Viguerie: GOP is a House Divided, Boehner Must Go to Unite GOP

Speaker of the House John Boehner epitomizes everything that is wrong with the principle-free Capitol Hill Republican leadership.

The Bible and Lincoln tell us that a house divided cannot stand. During his tenure as Speaker John Boehner has divided the Republican Party like it hasn’t been divided since Progressives bolted the GOP over 100 years ago. The only thing that will reunite Republicans is new leadership on Capitol Hill.

John Boehner was handed the Speaker’s gavel in 2011 through the hard work and commitment of millions of Tea Party movement voters who turned out to elect Tea Party members to Congress in 2010. In the 2014 midterm election conservatives gave Republicans an historic victory that propelled them to their greatest House majority since the 1920s.

In return for the support of America’s grassroots conservative voters Speaker Boehner has caved-in and betrayed them in virtually every confrontation with Obama and the Democrats:

  • Raising the debt ceiling without spending cuts in 2011
  • Breaking the sequester spending caps
  • Funding Obamacare
  • Failing to stop or even fight Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty
  • Passing the much-hated “CRomnibus”
  • Weakly standing by while President Obama shreds the Constitution

In the 2014 midterms John Boehner and the other top Capitol Hill Republicans were AWOL in nationalizing the election. The conservative movement and individual conservative candidates nationalized the election on the issues of stopping amnesty, stopping Obamacare and other elements of the limited government constitutional conservative agenda.

However, since the election Boehner has run away from that mandate and done everything in his considerable power to stymie the agenda and dilute the influence of limited government constitutional conservatives and Tea Party-leaning members of Congress.

Today, conservatives and Republicans are like the Biblical Jews; we must wander in the political wilderness until the old generation of failed Capitol Hill leaders passes away and are replaced by new leaders who are true to conservative principles. Replacing Speaker John Boehner with a principled limited government constitutional conservative is the first step that will lead Republicans and conservatives out of the political wilderness.”

About the author

Richard A. Viguerie

Richard A. Viguerie pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century" (Washington Times). He is the author of the new book, Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It.