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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09:  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) seems to fight back tears while listening to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) seems to fight back tears while listening to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Gillard emphasized the long and strong bond between her country and the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  

Getting past being the ‘Party of No’

Milan Suri
Freelance Writer

The Republicans should seize this opportunity. The Democrats are in the bottom of a ditch and rather than circling around it to celebrate their misfortune, we Republicans have to fill it up with soil and plant a tree right there on that very spot. It’s easy, especially when in the minority, to do nothing but complain about Obama and the Democrats and celebrate when they fail. That’s what we’ve done with Obamacare. “We were right,” you hear Republican pundits say. But what good does that do? Do you want congratulations for the other guy’s failures?

We have to win with new legislation, bipartisan legislation that can pass with Democrats holding the Senate. Put it to the president and his lackeys: You can’t do it, but we can.

This whole idea that Obama won’t negotiate and pushes bills along heavily decisive partisan lines is quite true. But how are Republicans different? The GOP looks good now, but unless they seize this opportunity to put forward their version of healthcare reform (Health Savings Accounts, Catastrophic Insurance, etc.) to replace Obamacare, this will surely be short-lived.

Obama has set an example of aggressive, venomous, decisive politicking to push his agenda. And yet he complains that Republicans won’t help out on Obamacare. I get it, the president created this cultural mess in DC. But Republicans should shock us all and step up to the plate with real bipartisan legislation for healthcare, immigration, and education.

Part of the problem is that Republicans have no consensus, and little leadership. That’s the problem. And because of that, we, the Republicans, have become the party of no and the Democrats, the party of yes. The party of yes will always see more support, and appear more hopeful and full of goodwill. It is after all, the brilliant slogan that won Obama the Presidency. Republicans are negative nancies, it seems: no new taxes, no Obamacare, no gay marriage, and no immigration reform. This simply won’t win elections. You can’t hang laurels on someone else’s defeat. It’s not prudent, and it completely loses sight of what our politicians are supposed to do: pass laws that better our country, together, for the greater good.