At the end of October, John Boehner will resign from Congress and give up his leadership position.
Elected in 1990, Boehner started out as a strong Conservative. He was part of Gingrich’s team in 1996 and assumed Republican Majority House leader in 2011.
Once in the Leadership position, he did not continue his Conservative strength. He waved with the strongest wind, following the will of the current administration. He has also proved vindictive against those of his own party who went against his ways.
The People spoke with their votes in the election in 2014 and gave him ample opportunity to renew his strength with a majority in both the House and the Senate. He continued with his wishy washy leadership, ignoring the voice of the People.
However, he is not the only one. It seems that the root of the problem between the People who voted in the Republican leadership and the elected officials can be summed up in a quote by Representative David Jolly of Florida.
“The honor of John Boehner stands in sharp contrast to the idiocy of those members who seek to continually divide us. The shut-down caucus as I call them has a small victory.”
It seems that the “members who seek to continually divide us” are those who are doing their best to remain true to the constituency that sent them to Washington. If there is division, it is because one faction is listening to their voters, and the other faction is going their own way, feeling that they know what is best for the People.
Whether Jolly is referring to the “shut-down caucus” as those officials who listen to the Tea Party, those who listen to other Conservative groups, or those representatives who normally operate in a Conservative manner, it seems he has missed the point of his existence in the House.
Abraham Lincoln said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both the Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
When it comes to negotiation, compromise is key, but it is also the time to bring urgent issues to the table. In years past, Boehner has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by a last minute cave to his cronies in the opposition.
It is time that he realized he is powerless to perform the job he is slated to do because of his unwillingness to do anything but go along to get along.
Change is never easy or popular, however, in order for it to occur, someone has to stand firm in resolution.
Hopefully, a more willing and resolute leader will emerge, that understands the will of the People is his or her master.
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