Speaker Boehner and the Frustrated Conservatives

Reactions to John Boehner’s re-election as Speaker have included scant attention to its implications for representative democracy. As Lincoln noted, “unanimity is impossible; … so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism … is all that is left.” Yet Boehner’s continued Speakership demonstrates that there is now no way for a majority of voters to obtain representatives who will represent them; and no way to compel a purportedly representative government to comply with their clear wishes on matters they consider most crucial. Angelo Codevilla's contention has been confirmed again. America is now lorded over by an oligarchic Ruling Class. Republicans are indistinguishable from Democrats. For voting majorities, who resoundingly rejected Obama Care in 2010 and all Obama policies in 2014, there is currently no place to go. Due largely to Boehner, firmly and clearly stated campaign promises on the most important issues...(Read Full Article)

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