by Krystal Heath, follow her on Twitter @TheFriddle!
It’s that time of year again… The holidays are over and it’s back to work. And social media. And freaking out online about things over which we have absolutely zero power.
Our latest collective conservative spaz-out is over the Speakership of Representative John Boehner. We’ve taken to Facebook, Twitter, and our blogs with posts and tweets of #FireBoehner! #FireBoehner! in hopes that somehow, our meager ramblings in an online world will achieve our desired results.
But in our zeal, we’ve forgotten one very important thing…
We the people have no say – zip, nada, nil – in who is chosen as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Before you get your hate-mail fingers ready, know that I am not in any way defending Boehner’s well-documented cowardice, and allow me to simply explain how this process works:
- We the people elect our Representatives in Congress. Each of us has one vote (hypothetically speaking, at least), which we may cast for one Representative.
- Our Representatives in Congress have one vote which they then cast to choose their leaders. (We the people choose our leaders, and they in turn, choose theirs.)
- The Speaker of the House is the top dog in Congress. He’s the boss. He’s the man. And guess what? Choosing the Speaker works kinda like choosing Homecoming King. (I know, I know, it’s way more politically complicated than that, but just bear with me here…)
- The individual chosen as Speaker of the House – like Homecoming King – isn’t usually a freshman. Nor is he necessarily the guy you like, or the guy who stands up to bullies, or the guy who has the school’s best interests at heart.
- He is however, always one thing. He’s popular.
- BUT BOEHNER ISN’T POPULAR! you scream in disbelief. Perhaps not to you, and perhaps not among conservative circles. But remember, we the people, we don’t have a say in this contest.
- That Representative that you and your neighbors elected in November, he or she is the one voting in this popularity contest and making this decision.
So what are we supposed to do? Sit here and do nothing? Just watch as the GOP dooms us to potential gridlock and eternal RINO-ness?
Of course not. You want to take down Boehner? Here’s what you can do. Call your Representative and ask them to represent you with their vote. Don’t yell at the staffer who answers the phone, though. Don’t tell them you think you saw an alien spaceship. Don’t tell them the government is spying at you through your webcam. Don’t tell them they’re the reason the country’s going to hell in a handbasket. Though you may believe any or all of these things to be true, they are not the most ideal way to win friends or influence people.
Instead, call them up and say something nice like, “I don’t always agree with everything Representative so-and-so does, but I really appreciate the hard work you do for the people of (name your state), and I just wanted to call and encourage the Representative to vote for Louie Gohmert as Speaker of the House. Representative Boehner has done some good for the country, but I think it is time for a new face and really hope Representative so-and-so will represent me with his/her vote on this matter. Thank you for your time.”
Don’t just sit staring at your computer screen bemoaning the evils of government. Do something that could actually make a difference. Stop being a keyboard warrior and start being the change you want to see in the world.
Better still, start being the change you want to see in your family, your neighborhood, your county, your state, and your country. Then work on changing the world.