MUHAMMAD: John Boehner — Speaker of the Confederacy

Askia Muhammad | 10/9/2013, 3 p.m.
To say that John Boehner is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line after the vice president ...
John Boehner (Courtesy of boehner.house.gov)

To say that John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the Speaker of the House of Representatives, third in line after the vice president for the U.S. presidency, is a gross exaggeration. He is Speaker in name only.

You see the House has 435 voting members. Any combination of 218 of those members constitutes a majority. The “majority” is supposed to rule.

The problem is Boehner has determined that before any measure can be voted on by the entire House, it must enjoy the support of the majority of his Republican majority. That’s his rule.

Unfortunately, there is a small, belligerent, recalcitrant, government-hating, ultra-arch-conservative, Tea Party-loyal, minority within the Republican majority who is calling the tune these days and Boehner is obediently going along, dancing to the music.

This Tea Party Caucus says there will be no floor vote on comprehensive immigration reform, even though a likely majority of more than 218 Republicans and Democrats would certainly approve such reform. They say no vote on the government shutdown, and there is none.

The Tea Party Caucus is no larger than 40 or so members, with another 40 or so “fellow travelers” who are too afraid that the Tea Party will mount a primary campaign challenge to their re-election who – like Boehner – are cowered into doing the dance.

As Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner has shown himself to be untrustworthy and disloyal. Like the dying breed of White Republicans who preach “American exceptionalism,” or “manifest destiny,” Boehner and his ilk consider themselves to be a superior human species, and they never made a political promise they have kept.

On a recent appearance on the ABC News program “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Boehner admitted that at first he agreed to a “clean” continuing resolution to keep the federal government running and to avoid the ensuing government shutdown with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). But then he said, “I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand.” He broke his promise, that’s what he did.

His members? See references above to the 40 or so hard-core tea-partiers, and their 40 or so Republican acolytes, too afraid to stand up on their hind legs like adult men and women, against the bully-tactics of the Tea Party Caucus, which does not believe in the federal government in the first place.

Like the traitorous, secessionist, Southern Confederates who tried to destroy the United States of America, and who brought about the Civil War 150 some-odd years ago – the bloodiest war in U.S. history, more than 600,000 dead – these modern day “Rebels” would just as soon see the U.S. government handed over to a few corporations, like they’ve done with the defense and prison industries.

Their message is simple and unchanged for the last 100 years since the Ku Klux Klan was born in order to re-decide the outcome of what the Rebs call “The War of Northern Aggression.” They tell White voters six simple truths: 1. The federal government’s a threat; 2. Federal courts don’t understand the Constitution; 3. Taxes are bad; 4. Unions need to be eliminated; 5. You have a lousy hospital/health system; 6. But at least you’re a White American.