[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The reign of John Boehner as the House’s leader has been tumultuous. Though Republicans possess healthy majorities in the House and the Senate, both bodies of Republican leadership appear unwilling to stand strong against President Obama and his far-left agenda that centers on unprecedented power grabs.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Further, Republican leadership has appeared outright hostile to any Republicans who attempt to stand-up against Obama’s dictatorial style of leadership. Though Speaker Boehner is unwilling to stand strong against Democrats, he has been willing to stand strong against members of his own party by dolling out punishments to Republicans who break rank with the liberal Republican leadership.
As moderate Republicans supported President Obama’s “fast-track” authority for trade negotiations, it has been Democrats and conservatives who have formed an odd alliance in opposing it. After North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows voted against granting Obama such preposterous authority, Meadows was punished and removed from his committee assignment on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a coveted committee assignment.
Social media was abuzz with outrage as conservatives questioned how Speaker Boehner and his subordinate, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, could resort to such punitive measures for having simply voted in line with their constituents’ wishes.
The news of Meadows’ removal did not sit well with many Washington insiders and whispers of yet another attempt to oust the flimsy Republican despot from his Speakership have swirled around Washington.
To perhaps quell a potential coup, Boehner and Chaffetz have reinstated Meadows.
“Last week I announced a change in the Government Operations sub-committee chairmanship. A number of people have asked me to reconsider that decision. Having spoken with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) several times during the past week, I think we both better understand each other. I respect Mark and his approach. The discussions and candor have been healthy and productive. Ultimately, I believe we both want to do what is best for the country. Obviously I believe in Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) or I would not have appointed him to this position in the first place. It is in the best interest of the Committee to move forward together. Therefore, I have asked Mark to continue in his role as sub-committee Chairman.”
Meadows accepted and stated,
“I greatly appreciate Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz’ (R-UT) willingness to reconsider his decision, as well as my Oversight and Government Reform Committee colleagues’ support. I will continue to vote and conduct myself in accordance with my conscience, what my constituents want me to do, and what is best for the country.”
It’s terrific that this story had a happy ending, but the mere fact that Meadows was removed in the first place indicates that Republican leadership is bereft of authentic leadership in this time of crisis for our nation. While party cohesion is important, the whole episode has reeked of the kind of standard corrupt politicking that gives all lawmakers a bad name.
Perhaps, one day, the GOP will be united in the idea that we must put a stop to our nation’s destructive policies and turn this ship around.
Surveying the politics of the past week, it is easy to see a common theme and a viable lesson for conservatives to learn: a unified front can pay off and we must continue to demand the kind of government for which we voted.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]