The Orange Man Cometh

The Orange Man Cometh

Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,22 April 2014

The Snap:

It’s been far too long since we’ve paid any attention to House Speaker John Boehner and for that we must make amends. We could try to lay the blame at the feet of the Rip Van Winkle-like Congress who continues to nap their way towards glorious mediocrity. But let’s not waste time pointing fingers; let’s sit right down and catch up with Dear John and determine if we still want to staple things to his head and if so, why.

The Download:

We may have a tough exterior here at The Snap Download but we’re all mushy goo in the middle and as such, we don’t like to kick someone when they’re down. And you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more down and out than beleaguered John “Oompa Loompa” Boehner. He’s under attack from every direction. Of course, the left is still gunning for him but now it seems as if everyone on the right has it in for Speaker Boehner as well. You know things are getting bad when one of your least intimidating opponents has gained Interwebz fame by crafting his campaign mocking you as a spoof on an erectile dysfunction ad.

Even before then it seemed like every political journalist was rubbing their hands together in glee to calculate how much time John Boehner had before he was de-Speakered. Pretty much every Tea Partier and their brother have had Speaker Boehner in their sights for months if not longer.

Yet our boy John has soldiered on. In between attending ill-fated votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and accusing the Deporter-in-Chief of not being diligent enough in securing the border, Speaker Boehner recently led a Republican delegation to visit Afghanistan after that country’s first round of presidential voting.

And here’s where we’d like to break for a little reality check.

In Afghanistan, getting to the polls is often a matter of risking your own life. This embattled country has been at war for so long; its better angels are fighting with its demons to build a new, prosperous, democratic nation. Corruption is rife, many areas aren’t safe, education is still a struggle — hell, daily life is often a struggle. And yet the idea of being able to help shape the future of this country has brought back Afghans who found success and wealth outside of the country’s perilous borders. It has spurred average citizens to brave the Taliban’s wrath by voting.

Here in the land of the free, we often don’t vote because the weather is bad. Or because it’s not a big enough of an election or because we feel like we don’t want to pick and choose someone we dislike the least. Or because we just forget. We let our elected officials spend all their time, energy and resources squandering their — and our — time just trying to get reelected rather than actually governing.

So here’s what we need to do. Instead of just complaining about the politicians we elect we need to actually do something. We need to support better candidates, elect them, communicate with our elected officials about our priorities and the ideals we cherish, and finally we need to hold our elected officials responsible for their actions (or reckless inaction).

And maybe we should give Boehner a hug or a box of tissues or a nice box of wine. He looks like he could use some cheering up.

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