Before you accuse me of drinking the establishment cool-aid, read to the end whilst doing your best to keep your partisan head (extreme or otherwise) from exploding…
I purposely avoided making any comments regarding Speaker Boehner’s resignation last Friday.
Primarily because I thought the move spoke for itself.
However, within hours this move was celebrated by some, and almost all of them were conservatives.
I have a problem with this.
Divisiveness among Republican ranks has been never good for the strength of the party. They party you say? Why does the party matter? Because whether you like it or not, we still govern using a two party system. So the “party” of your choosing…matters! The health of the party…matters. The effectiveness of the party…matters. Who governs the party…matters.
Division shows weakness. It shows irresponsibility. It shows lack of vision.
I imagine Democrat’s favorite past time is to watch Republicans gain a majority, and then watch them flush it down the toilet because of division and strife within our ranks. We’ve gotten really good at it, and Democrats almost always come out the winners.
Don’t misinterpret me, I believe a shift at the top was well overdue. I wish Speaker Boehner had spent more time representing those who gave him a majority in the House, and ultimately the Speaker’s Gavel. Instead, he spent more time keeping the peace between Congress and the White House.
However, I still respect him, his service, and the many good things he did over his 25 years in public office. For that, and at time like this, he deserves our appreciation.
Some are touting this as a win for Conservatives. I see it as another blow.
Now isn’t the time to celebrate.
Now isn’t the time to fund raise off the back of a man on his way out.
Now isn’t the time to claim credit for opposing your party’s Speaker.
Now is the time to thoughtfully consider the future of Republican leadership in the House.
Now is the time to double down.
Now is the time to be respectful.
Now is the time to be unified.
Now is the time to be strong.