Boehner: ‘I’m The Most Anti-Establishment Speaker We’ve Ever Had’
Speaker of the House John Boehner defended his conservative
bona fides Thursday, arguing during a press conference that it “pains”
him to be described as a “squish” by members of his own party
His comments, directed at the conservative wing of the GOP, come days after 25 members of his own party, many of whom argue he is not sufficiently conservative, voted against him for speaker. Boehner still won re-election.
Now I know there were SOME headlines (probably in order to foster the
idea that the GOP is about commit suicide) insisting Boehner was
narrowly re-elected, and that 25 votes against represents some huge
revolt. But when your opposition is 10% of your total it hardly
represents being ‘narrowly’ elected.
End of first thought.
Now, the other part of this is that only 25 members with R preceding
their state of representation understand they are today’s ‘black
republicans’ (the abolitionists) who seemed so extreme (and still do to
SOME historians) but understood the moral position they took gave no
choice to them or the nation. Of course, that was over slavery which
had, really, just one solution with several implementations.
Today these folks can put a stake in the ground on only just 2 ideas.
Ending the financial irresponsibility which endangers the republic
every bit as much as slavery gnawed away at its vitals, and fidelity to
the constitution and its processes.
Outside of these 2 things, there is scarcely any other agreement. And
I do not believe the abolitionists were much different. When you think
of Gohmer, or a few others, think of John Brown. Right, but unable to
proceed down the path they see.
Brown, of course, was unlike the 25, a violent and ultimately AMORAL
murderer led astray by the call of the right moral choices, implanted
onto extreme actions, and finally put down, ironically, by Jeb Stuart
and Robert Lee.
From what I can gather, the other 90% (222 votes) will, when the
choice is put to them vote for the establishment in order to keep
WINNING, or get a good committee position, over a central core idea
within themselves to proceed outwardly to lead the nation. But they will
all be forgiven if the R leadership is serious and NOT members of a
sickening political class.
Now, we cannot have ideologues run roughshod over our processes (as
the last 6 years PROVE), therefore painful compromises MUST be made
WITHIN THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES.
I am no longer sure if proceeding from the position on the Bell Curve
of political ideas Boehner exists on will save the republic. It will
be, as Wellington put it, ‘a near run thing’.
If Boehner is on the right path, Mr. Obama will be put into the
position of obstructing the ENTIRE legislative process of the USA
because Mr. Obama IS an ideologue now without any worry about having to
justify by election what he is doing.
If Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are SKILLED and on the right path,
they will know and pass legislation with enough COMPROMISES to OVERRIDE
If they fail at that, we will have a series of vetoed bills, in
escalating polarity and degree, resulting in confrontations and a
finally a series of Constitutional crises which will occur, probably,
too late for SCOTUS to arbitrate.
The first tests will be significant, especially the pipeline. This
will be a battle between ecological ideologues and reality. A battle
between our economy and world fossil fuel supplies (and therefore price
and disposable income for the middle class) versus those convinced
humans are ruining the world by LIVING. Barack Obama is a member of the
latter group, ultimately and unleashed from the master of elective
responsibility will easily choose his path.