In case you haven’t heard, current Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he will be leaving Congress at the end of October. While he claimed he already planned to resign, the timing of his announcement was rather peculiar considering it occurred the day after Pope Francis spoke to Congress and just about a week before our government potentially faces its second shutdown in two years. Speaker Boehner has said that he doesn’t expect the government to close – much to the dismay of Republicans like Ted Cruz and many of his tea party cohorts.
Speaking of the tea party and Cruz, Boehner had some rather poignant words to say about those within his party who seem to build entire careers out of lying to the American people.
After slamming many Republicans in the House who’ve often balked at any attempt to work with Democrats to actually govern, Boehner was asked if he thought these members of his party were unrealistic.
“Absolutely, they’re unrealistic!” Boehner said, nearly shouting. “You know the Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole idea about shutting down government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 – I mean, this plan never had a chance.”
When asked if he was specifically referring to Sen. Cruz, Boehner said to refer to comments he made in August where he called the Texas senator a “jackass.”
Speaker Boehner basically just proved liberals right. For years, progressives like myself have said that the tea party is built upon propaganda and rhetoric pushed by people who either don’t understand how our government works or simply don’t care. These people “govern” by telling the other side “it’s my way or the highway,” which is about as productive as trying to run uphill in roller skates.
Not only that, but his “false prophets” comment is a direct shot at those who use religion to manipulate the ignorant. Clearly, far-right radicals like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and other tea party conservatives do this constantly.
While Congress has never been overly efficient (and that’s putting it mildly), we have never seen the level of ineptitude like we have since Republicans took over the House in 2010. The primary reason for that is tea party Republicans. Many moderate Republicans can’t even contemplate working with their Democratic counterparts, because if they do, they will be absolutely savaged by these far-right radicals.
Look at how asinine these people have become over the last few years. From thinking the debt ceiling is about new spending (it’s not), to a government shutdown that stood no chance at being successful, all the way to the recent Jade Helm idiocy – huge chunks of the Republican party have been taken over by conspiracy theorists and people who seem to buy into their own delusions.
Hell, it’s 2015 and around half of the Republicans in this country still don’t believe President Obama is a Christian.
I’ve lost track of how many conspiracies Republicans have come up with against this president. Absurd nonsense like:
- Death panels in the Affordable Care Act (never existed).
- The ACA killing jobs (it didn’t).
- President Obama confiscating guns (literally hasn’t shown a single sign even remotely suggesting this).
- President Obama running for a third term (again, no proof whatsoever – plus it’s illegal).
- President Obama is working with the Muslim Brotherhood.
- President Obama isn’t an American (two forms of birth certificate say he is).
- President Obama didn’t go to Harvard (he did).
- Jade Helm was a ploy by the Obama administration to declare martial law and confiscate guns.
The list goes on and on… and on.
Despite literally none of these conspiracies being true, tens of millions of conservatives actually believe them. It’s like I often joke, it’s no wonder so many of them hate this president – most of them can’t even name five factual things about him.
While Boehner’s comments weren’t a particularly lengthy takedown of the tea party, they do show that he’s become disillusioned with those members of his party who seem completely impervious to reality.
The ironic twist to all of this is, Boehner sealed his own fate. When he and other mainstream Republicans embraced the tea party with the hope that they could sabotage President Obama’s re-election in 2012, they embraced the monster that’s now devouring their party.
It’s truly telling how radical the GOP is becoming when someone like John Boehner, a man who is fairly conservative, is now viewed as a “liberal” by many within his own party.
He probably won’t admit it, but his comments prove that liberals have been right about the tea party all along.
Watch his comments below via CBS News: