Boyd Matheson: What are conservatives and liberals afraid of?

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Republicans on Capitol Hill push ahead with their legislative and political agenda largely unconcerned with former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Thursday about President Donald Trump.

From Washington to the Wasatch Front, politicians seem to be teeming with a timidity toward asserting and applying the very principles they profess to believe. Many politicians are afraid of their own shadow when it comes to promoting, or voting on, policy. This kind of fear is bad for the country and for our communities because it leads our elected officials to actually spend more time spreading fear of their opponents’ views than driving their own.

This is particularly evident in the current nondebate about health care. Are Republicans really so uncertain about their oft-proclaimed principles of free markets, local control and patient choice that they can’t even share what they will propose as a replacement for the unstable and unraveling Affordable Care Act?

Before Democrats jump in with a big “amen,” they should remember that it was Nancy Pelosi’s fear-driven “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it!” that helped pass Obamacare, without a single Republican vote, in the first place.

Majority Leader Mitch…

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