John Boehner has resigned as Speaker of the House. The resignation is not an isolated event, but rather one of four significant incidents that are harbingers of a trend that may profoundly affect the country.
History tells us that if three or more major inter-related events occur, it almost always points to momentous happenings in the future. For instance, the ascension of President Lyndon Johnson in 1963, the election of huge Democratic majorities in Congress in 1964, and the Civil Rights movement produced the Great Society and the mammoth expansion of the federal Government.
It would be wise for you to note that recent events are pointing to important political and social changes that may lie ahead.
Here are the series of events that you may recognize. First, the Tea Party movement was birthed in response to the rise of a ruling class in Washington; second, in an unprecedented election, Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives; third, Donald Trump leads in the polls as a Republican candidate for President; and fourth, John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, was driven from office by the grassroots voters who he betrayed.
Those four incidents, although somewhat different from each other, are part of the same story. That story is the stratification of American society. The United States was previously known as the Melting Pot, a land where people from around the world would come and assimilate into a nation governed by a clearly written Constitution and whose values and mores were those of Western Civilization and the Bible.
During the last 60 years, stratification has created a classed society, not unlike Medieval Europe. America now has a ruling class and a subject class. It has ethnic groups that are favored and ethnic groups that are disfavored. It has religious faiths that are given preference and faiths that are persecuted. It has speech that is deemed to be correct and it has speech that will not be tolerated.
The Tea Party, Dave Brat, Donald Trump and John Boehner are signaling that the American people have had enough of stratification. Although the rulers control many institutions, such as the media, the educational establishment and Hollywood, the people retain control of their own destiny with their unified voices and their votes.
I submit to you today that the tide is flowing in another direction. The American people are exercising their rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. And the part to remember is that the people get to define what life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness means to them.
The Tea Party, Dave Brat, Donald Trump and John Boehner are telling us that change may be coming.
Here is an immediate result of John Boehner’s resignation. There are 54 Republicans in the US Senate. Twenty-four of those Republicans, nearly half of the caucus, are up for re-election in 2016. A week ago, the Senate Republican candidates considered themselves princes, endowed with name recognition and boatloads of money. All were confident that they would maintain their lofty status as members of the ruling class.
However, since John Boehner has been toppled, the future of the princes seems much less assured, and they know it. Perhaps, that may bring about some positive policy changes.
In the months ahead, I urge you to speak up on the important issues of the day. Do you support illegal immigration, the funding of Planned Parenthood, reckless spending or Obamacare? Your silence is assent. Your voice is the sound of the First Amendment.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.