Many impartial Americans have felt all along that something disgustingly putrid has been going on in the GOP ranks since Barack Obama was elected president. Now there appears to be information that substantiates those misgivings. There is information that 14 or so members of the Republican Party clandestinely plotted to undermine the president’s credibility by agreeing to refuse to act on legislation that the president favored.

Robert Draper, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, has disclosed in his book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside The U.S. House of Representatives,” some frightening information about the GOP that should infuriate every red-blooded American citizen regardless of the political party he or she belongs to.

A meeting of the GOP elite was held in Washington on the evening of Jan. 20, 2009, to devise a strategy to make the president appear to be incompetent as the leader of our nation. It was agreed that for this tactic to achieve the maximum effect, it would require unanimous support from all of its members.

The mere fact that the Republicans decided to meet on the same day as the inauguration of the president corroborates suspicions that from the very beginning, they were never willing to compromise on anything that might prove to be politically advantageous to the president.

The meeting was attended by some of the most powerful people in the Republican Party, including Newt Gingrich, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Dan Lungren, Tom Coburn, Bob Corker, John Ensign and South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint. Additional attendees were Jon Kyl, Frank Luntz, Pete Hoekstra, Kevin McCarthy, Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions.

The decision by the attendees was conceived with the sole intent of rendering the president’s efforts ineffective on the immediate issues that are of great concern to us all in order to minimize his chances of being elected to a second term. Collectively, the GOP decided that they would play a game of “political chicken” with the economy, health care and the budget in order to try to alienate American citizens who may have previously supported the president.

The choice made by the GOP to intentionally subvert the efforts of the president and the Democratic Party as they sought to enact legislation that is of national significance and vital to our nation’s recovery is, in my opinion, tethering on the edge of treason. The action agreed upon by the conspirators at that meeting represents a concerted, covert attempt to destabilize our nation for the sake of gaining political leverage,

The fact that the group of saboteurs scripted a plan that did not take into consideration the effects their plan might have on our country is both scary and extremely despicable. For someone to even suggest the possibility of an internal plot from conservatives to cause havoc in our government and our nation’s financial stability just to regain political control should cause our citizens to question the validity of Republicans’ claims to have the best interests of the nation at heart.

The disclosure by Draper explains vividly why the “do nothing” Republican-led 112th Congress is unwilling to act on essential legislation that would be beneficial to our nation. It explains the early declaration by GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell that his main concern was to make Obama a one-term president. It gives credibility to claims that there is a conspiracy by conservatives to use any means necessary to label the president as incompetent to handle the affairs of the nation. Additionally, it supports a belief held by many that there is a deep hatred of the president that is buoyed even greater by racially biased implications that often come from the mouths of members of the GOP.

Americans deserve to have representatives who have the moral fiber to do whatever is necessary to improve our citizens’ lives and are not bound by some childish oath made to an out-of-touch ideologue or those who place their party’s agenda before our country’s needs. Our citizens need a commitment from our proxies in Washington to adhere to the vows that they swore to when they took office.

As the information revealed in Draper’s book spreads across the nation, I am certain that there will be an outcry of disdain at the revelation that conservatives chose to risk the possibility of causing our nation untold damage in order to discredit the president. I am sure that our citizens will vote accordingly in the November elections to reflect their feelings on this most serious matter.

I believe most Americans agree that the actions taken by the GOP are unpatriotic and should be frowned upon by everyone who believes the same virtues so prevalent and adhered to by the founders of the nation should also be embraced by our current leaders. I believe it is reasonable to say the conspiracy undertaken by the GOP is highly reprehensible and most definitely un-American.

– Harold Thomas, Orangeburg

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