The GOP's 'Beck Problem'

However, I don’t blame Beck for offering shallow solutions. Beck is stepping forward because, like a lot of Americans, he’s scared and there’s a void. I blame the Republican Party in Washington. Americans are hungry for real political leadership that will understand the state our nation is in and take steps to remedy it.

Yet, Republicans in Congress seem to live in Neverland. They act like grown children with big credit cards, spending like there’s no tomorrow. My senator, Mike Crapo (R-ID), is determined to bring Amtrak back to Idaho. He and other supporters of the Amtrak line insist those who came out with a study showing the line would cost $493 million to reopen and then require $20 million a year in subsidies overestimated costs and suffered a lack of imagination. Of course, we all know how government-requested studies constantly underestimate cost. Certainly, Senator Crapo has no shortage of imagination if he thinks that we have hundreds of millions of dollars to expand a service that’s losing money throughout America.

And it’s that same way across the country. After having their majority reduced to an eighty-seat minority, Republicans still can’t find the nerve to ban earmarks. There is no sign of slowing in the pork-filled gravy train that stops in most Republican districts in this country. Watching these leaders spend like there’s no tomorrow and ignore the mammoth-sized deficits reminds me of Christ’s description of how people lived in the days of Noah. Like members of Congress, they were living their lives as they always had until the flood came and carried them away.

An economic flood is coming. It doesn’t require being a prophet in the desert to see it. The massive debt obligations being taken on by this government are going to become an economic tsunami that will wipe out the economic prosperity and liberty of the American people. We know this debt is bad news. It’s a problem for which Americans are awaiting a solution while GOP House and Senate members continue with business as usual. No wonder 71 percent of Republicans say that GOP members of Congress are out of touch.

Perhaps the king of the out-of-touch crowd is Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). He completed the transformation of the NRSC from a campaign committee that helps Republican nominees for U.S. Senate to a committee which expresses its supremacy to every Republican Party in the nation from Colorado to Florida for the promotion of leaders who will fit right in with the out-of-touch Republican leadership in Washington.

It is not that NRSC recruits liberal Republicans in states where a conservative couldn’t easily win, such as Delaware, Connecticut, or New York, but the NRSC recruits and backs such candidates in states where a more conservative Republican could win, such as Colorado, Florida, and even Illinois. Nearly every candidate backed by the NRSC, if elected, will become part of the problem the day they are sworn in.

Now isn’t the time to forget the Republican Party; it is time to fight for the soul of the Republican Party. To abandon the GOP is to abandon the Marco Rubios of the world to the Charlie Crists. It is time to fight for those who are conscious of the times in which we live and will not hide their head in the sand. It is time for some primary challenges to those who refuse to face up to their responsibilities and have forgotten their conservative values, if they ever had them in the first place.

The prominence of Glenn Beck should be taken as a sign that says, “Help Wanted: Leadership.” The question is whether anyone will answer this call for help and begin the hard work of saving our republic.

If they do, in a few years Glenn Beck can go back to talking about American Idol.