Paul Ryan Light Takes the Gavel

Posted on January 11, 2023 by Robert Ringer


I couldn’t bring myself to watch very much of last week’s D.C. theatrical production, but the little bit I did watch was enough to make me roll my eyes.  Even though the Foxcasters tried their best to make the Republican speakership brawl sound like a life-or-death nail-biter, it’s safe to say that most viewers knew full well how it would all end.  When you’ve watched the same movie over and over again, why wouldn’t you know the ending?

It was yet another chance to witness just how entrenched in their status quo positions the vast majority of House Republicans are, because voting for Kevin McCarthy for speaker is about as status quo as you can get.  The fact that McCarthy was Paul Ryan’s first lieutenant should have automatically eliminated him from consideration by any Republican who truly wants to do what’s in the best interest of his/her constituents.  Does anyone really believe Kevin McCarthy is the best the GOP can do when it comes to selecting a leader?

In a spirit of generosity, I can give some Republicans a pass for supporting McCarthy from the outset if they naively believed he has seen the light and is ready to carry out the will of Republican voters.  Both Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene apparently believed so.  But when Republicans start acting like Democrats, my goodwill disappears.  Specifically, I’m referring to the threats, name-calling, and intimidation tactics many Kevin McCarthy supporters resorted to, tactics right out of the Democrat playbook.

Even Fox anchors and contributors like Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich were outraged by the 20 conservatives who kept voting against McCarthy, chastising some of their favorite House members like Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and Chip Roy.  But the Indignation Trophy has to go to the usually solid Judge Jeanine Pirro, who said on “The Five” that the House members refusing to vote for McCarthy should “be quiet and go along with the majority.”  (To her credit, the next day Pirro acknowledged she was wrong and said she now believes their demands were good for the country, but shame on her for talking before thinking.)

Such outrageous talk is a reminder of why Democrats always seem to come out on top.  It’s so much more comfortable to go along with the majority than to be the target of smears and threats.  Everyone in D.C. knows the game:  If you want to get along, you have no choice but to go along.

A lot of folks were livid that 5 percent of the Congress could hold up the will of the overwhelming majority, but isn’t the whole purpose of a democratic republic to protect the minority?  Anyone who doesn’t like stalemates always has the option of lobbying to get the rules changed to make it possible for the majority to steamroller the minority.  In other words, they can try to codify tyranny if that’s what appeals to them.

What, exactly, did the minority want?  At its core, it was about serious change versus business as usual, and serious change is what Uniparty parasites fear most.  The devil is in the details, and in this case the details are in the House rules, because the rules are how career politicians rig the game in their favor.

What the 20 holdouts said they most wanted was major changes in the rules that now allow members to ignore both the Constitution and their constituents and do whatever the hell they please.  If you’ve ever wondered how monstrosities like the $1.7 trillion pork-filled “omnibus” bill, the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan,” and the Inflation Reduction Act (which has absolutely nothing to do with reducing inflation) get crammed down the throats of wimpy Republicans without being given enough time to read them, it’s because of the House rules.

The swamp has been stacking the House rules in their favor for decades.  Their focus is on putting themselves in a position to be able to ignore the Constitution, make it easier to game the system, and establish a totalitarian grip over the country, and they are probably one election away from achieving all that.

This is precisely what John Adams warned about when he said the Constitution was made only for a moral and religious populace.  The people running the show in Washington are immoral to the core, and the people who keep voting them into office are not much better.  So long as enough voters are so naïve, so uninformed, and/or so greedy that they believe the swamp’s promises and are thus convinced they will receive more of the government largesse than their neighbors, the situation is likely to get worse rather than better.

No matter the issue, we always seem to end up back at square one:  People do, indeed, get the government they deserve.  That said, I will be rooting for the Freedom Caucus guys to pleasantly surprise us by hanging tough against the business-as-usual crowd and starting to implement some serious changes.

Robert Ringer

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5 responses to “Paul Ryan Light Takes the Gavel”

  1. Ghost_1776 says:

    I want to be optimistic here, but I have been around too long and seen too many things to be. The country has been sliding into a totalitarian state for decades. A handful of conservative House members will not change that. What will happen is the next time a major bill comes up if any of these 20 House members try and insert true reform amendments it will be voted down by the majority. If they try and curb spending and government growth they will be cast as "obstructionists" and "haters of the poor and children" They will be brow beaten by the press until they submit to the will of the mushy middle and liberals. The spending and reform amendments will be stripped out, assuming they were ever put in and the House member in question will quietly slink away. Just as the vote for McCarthy went so will the vote on any important changes. The best thing people can do is stop looking for government to change for the better and start implementing your own individual path. That path will likely be unorthodox, will need to be executed using privacy, and require outside the box thinking. Think the character Han Solo in Star Wars when trying to live and navigate around the all powerful empire.

  2. ZenoElia says:

    I agree with Ghost 1776. It's time to drop out of this political farce and start looking out for ourselves. Don't count on government for your retirement income, health care, housing, etc. Make sure what you do is independent of government as much as possible. Hyperinflation and more tyranny is on its way. One thing you might do is check into Bitcoin and gold. Your government mandated money is going to be worth less and less.

    • JF1017 says:

      The time for looking out for ourselves was actually about 50 years ago. I was skeptical that Social Security and Medicare would be around when I got to retirement age, and guess what? They're pegged to go bankrupt and be forced to reduce benefits in 2027. I made sure that I had resources, such as precious metals and food so that when the doo-doo ultimately hits the fan, I have things to barter. As for voting, I'll continue to play the game, but will be an obstructionist in every possible way when it comes to maintaining the status quo, whether on a local level or the federal one.

  3. JurassicRick says:

    Washington is a complete mess that keeps getting worse and worse and worse. They are setting ourselves up for a complete total collapse of the U.S. economy and the bringing about of a total government dictatorship. That you can take to the bank for sure!

  4. larajf says:

    I keep wanting to send the Constitution to all members of congress and the steward in chief. But they don't care, and that's the saddest part. On the bright side, I think we're starting to see things slowly turn. 2020 really upset people and they started getting involved at local and state levels. It's going to take awhile before we can take back Federal government. As long as we don't lose focus……