(Library of Law and Liberty) -- If accounts of Barack Obama’s and John Boehner’s doings during the week of September 9 had appeared in the parody newspaper The Onion, they would have been occasion for laughter. But since the President of the United States and the Speaker of the House really did transact the nation’s business with laughably low levels of intelligence and integrity, the past week’s events sadly confirm the quality of elites that our ruling class’ Democratic and Republican wings promote and produce.
Obama proposed a plan for striking Syria with cruise missiles, carefully designed to avoid accomplishing any meaningful military result; while Boehner proposed to hold votes in Congress nominally to prohibit funds for the 2010 Health Care Law while actually appropriating them. These disparate plans were identical in essential respects. First, both violated the logic of the fields in which the activity of each was to take place – war and legislation, respectively. Second, Obama and Boehner assumed that the American people would neither notice the deception and nonsense, nor care. Third, although polls showed that the American people oppose both striking Syria and retaining Obamacare, Obama and Boehner were confident of each other’s support, and assumed that the ruling class’ unity would be enough for success. In fact however each withdrew his plan in the face of public scorn.