Boehner Resigns – Conservatives Cheer

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Conservatives of late have been openly bemoaning the performance of Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and now are cheering the news of his resignation. However, I remember watching the live election coverage with a friend back in 2010 when Boehner and the republicans won control of the U.S. House. It was called a “Tea Party victory” and conservatives were all aflutter, believing, “we’ve won, we’ve taken our country back!” Tiny-Tears Boehner was crying real, live tears for the camera as conservatives joined in, also, with tearful joy: “we’re saved!”

I had already been fooled by George “new-world-order” Bush back in 1988, and Newt Gingrich’s Republican Revolution in 1994; then watched as the conservative right bought into GW “record-deficit-Bush” as being a true conservative in 2000. By the time Boehner came along, I just felt like I’d seen this movie too many times not to be able to predict the ending. There’s a saying about, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Nevertheless, the conservative right seems to be once again getting aroused with hope, this time, with the hope that something good will come of Boehner’s resignation and subsequent replacement as Speaker of the House – replacement with a “conservative?” Meanwhile, the current presidential circus, and infatuation with Donald Trump, would seem to prove that we like being fooled and are ready to buy a ticket for another elephant ride.

I don’t mean this as discouraging negativism in the vein of “nothing will ever get any better, there’s no hope; let’s all sing another chorus of, ‘Gloom, despair and agony on me.’ ” What I do mean is that nothing is going to get any better until we start paying attention, determine not to get fooled again, and realize that to change our government we have to change our vote, not just accept the next person in line with an “R” after their name.

The Truth About Republicans

Confused ElephantThis week I received my official “Truth About Republicans Survey” from Speaker of the House, John Boehner. In the opening line Mr. Boehner informs me that he urgently needs my help to “set the record straight.”

It appears the media has been spreading lies about Republicans and Mr. Boehner and the Republican Party need my help in making the truth about Republicans known far and wide. So, taking Mr. Boehner’s letter and the accompanying survey at face value, as opposed to cynically presuming it to be a mere marketing tool and a fundraising gimmick, I thought I would help Mr. Boehner and the Republican Party by publicly, and very candidly, answering the survey questions and doing my part to make the truth known.

There are 15 questions in the survey, each of which is followed by check boxes for “Yes,” or “No.” Frankly, I found a simple yes or no answer to be thoroughly inadequate for answering the questions. To merely check a box would give an utterly false representation of what I believe to be the truth of the matter. Thus, this article will serve as my full answer to the survey as I help Mr. Boehner discover the truth about Republicans. Continue reading “The Truth About Republicans”