Mario Piperni on Praying for Boehner

Voices in Their Head

JUNE 4, 2013 BY  


John Boehner, Republicans and God   :

Is there not an ounce of sanity left anywhere in the Republican party?

Barely 36 hours after the caustic New Year’s Day vote, Boehner faced a coup attempt from a clutch of renegade conservatives. The cabal quickly fell apart when several Republicans, after a night of prayer, said God told them to spare the speaker. Still, Boehner came within a few votes of failing to secure his speakership on the initial vote, an outcome that would have forced a second ballot for the first time in nearly a century.

Right. Despite the 1.5 million children around the world who die of starvation each year or the 33 percent of the world’s population considered to be starving or the 2,000 children in the U.S. who die each year from neglect and abuse…or the countless other other ills that inflict our world, Republican’s god still has time to advise wingnuts on who should lead them in Congress. Wonderful.

American politics has regressed to the point where one of the two major political parties is now making key administrative and policy decisions based on voices they hear in their heads. There is nothing shocking about a crazy or two in any political party. It’s to be expected, I imagine. But what is there to do when the majority of politicians in a party – as well as the media that supports them – are outright loons?

What Americans and the world have been witnessing over the last many years is the end of the Republican party as a viable governing entity. It’s hard to imagine any scenario under which a majority of Americans would hand the presidency to this bunch of deranged individuals.


The John Boehner source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore.

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