This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 25, 2015:
The very day that John Boehner announced his resignation as Speaker of the House and his intention to vacate his seat, his fund-raising letter arrived in the mail. It positively dripped with sincerity:
This past January I was sworn in as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and I reaffirmed my promise to continue leading our Republican House Majority in listening to you and following your will.
Whatever problems there might be in Washington, they’re all the Democrats’ fault:
In recent years, free-spending, big-government Washington Democrats have fought us tooth and nail to expand the size and scope of the federal government.
But, by completing the survey (enclosed) and sending a check, “we can fight for a smaller, more accountable government that will get our country back on a path of freedom and opportunity for all Americans,” according to Mr. Boehner.
According to Pastor Chuck Baldwin, however, Mr. Boehner is just putting the shuck on the rubes:
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell represent everything that is WRONG with the national Republican Party. They are quintessential establishment insiders. They, and others like them … are taking the Republican Party to the edge of the abyss.
With Republicans like Boehner and McConnell, who needs Democrats?
To Boehner and McConnell, the real enemies in Washington, D.C. are not Barack Obama and his fellow liberal Democrats, but conservative Republicans.
The solution? According to Baldwin, in a staggering moment of prescience,
More than anything else in this world, it is imperative that the establishment elite in Washington, D.C. are dethroned.
Baldwin’s letter was dated Thursday, September 24. The very next day, (having no doubt read Baldwin’s letter!), Boehner decided to abdicate the throne. Through his aide, he announced his departure from the halls of power:
The speaker believes [that] putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution.
He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican Conference and the institution, he will resign the speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.
When Senator Marco Rubio told the crowd attending the Values Voter Summit of Boehner’s abdication, it burst into sustained cheering and applause.
First of all, his voting record is atrocious. According to the Freedom Index, compiled by the John Birch Society by comparing his votes to the powers granted to the federal government by the Constitution that Boehner swore to uphold and defend, he ranked a dismal 52 out of 100. Say it right: he voted constitutionally half the time!
One example will suffice. For years there has been a concerted effort to negate America’s national sovereignty by submerging it into regional machinery, leading ultimately to a single planetary government. Referring to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the New American magazine’s senior editor, Bill Jasper, concluded that these “constitute an all-out assault on, and an existential threat to, America’s sovereignty and independence.” When Mr. Boehner had the chance to vote on the enabling legislation, the Trade Promotion Authority (TPP) and the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills, not only did he vote “aye” but he set in motion retribution against any of those conservatives bold enough to see through the sham and the fraud and who as a result voted “nay.”
In early June Boehner and Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House Majority Whip, removed Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) from the whip team. They then stripped Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of his chairmanship of the House Oversight Government Operations subcommittee.
They moved on to try to force Ken Buck (R-Colo.) to resign as freshman class president, enlisting two of Boehner’s cronies in the process. The effort failed when the freshmen representatives voted to keep him in place.
Boehner tried to apply a financial tourniquet to Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) for voting against Boehner. Said Labrador at the time:
Because voting against the rule is almost like a capital crime here, we know what’s going to happen to us.
We know that the leadership is going to come against us, we know that they’re already telling our donors not to give money to us, which, by the way, I think is unethical.
We know exactly what they are doing. That’s not leadership. That’s tyranny.
As Pastor Baldwin noted:
Pick the topic: amnesty for illegals, ObamaCare, TPP, deficit spending, government spying, funding for Planned Parenthood, the “Cromnibus” bill, ad infinitum. Boehner and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell have sold out the people who voted them into a congressional majority – and the country itself.
Confirmation that Boehner needed to step down and let a real statesman with a true understanding of his responsibilities under the Constitution take over came from a most remarkable, but not surprising, voice: that of hard-left New York Democrat Charles Schumer:
Speaker John Boehner is a decent, principled conservative man who tried to do the right thing under almost impossible circumstances. He will be missed by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Let us hope the Republican majority, which Speaker Boehner played a large role in creating, learns the right lesson from his resignation: to work with Democrats in a constructive way, rather than letting a handful of extreme right-wingers dictate his party’s policy.
At this moment, all eyes are on California congressman Kevin McCarthy, presently serving as the House Majority Leader, to take Boehner’s place. McCarthy, it will be remembered, took Eric Cantor’s seat when Cantor was surprisingly ousted in the Republican primary in 2014. It was that surprise victory that caused Boehner to cancel his plans to step down as Speaker in 2014 as he had promised.
McCarthy’s voting record is only slightly better than Boehner’s, but the shift towards common sense is perceptible. Now attention will be focused on Kentucky Senator McConnell, with cries of “Ditch Mitch” beginning to reverberate once again.
One down, one to go.
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ChuckBaldwin.com: Trump Vs. Boehner: A Slugfest For The Soul Of The GOP
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