SANITY RETURNS TO WASHINGTON
241 Republicans voted for Boehner which was unanimous for the GOP since Boehner was not present in the House chamber during the vote and as such did not vote for himself. Pelosi broke normal protocol in handing over the gavel to the new Speaker which is usually a simple ceremony with the former announcing the new Speaker but Pelosi in her arrogant way made a very partisan speech which was longer than the speech given by Boehner. She used the speech to brag of the, "accomplishments," of the 111th Congress, accomplishments that were repudiated in the November election by voters.
Boehner in complete contrast spoke very humbly and assured the Congress and the people that he understood the message of the mid term election and that the 112th Congress unlike those before would be the, "people's," Congress and the people of The United States would be the driving force behind all legislative moves made by the GOP. Boehner clearly stated that cutting spending was his major priority and ALL bills would meet complete Constitutional muster before being considered by the House.
As the House convenes again today the first order of business will be to read aloud the Constitution for all members to hear as they will be required to be in the House chamber for the reading. Democrats are furious about this reading saying it wastes time and is unnecessary. For many like old guard Democrats like Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, Henry Waxman, and Charlie Rangle among others this will likely be the first time they have had any association with the Constitution.
Personally, I am thrilled that the House will begin business by reading the Constitution as this should be a regular practice for all future legislatures in DC since they are sworn to defend the Constitution and all that they put forth as law should be based on strict Constitutional principles. One of the rule changes approved by the House in yesterdays proceeding was to make the reading of the Constitution before the House a regular practice. One cannot defend what they do not know and knowledge of our founding documents is essential to good representation by those we send to serve in Washington.
Sanity has returned to Washington. Now it is up to we the people to continue to hold their feet to the fire of liberty as we have in the last year. Boehner and most of Republicans have indicated they understand their job as Representatives is only possible by the will of the people and we who voted them in for the 112th Congress can just as easily remove them for the next. It is up to us to constantly remind them of this fact as we restore conservative Constitutional principles to our Nation.