…… Who’s there? Is anyone listening?
On Sunday evening, “60 Minutes” did an interview of Rep. John Boehner, who will take over as Speaker of the House in just a few weeks. I did not tune in to watch his masterful performance, but have since read about it. Boehner’s stated dedication to the American dream as a result of his tough upbringing fell flat to me. Here’s why: the supposed American dream is meaningless unless people are afforded the opportunity, the tools, to pursue that dream. Some “musts” in that pursuit include education, health care and equal rights. My lack of empathy for Boehner also stems from his refusal to compromise. Our nation was built upon a Constitution that was written based on compromise, so his directive for “no compromise”, as expressed in his teary-eyed mission statement, is pure showmanship:
“And while expressing an interest in “common ground,” Boehner refused to entertain the idea of compromise. “I reject the word,” he said. Elsewhere in the interview, Boehner added, “I made it clear I am not gonna compromise on my principles, nor am I gonna compromise the will of the American people.”
Didn’t the media, his political opponents or any talking heads catch Boehner’s boner? No matter how sincere he may have appeared, he is just plain full of hot air. When he vowed not to “compromise the will of the American people”, he left out a large part of that generalization. Namely, in the United States of America, the electorate is just about evenly divided between the two major parties. Thus only HALF of Americans are politically on Boehner’s side. He can cry all he wants in his battle to defend us; only 50% of Americans want his no-compromise defense. He can take his fake nobility and stick it where the sun don’t shine.
Furthermore, the “60 Minutes” of today is a far cry (ha!) from the show of twenty years ago when Mike Wallace and Dan Rather showcased their doggedness and determination to get the truth out there. Why didn’t Lesley Stahl call Boehner on his statement that he would never compromise the will of the American people? She fell for his misrepresentation of “American people” as ALL Americans being in his corner, which we are not. Wallace and Rather would have never let that slide.
So hold the tears and tissues. Save them for the next time you are slicing onions. Boehner and Stahl used each other the other night for their own narcissistic, career-advancing purposes. They deserve each other.
Boehner is crying in his soup, all the while bullying our citizens with grand, sweeping statements. And they love it.
Knock, knock. Who’s there? No one. Absolutely no one is paying attention.