Negative action is doing the opposite of what you believe in order to make people think you are not evil and wicked. While such negative action has become popular among republican lawmakers of late, it has resulted in a poor public image of the party, inhibiting the parties ability to capitalize on an unpopular president.
Negative actions have doomed the republican party. For example, there are christian republicans who love all people but do not support gay marriage laws. However, some of these folks have become convinced republicans are not winning elections because they are seen as anti-gay. To remedy this they support gay marriage laws. In essence, they do the opposite of what they believe in order to get votes.
Most republicans are in favor of shoring up our borders in order to prevent immigrants from illegally coming into this country. They also favor the enforcement of immigration laws already on the books. They believe this is necessary to reduce the financial burden to states, and keep criminals and diseases outside our borders. Yet since there are those who believe amnesty would secure the Spanish American vote, some republicans, such as John McCain and George W. Bush, support amnesty programs.
There are many people who believe Obama should be impeached because he has violated the Constitution with all his executive orders. They believe this is unconstitutional on the grounds that the constitution allows this executive privilege so a president may take action in the face of emergencies when Congress is not in session. Yet in order to not offend voters they have resisted attempts at impeachment.
The result of such negative actions is that we end up with laws the people don't want. This should help explain why Congress is so unpopular. It should also help explain why the checks and balance system created by the founders has not been able to stop the president from abusing his powers,
Negative actions also cause obscurations, or things that hinder people from learning the true power of what a person, or faction, can do. When this happens, people lose the ability to see whether a politician is truly a conservative or a liberal. A good example here is Mitt Romney, who ran for president as a conservative, but because he used negative actions to become governor of Massachusettes, many saw him as a liberal, or moderate, republican. This might explain why conservatives were not excited about a Romney presidency.
Obscurations, therefore, create more ignorances. The more ignorant a populace is as to the potential that could be obtained by voting for republicans, the less likely they will vote for them. For instance, by telling the people you are for amnesty because you think people Spanish Americans would be more likely to vote republican, fewer Spanish Americans vote republican. Why would they change their vote to republican when both parties stand for the same thing?
By taking the negative action of blocking impeachment attempts you are in essence enabling ignorance on the errors of our president. This is because, lacking impeachment, there will be no effort to educate the people as to the unconstitutional behavior of the president. When people are not educated, they continue to remain ignorant.
By taking the negative action to not deny funding to Obama that would allow him to advance his agenda, Obama has no incentive to stop using his pen. Lacking funds his pen would become academic, yet republicans don't want to do this because they think inaction would cause the public to hate them less. However, the public continues to hate them due to their inaction or, more specifically, their negative action.
So, negative actions may cause obscurations that result people thinking worse about republicans, and not better. Negative action causes people to remain ignorant. Negative action does not win people over to the cause. Negative action does nothing more than weaken your position and draw fewer people to your side.
You see, polls show that Obama is unpopular right now. Most people don't like Obamacare, they are upset about the way he has handled the economy, upset about how he has handled immigration reform and border security, and upset about how he has handled the Ebola crisis. Yet republicans have not capitalized on this because they have a public relations problem that has essentially been caused by the constant use of negative actions.
Reports have it that, after the midterm elections, Obama wants to take executive action to create give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants already inside this country. If republicans want to stop him they must take positive action in order to educate the public as to the worthiness of their cause. Republicans could win on this, because, as CNN reports, 75 percent of Americans are already opposed to amnesty.
Reports have it that he wants to cut back on our nuclear stock because he thinks it will show other nations we don't mean them any harm, thus encouraging them to set down their weapons. Yet republicans claim, and history shows, that other nations will do the opposite: they will stockpile and destroy a weakened and naive United States. This is what thug nations and terrorist factions do. Just look at what happened in Israel for a good example. If republicans want to stop this behavior, the only option they have is to take positive action against the President.
The lesson learned here is that republicans have a public relations problem, and it has been caused by too much negative action. The simplest remedy for this is for republicans to simply stand up for the principles they believe in by positive actions, or actions that support the causes they believe in.