In the last week or two before the near-shut down of Homeland Security, John Boehner repeatedly defended his stubborn position by saying, “The House did its job.” What was he talking about? And in what way does that show he — and therefore the House — is completely severed from any connection with reality.
The House had passed a bill that funded HS and simultaneously negated President Obama’s Executive Order on immigration. That bill had absolutely no hope of passing either the Senate or the President’s veto power. It was just an aimless shot in the dark and had nothing whatsoever with exercising responsible leadership for the good of America. What was good for America, in fact, seems never to have entered into Boehner’s calculations at all.
When Boehner says the House did its job, he is badly and seriously mistaken. To pass bills designed only to oppose the President, rather than to serve the nation, is not doing the job which is rightfully expected of Congress. The House has simply abandoned all sense of responsibility for leadership of the American people. The task is too big for its members to comprehend. They are overwhelmed and clearly bewildered.
The fault, we must note, lies mostly with the voters who have been pulling the Republican Party to the right. We get the leaders we choose, for better or worse. And these days on the right, it is mostly for worse.
There are very few options available on immigration. We’re not going to deport all illegal aliens. That would be a massive expense that no one would authorize, not even the worst bigots in the Tea Party. And the vast majority of Americans don’t want such deportations: We want justice and equality for all. 99% of all Americans are either immigrants or the descendents of immigrants.