It is on such a full sea that the Grand Old Party will be afloat in 2015-2016. And it must take the current when it serves, or lose its ventures. The two years ahead are pivotal years for the Republican Party, perhaps for a generation. What the party does, in the closing two years of a failing and dangerous Obama Presidency, will define its foreseeable future.
The GOP's major challenge is to transition from a party of tepid opposition, to the party of resistance that aims to significantly mitigate, and reverse, the impact of a far-left President undaunted in his zeal to continue fundamentally transforming America, even after his party suffered devastating defeats in the midterm elections.
It's no secret that the Republicans did well in the recent midterm elections mostly because of the "R" behind their candidates' names. Many voted against Democrats as much as they voted for Republicans.
That's reason enough to celebrate the outcome in November 2014. But the tide in the affairs of politics by 2016 will have become high. By then, the nation will be more aware of the array of severe problems we face in every national-issue venue: federal debt, international relations, national unity, public education, healthcare...the list goes on, too long.
Republican candidates will not be able to win elections in 2016 on the basis of not being Democrats. That won't be good enough.
Imagine the clock was suddenly fast-forwarded from midnight this December 31 to the morning of November 8, 2016, and voters woke up to discover there'd been no significant evolution of the GOP's expressed political philosophy. Many of those who tend to vote Republican would then face the decision of the Prom-bound, prettiest girl in a senior class with only two boys – one a bold fraud, the other a shy wimp. With whom does she go to the Prom?
In case the analogy isn't obvious, the wimp is well-earned, collective persona of Boehner's House Republicans and McConnell's Senate Republicans. They've yet to clearly express a political philosophy because they plainly don't have one. Consequently, we don't know what Republicans, together, believe.
In comparison, until just recently, Democrats marched in lock-step behind the progressive social agenda of the Obama regime. They have no difficulty articulating democratic socialism, having never met a big government initiative they didn't embrace.
Our expectations for the GOP are low based on past history. Mitch McConnell has equivocated with regard to repealing Obamacare. And Boehner has caved so often in past budget battles with the White House that he's earned a Doctorate in Speleology.
Hence, the pivotal years ahead for Republicans, perhaps for a generation, are 2015-2016. In that timeframe, we'll watch the GOP's control over Congress as we take the measure of its doggedness in the face of the progressive, liberal agenda of the Obama regime. As we listen for clarity in the articulation of its political philosophy. And, as we ultimately decide if the GOP is up to controlling the Executive Branch.
But, if the net consequence of two years of GOP control over both houses of Congress is summed up in this Bible verse:
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth." (Rev. 3. 15-16)
...then, the number of conservatives that went AWOL from the 2012 Presidential Election will be dwarfed by those absent in 2016.
Meanwhile, despite liberal journalism's effort to write the obituary of the TEA Party Movement, it lives on, though not in the form of a traditional "political party."
Because it lives on, we may be easing into a transition time when the old paradigm of "political party" evolves into a new equation. Such transitions are happening elsewhere, all around us.
On-line shopping has become a purchasing platform competitive with shopping malls. Netflix is challenging network movies. And the Drudge Report brings more news faster than the paper boys of old. All this is happening as the internet becomes the greatest threat in world history to despotism and incompetence by outing the lies and failures of tyrants everywhere – including America. Just ask the once great Professor Gruber.
State education teaches us from Kindergarten that there are only two political parties. In fact, there more than two, and there have been for a long time. The legacy media marginalizes those beyond the two parties by ignoring them. But, more and more, we're ignoring the legacy media.
The political oligarchy of R. and D. may well continue for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, though, there is that one long – 71-word – sentence in our past that, once- upon-a-time, set us on a national course to change the then status quo. Its intent remains in our political DNA as an irritant to those who believe the way things are now will always be so:
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
We have been bound by the political bands of D. and R. which defined our politics through most of the 20th Century.
Today, some are wondering: How has that worked out for us?