It appears that the Republican Party has found its leader, personified in Donald Trump. He is not changing the GOP, he is only accepting a position that has been prepared for him by the party leadership over the past 7 1/2 years.

Shortly after the American people elected President Obama in 2008, Republican elected officials started pledging to have only one focus: obstructing the Obama presidency. Once that bandwagon started rolling, more and more Republicans — particularly elected officials — jumped on. In effect, they were saying to the majority of American voters that they, the Republicans, knew better and therefore rejected the voters’ decision.

After the American people re-elected Obama in 2012, the Republican Party redoubled its pledge to sacrifice everything to obstruct the administration. It was disgraceful.

Has anything changed? No. It has gotten worse, as we have seen since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the immediate statements from the Republican leadership in Congress that they would not even consider an appointment by the president. Now they are sacrificing their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States in their shabby effort to sabotage the American peoples’ elected leader.

The Republican Party has died under the leadership it has had for the past seven years. Now Trump has emerged as an appropriate new head for the corpse. This once Grand Old Party is now a shambling wreck lurching towards — what? The party no longer has any direction other than the latest surge of imagined fears and shapeless anger for which Trump is the most appropriate mouthpiece.

It is a shame. There are millions of Republicans, independents and some Democrats who would like to have an alternative to consider in November. It doesn’t look like there will be one.

(I am a member of the Brunswick City Council. However, the opinions expressed in this letter are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of the city of Brunswick or its government.)

Ellis Burruss

Brunswick

(58) comments

ClareS

We need to dump both parties. Most people don't fit neatly into either one anymore. Neither party stands for anything.

DisabledFrederickVeteran

The GOP is in a conundrum similar to GM was in the 90's do we continue to sell a faulty product and pander to a dwindling segment of globally uncompetitive consumers? Or do we grow a spine and look to the future by broadening the base, unload our faulty product line and upset loyal consumers who love Oldsmobiles and Pontiac's?

gary4books

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Dwasserba

Ellis for President.

DickD

He would make a good one. He is pleasant, charming, good looking, intelligent, writes good and not a conservative, which I should have put first.

DickD

Yes, the Republicans started out hating Obama, mostly because he was black and now they hate everything he does and even refuse to do their Constitutional jobs they swore an oath saying they would perform. They blame all the problems created by the Bush years on Obama, in spite of Obama taking us out of the Great Recession and curing as much of the two war problems that he could. It is just hate Obama, no sound reason, just a lot of tired rhetoric that they know not to be true.

herbie

Once again the liberal mods removed a post highlighting Obama's economic accomplishments

I guess one of the rules here is NEVER post facts about this "recovery"

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twhit8225

Let us not forget that on January 20,2009, the day that President Obama was inaugurated a group of the most senior Republicans met at a Washington hotel an made a pledge that there most important job was to make sure that Obama would be a one term President. At that moment they seemed to loose there minds. Things that they supported, they no longer were for if Obama was for it. The most surprising being that if you were a Republican you could no longer believe in Climate Change. This is only one of the few beliefs that all Republicans changed their minds that made absolutely no sense.

DickD

It also does not make any sense not approving Obama's current choice for the Supreme Court, unless they want the one Hillary will appoint.

herbie

So what about the Biden Rule that Harry Reid said he supported?

DickD

What difference does the Biden rule make, the Republicans have a choice of Obama's moderate or Hillary's liberal. If she is elected in November, what will they do? I ask because there are almost three months before inauguration, after election, which would give them time to approve Obama's current choice, if he does not withdraw it to allow Hillary her choice.

herbie

The Biden rule Dickie is rather important

In 2005, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor and insisted he and his colleagues had no constitutional duty to approve President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Fast forward to 2016, he’s changing his tune. In a Washington Post article, Reid writes, “The Senate’s constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president’s Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.”

gary4books

The "Biden Rule" is about one Senator and his plan. This refusal to hold hearings is a group action supervised by Senate Leaders. Big difference.

herbie

and lets remember what libs leave out and ignore

As far a what McConnell actually said:

McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?

McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.

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awteam2000

Who's better to represent the Republicans for President between Trump and Cruz?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/03/22/trump-threatens-cruz-s-wife.html

It's like two neighbors arguing over a fence.

KarlBickel

I don't often agree with Lindsey Graham but I believe he said it best when he stated that choosing between Trump and Cruz is like either shooting yourself or poisoning yourself.

DickD

Karl, they should try both. lol

vicdavy

[thumbup] Karl!

Rick Blatchford

"The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere, in that document, does it say that the Senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote." The words of Harry Reid, then the Senate Majority Leader, as he read from a prepared statement in days gone by. [wink]

DickD

Rick, when you get done with that tired rhetoric, which would you prefer, Obama's current nomination or Hillary's future nomination?

shiftless88

Yet he didn't refuse to do so! Amazing.

public-redux

I can't quite tell if Rick agrees with Reid and is praising him while encouraging Senate Rs to follow the same path OR if Rick disagrees with Reid, is condemning his views, and is urging Senate Rs to do the right thing.

gary4books

I expect this is the most credibility you give to his comments. Ever.

fnfn

Our Constitution says only "advice and consent". It does not say take a vote. Obama could defy conventions and just tell the judge he picked, to take his seat. With the Senate doing nothing, there is not proof of a majority is not consenting.

herbie

OK, seems the liberal mods at the Frederick News Compost found the economic review of Obamanomics "offensive" and removed it.

Would it be asking too much of the mods to please explain WHY they remove some posts (that usually go against the image the liberal media paints in their "news" articles?)

DickD

This may surprise you herbie, but they delete liberal posts too. Probably because we tell the truth.

Dwasserba

Would *you* reply after being termed "compost"?

jerseygrl42

Agree wholeheartedly that things have definitely gotten worse for America these past 7 years

b1sellers

Of course you do - just ignore the facts that prove otherwise.

Rick Blatchford

Mr. Burruss, Only a couple of comments. You bemoan the treatment Obama receives at the hands of the loyal opposition (In his words, "the enemy). I contend that he built his own nest, and must live in it. His in your face style is far from subtle and lacks a persuasive nature. His bulldozer style just begs criticism. No one on the R side forced him to adopt his methods. Additionally, even you must admit that he made no secret about "fundamentally transforming" our country. There are many people here who did not sign on for that part of his platform. Do you think that we should simply fall down and surrender to his wishes? I, for one, am for exercising my freedom of speech and voicing my objections to counter Obama. Secondly, you bemoan the potential delay in appointing a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia. You and others claim that the Senate members are violating their oath of office and abrogating their "duty to uphold the Constitution." I'm not a constitutional scholar, but I'm familiar with the document. Can you please point out to me where, in that document, it says that the senate must act on such appointments? Clearly, Democrat Senator Harry Reid prevented innumerable bills from coming to a Senate vote - a lesson learned by Republicans. What goes around, comes around. Obstruction is obstruction regardless of whether it's a bill or a person. I just can't find substantiation for that fallacious claim that the senate is required to act - Reid didn't either. Lastly, as an aside, the dim Dems that haven't been able to restrain themselves from throwing around the "race thing" whenever someone disagrees with Obama are simply showing their ignorance and inability to counter with real argument. The ignorant and erroneous race charges are a crutch for those unable to put forth a logical argument.

vicdavy

Ricky and Fox news regurgitation

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vicdavy

Sorry I have to go back to my 5th grade look at it as you can understand. Why don't you use your real name?

DickD

Rick, which loser are you voting for; Trump or Cruz?

shiftless88

So if the Senate never got around to consenting we could end up with no SCOTUS. You think that is okay?

shasta

this is great.. What do you mean about "bulldozer style" You didn't say one fact that I could even research. Im not even liberal but I do like facts not subjective opinions.

gary4books

"2: He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments." It is reasonable that Advice and Consent will be expected before their session of Congress is over.

threecents

Excellent column. The House of Representatives republicans sold the soul of the Republican party when they made it clear that job one was to make Obama look bad, rather than to help the country and later when they shifted focus to Hillary and rediculously spent all their energy trying to pin the deaths in Bengazi on her. To be honest I did not take Hillary seriously as a candidate until I saw her make the House republicans implode. Not only did they show everyone that they don't care about the country, but they actually helped Hillary become the next president.

vicdavy

I'm for Bernie but the Repukes lynch mob is a joke

b1sellers

Exactly threecents.

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threecents

Like Vic, I am for Bernie, but it looks like Hillary will win. I would rather her hand on the nuclear button than Donald's little fingers!

DickD

Hillary sure did make Gaydos and the Republican witch hunt look bad. After that most of it has become a moot issue and in spite of what the Republicans say, there will be no indictment because there is no sound reason for one. Besides, if it were going to happen, it already would have happened. So, my dear Republican friends, don't hold your breath waiting for one.

olefool

Herbie: There are some excellent OCD therapists in the area; you should try to see one.

herbie

Ellis, a little history lesson for you.

As far a what McConnell actually said:

McConnell: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
NJ: Does that mean endless, or at least frequent, confrontation with the president?

McConnell: If President Obama does a Clintonian backflip, if he’s willing to meet us halfway on some of the biggest issues, it’s not inappropriate for us to do business with him.

In 2010 the Dems (with Obama leading the party) suffered its worst election defeat in nearly 100 years. The voters did not like the way Obama and the Dems were governing

For some reason you seem to think the R's should role over and give Obama everything he demands.Seems you have dismissed the hundreds of bills passed in the Republican House that Harry Reid refused to bring to a vote in the Senate and yet the left and liberal media blamed the Republicans

Even when a bi partisan bill passed the House Reid refused to allow a vote - all in the name of shielding Obama

Strange how you only mention Trump in your letter and not Hillary - who has indictments hanging over her head over her illegal use of a private unsecured server to send and receive classified information

Oh well, it is not like the Clinton's or the left care about the rule of law

TinaS

Your statement that Hillary "has indictments hanging over her head" is propaganda and lies. Clinton has NOT been indicted for anything. You not only disregard "Innocent until proven guilty", you manufactured charges being filed against her.

herbie

Yea. So 150 or so FBI agents as well of the head of the FBI are doing what? a "security review" Sorry - the FBI only conducts CRIMINAL investigations Tina.

I guess you "forgot" 2 of Hilary's former staff members have cut a deal and got immunity

olefool

"the FBI only conducts CRIMINAL investigations"
Wrong again herbie. Just a few things the FBI investigates:
Terrorism
- International Terrorism
- Domestic Terrorism

Counterintelligence
- Counterespionage
- Counterproliferation
- Economic Espionage

Cyber Crime
- Computer Intrusions
- Internet Fraud

Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Key Programs


Public Corruption
- Border Corruption
- Election Crimes
- International Corruption
- Prison Corruption

Civil Rights
- Hate Crimes
- Human Trafficking
- Color of Law Violations
- Freedom of Access to Clinics
- International Human Rights

Organized Crime
- Italian Mafia/LCN
- Eurasian
- Balkan
- Middle Eastern
- Asian
- African
- Sports Bribery

White-Collar Crime
- Asset Forfeiture
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Financial Institution Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Insurance Fraud
- Market Manipulation Fraud
- Mass Marketing Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Piracy/Intellectual Property Theft
- Securities and Commodities Fraud

Violent Crime and Major Thefts

- Art Theft
- Bank Robbery
- Cargo Theft
- Gangs
- Indian Country Crime
- Jewelry and Gem Theft
- Online Predators
- Retail Theft
- Vehicle Theft
- Violent Crimes Against Children

tonyc51

So Olefool are you saying they are possibly investigating Hillary for some or all of these violations? Please clarify.

olefool

tonyc51... nope, just pointing out herbie's inconsistencies in truth telling... Bending the body of real events or facts is just another synonym for the phrase "bald face liar"... If herbie were honest and asked to place his hand on his bible and swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help him God most of his statements would not appear here.

vicdavy

[thumbup] I read a detailed legal analysis of HRC case and it's political BS

gary4books

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DickD

Yet, Obama was reelected? Explain that, herbie.

herbie

Obama was reelected but look at the damage he has caused your party. On the local, state, and federal level Dems have lost nearly 900 seats

public-redux

and that's why Republicans should support a third term for Obama. We could take hundreds more seats.

vicdavy

pub,you're funny! Your Party is Dying of Xenophobia!

public-redux

It is dying of authoritarianism. Of course, your party is at risk from the liberal regressives.

vicdavy

My party? Bernie Sanders is my party! I'm a Democratic Socialist not a liberal.

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