Our system of government was designed to be run from the bottom up. Our Founding Fathers wanted to be sure that we the people would have the final say in matters of great importance, not the president or congressional leaders, and certainly not the Supreme Court.
They also recognized that it was we the people who must have absolute control of the power of the purse, not the other way around. That is why the Constitution mandates that all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives and that the members of that illustrious body must stand for re-election every other year. They gave us the ability to rein in congressmen if they overstep their bounds.
To say that John Boehner has failed as speaker of the House is to state the obvious.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to dump a sitting speaker. As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolutely power corrupts absolutely.” Congressional leaders have a lot of power, and they do everything they can to maintain it. That is why the current Congress holds the elections for party leadership positions for the next Congress before the new members are seated. It’s all supposed to be a fait accompli – but is it?
Not completely. The only thing that remains to be decided in January is the vote for speaker of the House. That’s because the speaker is ostensibly the leader of the entire Congress. Therefore, that vote must be taken, not in the conference (party) meeting, but on the floor of the House itself.
This is usually the very first order of business. It will happen on Jan. 6, 2015. Not a lot of time to rally the Boehner opposition.
Nevertheless, in a perfect world, it could happen, and here’s how: