally admit that they’ve seen the wrong people as the enemy all along.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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