Republicans in Washington, D.C. appeared ready to take full advantage of their newfound power in the weeks following the 2016 election, but conservative critics – including Matt Drudge – have begun to wonder if they’ll be able to live up to their national promises. While President Donald Trump uses executive power to push his agenda as far forward as he can, congressional leaders seem to be wavering on Obamacare, border security, and other issues important to their voters.
Away from the Capitol, however, state Republican leaders are rushing to implement the policies they ran on.
From The New York Times:
Republicans have top-to-bottom control in 25 states now, holding both the governorship and the entire legislature, and Republican lawmakers are acting with lightning speed to enact longstanding conservative priorities.
In states from New England to the Midwest and across the South, conservative lawmakers have introduced or enacted legislation to erode union powers and abortion rights, loosen gun regulations, expand school-choice programs and slash taxes and spending.
The Times article is actually worth a read, especially for anyone who is already feeling disgruntled about the national scene. Make no mistake about it – there is a conservative revolution going on right now in the United States. Republican legislatures are wasting no time in pursuing policies that have long been thwarted by Democrats. On issues like abortion, gun control, sanctuary cities, and welfare, liberals are watching powerlessly as Republicans make good on their campaign promises.
At the federal level, there’s no telling what the next couple of years might bring. With Trump at the helm, we have all the confidence in the world that we’ll be in a better place than we would have been under Hillary Clinton. Even so, Republicans in Washington have been known to disappoint, and they are facing an obstructionist Democratic Party desperate to make the most of their sudden “outsider” status.
At the state level, however, conservatives are getting just what they wanted. As weakened as Democrats are on a national basis, they have been decimated locally. And that means that much of the Obama era’s worst policies will be erased from the ground up. That may not be enough to boost your spirits if you live in a blue state, but these things tend to gather momentum as time goes on.