Steve Deace

The so-called “Peter Principle” can be summed up in these words: employees tend to rise to the level of their own incompetence.

Ladies and gentlemen, in accordance with those words I present as living proof of their veracity none other than House Speaker John Boehner.

How do we loathe thee? Let us count the ways. On second thought, an itemization of Boehner’s endless string of epic fails would require a novel written by Tolstoy none of us has the time for. So to cut right to the chase, we enter into evidence Boehner in his own words.

On July 21st Boehner unfortunately appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation to again cement his likeness as a symbol for the sad state of leadership within the national Republican Party. When pressed repeatedly by the host if he favors scamnesty, Boehner refused to take a position on the contentious issue that threatens the very essence of our rule of law and cultural cohesion.

Explaining why he wouldn’t take a stand on this or any other issue, Boehner said: “…as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill.”

Translation: despite the fact I am the leader of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives and second in line to the presidency of these United States, my job is too hard if I actually tell people what I think.

Then further proving he’s really a member of the Government Party, Boehner expresses concern that his taking a position “will make it harder for us to get a bill.” See, that is always the presumption of the Government Party -- whether Republican or Democrat. The Government Party believes if Washington, D.C. doesn’t do something the world goes to Hell in a hand basket, despite the fact that all too often what Washington, D.C. does puts the rest of us even further down the highway to Hell.

There have been at least five major immigration reform bills passed out of Washington, D.C. since 1986, which amounts to one every five years. We haven’t had major tax reform or relief passed every five years, but we have had major immigration reform passed every five years. If all it took to fix our broken immigration system was “for us to get a bill” how come Washington, D.C. is 0-for-5? Instead of passing new laws they’re unlikely to enforce, why not try enforcing the current ones first?

Apparently that’s too nuanced of a position for Government Party Speaker Boehner, who went on to say that his job is to “facilitate this process that involves members on both sides of the aisle, involves the American people and where they can see us moving in a deliberative, step-by-step, commonsense way.”


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.