John Boehner is the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives. Although his title is Speaker, he seems to think that the correct designation is Owner of the House of Representatives. That belief was in full display last week when Boehner led Republican Representatives to pass the controversial Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Obamatrade.
As you may recall, during the last Fall’s election campaign, Republicans endlessly asserted that their issues were Obamacare, illegal immigration and the national debt.
No Republicans, not a single one, said a word about TPA, TTP, TTIP and TISA. All those T’s are trade programs to increase the profits of trans-national corporations and diminish American sovereignty.
So here we are, six months into the new Congress and John Boehner has funded Obamacare, funded illegal immigration and increased the national debt.
And last week, using a “my way or the highway” strategy, he pushed Obamatrade through the House of Representatives. And this is how he did it.
John Boehner thinks he owns the House of Representatives. But more than that, he thinks that the other Representatives in the House are his employees. As the Owner of the House, if one of his employee Representatives does not vote as he wishes, he punishes them.
Here is a list of Republicans who have been busted from their positions of responsibility because they voted the way their constituents asked them to vote, and not the way that Boehner demanded. David Schweikert, Walter Jones, Justin Amash, Tim Huelskamp, Daniel Webster, Richard Nugent, Cynthia Lummis, Steve Pearce, Trent Franks and Mark Meadows. The current body count is 10.
Scott Perry is a Representative from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, just south of Harrisburg. In a recent interview, he recounted how calls and emails from his constituents inundated his office, running over 40-to-1 against Obamatrade.
While the people who reside south of Harrisburg were pleading with Representative Perry to vote against TPA, John Boehner was threatening him to vote for it.
Scott Perry reported that John Boehner is ruling the House with fear, and he has been remarkably successful at getting his way. To avoid punishment, Republican Representatives vote as Boehner orders. But you, the voters, are the losers.
As the House was preparing to vote on Obamatrade, you were asking, begging, appealing, and imploring your Representative to vote against the legislation. Sean Hannity reported that calls and emails were 97% opposed. 97%!
The voters were shouting to their Representatives to represent them. Yet, it was all in vain.
You may be disheartened when you see Republicans leaders such as John Boehner betray those who elected them. Still, history should give you hope.
- On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
- On August 27, 1776, George Washington fought the Battle of Long Island. The Continental Army was badly beaten and retreated to Manhattan.
- On September 16, 1776, Washington fought the Battle of Harlem Heights and was driven from Manhattan.
- On October 28, 1776, Washington and the Continental Army fought the Battle of White Plains and were defeated again.
- On November 16, 1776, the British captured Fort Washington in Manhattan.
- On November 20, 1776, the British captured Fort Lee in New Jersey.
- On December 5, 1776, Washington retreated to Pennsylvania and the British seemed unbeatable.
- But, on December 25, 1776, Christmas Day, George Washington and the Continental Army attacked the British at Trenton and soundly whipped them.
- On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, beaten by George Washington and the Continentals who refused to be defeated.
Victory comes to men and women who persevere, who refuse to surrender, who refuse to be defeated.
If that’s you, and you wish to meet others like yourself, men and women who have the blood of the Continentals in their veins, then you may consider enlisting in the Waynesboro Republican Committee. There is a place in the ranks for you.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.