Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The "Most Ethical Congress" Strikes Again

Enough is Enough
By John Boehner

Seven months have passed since I handed the gavel to Nancy Pelosi, formally returning control of the House to Democrats for the first time in 12 years. In my remarks to the House that day, I offered a bit of advice to the members of the incoming majority. I told them:

“A congressional majority is simply a means to an end. The value of a majority lies not in the chance to wield great power, but in the chance to use limited power to do great things.
“The [American] people don’t care which party controls it; what they want is a government that is limited, honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs. The moment a majority forgets this lesson, it begins writing itself a ticket to minority status.”

My friends: the Democrats’ ticket is being punched.

The stolen 215-213 vote Thursday night on the Republican motion denying taxpayer benefits to illegal immigrants could be the legislative equivalent of the “shot heard ’round the world.” This was about far more than just arcane parliamentary process. It was an act I believe will eventually come to symbolize this majority.

In a fateful moment that capped off seven straight months of cynical broken promises, the current leadership thumbed its collective nose at the will of the American people. In one telling instant that has now been viewed by millions of our constituents via the Internet and other means, the Democratic majority revealed it is willing to break any rule, trample on any precedent, and run roughshod over its own Members to defend a left-wing, big government agenda most Americans utterly reject. Then it compounded the gesture on the House floor by stifling Republican efforts to debate the majority’s handling of the incident, and erasing the evidence of its iron-fisted actions from the public record, much as it did with the 215-213 vote itself.

The stolen 215-213 vote wasn’t about us. It was a breach of trust between the Democratic majority and the American people the current majority swore it would work in an open, bipartisan, accountable manner to serve.

The severity of this breach hasn’t occurred to every Democrat yet. As this morning’s Washington Post revealed, there is disagreement within the Democratic leadership ranks as to whether Thursday night’s stolen vote action was even a mistake at all. Majority Leader Hoyer acknowledged on the floor that it was a mistake, and apologized. But Speaker Pelosi brushed Leader Hoyer’s comments aside, saying there was no mistake, and calling the incident something that was just an “inconvenience” for the Republican minority.

Leader Hoyer has it right. It was a mistake – a mistake that will grow in infamy with each day the Democratic leadership allows it to stand. The stolen vote wasn’t just “inconvenient” for Republican politicians; it was an affront to the millions of Americans we were representing when we offered legislation to stop the Democratic majority from allowing taxpayer dollars to go to individuals who violate the laws of our country.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Boehner wrote a magnificent column! He's right that this STOLEN vote cannot stand or things will have to come to a standstill. Once word gets out about the specifics of the stolen vote the stench of it will reach the heavens and the Traitorcrats will HAVE to back down.


3:32 AM  
Anonymous z said...

Morgan, THAT is what I was just going to write, BUT I was coming at it from the angle of "and who's going to HEAR about the specifics of this stolen vote and when and where?" Sure, if AMericans heard that the Dems voted in favor of giving illegals MORE rights, they'd be outraged. As it is now,who the heck really knows about this and the way the Democrats shut down the voting because they weren't getting their way? Was it on Page 1 of the NYSlimes, as it would have been had the Republicans tried THIS? of course not!!!

How many AMericans do you know are even aware of the 'fairness' doctrine, or the fact that KOS and DU are calling FOX TV advertisers and threatening them to stop advertising so that station will be shut down? Who else KNOWS that but Conservative bloggers who watch ALL the news and read everything, both sides, unlike any liberal I know? (literally)

No, they'll never know, the media will do their best to keep the cause of the vote silence, and the way the Dems shut it down in their typical 'big open minded' way.

And the left says this WH has been secretive and unforthcoming? WHAT? As if every tiniest piece of information isn't picked up by the media and broadcast on loudspeakers, including information that should remain silent in order to keep us safe? but, let something THIS aggregious happen, THIS UNAMERICAN (and that kind of vote IS unAmerican, I don't care who hears me use that term), and everybody's relatively SILENT.

We'll lose our country as we know it if people don't start speaking out. ANd, so far, nothing's happening. SO what if Boehner writes a magnificent column? We read it. As if we didn't know this before, you know? dayum!!


7:14 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

You're right, Z, I put up as much as I can about it, but it still gets short shrift--and I sure as heck don't hear about this in the Libby media.

Ol' Les will, no doubt, skip entirely over this...

9:06 AM  
Anonymous z said...

Donal..we all know the shuffle les is doing because it happens so much at FPM, too. There will be an article really damning the Left, something that's absolutely incontrovertible...and BAMMO.. NO LEFTIES. ZERO. ZILCH. They can't take the heat...they'll still be for the candidate who was totally rightfully exposed in the article they ignored the day before, though!!!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

"The value of a majority lies not in the chance to wield great power, but in the chance to use limited power to do great things."

We are still waiting for those "great things" from the Democrats. Probably a useless and futile exercise...and a big waste of my time!

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually the lefties who come here usually have their best comments deleted.

You all need to be protected you know.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous z said...

OH, darn...Donal, let us hear from the lefties, we don't get enough of it in the mainstream media...pleeeeease?

get real, anonymous, you coward. You think we all drink the Kool Aid more than the left does? (smile!)

8:13 PM  

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