Ok, I just did both. Now that that’s out of the way, I can’t begin to tell you what a colossal disappointment Congressman Chris Collins is as he and others voted to keep John Boehner as Speaker of the House today.
I feel like I was just betrayed by a close personal friend.
The Examiner said it well:
“Conservatives across the board have been repeatedly alienated and betrayed by [House Speaker John Boehner] as he surrendered on every major policy fight, aided relentless Democrat attacks on the Constitution, and declared war on the mainstream Tea Party movement…Voters delivered a landslide victory for Republicans in 2014 and gave them historic majorities in both the House and Senate–a clear mandate to stop Obama’s corrupt, Constitution-shredding agenda at all cost…and Boehner responded by giving Democrats everything they wanted.”
Boehner has reneged on essentially every commitment he’s made, and Chris Collins and a whole host of other Congressmen evidently ignorant, fearful, liberal, easily deceived or otherwise blissfully unaware of the enormous amount of discontent among EVERYBODY, have just aided and abetted his dereliction of duty.
When Collins voted for the debt ceiling increase in February of 2014, we tried to encourage him not to worry about labels, to stop playing defense and this was his response — “We need an undivided conservative government to get our country moving again,” later expressing his confidence about picking up seats in the House. Well fast forward to two days ago, and I try to caution him “All those seats we picked up didn’t do us any good, and being the majority doesn’t mean anything if you continue to lie down for Obama’s lawlessness and vote for Boehner. There is nothing undivided and nothing conservative about this government, and all the nice sounding talking points are not getting this country moving again.”
We know now “Boehner has repeatedly urged Republican members to ‘take the high road’ and to ‘pick our battles,’ and to ‘wait for a better time’ to fight against Obama’s unconstitutional acts.” Again, I’d hoped to caution Chris that that sounds like either ignorance or deception to me, and to assure him that “acquiescing to willful violations of the Constitution is not taking the high road, and what better reason is there for going to battle than to defend it? There’s no better time than now.”
If ever there were a time short of bloodshed, as so sadly and necessarily happens as a result of civil wars, to do as the forefathers assured us it is essentially our duty to do, to abolish and institute new government, (with full “cooperation and assistance from law enforcement personnel to forcibly remove this body, if necessary,” of course), it sure seems like now. Government has clearly become “destructive of these Ends [enabling all Men’s unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” and it seems most efforts at altering it have failed — to the ends of electing and relying on people you feel will properly represent you, so we, as simple people can go about our way, tending to the burdens of life.
Running as a conservative on one set of values and voting on an entirely different one, Collins has shown himself to be a fraud… or an ignoramus, fearful, liberal, one who is all too easily deceived or simply, blissfully unaware. None of which are among the character traits suitable for a Congressional Representative of New York’s 27th District, in my humble opinion.
Call me short-sighted, but I simply see no rationale for the vote, no logical, discernible reason why two terms wasn’t sufficient to retire Boehner and let true accountability occur, eliminating waste that we all dream about and politicians only talk about, embrace economic growth to expand everyone’s horizons, to ease the heavy hand of government and to just, let us, breathe.
Founder, TEA New York