John Boehner, the worst Speaker of the House of Representatives in US history, and now Paul Ryan following in his false footsteps
What about all those bills to create jobs, boost manufacturing in the homeland and to make America energy independent that House Republicans boast that they have passed, but have not been taken up by the Senate?
Under the pertinacious leadership of John Boehner, House Republicans have delivered a host of last-minute legislation to the Senate, so-timed as not to leave time for discussion, negotiation, and the normal give-and-take processes that usually accompany successful legislation in that body.
The take-it or leave-it proposition left the Senate with no choice, but to leave it.
And yet, Boehner has claimed consistently that the fault lies not with the House, but with the Senate and the inability of the party opposite to keep their chamber in order.
Boehner’s claimed legislative prowess, therefore, is an invention, a falsehood.
Contrariwise, a year ago the Senate sent to the House a comprehensive immigration bill, unconstrained by the last-minute antics of legislation going the other way, for the House to consider and to deliberate upon it.
Boehner blocked any and all attempts by members of the House to consider it either in committee or on the floor.
And while Speaker Boehner and the party of family virtues have been playing the legislative rules manipulation game, We the People of the United States have been engaged in mass deportations the scale of which, well …
I need only mention the number six million, and there is not one American who will not know, or who cannot come to understand the comparison.
Boehner bellows out that he can understand the compassion some have for these, or rather, those people, but he continues; we are a nation of laws, hence, putting forth the proposition that one can either be compassionate or lawful.
When I am told that in America, I must choose between compassion and law; choose between what is right (and for the Speaker’s edification, I am speaking of Biblical right, not the political spectrum) and what is rule; I will fight to the death for the right to follow both.
I also wish to draw attention to the Speaker’s characterization of the President as a king or emperor because he chose to use the considerable weight of his office to do what the Congress had failed to do.
Perhaps, Boehner is also of the opinion that Lincoln became a king when he brought forth the Emancipation Proclamation, and it was Emperor Truman who integrated the Armed Forces of the United States by Executive Order 9981.
And, there is the bandwagon effect. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has rather publicly gone to his attorney general with the thought of a possible legal challenge to the President’s immigration game-changing executive order.
Pence has been touted as a possible contender for the presidential nomination in 2016.
That said, it is as reprehensible, as it is incomprehensible as to why Governor Pence would come down on the wrong side of this issue, when doing so resurrects the ghosts of Grant County, which will follow him for the rest of his unnecessarily short political career on the national stage.
And now, after backing down from a rather obvious attempt to curtail constitutionally protected freedom of the press, Governor Pence has decided that the Almighty and the Constitution require his assistance to defend another pinnacle of the American Republic, religious freedom.
continuation: John Boehner, Jay Nixon, Mike Pence, Bob McCulloch & The Indianapolis Star ... nothing can reach the heart that is steeled with prejudice Thomas Paine
If we want to understand a John Boehner, Jay Nixon, Mike Pence, Bob McCulloch, the emails exchanged between the Chief and officers of the Ferguson Police Department or the editors of the Indianapolis Star, we need a place to begin, and more importantly a purpose to drive our inquiry.
An analogy might prove worthwhile. Without an understanding, for example of macroeconomics, that is to say, the overall workings of a national economy and the interrelationship among its economic sectors - the big picture; an analysis of a specific or micro-economic activity would be without foundation.
But, having a method of analysis, even a very good one, does not satisfy the necessity of purpose. Purpose is usually understood to be the intended benefit to be derived from an activity.
Why the necessity of purpose?
An idea of purpose or benefit is necessary, because all activity requires the use of some resource, and the use of all resources have costs associated with them.
Even if the only resource used is time, time has an associated opportunity cost, due to the fact that while engaged in one activity other activities which also require the use of time are not being engaged in. And, therefore the value of engaging in one or the other can be the subject of an economic analysis.
The purpose of our activity becomes even more important, because our economic analysis will help us to understand the comparative benefit to be derived from the use of the time we have available.
The amount of time available to engage in any one activity is after all a limited resource.
The purpose of looking at the big picture, the macro social environment of the United States, is so that specific individuals, like John Boehner, and specific circumstances, like Ferguson, can be viewed in context.
Let us say that the purpose of our analysis is to demonstrate how an understanding of the larger social milieu (environment) of the United States can help us to understand Ferguson, Missouri and a myriad of other similar instances.
And, the benefit to be derived is for the people of the United States to move beyond it/them, knowledgeably.
To wit, John Boehner represents the Eighth Congressional District of Ohio in the House of Representatives, and by virtue of Article I, Section 2, Clause 5, of the Constitution of the United States, is the current Speaker of that body.
He grew up in what can be geographically described as the southern and western most region of the State of Ohio.
It also carries the demographic designation as the southern end of the Dayton/Cincinnati Urban Corridor as well as the OKI Region, where the States of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana share common state lines.
While Thomas Jefferson was establishing the system of local democratic government, the familiar square and rectangular shaped townships and counties, except where geographic or other considerations deemed otherwise, he reached SW Ohio, then known as Symme's Purchase, where he encountered so much opposition to the idea of democratic local government from the residents there that he worked around that area, with the intention of returning to it at a later date.
Some local SW Ohio residents played an important and positive role in the success of the Underground Railroad, assisting those escaping the bondage of the South. There was considerable tension in the area, however, and it was also the operational area for Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana spontaneous militias, who for a price, aided by other local residents would hunt down, capture or kill, imprison, beat, rape and return escapees to bondage.
And, there descendants actively buy, collect and trade Black Memorabilia to this day, an activity the majority party under Boehner's leadership has not sought to outlaw. As the winds of war raged in Europe and National Socialism waxed in Germany and the borrowed Far East swastika symbol became its operative outward face, it became popular for Cincinnati residents to adorn the kitchen floors and front porches of the fashionable homes in the Clifton area with tiles bearing the swastika symbol. Roosevelt fearing an entrenched fifth column paid particular interest to this development. And, many of those homes still have the tiles in their kitchens and on their porches to this day.
When Boehner was a youth, the Cincinnati area was home to one of the most vicious heads of the Klu Klux Klan in all of the northern United States. At the same time every member of the Indiana State Legislature had ties to the Klan. Much is often found in print painting a morally attractive picture of Boehner working in his Father's bar carrying barrels of beer, but in reality the bars of Reading were places where one would have heard non-German peoples being described in the most vile and contemptible manner imaginable.
These bars were the places where those so-inclined would have discussed plans to assassinate Martin Luther King when he visited Cincinnati, and others would have traveled from Cincinnati with their Klan leader to Louisville where an attempt to assassinate King was adverted just a few minutes before King was to enter a local Louisville bank to cash a check.
We now know (The Invisible Empire) that all during this time FBI Director, J Edgar Hoover and the Cincinnati Klan leader had frequent and lengthy telephone conversations, while Hoover was in his office in Washington DC.
For those who may surmise that all this is ancient history, there have been cross burnings in the 8th Congressional District in the 21st century. And, on Thanksgivings Day, November 27, 2014, a racially divisive cartoon editorial appeared in the Indianapolis Star, following a foray into the racial abyss by the governor of that state a week earlier.
One might think that New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, Boston, Los Angeles or Seattle would be the most frequently studied city in the American Studies Departments of the major universities outside the United States.
However, Cincinnati holds that title, and not because it is the sister city of Rome or for its architecture, but because it has become the prototypical example of a racially divided city, and over the past seven decades a great body of literature has been developed on that subject and it continues to grow.
But remembering that the purpose of this article is to address the question as to how we as a nation move beyond Ferguson, Missouri and the host of other tragedies of which it is now but an example.
I accepted an invitation to Speak at a European University where an individual who had studied racial division in Cincinnati was receiving their doctoral degree in sociology.
After congratulating the advanced degree recipient and making some remarks about the close and enduring collaboration between our two great universities, mine being Oxford, I opened the session to a question or two from the attendees.
I was asked what was necessary for Cincinnati specifically and America at large to move beyond racial polarization, when it was rather obvious that a majority of Americans wanted to.
My response began with the unholy and oath of office violating relationship that existed between Hoover, the FBI and the Klan leadership in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.
From there I spoke of the time-honored tradition of the incoming and out-going presidents and their wives sitting to tea in the White House, as the transition of power shifts seamlessly from one administration to the next. But Eisenhower, the incoming president, refused to enter the White House until Truman and his wife had left it.
He refused to do so because Truman by Presidential Executive Order 9981 had integrated the Armed Forces of the United States. And, Eisenhower knew well why Truman had done so, that is, based on the military scientific evidence that equates the level of discrimination in a country with that country's ultimate ability to defend itself, and as Commander in Chief that was his prime responsibility.
I then addressed the question as to how we begin to move beyond racial polarization in America, as follows:
When faced with conflicts that are long standing; that have a history to them as it were; that are deep rooted and outwardly intractable, such as the racial divide in the United States, the circumstances between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East, and a host of other similar situations that unfortunately circumvent the globe.
It is necessary, if we want to step back from the abyss, to make an appropriate gesture. An appropriate gesture applied properly is what was missing from the Former Yugoslavia, as other European nations failed to apply whatever pressure was necessary to insure that the border agreements were adhered to, as that country began to Balkanize and descend into what became the horrible calamities of the Bosnia War.
An appropriate gesture is what was missing in Rwanda in the months and days leading up to the withdrawal of the Belgian Forces and the genocide that followed.
Appropriate gestures do not cost very much, but at the same time they are valuable immeasurably.
Gestures work best when they do not cause a drastic change between what one does on the day the gesture is applied, from what they had been doing on the day previous to its introduction.
For example, when the gesture is employed to effect armies that are actively engaged in battle, one day the forces are establishing communications lines to propagate war, the next day those same communications specialists are establishing communications lines for civilian and peaceful purposes.
Seamlessly, combatants remain within their units and the only thing that has to change is their orders and the outcome of their activities. Everyone is still employed and the command structure remains intact. And, most importantly, you do not suddenly and without preparation make large numbers of people unemployed who have been earning a living through the use of armed force.
There are two gestures that could, as Lincoln suggested -- help to ... bind up the nation's wounds. Some will say that they are the same gesture, to wit:
Remove J Edgar Hoover's name from the FBI Building in Washington DC, and Eisenhower's from the Interstate Highway System.
On the 23rd of December 1776, Thomas Paine wrote the following words:
I thank God, that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it.
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