Let’s begin with the drama. The President has issued two unconstitutional executive orders granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. The first unlawful action was taken in 2012. It is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The provisions of the order allow illegal aliens up the age of 31, who entered the United States while under the age of 16, to be granted de facto amnesty.
The second unlawful action of the President concerning amnesty occurred in November, 2014. It is called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA. The provisions of this edict allow an alien with a child, who was born in the United States after the parent entered the country illegally, to be granted de facto amnesty.
Here is where the drama is today.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the Federal Agency, whose job it is to administer DACA and DAPA. Congress is now debating how much money it will appropriate for the DHS. Those who support the President’s unlawful orders argue for full funding. Those who oppose the executive orders seek to deny the DHS the funds to implement the President’s decrees.
Now, let’s consider why the Republican Party is both blessed and cursed.
The average Republican voters, the folks who are called the base of the Party, are wonderful people. They are overwhelmingly kind, generous, thoughtful, decent citizens who love their country. Their only political desire is to live peacefully in a Constitutional Republic. It is the base of the Republican Party that causes it to be blessed.
Average Republican voters oppose illegal immigration because it is…….…….illegal. And they oppose unlawful amnesty because it is……………..unlawful.
Average Republican voters are now calling and emailing their elected Representatives in Congress, asking them to oppose the illegal and the unlawful. In saner times, the story would end here.
But the Republican Party, although it is blessed by its members, is cursed by its leaders.
John Boehner is the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives and Mitch McConnell is the Republican Majority Leader of the Senate. Both men have more in common with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, than they do with the voters who elected them.
What motivates Boehner and McConnell are money and power. They do not represent the base of the Republican Party. They represent the elite of Wall Street and Hollywood. Their friends vacation in the Hamptons and their supporters have bank accounts in six different countries.
The drama now being played out in Washington is all about the President’s actions which grant unlawful amnesty. Wall Street and Hollywood support it. The base strongly opposes it.
Picture a tug-of-war. On one side are the Glitterati of Movieland and the Hedge Fund traders of Manhattan. On the other side are your neighbors, friends and co-workers. The rope being tugged is the legislation that extends from the House to the Senate.
The curse of the Republican Party is that Boehner and McConnell are pulling with the first group, against the wishes of the second group.
But, there is a way to extirpate the curse. It is a procedural motion that may be made by any member of the House of Representatives. It’s called the motion to Vacate the Chair.
It is time for John Boehner to be removed as Speaker. The good people of the Republican base deserve to be represented by someone who believes, thinks and acts as they do.
It is time to Vacate the Chair.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.