Christmas is now behind us and we have entered a new year; and with this transition, we move from a holiday mindset to that of a workman. And believe me, we have plenty of work to do.
Our first order of business, Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
A plethora of articles have been written about Boehner by many high caliber reporters, especially lately; and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of a few of them here: Specifically, Robert Costa of National Review, and Matthew Boyle and Mike Flynn from Breitbart.com. I encourage you all to please click on their names above and read through their extensive documentation of Boehner’s actions so that you will thoroughly understand why I am calling for him to be replaced.
The crux of my case is this: John Boehner has abandoned the Tea Party principles that ushered the GOP back into power in the House of Representatives and retreated and conceded the GOP into the laughingstock and embarrassment it now is.
In July 2010, he seemed to understand the force and power behind the Tea Party rebellion. He referred to it as: "The tip of the iceberg." "We should listen to them, we should work with them, and we should walk amongst them," Boehner opined.
And yet, at almost every turn, where we’ve needed strength and resolve, we’ve gotten weakness and capitulation.
Boehner promised to cut $100 Billion from the Federal Budget:
We will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone.
In the end, it was all smoke and mirrors.
And they put a checkmark next to the goal on their GOP Pledge site. Think of it as our own little "Mission Accomplished" sign, if you will.
On the issue of Obamacare, many Republicans ran on it taking down. Boehner has long promised to repeal it:
You’ll see a plan to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common-sense reforms that will lower health care costs instead of killing jobs and driving our country into bankruptcy.
He repeated the call for repeal after the Supreme Court decision in June:
There’s a lot of resolve amongst our colleagues, and amongst the American people, to stop a law that’s hurting our economy, driving up the cost of health care and making it more difficult for employers to hire new workers. The American people want this bill repealed. What they really want are common-sense steps that will empower them and their families to choose the doctor they want, at lower cost.
Then, after the election, Boehner changed his tune:
"It’s pretty clear that the president was re-elected," Boehner added. "Obamacare is the law of the land."
This of course had to be clarified:
A spokesman for Boehner said later the speaker and House Republicans "remain committed to repealing the law, and he said in the interview it would be on the table."
Of course this is true, but then it was almost always going to be the case. Because we didn’t elect Obama out of office and because the Senate is still in Reid’s hands, there is ZERO chance of repealing Obamacare outright.
And the symbolism of repeatedly repealing the law in the House of Representatives, is just that. Symbolism. Kind of like the symbolic, non-existent 100 Billion cut to the Federal Budget mentioned above.
But we don’t need symbolism. We need results.
We need steel spines and passionate resolve and principled leadership.
Repeal is not the only power the legislative bodies hold. The lower house holds the purse strings among other things but Boehner seems almost phobic against these powers and responsibilities. Defunding various programs would be a real, tangible, non-symbolic step to making a difference. But they don’t want the negative press and they don’t have a strategy to combat the liberal narratives. So they hide behind symbolic gestures, signifying nothing.
Late November, Boehner insisted that Obamacare must be on the table for the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations:
Boehner’s newfound spine on Obamacare is undoubtedly a partial result of the backlash against his comments in the aftermath of the 2012 election that Obamacare was the “law of the land.” In the Enquirer he wrote, “With President Obama and his party still in control of most of Washington, stopping Obamacare will require both bold state leadership and vigorous oversight by members of the House of Representatives.”
And how long did that "newfound spine" last? Just as long as his "support" for Tea Party principles: If you blinked, you missed it.
Enter the Tea Party purge.
Enter Plan B.
Enter the Senate Fiscal Cliff deal, that Boehner supported. Nancy Pelosi supported it too.
Or is it now a Tea Party/conservative principle to support $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases? cuts-ratio
Paul Ryan and other "Conservatives" want you to think so but tell me, if our leadership recognizes that the fiscal cliff is a result of the outrageous spending and resulting $16 trillion in debt, why didn’t they use every means at their disposal and then some to ensure spending was cut? That entitlements were reformed?
And what of Obamacare, that absolutely had to be part of the fiscal cliff negotiations? Hello…Bueller?
The list, sadly, goes on.
As the discussion shifts to the debt ceiling, gun control, green energy subsidies (which are included in the bill the House passed last night) and global warming, we must have assurance that the GOP is ready to stand firm and fight.
Perhaps there are circumstances and realities in which John Boehner would be a great Speaker of the House.
These are not those circumstances.
We need someone who can hold their ground and hold their own.
John Boehner is not that individual.
And so I call upon those serving in the House of Representatives to please take a stand for us. Do not vote for John Boehner for Speaker of the House.
Especially now, when we appear to have a valid alternative:
When the Washington commentariat has insisted on the need for a deal–to save the economy, to prevent default, to avoid tax hikes–Cantor has been willing, in Obama’s words, to “call my bluff.”
This article acknowledges what we already know to be true about Eric Cantor; he’s not a particularly ideological leader.
But he is a fighter.
Currently, no ideological Tea Party leaders can garner the votes to become the Speaker of the House. So, acknowledging the political realities as they are, we must play the game in order to give the opposition the best chance when fighting Obama and the left.
And that best chance right now is Eric Cantor. At the very least, he’ll be an improvement over Boehner…not that that’s saying all that much.
So please contact your Representatives and ask them to reject John Boehner for Speaker, and to instead support Eric Cantor.
The number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard is: (202) 224-3121. You can also go HERE and enter your zip code in the form at the top right of the screen to access your Representatives contact information.
It is time to stop cowering, retreating and capitulating.
It’s time to fight with everything we can and I believe that Eric Cantor is ready, willing and able to lead the charge.