Here's a message to the stubborn Republicans who seem willing to hand hard-left progressives a couple of victories on health care reform and the budget:
You can't govern with 30-some votes.
And your failure to govern is going to bring down the Republican Party and hand the government's reins back to the likes of Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
The Freedom Caucus in particular is willing to bring down the entire Republican Party because
it is not yielding to the caucus' demands. "Abolish Obamacare" is a simple-minded alternative to getting down to the hard work of agreeing on a reasonable compromise that will actually help Americans deal with their most critical health problems.
"Well," the response goes, "my constituents sent me to Washington to drain the swamp. To not allow politics as usual to run things." Forgetting all along that "politics as usual" means that stubborn people on both the right and the left have refused to budge, as governing in a republic requires. Because "Hamilton" has become such a popular icon, I'd remind folks of the role that Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father and co-author of the Federalist Papers, played in the Compromise of 1790.
Please spare the rest of us your certitude and uncompromising principles. If you fear your constituents rising up against you, so be it. Considering the abject ignorance of so many Americans about how their republican form of government is supposed to work, it's a possibility that you'll have to accept if you are as principled as you claim.