Congressman Daniel Webster [R-Fla.] as Speaker of the House of Representatives!
He has been in Florida Legislature 20 Plus Years and has been responsible, fiscally conservative and effective.
The recent departure of John Boehner [R-Ohio] as Speaker of the House of Representatives has been apparent for some time. Contrary to the hysterical cries from the mainline Republicans and the liberal press decrying the inevitable ouster of Boehner and his protégé, air-head Kevin McCarthy [R-Calf], we do not have a ‘party of Jacobins’ [Wash. Post].
Change is hard in any time and in any place. There is no institution that requires more transformation than the staid body of K Street Mannequins which we call ‘the mainstream Republicans.’ Clearly the American people are disgusted with their so-called proxies in the legislature. The personal agendas of these representatives have overridden the needs of their constituents whom they may have visited from time to time.
I do not know Daniel Webster personally. Yet he represents my North Central Florida area with a history of a man who has been considered serious, effective and quite conservative. He may not represent all my values regarding marriage or abortion; but that does not preclude him from advocating for streamlining the federal entity that has blown out of complete proportion to its intrinsic value. If that means that he will lead a coterie of slashers and cutters of a bloated federal budget/bureaucracy, I am for it. Currently none of our present legislators have been willing to subordinate their own private ambitions to the good of the nation. Think Paul Ryan, who dreams of becoming Secretary of Treasury in a future Republican Administration. That may never happen but that is his prerogative.
As for the more immediate contender: Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-Utah], a spright, former Jewish football player who attended Brigham Young University and converted to Mormonism. He has the requisite personality traits of a chameleon [read sociopath] who will conveniently adjust to whatever political mandates appear profitable. Chaffetz profile reeks of opportunism in all levels of his life. He conveniently transformed on cue from one religion to another to seek the support of the powerful Mormon/Utah family, the Huntsman [multiple billionaires]. Then, he discovered somewhere in his rise through a herbalife-esque Ponzi scheme that his highly intellectual degree in communication and bull-speak was designed for a political career in the Democratic Party. Yes, he was a Democrat when he was a Jew and a Republican when he became a Mormon. A real switch-hitter! Next he found himself in the middle of several investigations on the TSA and Secret Service that served little purpose than to piss off these major agencies. He has accomplished nothing which is par for the course.
Republicans, choose smartly. If you fail this test, then just resign and allow the country to shut down until more effective desperate measures have to be invoked in order to make this country run efficiently. BTW, those measures do not entail a greater executive power for POTUS.
Change from within is preferable…
However, if it is not feasible, then change will come from outside and the people of this country will demand a ‘Jacobin Revolution’ [whatever that really means.] Be careful for what you wish for ……
As Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, once stated :
“When the Gods are cruel, they grant your wishes!”
The choice is simple: The Devil or Daniel Webster!