- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I think it is time for Republicans in the House and the Senate to consider a career change. How about professional mourner as a new vocation? That way they can weep and wail, and wring their hands, get paid to do it, and relieve us all of the expectations that such a show is going to lead to some further (and useful) action on their part.

It does not matter what happens at the mid-term elections in 2010, just as it did not matter when the Republicans won big during mid-terms in the Clinton era, because win or lose, they don’t use the tools they have to make themselves heard in Congress. They just whine. So Wednesday in “Hiding health bills behind closed doors” (Opinion), we read that Repubicans are whining because they have not been invited to the meeting where the final witch’s brew of health care reform will be stirred together.

Did the GOP learn nothing from the Tea Party people? Just show up. None of the Democrats will want you there and they may even be very rude to you, but you belong there on behalf of those of us whom you represent. Go in and sit down, and if the Democrats don’t want you there, let them bodily carry you out. A picture is worth 1,000 words. If photos surface of Republicans being physically dragged or carried out of a meeting that should be open to both parties, it willpowerfully demonstrate to your constituents howstrongly you feel about representing them and their best interests. Make noise, cause a disruption, if you are not included in the proceedings, then prevent them from happening. Does C-SPAN really have to be there? No. I am sure that there are a few tech-savvy Republicans floating around who could do justice to the event with a video camera or even a cell phone. Stop depending on the big networks to tell theRepublican story - get the message out yourselves. Everystatement from the opposing party should be analyzed and rebutted, twittered and facebooked and gabbed about on talk radiountil no one can ignore it.Do whatever you have to do to compel Democrats to realize that our government is a two-party system, and that all of us deserve to be heard and heeded.

I also suggest that every Republican on the hill get a copy of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and study it thoroughly - because that is the guidebook of the current Democratic majority (this idea of a meeting where the majority is not invited is explained in Chapter 3, as is the whole Christmas Eve secret vote), and it will let everyone know what to expect in the way of dirty tricks. We all have a constitutional right to freedom of assembly and speech - use it.

DEBRA STEVENSON

Fairfax, Va.

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