Friday, July 31, 2015

Congress rebels against Boehner

Would Christ take the whip to GOP Leadership?

In our series of guest posts, today, we feature Congressman Tom Massie's [R-KY] co-sponsorship of Representative Mark Meadow's resolution to replace the Speaker of the House, John Boehner [R-OH].

Massie is a Libertarian Republican, with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and an accomplished inventor with 24 patents, and is endorsed by FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, Gun Owners of America, and Young Americans for Liberty.

The dissatisfaction we Conservatives have experienced in recent times over Mr Boehner's obeisance to President 0bama has, of late, turned to outrage as we watch Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell [R-KY] ram through legislation antithetical to all things Conservative, and Mr McConnell's latest demonstration of power in which he has threatened, coerced, and blackmailed every Conservative senator into supporting his condemnation of Senator Cruz's criticisms of the GOP leadership.

We're not sure today what the GOP stands for.  Pretty much, we're certain it has nothing to do with Conservative values.

We cite, for example, the 2010 election in Nevada in which Harry Reid [D-Nevada], [then Senate Majority Leader] struggled to keep his Senate seat in the face of overwhelming voter disgust with him.

GOP supported Harry Reid [D-NV]
 The Conservative candidate was Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, a fiery reformer who had defeated the Republican governor's unconstitutional legislation to raise personal taxes -- using her personal funds to win in a final Supreme Court decision.

Come the election, she garnered popular support through more than 20 Conservative organizations, to include the Tea Party Express, who endorsed her advocacy for the common citizen.  The GOP labeled her a crazy extremist -- perhaps because she successfully challenged the corruption of both political parties in Nevada.

In the Primary, she trounced the other Conservative candidates [one hand-picked by the RNC] with a 40% margin.

In the election, Harry Reid trailed by 11 points -- until the GOP stepped in to defeat her, using the Mayor of Reno, the widow of the GOP Governor, and both the Republican State and US Senators to ENDORSE Harry Reid and CONDEMN the winning Conservative candidate, Sharron Angle.

We'll repeat that in case you think it's a misprint:
In the election, Harry Reid trailed by 11 points -- until the GOP stepped in to defeat herusing the Mayor of Reno, the widow of the GOP Governor, and both the Republican State and US Senators to ENDORSE Harry Reid and CONDEMN the winning Conservative candidate, Sharron Angle.

Bottom Line:  The GOP defeated the Republican Senate candidate in order re-elect Harry Reid, the arch-enemy of the Conservatives, rather than allow an independent-minded Conservative into the Senate.  They REJECTED the potential of a GOP Senate Majority in order to defeat Angle and other Conservative candidates they worried they could not control!

[Interestingly, Nevada voters tossed out state senator Raggio [R] following his endorsement of Reid and condemnation of Angle.  Even they were disgusted!]

Feeling nauseous?
Watching Boehner and McConnell in action in recent weeks, passing legislation in secret, in which the content remains "secret" for five [5] years, removes the concept of the Balance of Power in which Congress supposedly challenges the Executive Branch through open debate and open voting on the House and Senate floor -- so citizens are properly represented.

Our independent thinking Members of Congress and a few senators have the guts to challenge Boehner and McConnell, and the GOP leadership with House Resolution 385, which declares the office of Speaker of the House "vacant"; we've quoted it below:


Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.

Whereas the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress has endeavored to consolidate power and centralize decision-making, bypassing the majority of the 435 Members of Congress and the people they represent;

Whereas the Speaker has, through inaction, caused the power of Congress to atrophy, thereby making Congress subservient to the executive and judicial branches, diminishing the voice of the American people;

Whereas the Speaker uses the power of the office to punish Members who vote according to their conscience instead of the will of the Speaker;

Whereas the Speaker has intentionally provided for voice votes on consequential and controversial legislation to be taken without notice and with few Members present;

Whereas the Speaker uses the legislative calendar to create crises for the American people, in order to compel Members to vote for legislation;

Whereas the Speaker does not comply with the spirit of the rules of the House of Representatives, which provide that Members shall have three days to review legislation before voting;

Whereas the Speaker continues to direct the Rules Committee to limit meaningful amendments, to limit debate on the House floor, and to subvert a straightforward legislative process; and

Whereas the House of Representatives, to function effectively in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof: 

Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.

Introduced:  Jul 28, 2015

Status:  Referred to Committee on Jul 28, 2015

This resolution was assigned to a congressional committee on July 28, 2015, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Sponsor:          MarkMeadows  [R], NC 11th Congressional District
Co-Sponsors:  Thomas Massie [R], KY 4th Congressional District
                        Walter Jones      [R], NC 3rd Congressional District
                        Ted Yoho            [R], FL 3rd Congressional District 

Prognosis:   24% chance of passing [and gaining traction].

What is a resolution?
This is a House Simple Resolution in the US Congress used for matters that affect only one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

This Resolution may not be fulfilled, but if enough of our Representatives from both sides of the aisle vote for it, Boehner [and McConnell] will be put on notice that the US government is not for the power of power-hungry politicians, but rather