Five reasons why the Republicans lost the House

by Jon Fournier | November 8th, 2018

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Five reasons why the Republicans lost the House

Unfor­tu­nately I was wrong when I pre­dicted that the Repub­li­cans would main­tain a nar­row major­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. I found it dif­fi­cult to believe that enough seats would switch to Demo­c­rat in order to flip the House given the dras­tic improve­ment in eco­nomic con­di­tions since Pres­i­dent Trump took office. There are many fac­tors that led to the loss of the House. Here are the five that I believe were the most crucial.

The Repub­li­can lead­er­ship in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the estab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans that make up a large per­cent­age of that cham­ber share part of the blame for the loss. They failed to prove to the Amer­i­can peo­ple that they were capa­ble of gov­ern­ing effec­tively. Time and again they failed to carry out the wishes of those who voted for them. The Repub­li­can vot­ers sent them to Wash­ing­ton DC to reign in the out of con­trol spend­ing, some­thing they failed to even attempt. No seri­ous attempt was made to fund the bor­der wall. After the 2016 elec­tion, when the Repub­li­cans gained both houses of con­gress and the pres­i­dency, they failed to make a seri­ous attempt at repeal­ing ObamaCare.

Paul Ryan and the rest of the estab­lish­ment purged true con­ser­v­a­tives from com­mit­tee chair­man­ships and aban­doned con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples. Instead of two par­ties on dif­fer­ent ends of the polit­i­cal spec­trum oper­at­ing in the House, there was a very lib­eral party and party that inhab­ited the mushy cen­ter. That lack of a true con­trast between the par­ties was the sec­ond cause of the loss of the House. If the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment still fol­lowed core con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples such as: a strict alle­giance to the Con­sti­tu­tion, fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity, lim­ited gov­ern­ment, free mar­ket eco­nom­ics, and max­i­mum per­sonal free­dom, I believe they would have held on to the House. Hope­fully the estab­lish­ment will step aside and let the true con­ser­v­a­tives run the show now.

On the national level the Repub­li­cans have a severe mes­sag­ing prob­lem. The lib­eral media was allowed to con­trol the lan­guage that was used to debate all of the cru­cial issues. Too many Repub­li­cans run­ning in the House lacked the skill and the men­tal agility to turn the argu­ments around. Rephras­ing the argu­ments using the lan­guage of free­dom and eco­nomic pros­per­ity is a skill they must learn before the 2020 elec­tions. Any­one cur­rently in office, or seek­ing office, as a Repub­li­can should watch videos of Ronald Rea­gan, Mil­ton Fried­man, and Thomas Sow­ell so they can learn how it should be done.

It is kind of hard to win an elec­tion based on a boom­ing econ­omy if half of the pop­u­la­tion doesn’t know about it. Unfor­tu­nately, such a large per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion doesn’t know how great things are because they get their news from the excep­tion­ally biased main­stream media. This needs to be addressed but I don’t know how. If any­one has any ideas please leave a comment.

Our indoc­tri­na­tion sys­tem is the num­ber one rea­son why the Repub­li­cans lost the House. Con­sid­er­ing how many stu­dents and grad­u­ates believe social­ism is supe­rior to the free mar­ket and how many believe our found­ing prin­ci­ples are racist, deeply flawed, and must be aban­doned, I believe our edu­ca­tional sys­tem in now an indoc­tri­na­tion sys­tem. Restor­ing local and parental con­trol to the schools and get­ting the unions out com­pletely will solve this prob­lem, but it will take a lot of time and effort.

Unfortunately I was wrong when I predicted that the Republicans would maintain a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.  I found it difficult to believe that enough seats would switch to Democrat in order to flip the House given the drastic improvement in economic conditions since President Trump took office.   There are many factors that led to the loss of the House.  Here are the five that I believe were the most crucial.

The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and the establishment Republicans that make up a large percentage of that chamber share part of the blame for the loss.  They failed to prove to the American people that they were capable of governing effectively.  Time and again they failed to carry out the wishes of those who voted for them.  The Republican voters sent them to Washington DC to reign in the out of control spending, something they failed to even attempt.  No serious attempt was made to fund the border wall.  After the 2016 election, when the Republicans gained both houses of congress and the presidency, they failed to make a serious attempt at repealing ObamaCare.

Paul Ryan and the rest of the establishment purged true conservatives from committee chairmanships and abandoned conservative principles.  Instead of two parties on different ends of the political spectrum operating in the House, there was a very liberal party and party that inhabited the mushy center.  That lack of a true contrast between the parties was the second cause of the loss of the House.  If the Republican establishment still followed core conservative principles such as: a strict allegiance to the Constitution, fiscal responsibility, limited government,  free market economics, and maximum personal freedom, I believe they would have held on to the House.  Hopefully the establishment will step aside and let the true conservatives run the show now.

On the national level the Republicans have a severe messaging problem.  The liberal media was allowed to control the language that was used to debate all of the crucial issues.  Too many Republicans running in the House lacked the skill and the mental agility to turn the arguments around.  Rephrasing the arguments using the language of freedom and economic prosperity is a skill they must learn before the 2020 elections.  Anyone currently in office, or seeking office, as a Republican should watch videos of Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell so they can learn how it should be done.

It is kind of hard to win an election based on a booming economy if half of the population doesn’t know about it.  Unfortunately, such a large percentage of the population doesn’t know how great things are because they get their news from the exceptionally biased mainstream media.  This needs to be addressed but I don’t know how.  If anyone has any ideas please leave a comment.

Our indoctrination system is the number one reason why the Republicans lost the House.  Considering how many students and graduates believe socialism is superior to the free market and how many believe our founding principles are racist, deeply flawed, and must be abandoned, I believe our educational system in now an indoctrination system.  Restoring local and parental control to the schools and getting the unions out completely will solve this problem, but it will take a lot of time and effort.

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