- - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Republican politicians promised to repeal the unpopular Obamacare law, and yet they have allowed the president to exempt personally favored groups.

Congress voted to defeat the Dream Act, but President Obama enabled it by executive fiat, again completely bypassing Congress. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. changed drug-crimes sentencing laws, another power reserved only for Congress, and he prevented states from enforcing existing federal and state sovereignty laws.

Mr. Obama created more national debt in his first term than the first 42 presidents combined, and our children and grandchildren will be stuck with paying the taxes for his profligate spending splurges.

Republicans promised they would fight these executive actions, but where is the Republican opposition to all of this? Apparently, the GOP is unable or unwilling to keep its promises. In either case, the Republicans are not an effective opposition party, and the only remedy left for conservatives is to support the emergence of a third national party. What is there to lose except the chains that now bind us, and in the future will bind our children and grandchildren?

NORTON RUBENSTEIN

Richmond