WASHINGTON, January 4, 2014 — Only the most feckless Republican, in or out of Washington, believes John Boehner is the right man, in the right place, at the right time in American history. But the sad fact remains that a majority of House Republicans actually elected this poster child for the Peter Principle — Boehner has certainly risen to his level of incompetence — Speaker of the House.
A new survey by Caddell and Associates finds that 64 percent of Republican voters believe “Speaker Boehner has been ineffective in opposing President Obama’s agenda.”
A strong minority, 43 percent, view the Ohioan favorably. That may be because in many ways, Boehner is a reflection of the unexceptional, inarticulate every-man. And John Boehner certainly reeks of the unremarkable. Can you recall a single stirring word or noble act by Boehner?
With a wink and a nod, Boehner helped Obama and MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber compound the lie of Obamacare by funding it over the wishes of a majority of Americans — those, as Gruber said, too “stupid” to know what’s good for them.
The recently passed omnibus funding bill also pays for the president’s executive order on illegal alien amnesty. Outgoing Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was elated, calling Boehner’s bill a “big accomplishment” and declaring it “would fund all the appropriations subcommittees except one.”
“John Boehner has snubbed and ignored conservatives for too long, as evidenced by the recent cromnibus budget deal he made with Obama,” conservative commentator Sean Hannity told The Hill. “It’s time he step aside for the good of the country and the conservative movement.”
“Trey Gowdy is my choice for speaker,” Hannity told Breitbart News. “He has the ability to articulate and implement the changes needed to get the country on the right path.”
Tom Davis, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told CNN that a conservative challenge to the GOP’s inarticulate Obama ally would be “catastrophic.”
For conservatives to unseat Boehner “would be the worst thing that could happen to the party,” said Davis. “It would show they [Republicans] can’t govern their own caucus, let alone the government.”
And there you have it. The single guiding principle for establishment Republicans is governing for government’s sake. And that government is eroding our liberties and spending our nation into oblivion.
I take the tragic view of history. Given a choice between doing what is right and what is wrong, mankind can be relied on to choose the latter.
Boehner is not what is wrong with the GOP. He is merely a symptom of its collapse. The sad fact is that most Americans, regardless of party or income, have no idea what they want from their government, other than an endless stream of entitlement goodies and tax subsidies. Boehner is simply the kind of politician to give a mindless mob what it wants as long as doing so keeps him and Washington’s ruling elites in power.
“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security,” British historian Edward Gibbon is supposed to have said of ancient societies before their fall. “They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”
America will not end with a bang — but with a Boehner-like whimper.