There are many good Republicans worthy of being House speaker.
There are fewer in the House itself.
But why should House Republicans limit themselves to current members of the House? There’s absolutely no reason to do it – constitutionally.
The speaker of the House can be any American, according to Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution, which concludes: “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”
Notice it doesn’t say the House must choose a speaker from within the House. It’s merely a tradition.
But the speaker of the House is arguably the second-most important position in the federal government, more so even than the vice president, whose only official duty, besides taking over for the president in the event he or she is incapacitated, is presiding over the Senate and casting tie-breaking votes.
The House of Representatives is a more important body, constitutionally speaking, than the Senate. It’s the people’s house. It’s where all revenue bills are to originate – which would have provided perfect grounds for the constitutional overthrow of Obamacare, which was deemed accurately a revenue bill by Chief Justice John Roberts who shockingly upheld it.
In recent years, especially the last seven, the Congress of the United States has not acted like an equal branch of government. It has acted like an inferior branch to the president. But the Constitution nowhere suggests the Congress is simply, as we often hear, a “co-equal branch of government.”
In fact, it has all legislative authority under the Constitution, which means it has much more power than the president or the Supreme Court. It simply doesn’t act like it does.
What do I mean by that? I mean, just in the last seven years, Congress has watched in apparent tacit approval as both the president and the Supreme Court have succeeded in wielding sweeping illegitimate legislative authority.
Example: Barack Obama rewrote immigration law – even after admitting repeatedly he did not have the authority to do so. (He did not do this using an executive order, as is routinely reported. He just did it with a simple memorandum, which could and should have been repudiated by the Congress. But it never has been, setting a dangerous precedent for the future.)
Example: The Supreme Court rewrote the marriage laws of all 50 states, though the Constitution leaves all authority not explicitly reserved for the federal government to the states. (Congress has the absolute authority to set that ruling aside and determine that the Supreme Court can never again rule on the matter. But it never even entertained the idea, again, diminishing its own authority.)
I could list many other examples, and you could, too.
Congress has become an absolute joke in the last seven years, watching silently as executive branch agencies, which it supposedly oversees and determines budgets for, have also taken on far more unconstitutional legislative authority than Congress.
If you doubt what I’m saying, simply compare the size of the Congressional Record with the Federal Register. The Congressional Record for the average year is one book several inches in diameter. The Federal Register, on the other hand, is now annually more than 11 feet in diameter, some 80,000 pages. They are filled with what are called “regulations,” but they have all the power of law – written by wholly unaccountable, non-elected bureaucrats who work at the pleasure of the president.
Very briefly here, I am giving you a lesson in just how badly broken and corrupted Washington has become. The government is not following the Constitution – it’s breaking it every day, every hour, every minute.
Now it may be that the next speaker of the House will change all that. But, I doubt it if he or she is chosen in the usual way.
What’s the usual way?
It’s the way John Boehner was chosen. It was “his turn.” He has been a good soldier for a previous speaker. He’d done his bidding. He was an ambitious legislator elected in 1990, didn’t make waves, didn’t buck the system, joined the business-as-usual club and was rewarded with the second-most powerful position in the federal government.
If history repeats itself this year, he will be succeeded by his protégé, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.
It’s possible there will be a rebellion after the years of corruption and lawlessness during Boehner’s reign, but, most likely, Republicans in the House will never do something daring, something outside tradition, yet something bold and constitutional to shake up the status quo.
Why not pick some very well-qualified Republican outside the House?
There are some good people running for president who would be perfect. I’ll name a few, many of whom would probably drop their bid for the presidency and take the second-most powerful position in government if it were offered: Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Rand Paul. Then there’s former Rep. Allen West. I’ll stop there, but there are many highly qualified people in and out of government who would take this job and help redirect Washington in a path of constitutionality.
But few are talking about it. The media that never saw Boehner’s resignation coming sure aren’t. Washington is broken and needs fixing. The American people know it. The Republican establishment doesn’t get it. And if the latter doesn’t figure it out soon, many of them will find themselves seeking other employment opportunities – and rightly so.
House Republicans, the hour is late: It’s time to stop destroying America as well as your own party. Do something different! Elect a real leader – someone who will stand up to Obama, serve America and revere the Constitution, or prepare to be swept aside by the tides of history.
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