John Boehner must go.
I went to sleep on election night 2010 feeling a little more settled. The groggy electorate that was drugged y the media and the never-ending mantra, “Hope and change, hope and change!” seemed to slip temporally out of its coma and again elect men and woman that could “right” us in every political and moral meaning of the word.
No we didn’t get the senate and I was disappointed, but not surprised that Harry Reid survived in Nevada. For the record, I do think he stole that election.
That evening John Boehner also wept his way through his victory and apparent ascension to the speakership. My initial response was a sleepy “Uh-oh.” And, my response became justified as the days pasted. Sean Hannity and talk radio assured me that that Tea Party momentum and new Conservative energy in the Congress would keep the new speaker on a path that could effectively counter lefts growing influence and control.
On election night 2010 John Boehner said:
The people’s priorities will be our priorities. The people’s agenda will be our agenda. This is our Pledge to America … this is our pledge to you!
While our new majority will serve as your voice in the people’s House, we must remember it is the president who sets the agenda for our government. The American people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight, and that message is: “change course.”
We hope President Obama will now respect the will of the people, change course, and commit to making the changes they are demanding. To the extent he is willing to do this, we are ready to work with him.
But make no mistake, the president will find in our new majority the voice of the American people as they’ve expressed it tonight: standing on principle, checking Washington’s power, and leading the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government.
These are the principles our new majority will stand for, and we hope you will stand with us in the hard work that lies ahead. Because we are humbled by your trust in us. And we recognize that with this trust comes the responsibility to listen, and listen we will.
For the full transcript: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/11/02/boehners-election-night-speech#ixzz2FmaSCIn7
Yes, I was encouraged, but not convinced after I saw John Boehner’s interview on 60 Minutes where he cried his way though the segment. Hey, I don’t care if he’s moved so much that he must emote copious tears. Great, I like a good cry too. However, I also got the feeling from the interview that he would be more willing to compromise with the President.
Lesley Stahl from 60 Minutes met him at Capitol the day after the president announced the new (non) tax deal. When Stahl asked him about the president, he dwelt on their differences.
Lesley Stahl: What do you think of him?
Rep. John Boehner: I think he’s engaging. Certainly smart. Brilliant. But, you know, we come from different backgrounds. And I think our view of the economy is also very different.
I say this as nicely as I can… I think the President is a blind ideologue who does not like his country. I think that to him, the end justifies the means. Therefore, he will say and do anything to get his self-hating-American-agenda through.
That’s for sure: Stahl asked him about the president saying that the Republicans are holding the American people hostage to get tax cuts for the wealthy.
Stahl: He basically called you a hostage-taker.
Boehner: Excuse me, Mr. President. I thought the election was over. You know, you get a lot of that heated rhetoric during an election. But now it’s time to govern.
Stahl: Do you think that his tone will make it more difficult for you to come together as we move forward on issues? Or are you just flicking it off?
Boehner: I listen. I’ve got thick skin. And a lot of words get said here in Washington. You just have to let ’em run off your back. The president was having a tough day.
Stahl: You’re so understanding.
Boehner: I have a tough day from time to time myself.
So John Boehner, got to know the President better. They would now be seen dining and playing golf together. There was also no compromise.
I really knew that we were in trouble the following summer as the Republicans disappointed me and many other Conservatives when they put out this inane plan to create The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction It was a bipartisan, 12-member panel in late July 2011 was to allow the government to raise the federal debt ceiling.
The agreement called for at least $2 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years to offset the $2.4 trillion increase in the amount the Treasury Department is authorized to borrow. At least $1.2 trillion of that was to be decided on by the Joint Select Committee, which some in Washington called the “super committee.”
The panel, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, the House and Senate, was given a deadline of fall 2011. Any recommendations it made were to be voted on immediately by both chambers of Congress, with no filibusters or amendments allowed.
Here’s the real stupidity of the Republican Leadership:
The deal said that if the committee could not agree on a plan, or if Congress did not enact its recommendations by Dec. 23, the result would be $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts in January 2013, half of which would come from Pentagon programs, Medicaid and Medicare benefits would be exempt, although provider payments could be reduced.
I knew then that Sean Hannity, John Boehner, and the Republican Establishment
ruined America forever.
I knew then 2012 was lost.
We did it to ourselves.
Now flash forward 2012…
Lets look at who lost the election. We had Republican moderates like,
Scott Brown, lost.
Tommy Thompson, lost.
Linda McMahon for the second time; moderate, lost.
Linda Lingle in Hawaii, lost.
Nan Hayworth in New York, lost.
As far as John Boehner and the powers that be are concerned in the ruling class part of the Republican Party, there must be room to compromise.
Why Should John Boehner care? He’s in power and that’s all he cares about.
Because conservatives, we’re the only group left that doesn’t orient ourselves around government.
..Like playing golf with a man that hates his own country.
We’re the only group of people left that does not want to earn our living off government. Many now do. People who vote for the Democrats are unwilling to earn a lifestyle that they desire. So they vote for people who will enable them.
It’s apparent that John Boehner wants government control and HE wants to be in charge of it. He wants to run the committees that bundle out the currency. That’s where he develops his power.
So Conservatives are a threat to both Republicans and Democrats because we’re the one group left that’s not oriented around government being the center of the universe or the center of everyone’s life.
I want to make my way in life without government. I don’t want to nurse off of it.
Marco Rubio, won
Ted Cruz, won
Rand Paul, won
Mike Lee, won
Kiernan Lalor, won
They are all Tea Party conservatives, and they won in spite and in the face of John Boehner and the Republican Establishment.
Again, I think John Boehner has shown that he and the moderate wants to rule not govern. Sean Hannity and talk radio wants access to John Boehner and his ilk, so they overlook and cover Boehner’s flaws.
I personally think that the county I knew is still lost. The President was successful. He taught more than half of the United States how to vote themselves “poor” every four years. I really don’t think that replacing Speaker Boehner will do anything but send a message that we didn’t like his leadership and he was partly to blame for the Conservative arrest and failure of the 2012 election.
At the least, I want us to give him something to reall cry about.
And, maybe… just maybe… if we get rid of John Boehner’s Speakership and put in a true leader and advocate of conservatism… we could come back a bit from the brink.
But that my little mantra of “Hope and change.”