By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National Sentinel) Politics: After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans finally got a president who had made the same pledge throughout his campaign.

It should have been a slam-dunk. It should have been one of the GOP-controlled Congress’ first orders of business. Americans should, by now, be experiencing the cost-saving effects of a newly enacted free market-style health care system, where competition keeps prices down and choices aplenty.

After all, we gave Republicans control over both lawmaking branches of government for the express purpose of repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Yet here we are, more than six months after President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated and seven months after the current Congress was seated, and virtually all aspects of Obamacare remain intact. That includes the massive deductibles, monthly premiums, lack of insurer choice and limited provider options, all things the law was supposed to never create.

Democrats are gloating over this — because let’s remember they are the party that gave us this nightmare to begin with. We will never be able to count on them to do the right thing for the country.

But Republicans were supposed to repeal Obamacare, pure and simple — and while many did vote to do just that, too many have not.

Now, we hear, we may not get tax reform, either. Or any damned thing else we elected these people to do.

This is not the fault of rank-and-file Republicans, mind you. No, this is the fault of the #nevertrump RINOs who would rather see the party lose control of Congress, lose control of their ability to confirm constitutionalists to the federal bench and Supreme Court, and lose control of the capacity to implement sustained economic growth for decades. Just because they want to see Trump fail more.

Why? Because Trump isn’t a club member. Trump is this ‘bumbling outsider’ who ‘thinks he can run shit’ and these RINOs ‘are here to assure him he doesn’t run shit.’ So it’s a power thing, nothing more. They refuse to help Trump because doing so would make him successful.

But it would also make them successful. And the country. So what’s the problem?

“A lot of them don’t like his policies,” said Lifezette editor, talk show host and conservative pundit, Laura Ingraham, who singled out Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as being part of “a significant Chamber of Commerce wing of the Republican Party.”

“Republicans play the safe gentlemanly game of politics,” Ingraham told host Fox News host Sean Hannity. “They agree with the Democrats on a lot of these key issues, and they don’t agree with Donald Trump on a lot of key issues, so they’re not willing to fight for him.”

She adds that these swamp rats have never accepted the fact that Trump kicked their establishment asses last November.

“He crushed them, and they never got over it,” Ingraham said. “The day after the election, they began plotting what they hoped would be his demise.”

That is so obvious by now it hardly bears mentioning.

The biggest problem is with the Senate. Asswipes like Flake and John McCain, as well as lying hypocrites on Obamacare repeal such as Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, are more enthused about messing with Trump’s agenda than working on behalf of their constituents and the American people.

And now these swamp-rat RINOs are essentially telling us to piss off by working against our president and against the issues we elected them and him to address.

Enough already. These RINOs need to be defeated in their next primary contests and sent packing once and for all. For Flake, that’s next year. For Collins, it’s 2020 (but she’s considering running for governor of Maine next year; for Murkowski, we’re stuck with her until 2022 at least.

But the point is, Republican swamp rats are no different than Democratic swamp rats. They have all infested our political system with self-interest and personal agendas that have nothing to do with representing We the People. We have a president who, for the first time in ages, really understands what needs to be done to get our country back on track, and he’s being undermined by bullshit political power games.

We deserve better. And we should do what we can as a nation to ensure we get it. That begins by draining the stinking, festering, smelly swamp — on both sides of the aisle.

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