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Why Replacing Boehner would be rather pointless

Hint the answer is in Article I of the US Constitution

Note this will be a fairly long entry divided into 2 main parts, 1st part is about Speaker Boehner, second part concerns why McConnell probably should be replaced.

Okay I this may be a little out of order in reference to Article I, but the answer as to why replacing Boehner won’t do anything except shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot.  While section 7 shows that bills are supposed to start in the House, it really doesn’t give any consequences for the Senate failing to go on record one way or the other concerning said bills.  While both Houses must keep records of everything, if Harry Reid doesn’t let any piece of legislation from the House up for discussion, nobody in the Senate goes on record.

Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

I understand everyone’s frustration, however there isn’t much a Speaker of the House can do to bypass Harry Reid’s roadblock as people can see in Article I, Section 5.  I underlined the part of the text that shows the only option Speaker Boehner seems to have.

Section. 5.

Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.

Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.

Neither House, during the Session of Congress, shall, without the Consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other Place than that in which the two Houses shall be sitting.

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

The one thing I do see a potential for Boehner to try is force the Senate to stay in session until they actually do their job, however doing that would probably end up causing a mutiny in the House because House Republicans will be upset that they are unable to go home and see their families when they already did their jobs and can’t do anything until the Senate decides to do its job.

So if people think using Article I; Section 5 is worth a shot maybe we should all email and/or snail mail Speaker Boehner demanding he use Article I; Section 5 around the Christmas holidays and then again on their summer break.  Cause other than that the Speaker of the House really has no authority over the United States Senate.

Other than that there isn’t much Boehner or anyone else can really do when we have a Senate Majority Leader and a President willing to hold the American people hostage (particularly our military servicemen and women) in order to get their way.  Well maybe there is if we had a news media that would actually report the news; however we have a Soviet Style Propaganda machine instead of an actual news media (Fox News being about the only exception from a television standpoint), so until the American people wake up and realize how the mainstream media is lieing to them, Obama and Reid can continue to get away with holding our servicemen and women hostage, of holding seniors’ social security hostage, etc. cause Obama and Reid know the Republicans are the ones that will get hit with the blame.

To sum this up Boehner is getting hit with the following choices either capitulate and tick off the base (and probably hurt the country in the process); or hold the line in which case the country suffers (particularly our military servicemen and women) while Harry Reid and Obama sit back and let their media lapdogs smear Republicans as being the problem because they refuse to work with the Democrats.  This will continue to happen regardless of whom our Speaker of the House is, whether it continues to be Boehner, or is given to Paul Ryan, or even Newt Gingrich; it really doesn’t matter cause the problem is in the Senate amd the executive branch, not the House of Representatives.

Getting back to the issue at hand (Why McConnell should be replaced):

As I pointed out in the text above John Boehner has no ability to really force the issue in the Senate as mentioned in Article I, Section 5; but Mitch McConnell, as Senate Minority Leader might actually have the ability to force the issue and at least get people on record concerning legislation.

There is a lot of legislation that has passed the House (including at least 2 budgets), that has never been allowed to even be up for discussion due to Harry Reid, nobody has to go on record concerning the bills because they are never brought up.  As a Senator, Mitch McConnell has the ability to at least try to force the issue, and as Senate Minority Learder it is harder for read to get away with attempting to silence him, if he chose to actually have a backbone.

 

I think that sums up the situation, we are trying to unseat the wrong person at the moment; instead of focusing on Boehner whom really has no say on what the Senate does so there is no way of telling whether or not he’s just caving, or if he’s being undercut by McConnell whom should be standing up to Reid and doesn’t seem to be doing so.  We do know McConnell is caving to the Democrats left and right because he is the Senate Minority Leader and actually does have some say in the operations of the Senate.

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