By Mr. Curmudgeon:
House Republicans brightened President Obama’s upcoming inaugural celebrations by re-electing John Boehner Speaker of the House. Of course, Boehner is nothing more than a ventriloquist’s dummy, with President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi taking turns working his empty wooden head. The Republican Party is doomed – if not the nation.
220 GOP House members thought it a good idea to keep in place the compromising puppet – through whose lips the president speaks. Only 10 Republicans believed the Party of Lincoln deserved better.
Five more measly votes and Boehner would be a bad memory. What does this say about the so-called “conservatives” from the so-called “party of small government”? When it came time to speak, they became as lifeless as the marionette they re-elected. This does not bode well for what we’ve come to know as the conservative movement.
Economist and conservative columnist Thomas Sowell, like me, is not optimistic. “Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama’s argument for taxing ‘millionaires and billionaires’ is wrong?
“It is not a complicated argument. Moreover, it is an argument that has been articulated many times in plain English by conservative talk-show hosts and by others in print … What we all should be worried about are high tax rates driving American investments overseas, when there are millions of Americans who could use the jobs that those investments would create at home.”
What Dr. Sowell fails to realize is that it is impossible for a soulless creature to articulate ideas he does not hold in his wooden head or who lacks the capacity to house principles in a hollow chest without a heart.
The conservative movement – that flourished after Republicans nominated “Mr. Conservative” Barry Goldwater for president – saw its high-water mark with the election of Ronald Reagan, but has been on the decline ever since. When House conservatives had to choose who would lead the GOP opposition to the radical transformation of America under Barack Obama, they chose Boehner. His re-election as House Speaker signals the ignominious end of the modern conservative movement.
This means the only political opposition to Washington’s “business as usual” is the Tea Party and Libertarian movements – both of which are labeled “extreme” by the supporters of America’s one-party state.
But, as Barry Goldwater once said, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”