One of the most dangerous circuses is being held in Washington, D.C. This circus not only has one major political party in turmoil, it is potentially going to cause havoc on the rest of the country. That is because the crazies are clearly in control of the party, even though they are a very small “minority” in that party.
Yes, I am talking about the circus known as the House of Representatives Republican Caucus. Yesterday, in a surprise move, Kevin McCarthy pulled out of the race to become the Speaker of the House. Tea Party advocates all across the country popped their Champaign corks in celebration.
Ever since a black man was elected President in 2008, there has been a backlash on the Republican side of the aisle. Remember, it was Mitch McConnell who said on inauguration day that the Republican Party’s only objective was to “ensure this is a one-term President.” That comment started the turmoil we are now faced with today.
On cue, the extreme far-right wing of the Party saw a chance to gain control. In 2010 mid-term elections, they went after their own candidates to oust them for being “Republican in name only.” Unfortunately, enough of these crazies won elections and the circus started.
John Boehner proved to be ineffective as Speaker because he would not stand up to the crazies in his party. He refused to bring legislation to the floor for a vote because the far-right wing minority didn’t like those pieces of legislation. As a result, John Boehner will go down in history as the worst Speaker of the House, leading the least effective House of Representatives in our country’s history.
Recently, even Boehner got tired of the political games that masqueraded as “governing” and announced his resignation. That led to our dilemma today. Everyone thought that McCarthy would win the Speaker election. Then, he came out and confessed that the only purpose for the Select Committee on Benghazi was to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. Oops!
That spelled his doom. One of the candidates on the right, Jason Chafetz, just told the world that his own committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood came up with nothing! That is right, after trying to bully the head of Planned Parenthood, Chafetz announced that Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal! However, even though he says Planned Parenthood has broken no laws, he still thinks there should be “more investigations” into the organization.
So, after wasting money on a hearing that proved Planned Parenthood did nothing illegal, he wants to waste more money for further investigations that will prove that Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal. Just like the dozens of state investigations that have come up with the same results.
Yes, somehow, he thinks he would be the perfect Speaker of the House. If you look at all of the wasted money on the Benghazi hearings, which also have proven nothing inferious, I guess that might make him the perfect Speaker if all we want from our House of Representatives is worthless, money wasting hearings for no reason but to harass organizations and public figures.
In the aftermath of the McCarthy announcement, Republicans are all trying to get Paul Ryan to run for Speaker. He has said numerous times, including yesterday that he is not interested in becoming the Speaker of the House. If you think he is a reasonable voice to unite the party, think again. He is cut from the same mold as the rest of the wackos on the far right-wing. In a word, he is one of them.
As I wrote yesterday, we are facing a budget crisis. We are facing a debt ceiling crisis. Both or either could shutdown the government. The debt ceiling could cause a default on our loans which would wreak havoc with the world’s economy, not just our’s.
Yet, we will probably not see anything done because the Republican Party can’t get its own house in order. The majority of the members of the House are too afraid of the wackos to stand up to them. As one pundit put it, anyone smart enough and talented enough to become the Speaker of the House is also smart enough to not want the job because of the crazies.
We are country that has accomplished great things. We are also a country that has its share of problems. We still have people going to be every night hungry. We have major problems with our infrastructure and transportation systems. We have no budget beyond December 5. We have a debt ceiling that must be raised. We have a problem with idiots who can easily get guns.
This list goes on and on. Republicans tell us we have an immigration problem. They tell us we have a crime problem. They tell us we face terrorist attacks in this country. They tell us we should all be afraid and follow their “brave” lead.
But, they have offered no reasonable solutions to these problems. All they want to talk about is building a wall on our southern border, and cut taxes for the wealthy. They have offered no viable policies that may actually work. There is a reason for this lack of initiative. They are too afraid of the crazy people they helped bring into their caucus.
As a result, we have a major political party, which has majorities in both Houses of Congress, incapable of leading or governing. I have followed politics for over 50 years. I have never witnessed a political party whose members hate each other so much. I have never seen a major political party whose members are more interested in finding a microphone to shout their hate into like the current Republican Party.
Both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell said in 2014 when the Republicans gained control of both Houses, watch us govern and get things done. We are still waiting. Nothing has gotten done. Nothing of substance has been proposed by them. All we get is more chaos inside their own caucuses.
I would love to write more about policy differences between the two parties. But, one party doesn’t have a policy, unless you consider chaos and intransigence policies. I hate to say this, but I am becoming more and more convinced that anarchy is the ultimate goal of the current Republican Party. After all, fascism always begins in anarchy!