Hypocrisy, thy name is the Republican Party. We have been hearing for two years now from Republican politicos how Barack Obama hasn’t lived up to his pledge to have the “most transparent administration ever.” Well, Mr. and Mrs. America just had no clue, did we? Yeah, boy, we had our jammies on and the popcorn popped and were sitting in front of the tube waiting for the Openness Show from the West Wing to begin. We were so disappointed. Made us want to step right up and renew our vows with the Boehner leadership team…or something. They were just so…all-knowing and on top of the situation to point out to us that we shouldn’t have trusted Obama. We right-wing fanatics didn’t have a clue. And now Boehner’s having a crying fit and vowing never to have anything to do with Obama again, and telling Harry Reid to just… just… just… go do things to himself.
So in that vein, we read in the TV Guide that this season’s spellbinder is going to be the coup d’etat in the House Republican Caucus. It’s in the mill as we speak. And we are pumped …or not. (Note to self: consume mass quantities of caffeine to stay awake during this stirring drama.)
Forgive us if we are not all agog and hopeful that we are going to have some kind of great conservative victory in whatever transpires in the Republican caucus in the next few days. And here’s the reason: If something truly is going on, whoever is fomenting it is probably not doing it for our benefit. Why? BECAUSE IT’S NOT TRANSPARENT.
We don’t recall seeing in the days and weeks following the November election any statement of principle or list of grievances or grand pronouncement on the way forward for the Republican Party coming out of any supposed coup plotters. If they are taking over, they are keeping their powder dry and doing it all on the hush-hush so they can…TAKE OVER. They can get them a new speaker and get them some plum committee chairmanships and have all the power to do great things for…for…for… ‘merica…or something. More likely to pad their resumes with their new-found positions of power and prestige, not to mention their pride in all the “no” votes they will cast in the new 113th Congress. (As the President trots merrily along on his way to the Socialist Superhighway, funded by the magnanimous 111th and 112th Congresses. Make no mistake – he is flush with resources.)
See the plotters, probably led by that legendary right-winger Eric Cantor, haven’t told us what their vision is for the New/Old ‘merica they want to usher in. No visions of shrinking federal sugar plums like Departments of Education and Energy and Interior and Agencies of Environment and Communications and Ceteras. No, what we’ll probably get if this thing goes off is some ex post facto press release about how the New Leadership is committed to Republican principles of fiscal soundness, or some such balderdash, and thanking Speaker Boehner for his service to his country.
Is that all there is? If that’s all there is, my friends, then let’s keep dancing to a different tune, one that portends a gradual yet pointed withdrawal from the Federation and a realignment of the Sovereign States under a New/Old model of limited government at every level. A model which doesn’t relegate our Constitution to the dustbin of history but which involves some painful readjustments at times and some stark and transparent prescriptions for walking away from the rotten garbage heap that Washington, DC has become, as outlined and forecast here and here.
The great Tea Party/Conservative victory of 2010 is nothing but a bitter memory of promises unkept and rear ends gotten in line. The reason we have hope that things will be different going forward is…is…is…
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UPDATE – JAN.3, 2:00P.M. EST: Uh, actually, it’s transparently more untransparent than we thought:
Ohio Rep. John Boehner (R) was elected to a second term as Speaker of the House with 220 votes. Unlike his first term, where all Republicans voted for him, 12 GOP lawmakers either opposed him, voted present or abstained. They include: Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Enjoy the New Year, everyone. And try to contain your excitement.
—–Crossposted at Grumpy Opinions