Updated: Feb 27
The Biden Presidency is in a downward spiral. They are fighting internally and losing control over the narratives that have been keeping them barely afloat. They do not have the base support and they are struggling.
The character of the Political Left does not want to be friends with the Political Right. The Left does not help the Right politically as the Left does not pursue Bipartisanship and civil discourse when they are in a strong position. The Political Left does not want what is good for a Constitutional America because they have another vision. The Left’s vision places power and control wholly in their hands — there is no compromising with them politically because the Left seeks the destruction of the Republican Party, ultimately. There is no appeasement when working with the Left.
In Politics 101, one of the first lessons learned in politics is self-preservation and survival. When your opponent is failing and regardless of the merit of any legislation, allow the opponent to be overcome by the events and fail. Get out of the way! Knowing this, how do Republicans, who claim to be so smart, not understand this most basic and fundamental lesson?
A dirty dozen in the Republican camp are pandering to the Political Left by voting for the Infrastructure Bill. If you listen to one of the Republican representatives from Staten Island, she said her vote for the infrastructure bill, was amongst other things, to teach The Squad a lesson. Some people characterize AOC’s team as the Odd Squad which is not even worth the time or mention. The Squad is Nancy Pelosi’s problem. How is that the job of Republicans to teach The Squad a lesson? It’s politically incomprehensible why these Thirteen Republicans in the House would act to thwart the Republican narrative and give Biden a lifeline. Voting for the Infrastructure bill is just like the Tilden - Hayes Compromise which was a catastrophe. (See the sidebar for details)
I take the position that, but for, this compromise Republicans made with Democrats, their lack of political will, during Reconstruction we wouldn’t be facing the problems with Black Americans, we are facing today. Yet, here we are again, some Republicans compromising with Democrats. Leave it to Republicans to compromise with Democrats and leave it to Democrats to stifle and smother the progress of Black Americans. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Republicans' problem is that the Political Left led by Biden is trying to destroy America. The Republicans' job is to stay true to their principles and serve their constituents. Those on the Political Right need to Buy into the Program which means being willing to take up the fight, take it on the chin in figurative speech, and this takes courage. Otherwise, those on the Political Right succumb to the Left’s tactic of controlled opposition misrepresenting the seat being held by the Political Right. If those on the Political Right stand tall and do not back down, in the end, the Right will prevail.
SideBar: Tilden-Hayes Compromise
The ten states that formed the Confederacy refused to ratify the 14th Amendment and remained under military government until they ratified the new State Constitutions that gave Blacks the Right to vote and also secured for them, at the State level, some degree of Civil Rights equality.
There was up to a ten-year period where some of these Southern States were under the control of a Republican government. All the Southern States, the rebel States, were readmitted to the Union and able to participate in the presidential election. Many of these states voted Republican in those elections during this period.
Over the course of time and under the process known as Redemption, former Southern White Democrats would take control of the Southern States one-by-one. With Redemption, the states returned to the Democratic camp. This finally reached the climax in the election of 1876 with a disputed election. The three states that sent disputed electoral returns were South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida. This dispute had to be settled by a Congressionally established electoral commission headed by several Supreme Court Justices. Under this commission, Rutherford B. Hayes was decided to be the President as all disputed votes counted for Republicans.
As the story usually goes, Tilden and Hayes cut a deal, and in exchange for Hayes becoming the President, the Reconstruction of the South was to end. Rutherford B. Hayes withdrew the last federal troops from the Southern States and this returned those last states to Democrat control effectively ending Reconstruction.
In the meantime, there were efforts by Congress to enforce the Rights that had been secured to the freedmen by the Civil War Reconstruction Amendments by the Enforcement Acts.
The Enforcement Acts, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Acts, allowed the Federal Government to intervene and stop para-military groups and private entities, such as the Ku Klux Klan from depriving Blacks of their Rights to Vote, Assemble, and Bear Arms. Ulysses S. Grant particularly made use of the Enforcement Acts and actually went to such extreme lengths to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus in South Carolina. Grant did this as a means of stopping the KKK and did temporarily abate Southern White Democrats' takeover of State Governments by unlawful means. At the time, Whites were not the majority in South Carolina and would use unlawful means via the KKK to deprive Blacks of the Right to Vote.
With the election of 1874, Republicans lost control of the House, which in turn brought about the end of the Republican administration to fund and enforce the Civil Rights Acts. These Civil Rights Act were the most important development out of the Civil War Reconstruction.
The last major legislation passed by Republicans, during this lame-duck session was the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which extended Social Rights to Blacks. The Civil Rights Act of 1875, was the last piece of Reconstruction Reform legislation in honor of and in a gesture to Republican Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who wanted to extend Civil Rights to include Social Rights to Black Americans. Our current Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a reenactment of the 1875 Civil Rights Act, which extended Social Rights to Freedmen.