Editorial: Boehner resigns, saves shutdown

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When John Boehner resigned from his position as House Speaker last week, he performed a huge service to both himself and the country.

Although he’ll be sacrificing his job at the end of October, trying to conciliate ultra-right wing conservatives who refuse to pass most legislation has to be one of the most hellacious gigs in Washington. Bowing out will at least help him sleep at night.

Until Boehner made his announcement, the government was in serious jeopardy of shutting down—a debacle House conservatives would’ve welcomed with open arms and fingers pointed at anyone but themselves.

The only resolution for funding a group of Tea Partiers would agree to was the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Sketchy recordings surfaced that allegedly expose officials within the health provider’s organization discussing using fetal tissue for medical research.

Most experts agree the video isn’t real, but even if it is, the House isn’t going to get the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood. Despite this, conservatives have demanded another investigation into the organization. There’s already three committees conducting ongoing probing.

The larger issue is, of course, a hatred of abortion. The recordings are a handy tool to spark outrage against the establishment. The vast majority of Republicans can’t get on board with anything that touches the pro-choice cause, but these same Republicans are intelligent enough to know shutting down Planned Parenthood with a Democratic administration is just not feasible.

It’s a fairly large group of Tea Partiers and conservatives who push their unreasonable demands because it keeps their reactionary voters appeased and keeps them in control of some artifice of power.

Both wings of Congress are controlled by Republicans, and this would be fine, except for the lack of cooperation between them and Obama’s administration. Most members of Congress from both parties are willing to do what it takes to, at the very least, keep the government’s head above water.

But right-leaning House members keep throwing stones in the boat because it’s how they make their bread. They’ve set themselves up as fighters of the establishment, and they hold true to their image at the peril of our country. This is anything but patriotism, which they fight under the guise of.

Planned Parenthood is just one of many platforms they use to threaten the government, which they openly loathe. This is what’s mind-boggling: Why would you want someone in control of government who hates the system?
Politics is slow and measured. You can’t disagree with an issue and decide to fold your arms and shut down. Our government relies on checks and balances to prevent abuse of power and nonsensical legislation, not arguments based on social issues that render nil for the people.

The only way to get any real work done is finding a middle ground. Boehner knew this when he stepped down as Speaker. House Tea Partiers depended on their threat to oust him if he didn’t defund Planned Parenthood. He sidestepped the problem, but in doing so he kept our government functioning a little longer.

Boehner promised Congress will pass a short-term funding bill within the week to keep the government open, but bigger changes need to occur within the makeup of our Congressional members to have any longer-term effects.