Ron Paul’s Response to John Boehner Resignation Is Simply Awesome

Ron-PaulJohn Boehner’s Resignation Won’t Change Politics in Washington, Says Ron Paul

The departure of House Speaker John Boehner will do little to change politics in Washington.

The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, stunned Washington insiders on Friday after announcing he will resign this October. But while pundits debate the impact his departure will have on the upcoming debt ceiling talks, former Congressman Ron Paul says the news will have few real implications for politics on Capitol Hill. (Source: Boehner Resigns But Expect More Of The Same, Ron Paul Liberty Report, September 25, 2015.)

Since becoming the 53rd speaker of the House in 2011, Boehner’s tenure has been marked by fierce confrontations with both Democrats and his own party. In 2013, one of those fights led to a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal government. Now amid mounting tensions with more right-leaning members of his party, the Ohio Republican is once again facing the prospect of a government shutdown.

“I thought: today is the day I’m going to this,” Boehner explained in a press conference Friday. “As simple as that.”


Political pundits are now debating the political implications of Boehner’s resignation, especially as they relate to the upcoming debt ceiling negations with Democrats next week. But while his departure has sent shockwaves through the Washington establishment, libertarian advocate Ron Paul says the change will do little to change politics in the Federal government. In a video posted shortly after Boehner’s press conference, Paul explains:

“It will be more of the same. They talk about the possible individuals that might replace Boehner, but none of them seem to be real conservatives or constitutionalists. But that’s almost beside the point because the momentum is so great for more spending. […]

There’s a political advantage to some individuals. They can close down the government. They can win some political points. But do you think we’re going to see the day when conservatives, constitutionalists, and advocates for limited government will stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to vote for this budget unless you cut out all the funding for unconstitutional, illegal, insane wars we’re involved in.’ What are the odds of them even hinting at that?

In fact, it’s almost the opposite because they want to get rid of sequestration and all this mess. They’re not with this hold up here. Behind the scenes, Boehner and Nancy Pelosi are getting together to get rid of sequestration so funding will both go up on welfare and on warfare.”

Paul argues the media has mischaracterized the action on Capitol Hill. Pundits see next week’s negation as a battle between two ideologies, when in reality it’s more of a disagreement between management styles. In Paul’s view, these differences are trivial and the real debate between Big Government and Small Government is happening on the grassroots level. Paul continues:

“This is the unfortunate thing. Everyone sees it right and left, Democrat and Republican. But it’s not. It’s Big Government intervention versus non-government intervention and personal liberty. That never seems to be in the discussion and the discussion we try to get out in the open. They’re arguing just about management style and how do you fool the people long enough.”

You can watch Paul’s entire commentary here.

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