John Boehner (R-OH) dropped an unexpected political bombshell today, by announcing he will step down from his leadership post as Speaker of the House and resign his seat in the 114th Congress, where he has served for 24 years.
At first glance, this announcement might seem like a moment to rejoice for many, especially those of us who value having a functioning government. After all, Rep. Boehner has come to personify the monkey wrench of political gridlock at its very worst, by essentially refusing to govern, threatening repeatedly to shut down the federal government (succeeding for a 19-day stretch), and blockading virtually every piece of legislation supported by President Obama. It’s not just that Rep. Boehner has been an obstructionist since he assumed the Speaker role in 2011, swept into the pinnacle of congressional power by Tea Party extremists among Republicans. Far worse, he’s refused to compromise in a desperately divided institution which requires deal making and demands concessions as the very fabric of its existence.
Is Pope Francis a socialist?
His words and actions appear to indicate the answer is clearly — yes.
The Pope believes all kinds of radical ideas embraced by the Left. He believes that protecting our natural environment is no longer a choice, but rather a moral duty. He believes man-made climate change is very real and poses imminent endangerment to the planet and all its inhabitants. He calls for economic and social justice based on sharing wealth and resources rather than hoarding them for the benefit of only a select few. He has spoken out against our pervasive cultural obsession with of money, materialism, and celebrity going so far as to call capitalist economies “broken” and colonialism “evil.” Sounds like a socialist, doesn’t he?
Here are just a few of Pope Francis’ most “scandalous” opinions on social and economic justice (sarcasm intended):
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The time has come to call out crackpots who still incredibly somehow believe that “President Obama is a Muslim” and expose them as the stupendously stupid sacks of shit they truly are.
Despite his 6 long years and 241 days and nights in the White House while attending hundreds if not thousands of state functions, there are still tens of millions of United States citizens who earnestly believe and defiantly maintain that President Obama is a devoted practitioner of the Islamic faith, which in this overzealous era poisoned with so much fear mongering actually is intended to imply that he’s “anti-American” or worse, part of some Marxist conspiracy to wipe out Christian America.
Poll: Majority of Republicans think Obama is a Muslim [The Hill]
Nearly 30 percent of Americans still think Obama is a Muslim [Daily Mail]
How many of the pissed-off rich people who live in swanky houses along Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas call themselves “free-market capitalists?” What’s the breakdown of those within that wealthy gated enclave who support the sanctity of private property rights?
Bear with me, now. I’m looking for some philosophical consistency. But I don’t expect to find it. What I do expect to uncover is this — hypocrisy. Good old-fashioned “not in my back yard (NIMBY)” hypocrisy.
Sure, protecting and defending private property ownership is sacrosanct within conservative and libertarian circles. The belief held is that a property owner can do pretty much what he or she damn well pleases. After all, it’s their home. It’s their land. Accordingly, homeowners and landowners have a fundamental right to use their property as they wish, so long as the fair use of the land is legal and doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others.
Sure sounds good, doesn’t it?
Trouble is, the real world isn’t guided by principles, nor consistent patterns of belief. This is especially true when lots of rich people get angry.
Meet Donald Trump’s newest challenger.
That’s right. You read it here first.
Look at the facts. The candidate leading the G.O.P. pack right now is a megalomaniac who bleaches his hair bright orange. He’s blundered his way through several failed businesses and has filed for bankruptcy four times. He rambles incoherently without a script each time he steps in front of a camera. What he says often offends millions of people. And, he’s wasted half of his life hanging out inside casinos.
If those are credentials for the most important job in the world, then I don’t just have a fighting chance. Hell, with my resume that should make me the frontrunner.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby announce my candidacy for President of the United States….as a Republican.\