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John Boehner, Eunuch
American Thinker, by Jason Kissner

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Posted By:mikkins2, 2/13/2014 7:01:08 AM

Less than 24 hours after President Obama illegally rewrote the law he had previously jammed down Boehner´s -- and the country´s -- throat, Boehner handed the budding dictator a clean debt-ceiling hike. Last October, Obama vindictively shut down the federal government upon his having refused to delay ObamaCare, which of course is exactly what he himself lawlessly did on February 10, 2014! Of course, Boehner is hardly in a position to argue now, having foolishly (immensely so) accepted responsibility for the shutdown. Never mind Boehner´s cowardice (we´ll get to that in a moment); what kind of moron cedes that kind of maneuverability to

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The author gets it half right. Boehner or the rest of the Republican Establishment have never had any intention of stopping Obamacare or increasing the debt. All the arguments are political theater designed to appear like they are trying to do something. Damn us "purists" for demanding actual action instead of excuses and chicanery.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: arkfamily, 2/13/2014 7:26:24 AM     (No. 9730466)

I understand very much what the author is saying here and the one comment but I still have to ask the question, "what else could be done?" The Republicans do not have control in the Senate and Harry Reid has the power to do whatever he pleases. Obama has the veto pen.

The Republicans didn´t want another shutdown and I can understand that because the blame would end squarely on them. And it is very visible. They are between a rock and a hard place. Not much wiggle room. If you think anything conservative is going past Harry Reid or Obama, you really are in fantasy land.

When my question in the first paragraph can be answered, I will change my opinion.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 2/13/2014 7:27:32 AM     (No. 9730467)

In this year´s congressional primaries, two questions need to be asked of those seeking reelection:
1) Will you vote to repeal Obamacare?
2) Will you vote for Boehner for Speaker?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/13/2014 7:28:36 AM     (No. 9730469)

I have great sympathy for John Boehner. It is said that he drinks. I can certainly understand.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: philsner, 2/13/2014 8:03:47 AM     (No. 9730514)

Let´s help him drink as a private citizen rather than a congressman. I´ll buy him a bottle of ripple.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 2/13/2014 8:19:28 AM     (No. 9730536)

My frustration is a complete lack of a strategy to counter the lies of the opposition, starting with the refusal to even use the "L" word. dingy harry and obama are on the same page, only bills approved by them are brought to the floor of the senate. Why can´t the gop senate work with the house instead of against it? Why can´t the Republican National Committee get ads on national TV to counter the lack of msm coverage? An example: before the gov. shutdown there were numerous times obama stated publicly he would not negotiate, those soundbites along with pictures of the barricades around our open memorials would have made a powerful image that could have been put together quickly, and would have presented the indisputable image the shutdown belonged to the administration. This lack of action is what most frustrates me.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Az Roadrunner, 2/13/2014 8:24:06 AM     (No. 9730539)

Catchy title for an article... (and the rest of the GOP so called "Leadership")

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Reply 7 - Posted by: planetgeo, 2/13/2014 8:32:03 AM     (No. 9730549)

John Boehner, Judas goat.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: krause, 2/13/2014 8:50:40 AM     (No. 9730574)

He seems to have quit fighting and appears beaten...not a good sight. I know they don´t have the wherewithal to get things passed, but at least he can verbally fight, like Cruz and Paul.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/13/2014 8:51:46 AM     (No. 9730575)

#1 - a wild animal act regarding Obama´s actions from his bully pulpit on a regular basis (weekly or more frequent) or appointing special committees or not trying to go around us on immigration would be a start.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: judy, 2/13/2014 8:58:45 AM     (No. 9730586)

You don´t always win however the people sent you to DC to fight for their rights. I wish the people could vote Boehner out. He could have at least screamed before he gave the WH a clean bill. He´s beyond horrible. Years from now when the country is completely gone people will say where was congress?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40, 2/13/2014 8:59:43 AM     (No. 9730589)

Agree with #1. Wish it were different, but its not. Consider this:

- Government is not disrupted. The Kenyan must be feeling like Hitler at Munich. Robbed of the war that he wanted. A year later was too late. 2015 will come.
- 199 Republican caucus members are going back having being able to vote against the raising. Its a political coup.
- The real way to stop this is to trim the government so it does not NEED these funds. Go back to the people. Go to work. Stop whining.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: justavoter, 2/13/2014 9:15:26 AM     (No. 9730612)

OK #1, you are driving down the road, it is 100 degrees outside and the only way to keep cool in your car that has no AC is to have the windows down.
Suddenly, you come upon a bridge out sign. Your choice is to stop the car and experience a little heat, or run off the bridge abutment. Boehner decided to keep driving in hopes his car would clear the river embankments. Shutting the government down is exactly the responsibility of the branch of government (House of Representatives) that was design to do in times like these and sadly, we have no leadership with the will or desire to explain and take responsibility.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/13/2014 9:18:16 AM     (No. 9730618)

The RINO apologists have gotten the memo - - and invaded this board.

But I don´t think regular L-Dotters will be convinced that whiny surrender is the only option.

You can´t win a fight if you don´t even show up at the arena. But that´s the Boehner-Pubbie-RINO modus operandi - - isn´t it?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: arkfamily, 2/13/2014 9:18:59 AM     (No. 9730620)

Excuse me for posting a second time but I forgot to include one other element that is important. The other element is the media and that gives a lot of leverage to the Democrats, Harry Reid, and Obama. Remember, we don´t have the majority in the Senate which gives leverage to Harry Reid and Obama. It becomes a vicious cycle.

How do the Republicans get past these obstacles? The odds are stacked against them and getting through that maze can be wearisome. You all know how tired a person can get from dealing with a difficult child and this applies here. As parents, we know that we have to keep our cool and our consistency with discipline.

This is where a brush up on why a person is conservative needs to take place. Obama wants people to believe conservatism is evil and we need to get out there and define it for them. Not the other way around. This won´t be accomplished by beating up our own base. We lost the Senate seat because a lot of conservatives fell for the idea of not voting. Just another way of beating up our base.

We need every vote whether you are a conservative, Republican, or Tea Party. When anyone of them sits out, the Democrats gain the advantage.

That is where we are right now.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/13/2014 9:49:05 AM     (No. 9730671)

First, to even laugh off Boehner´s drinking problem as being okay since he has a tough job is stunning. Here we have a private sector where this drinking problem and incompetence would never be tolerated and yet, Republican apologists are fine with a drunk Speaker of the House. The Democrats love Boehner. Note the media even covers for his obvious
problem! Yet, even a checker at Target is subjected to drug testing!!
Next, the Dems continue to get the advantage because our side will not fight. Yes the odds, the media which now includes FOX, public schools pumping out new liberals and Hollywood all align against us. So? This has been going on for 30 years. No excuse for GOP to keep being paid when they cannot figure out a strategy.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: justavoter, 2/13/2014 9:51:40 AM     (No. 9730674)

Arkfamily, If Reagan were the Speaker, he would have shut funding down till the donks hee hawed......and then some.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/13/2014 9:54:08 AM     (No. 9730678)

#13, I haven´t seen a single comment encouraging "whiny surrender". I have seen posters who have different opinions on how to reach the goals I believe we all have. I believe differing opinions are not only allowed but encouraged on this forum. Lockstep is boring.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/13/2014 9:55:57 AM     (No. 9730681)

Hang in there, #1/#14. You´re saying things that need to be said, even though many are covering up their ears.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 2/13/2014 10:12:53 AM     (No. 9730703)

Eunuchs at least once had a pair - Boehner never did......

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Reply 20 - Posted by: littleorby, 2/13/2014 10:18:12 AM     (No. 9730711)

#3: If I were to say:

I have great sympathy for Barack Obama. It is said he uses drugs. I can understand that. Would I get a kind reaction from you?

Your support for Boehner is shameful (period)

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Starlady, 2/13/2014 10:49:51 AM     (No. 9730774)

I have read a lot of whiney posts on this thread. There are can do people and those who look for every reason why we can´t.
I remember a children´s book written to inspire young people. It is titled " The Little Engine That COULD", not "The Little Engine that Never Could."
Some of us look at the glass half full, others look at the same glass as almost empty. We have given too much time to the establishment GOP in office to believe they will ever address our country´s problems. They coast from one election to another lining their pockets until they drop dead in office, or finally choose to retire. Our patience is exhausted. Yes, they have the media (whine), yes, they have the power of incumbency; but powerful people have been toppled just within the past few decades and I choose to believe many powerful people can be toppled in 2014, and will do my part to work toward that end.
Speaking of which, in reading the comments of posters on the article site I learned Eric Cantor has a primary opponent that can be taken seriously. Good news to start the day.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: arkfamily, 2/13/2014 11:03:39 AM     (No. 9730796)

Normally, I would move on but I was addressed personally. Yes, I know Reagan would have shut things down and he did. Air traffic controllers and he did what was necessary. By the way, he did them well.

We are in different times. It all began on September 11th. We still have the same enemy but his supporters think they are more clever. Our side falls for some of the most ridiculous tactics used by them. One of them is "let´s not vote" because this guy isn´t conservative enough. How many people sat home because they didn´t like John McCain or Mitt Romney? It really gives the opponent an advantage. I´m am not about to give that up.

Since Reagan was brought up, I would like to point out that not everyone is Reagan. I like having solid leaders who can think on their own. I suppose I have to wear a bracelet that says "WWRD" and I won´t. Just so you know mine will always be "WWJD" and nothing else.

We can have a solid base that has conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party people but the infighting has to stop. We are in different times and the Democrats want to define it by their terms only.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/13/2014 11:08:10 AM     (No. 9730806)

Boehner is inarticulate to the point of mutism. Not only is he impotent politically, he is rhetorically retarded. He lacks passion - or he cannot show it. The whole business seems to bore him, as though he would rather be somewhere else. He doesn´t seem very interested in it.

What else could he have done? He could have spoken out, made a stirring speech, enunciated his principles(if he has any worth enunciating), inspired others, acted like a leader, summoned his troops, aroused the nation, given words and shape to the impending crisis.

That´s what he could have done. That´s what he should have done. That´s what he has never done and will never do. And that´s why he needs to go, the sooner the better.

Is there something wrong with the man that prevents him from talking? Doesn´t he know that he is supposed to be out front and leading by example, speaking out, arousing the passions and determination of those he is elected to lead?

Just looking at him makes me want to fall asleep. He does not have what it takes, not for what is going on now. Maybe he was good, even great in the past. He is not capable of fulfilling his responsibilities now.

We need leaders, not time-servers and functionaries and officials who cannot be bothered to devote the time and energy to public matters they deserve.

My opinion of Boehner is dropping steadily every single single. He is an absolute disaster. He is not the man for the job. He needs to go.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 2/13/2014 11:32:20 AM     (No. 9730856)

P.S.

It is just a hunch, nothing more - but I wonder if posters defending Boehner´s performance and advising against "in-fighting" are the same who cautioned us against criticizing the pathetic campaign Mitt Romney was running for president.

I distinctly remember that some people claimed critics of Romney´s obviously failing campaign were just lending aid and comfort to the other side, and that if we wanted him to win, we needed to keep our opinions and premonitions of disastrous defeat to ourselves.

One of the basic rules of war is to remove incompetent generals when their performance is inadequate. It is often the case that there are explanations for their poor performance that are not entirely their fault. But generals who keep losing battles, who cannot inspire the troops, and who seem at sea and lost among the conditions they are expected to master, must and should be removed and replaced if further defeats are to be avoided. This is not always fair. It is, however, the way things must be done in war.

Relieve General Boehner and give someone else, someone with fire in the belly, a fighting general, a chance. They might not do any better - but it would be difficult for them to do worse. Boehner is a losing general. He has lost every battle so far and he will lose all that are to come. It is not simply a matter of votes. He has the mentality and the attitude of the loser. He cannot inspire and he cannot lead. He is in over his head.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: smithereens, 2/13/2014 11:41:52 AM     (No. 9730879)

Thanks #23 - now I don´t have to take the time to write it. Well, said and you cover all the bases.

Remember John Boehner lobbied for this job, and even cried when he got it (which at the time gave me a deep sense of dread). Sorry, but the victim card can´t be played by leaders. If he doesn´t like the press attacking him, doesn´t like the pressure then get out of the speakership and let a real leader take over.

This is no time for moderation, because these are not moderate times.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/13/2014 11:45:55 AM     (No. 9730888)

Apples and oranges, #20. Is there no irony in your world, sweetie?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: absalom, 2/13/2014 4:50:54 PM     (No. 9731341)

#23/24 nails that feckless and inept eunuch, Boehner. Predictably, the usual gaggle of progressive whiners are on display w/their litany of lame excuses for failure. Britain had their Boehner in 1938 but luckily for them, Churchill was in wings. Great nations remain great because, in times of stress and turmoil, they produce men who rise to the challenge of the moment. Where is our Churchill? Er...emphatically not in the GOP. In the late 19th century Gladstone, following a large Liberal victory in Commons, approached Tory leader Disraeli w/a request to form a coalition supporting Irish Home Rule. Disraeli responded; "Sir, the obligation of the Opposition is to oppose, which we shall, w/vigor and when w/meet again before the electorate, they will then have a clear choice of visions." Sounds just like Boehner, doesn´t it? The progressives trot out their rally round bromide, ´because were all in this together; conservatives, republicans, tea partiers´ which is complete and utter crap. Principled conservatism never had anything to do w/republicanism; a big government party since 1856; a stone cold fact for even those born earlier this week.
The sooner the GOP is replaced, the sooner we will get real change in DC and the dire direction of the nation.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/14/2014 1:14:24 AM     (No. 9731800)

I have no sympathy for John Boehner. It is said that he drinks. When I think that John Boehner is supposedly leading the defense of our republic, I drink more.

P.S. Post of the Day to #23/#24! Writing like that is a pleasure to read.

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Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
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Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
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Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
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At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
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"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
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Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
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In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

Ignoring an Inequality Culprit:
Single-Parent Families

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Wall Street Journal, by David Maranto & Michael Crouch    Original Article
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Suppose a scientific conference on cancer prevention never addressed smoking, on the grounds that in a free society you can´t change private behavior, and anyway, maybe the statistical relationships between smoking and cancer are really caused by some other third variable. Wouldn´t some suspect that the scientists who raised these claims were driven by something—ideology, tobacco money—other than science? Yet in the current discussions about increased inequality, few researchers, fewer reporters, and no one in the executive branch of government directly addresses what seems to be the strongest statistical correlate of inequality in the United States: the rise of single-parent


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