Sunday, September 27, 2015

After Hearing Pope, Speaker Boehner Says GOP Is Party Of False Prophets

House Speaker John Boehner abruptly announced his resignation Friday, shutting down a Tea Party drive to oust the nation’s highest-ranking Republican.House Tea Party Republicans unhappy over Boehner's refusal to shut down government over yet another budget-based Tea Party minority power play to force their will on the majority.

House Tea Party Republicans were organizing a formal challenge maneuver against the speaker not used for over 100 years. Boehner's resignation means the long brewing battle for the soul of the party is over: the Republican Party now is the Tea Party.

In his first one-on-one interview since his resignation announcement, Speaker Boehner appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, blasted Tea Party Republicans as “false prophets” who “whip people into a frenzy” to make legislative demands that “are never going to happen.”
Asked if his critics on the right are unrealistic, Boehner exclaimed, “Absolutely they’re unrealistic!”

“The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know, noise about how much can get done,” Boehner said. “We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know — they know! — are never going to happen,” he added.

“Our founders [who wrote our constitution defining our system of government] didn’t want some parliamentary system where if you won the majority you got to do whatever you wanted,” he added. “They wanted this long, slow process. And so change comes slowly. And obviously too slowly for some.”
John Boehner, a devout Catholic, abruptly and unexpectedly stepped down as Speaker of the House one day after he listened to Pope Francis' address to Congress. Boehner broke down in tears as he heard Pope Francis speak of the duty of conscience for those in positions of power and authority to serve the common man and woman.  With Boehner alluding members of his Republican caucus are "false prophets" on CBS’ Face the Nation, one wonders if he had a revelation or crisis of conscience that he could no long serve an immoral political party, upon hearing Pope Francis' words.

The House of Representatives is supposed to be the most direct reflection of the people, all the people, and the driving force of policy change. It’s where the work of the common man and woman is supposed to get done. Looking back at Boehner’s tenure as speaker, we can only conclude that either that mission is no longer possible or he was not the man for the job — and perhaps both. Somewhere inside John Boehner’s conscience there must persist some awareness that the United States Congress is supposed to serve a higher purpose. By all accounts Boehner is a decent guy. Perhaps listening to the Pope, Boehner had a revelation he could no long serve the morally bankrupt Republican ideology.

The Ohio Republican also declared on CBS’ Face the Nation that there won’t be a government shutdown this week, though he’s “sure” it will take Democratic votes to pass a temporary funding extension. “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn. I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets there,” he quipped.

Boehner’s difficulties with tea party conservatives — first elected in a huge 83-person freshman class in 2010 and whose ranks grew in 2014—has been a challenge throughout his speakership. Tea party congressmen pushed Washington partisanship to levels unseen in recent decades, shutting down the government and refusing to raise the government’s debt ceiling to advance causes they believe mainstream conservatives had long ignored. They demanded confrontation on shutting down Obamacare, cutting federal spending and most recently ending all federal aid for women’s health services at Planned Parenthood which also provides abortions.

House Speaker John Boehner's sudden resignation Friday "signals that the crazies have taken over the party," New York Republican Peter King said Friday. “I think it signals the crazies have taken over the party, taken over to the party that you can remove a speaker of the House who’s second in line to be president, a constitutional officer in the middle of his term with no allegations of impropriety, a person who’s honest and doing his job. This has never happened before in our country," King said in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Friday afternoon. "He could have stayed on.”

Boehner's decision to resign is "like throwing raw meat" to more extreme factions of the caucus who are trying to "hijack and blackmail the party," King said. "They’re not going to see it as a gesture of peace, they’re going to just look for more."

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke on Friday about the resignation of Republican House Speaker John Boehner and the implications. Sanders said Boehner was “unable to control” the Republican party and that his resignation could leave the GOP in a more chaotic state. “It appears that even a very conservative speaker like John Boehner is unable to control the extreme right-wing drift of Republicans in the House,” said Sanders. “Without Boehner, it may get even worse.”

Whoever ends up being the new Speaker he will likely be a tea party darling. The new tea party Speaker will continue the strategy of 100% obstruction against the Obama agenda, but now it’ll be done with more verbato and brinksmanship. The new Speaker will pull more political stunts, and invoke more extremist rhetoric that turns off everyone but its own far-end base. He’ll also be less political adept, meaning that even as the republican role dissolves into stuntcasting over the next year and a half, Obama will be in a position to muscle even more of his agenda through side doors.

Moderate and undecided voters tend to ignore ideology and instead vote for whichever party has the appearance of propriety or whichever candidate has the appearance of class. The Republican Party about to fall entirely into the hands of tea party extremists who care less about the future of the party than they do about carrying out their faux-revolution in the form of holding office and refusing to govern. Voters undecided who to vote for in 2016 are about have clear preview of what the nation would be like with Tea Party President and Tea Party controlled congress.

Until now, John Boehner was really the only half-sane Republican leader in Congress keeping the GOP out of the controlling hands of Tea Party lawmakers. The angry and misspelled comments from right-wingers who lashed out at him for not pressing the Tea Party agenda hard enough for their liking are an indication of the coming extremist control of the House Boehner struggled to hold back. Speaker John Boehner’s departure will now allow the fringe elements to finally take over, and hasten the demise of the GOP as a national party. It hasn’t been a question of if, but when, and now the Tea Party will hain full control of Congress – they’re already targeting Mitch McConnell in the Senate as their next victim.

John Boehner was: Anti-choice; Anti-environment; Anti-sensible-gun-laws; Anti-gay; Anti-education; Anti-veteran; Anti-first-amendment; and Anti-privacy. The fact that today’s Republican Party doesn’t think he’s conservative enough should scare the hell out of you.

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