Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has good advice for the Republican Party; start being Republicans. There is no reason to vote the Republican Party back into power if all they will do is act like they have for the past few years. If we want tax and spend government, we can elect the Democrats who, since FDR, have been the party of big government. There is no good reason to elect Republicans to do work that the Democrats are more competent to do.
Standing at the border and screaming "Mexican go home" or picketing abortion clinics is just not any reason to vote for the Republican Party. The first issue is a sure-fire loser and the second is not really one that grips the majority of Americans. The Republicans have come to stand for nothing of any importance.
The Republicans were not elected in 1994 in order to support the more liberal urges of President Clinton, though aside from his wife's health plan he didn't demonstrate a lot of liberalism. They were elected to bring discipline to our national government. And, they succeeded for a time. Unfortunately, they came to love power for the sake of power, rather than using it in order to effect a more responsible form of government. The final straw was the incredibly expensive expansion of Medicare with the addition of Part D. I am happy to know that my parents and their peers are well taken care of, but it saddens me to know that my son, and his children, will still be paying for it after my parents are long dead.
I found this statement of Senator Coburn's to be quite pointed: "Spending other people's money is not compassionate."
Compassion is sacrificing willingly in order to aid another. Tax and spend is not compassion. It is coercion, and a binding of golden chains.
End of rant.