John Boehner has the authority, as Speaker of the House, to initiate actions to withhold funding which is being spent in violation of the laws of the United States of America. In fact, it is his obligation in the minds of many, to safeguard that our money is being spent in a lawful manner.
Some things which are right to do might at times be distasteful, but that doesnâ€™t make them not right. They could also necessitate a fight. Merely abdicating oneâ€™s responsibility to attorneys, courts and judges is not fulfilling oneâ€™s responsibilities under the Constitution. It is, in fact, avoiding them.
If Boehner chooses to use the courts in a complimentary role, that may be helpful or it may not. But there is no question that the framers of our Constitution provided him with the most powerful of weapons, the power of the purse. Failing to use it in the face of lawless disregard for our Constitution and the principles enshrined in our foundation, is derelict. His obligation to the American people is clear. He is also clearly attempting to maneuver his way around taking any action.
As Mr. Boehner said, he doesnâ€™t have much of an appetite for standing up for America. That’s consistent with his past actions, showing he’s more of a â€œcompany man.â€
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us