Boehner’s self-control, and his Propositionalism
In the ceremonial transfer of the gavel from the outgoing to the incoming Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi showed the gracious and charming side of her personality, so unlike the relentless leftist fanatic we normally see, her gaze blank and pitiless as the sun. I anxiously watched John Boehner, concerned that he might start crying, but he admirably kept control over his Inner Weeper. It occurred to me that he had gone through several rehearsals of this event, to learn how to avoid crying, and also that someone must have told him that under no circumstances must he use the phrase, “the American Dream,” which sets off an uncontrolled cataract of flowing tear ducts and twitching facial muscles (see below).
His speech was pure Boehner: modest and straightforward, with an undercurrent of manly strength. He recognized and did not cover over the bitter divisions between the parties, but also spoke of allowing more of a voice to the Minority in the coming Congress than has been the custom for many years.
There was just one false note from my point of view. Near the end, Boehner said, echoing the neoconservative philosophy, “America is more than a country, it is an idea.”
It would have been better if he had said, “America is more than an idea, it is a country.” When the day comes that a Speaker of the House speaks such words, we will know that America is no longer under the rule of liberalism and liberal conservatism, but traditionalism.
Note on Boehner’s crying (drafted on December 17 but not posted)
Last night, after the subject had come up in the media, I spent an hour looking for videos of Boehner crying. I’ve never had such a frustrating search on the Web for something. There were many links, but none that were videos that actually showed him crying, except for one, his interview with Leslie Stahl on Sixty Minutes. He was ridiculous. I’ve never seen anything like it. This was not a man getting a little emotional, this was a man completely losing control of himself in public, and apparently it happens every time the subject of children or of making good and of living “the American Dream” comes up. For example, he says that he no longer makes appearances at schools, because the sight of all those children makes him too emotional. That is just strange.
Richard S. writes:
Above all this man must never let one critical word from statists and their media henchmen, or the desire for a kind word from those same enemies of liberty divert him from the job at hand, which is to stop them dead.January 6
Monte F. writes:
I grew up in Vandalia, Ohio, ten miles north of Dayton, Ohio. There is no doubt that Mr. Boehner’s crying is an emotional response to the absolute rage that the people feel towards this president. This president’s mentality is so foreign to the majority of people that live in this area of Ohio that he can’t help but cry out for the people’s support to help undo all the damage that continues to be done by liberals and so-called conservatives. Let’s pray he quits crying and gets to work!LA replies:
I don’t know that what you are saying is literally true. :-) But it is a witty idea, leading to a practical conclusion.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 05, 2011 08:11 PM | Send