Pertaining to the stories concerning the GOP going outside of the Congress for the speaker of the House, I must say I find this idea a dangerous precedent to start. Many good intentions have led to disastrous results down the road.
I am as tired as anyone of the current GOP leadership, or lack thereof. I am so very tired of voting for a GOP platform when I do not care for the candidate, knowing he will not follow up on campaign promises and that the GOP is little different that the Democratic Party. I am so discouraged with the GOP that I changed my voter registration to unaffiliated. Let the GOP earn my vote!
With that said, the idea of going outside of the House for a candidate is frightening and abhorrent to me. This position is in line for the presidency, and that should be taken very seriously by everyone. Whether I like the one chosen as speaker or not, at least he was elected somewhere in this country to represent a group of people. To begin to go outside of the elected representatives means effectively reducing this position to an appointed one that would be nominated by a few, and that person would have no accountability to the voters at all. This person could well have his own agenda (and why else would one want the position?), could be bought, or could buy the position. What would make this person less likely to bow to interest groups than an elected official?
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The nominating and approval of our various Supreme Court justices and the political and unconstitutional decisions they have made should be example enough to show us how disastrous this could be.
The answer to the problem in D.C. begins with each of us at home. As citizens we must hold ourselves accountable, as well as those we vote for. The voting booth is a powerful tool to safeguard democracy, but we must use it wisely. Washington has failed us, but as voters, we have also failed our nation. We must accept responsibility for it. Scandals have no consequences because voters do not take time to voice outrage, and when there are no consequences to improper behavior by our leaders, then they feel free to continue and to push those boundaries.