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John Boehner's Bizarre Arrogance Feeds Tea Party Revolution

John Boehner

Establishment Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is taking a lot of well-deserved heat for mocking conservative House Republicans who are opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens.

Boehner’s mocking imitation of opponents of immigration “reform,” that is anything but a “reform” and more like an abandonment of American sovereignty in favor of a policy of open borders, was indicative of why, under Boehner’s arrogant “leadership,” the House Republican Conference has floundered from crisis to crisis.

But buried in Boehner’s remarks was an even more bizarre example of establishment Republican “leadership” that explains the great fault line in American politics today; the divide between the “ruling class” of Washington’s inside elite and what Angelo Codevilla called “the country class” of Americans who believe in the rule of law and limited constitutional government.

Here’s the quote according to Sheila McLaughlin’s reporting for The Cincinnati Enquirer:

"I've gone to hundreds of tea party events over the last four years. The makeup is pretty much the same. You've got some disaffected Republicans, disaffected Democrats. You always have a handful of anarchists. They are against everything. Eighty percent of the people at these events, are the most ordinary Americans you've ever met. None of whom have ever been involved in politics. We in public service respect the fact that they brought energy to the political process.”

We in public service?

We the People have a message for Speaker Boehner; in a republic, such as ours, there’s not supposed to be a difference between those “in public service” and “ordinary Americans.”

We the People (ordinary Americans) are sovereign and those “in public service” come from our ranks to serve us, and their contract is up for review every Election Day.

It is hard to think of a more “ordinary American” than the John Boehner who first came to Washington. The son of a barkeep, and one of 12 children, Boehner worked his way through college and found success in business. Despite Boehner’s modest Midwestern beginnings and hard-earned night school education, after 24 years in Congress Boehner isn’t an “ordinary American” anymore; he’s no longer part of "We the People," he’s part of “We in public service,” the ruling elite in Washington.

As CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie observed in his new book TAKEOVER, “Few commentators in the establishment media grasped that at its core, the Tea Party movement is a revolution of fed-up middle-class Americans of the “Country Class” Angelo Codevilla has written about, and a response to political arrogance—and that it was as much a rebellion against the Republican establishment leadership as it was a revolt against the specific policies of President Barack Obama…”

Boehner’s condescending attitude betrays the contempt in which Washington’s inside Republican elite hold “ordinary Americans.” That is why, as Viguerie argues in TAKEOVER, we need to take back the Republican Party and make it the political home of limited government constitutional conservatives and why, in the process, there also needs to be a complete house cleaning of the Republican Party’s Capitol Hill leadership. 

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John Boehner has always been weak, now with his embrace of amnesty he is advocating the suicide of Conservative Constitutionalist America. If amnesty is passed America as we know it will pass away.


You wrote a great column regarding John Boehner's comments yesterday. Like you, I remember when he went to the Congress in 1990 and how he quickly impressed people with his conservative behavior. How quickly they forget. He and Newt are peas in a pod, when it comes to how power in Congress can corrupt. Correction, how power corrupts. Only a few can stand up to the rigors of being a politician. Boehner ain't one of 'em!

The consent of the governed

Mr. Speaker:

The Declaration of Independence; give a read sometime. Here's IS the essence of it:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

We in public service


We in public service actually aren't in the public's service. They are in the service of the US Chamber of Commerce, an extension of the corporate-dominated wing of the Republican party, pursuing the corporate agenda. As I am sure you know, many of these same types have often said they like it better when they were in the minority and out of power; we got every thing we needed and we didn't have to actually lead. There is far, far more truth in that sentiment than most country class Americans realize. For one, it explains the inexplicable: amnesty for illegal aliens. It explains why spending has gotten so out of control, and why it is proving so difficult to alter course. It explains why no matter who we send to Congress, they always seem to govern the same way, with the exception of a few of the most recent mid-term election TEA party advocates. But most of all it explains Boehner, and Cantor, for that matter.

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