"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
A letter to you, Congress.
Dear Freshman Members of Congress,
I write this letter to you with the purest and best of intentions. This letter should not be seen as a threat or an ultimatum, but more a pleading. I hope your ears are open because my heart is well-intended.
In the spirit of immediate honesty, I have never been a huge John Boehner fan. In fact, I laughed, out loud, at his tear-riddled acceptance speech four years ago when he was elected Speaker of the House. I laughed at his tears not because I am liberal, heartless or mean, but because he acted as though he was surprised.
You see, it is humorous when politicians from either party insult my intelligence.
John Boehner has been in Congress since 1991 and has been grooming for this position for years. His election as the 61st Speaker of the House wasn't nearly as surprising as Barack Obama's election to the Presidency.
Yep, I am one of those Americans. I am still scratching my head and wondering how in the world that train wreck happened.TWICE.
Plus, Boehner, like Obama, smokes and that's just nasty.
And please, as much as it pains me to say this, listen to my words: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are not able to go toe-to-toe with our Dear Leader. It hurts my heart to admit that the Republican leadership, as it stands now, cannot be victorious against the charismatic powerhouse that is Barack Hussein Obama. Obama's prowess and political power are derived from his appeal. And because so many out-of-touch Americans are offended by white, middle aged men with gray hair and a well-funded bank accounts representing them, Boehner and McConnell have the cards stacked against them. Let's face it, they look old, tired, rich, crotchedy and intolerant. Heck, I am not offended by these things and I don't like them!! Their unfavorable characterizations are amplified when compared and contrasted with our current golf-playing, rock star loving, abortion supporting, gay-marriage advocating, Arab-sympathizing, military loathing Oval Office Nightmare.
However, let me share with you somethings I doLOVE and respect about the newly re-elected for-the-third-time Speaker Boehner. He was raised by hard-working parents and is one of twelve children. He worked as a child in the family owned business--yes, it was a bar, but still, it was a job. Speaker Boehner understands modest beginnings. Eventually he enlisted in the Navy, during the height of the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged due to a weak back. He attended college, working several jobs in order to pay for his education and eventually graduated.
Essentially, John Andrew Boehner's humble, blue-collar, normal-college beginnings are the antithesis of Barack Hussein Obama's educational experience and eventual ascension to power.
Boehner began as "one of us".
However, somewhere along the way, this well-tanned man lost his way. Somewhere in the trenches of Washington DC politics and the cesspool of pandering and lobbyists and special interests, this humble man from Ohio forgot where he came from and who sent him there.
So, we have a new Congress. The 114thCongress to be exact. The congressional composite is 80% white, 80% male and 92% Christian. Unlike some of you, the fair-complexions and gender inequality doesn't concern me as much as the supposed Christian percentage. This is a supposedly conservative Congress. This Congress is a supposed balance, a hopeful correction to Obama's radical progressive policies and social reorganization. This Congress has one chance to successfully govern. Because trust me, America is shifting...and quickly. If this Congress doesn't give her a reason to pause and somewhat reverse course, she will be too far gone by 2017.
So, to all of you freshman members of Congress, a word to the wise: Don’t forget who we are. Don’t forget who campaigned for you, donated to you and voted for you. Don’t forget the promises you made and the integrity you guaranteed. Don't forget that "two wrongs, don't make a right". Don't allow petty, self-serving liberals to distract or ensnare you. Ignore them and their low-down tactics. Don't allow in-fighting and arrogance to derail your agendas. Don’t forget where you came from and how you got to where you are. But most importantly, don’t be a Boehner. Or a John McCain. Please, I implore you, don't forget WHO you are and WHO you are charged with fighting for.
Because if you do, if you fail, we will bring your good-for-nothing backsides home. And you will spend the remainder of your life dealing with the shame of your compromised morals and political failures. We have learned our lesson with so many of these men and women and are finished tolerating your political neglect.
We are not ignorant. We are not distracted. We are not stupid.
We are mad. We are listening. And we are watching you.