There should be impeachment hearings in Congress over the Obama administration’s plan to attack Syria.
And the first hearings should be held by House Republicans to impeach its leadership for supporting the nonsensical mission.
Heck, they don’t even need a legal proceeding known as impeachment to dump John Boehner. All House Republicans need to do is vote him out as speaker – something they should have done a long time ago for his role as Barack Obama’s enabler-in-chief.
Not only has Boehner permitted Obama to skate on scandal after scandal – from Benghazi to political abuse by the Internal Revenue Service to widespread spying on American citizens to spying even on the biggest news agency in the country, the Associated Press, which practically worships Obama – but he has also pressured House Republicans to provide Obama all the borrowed money he needs to continue nationalizing America’s health-care system, rack up record debt and start illegal wars.
That’s why Boehner deserves the moniker of Obama’s enabler-in-chief.
But his position on Syria takes the cake.
I am hardly an apologist for Syria. I have been one of Bashar Assad’s toughest critics. He’s an authoritarian bully and has become a tool of Iran. But, as we should have learned a long time ago, by Middle East standards, he’s hardly the worst criminal running an Arab country – not even close. In fact, under Assad, Christians have been protected to a degree unusual in the Islamic Middle East. If the rebels Obama is supporting take over, it will be open season on one of the last bastions of peace for Christians in the Middle East. The Obama-sponsored rebels have already been systematically attacking Christian towns all over Syria, driving them from their homes. Refugees are streaming into Lebanon and other parts of Syria. Many of them wholeheartedly support Assad because they understand the alternative is death.
And John Boehner approves of Obama’s policy. So much for the highest-ranking member of the so-called “opposition” party in the federal government.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., whom I respect, had this to say about the way Boehner tripped over himself in supporting Obama’s latest military escapade: “It was a mistake. Our constituents have a very different position and if you’re the speaker of the House or the leader and you’re going to take a position in support of the war, which is contrary to what the vast majority of Americans believe [...] it might be nice to call up your GOP conference and say, ‘Hey, this is what we plan to do,’ but we didn’t get any of that. I think there is a fundamental miscalculation that keeps happening with respect to what the American people think. And it seems to me that there are a lot people here in Washington who spend too much time in the beltway and they are talking to the same people and there is an echo chamber going go and they don’t get home to talk to constituents. Unfortunately, it’s the establishment politicians who are running the show right now, and the American people are demanding a change. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from constituents that it’s time for a third party.”
See Rep. Amash’s interview:
All of that is true – except for the "mistake" part.
I don't think it's a "mistake" at all. It's just what we have come to expect of the enabler-in-chief.
How do Amash and other right-thinking members of Congress expect to stop Obama when the Republican leadership can always be counted on to bail him out?
When are they going to realize the enemy is right inside the gate – and running the show for Republicans?
Boehner is now talking about stepping down in 2014 anyway. Why do we have to wait? Republicans won't control the House after the 2014 election if Boehner waits that long. It's time for House Republicans to realize why they were elected the majority in the House back in 2010. It wasn't because of Boehner's leadership. It was in spite of it.
But the folks who elected Republicans to stop Obamacare in 2010 are quiet these days. Too quiet. They don't believe they have anywhere to go in light of Boehner's pathetic betrayal of Republican principles. And that doesn't bode well for the party – or for America.
There's only one thing Republican House members can do to fix this: Give Boehner a real hard push – right now.