by Al Benson Jr.
After John Boehner left as Speaker of the House the Republicans were, supposedly, going to replace him with a real “conservative” who would be truly concerned with the will of the people. After lots of backroom dealing, we got Paul Ryan instead. He was touted as a “conservative” but that was a pile of West Texas cow chips, as he turned out to be little more than a water carrier for Comrade Obama.
Comrade Ryan, oh, pardon me, I meant Speaker Ryan, has long been a part of the Ruling Establishment, concerned with preserving the status quo (stiffing the public), which is one reason he never supported Donald Trump in his presidential bid. Trump just wasn’t one of the “good old boys” and if, by some fluke, he won, Ryan was going to do nothing whatever to help him along because he took his orders from the Ruling Establishment of which he is a part. And their plan has long been to derail Trump by whatever means possible, be it by far-out Russian conspiracy theories about Trump cavorting around with every Russian despot back to the Czar, or whatever. And I have to be honest, it’s the “whatever” that bothers me.
Trump had promised before the election that he would repeal and replace Obamacare, and up to this point, it seems as though Trump has been trying to fulfill the promises he made to the American people–something I have never seen any candidate do in my lifetime. But when it came to replacing Obamacare, Trump seemed to lean on Paul Ryan to handle this and it seems that Ryan already had a plan that he said would do the trick. Well, guess what? It didn’t. I have not read any of the ins and outs of Ryan’s “replacement” bill, but from comments I have seen from others who did, it seemed like he was replacing as little of Obamacare as possible and retaining, in some form, as much of it as he could. This would have been so typical for the “conservative” Ryan that anyone who has watched him should have expected it. A major part of Ryan’s chore as Speaker of the House has been to preserve as much of the status quo as possible while giving the appearance of helping to dismantle it. A thorny chore, but so far he’s been up to it.
However, he health care “replacement” bill did not fool too many people. Of course the Democrats were expected to vote against anything that might even minimally weaken the health care diktat of their cherished Barack. But then, the Democrats today are, to all intents and purposes, further to the Left now than the Communist Party dared to be forty years ago, so what else is new?
However, there were some Republicans, some of them in what they call “the Freedom Caucus” that could see through this Obamacare remake and they were not going to vote for it–thank heaven! As much as I want to see Obamacare repealed, and as much as Mr. Trump seems to want to see it repealed and replaced, this bill of Paul Ryan’s was not the vehicle that would have done that. It preserved more than it replaced–and I’m sure that was the intent.
There have been calls now for Ryan to step down as Speaker of the House, and, given his conservatively insipid performance since he’s been up there, I think that’s a capital idea. Only if he does, this time the Republicans need to do a lot better than just picking another RINO like they did the last time!
If Mr. Trump is really serious about “draining the swamp” he is going to find out that many of the major contributors to the perpetuation of the swamp are in his own party and they are trying to deep six his efforts every bit as much as Hillary, Soros, and the rest of the Lefties are, because, in the final analysis, they all work for the same people, and the party labels are superfluous. We should pray for wisdom and discernment for the President. He will need all he can get, lest the Judas goats overwhelm him!