(OR: Partisan, partisan, and how.)
Let us take a look at the most recent vote for the Speaker of the House. Nobody in the media pays attention to the details. Rooster has not seen one article on the lopsided nature of the vote and what it means.
There are 435 members of the House of Representatives. A majority of that is 218. That is all it takes to elect a new Speaker of the House. Understand the vote is not spontaneous. Weeks of conferences and back and forth go on before the election. This means that by the time the election finally happens everybody in the room is pretty confident how many votes are stacked up where. Keep in mind the Speaker does not have a party label on it. The Speaker should be one who can reach out to both sides and move the ship of state down a safe channel. Mr. Ryan’s initials sound promising….PR. Obviously the majority party prevails, but not always. The Party label is reserved for the next in command, the Majority Leader and the next, the Majority whip. The same exists for the minority. The title of the “Speaker of the House” is neither Republican nor Democrat.
In the election of Mr. Ryan, the Grand Old Party voted 236 or 54% for Ryan. 9 voted for Webster the GOP Freedom Caucus’s favorite. Three Democrats and three Republicans voted for others. The Democrat votes, except for the three who pushed the wrong button, voted in a block for Pelosi for Speaker. This is what is important.
The GOP has many voices. The Democrats do not. Just looking at the candidates for President tells you that. One voice has become the mantra of Liberals. They follow the leader and do as they are told. Very robotic you know. Behind the scenes, almost 50 GOP’s balked and wanted assurances from Ryan before he could get their vote. The assurances gave him most of them. Nothing like that on the Democrat side. 184 voted for Pelosi in a solid block. End of thinking.
One would have hoped that the left, knowing the vote, in a spirit of cooperation, in a spirit of patriotic attitude, would have allowed their people to vote for the new speaker, and maybe not even run a candidate. They did not and they have not shown any such common sense in a long time. Looking back on the vote for Obama Care the very same block headedness occurred even for those who, by doing so, would and did lose the next election. Look, obviously Ryan had enough votes to win. Pelosi obviously did not. You would think, that in a spirit of cooperativeness, some could at least vote for the obvious winner. Not one. Not one Democrat voted for Ryan.
The left, far more than the right, will not cross the isle. Rooster always remembers an event in the Senate when McCain was running against Obama. McCain went across the aisle and shook hands with Obama. Obama was not even receptive to McCain’s overture, and gave a ½ hearted hand in return. McCain had to retreat with an embarrassed look on his face. Some years ago Democrats built a wall, and will not allow grazing on the other side. It is their way or the hiway. The Country would have more discussion and back and forth if the House was all Republicans. Maybe that turns on the light. Maybe Republicans are Constitutional Americans, and Democrats are not.
Still when the House Speaker vote was already in the can (Movie talk), when there is not the slightest question about the winner, you would think common sense would dictate a more public show of cooperation. Not so with the Democrats. I would not call it a goose step mentality. More of a lock step, but never forget it was German Socialists who invented the former. It is still a favorite of North Korea and other very socialistic countries.
PROTEST: FLY THE BETSY ROSS FLAG. It is the one flag where all the States supported the Constitution.
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Rooster Bradford, gives up all rights to this article and seeks no compensation for its use. 2015


(OR: Who will lead our House?)
Well, well, now, who will garner a majority of the votes in the House of Representatives? Some say the majority count is 218 of the total seats. This means the GOP hopeful cannot lose too many of his own party to reach that Majority. There are a total of 435 members. Currently there are 247 GOP, and 188 Socialist/Democrats. Of the GOP there are around 45 who consider themselves conservative stoppers. They call themselves the “House Freedom Caucus”. Some very understanding and cooperative Republicans, not a part of the group, call them “A_ _ holes.” Fortunately their stupidity is limited. You see if this caucus votes “no” that would leave only 202 Republicans to vote yes. That is not enough to elect a Speaker. The Democrat/Socialist vote as a block, so do not count on them. They are lost.
The above is the mathematical reason Speaker John Boehner said he would resign. The above is also the reason Kevin McCarthy said he is not the man for the job. The Freedom Caucus told him, no more marshmallows. This election process is not for the public. It is for the members of the house and that means a lot of talking, arm twisting, and promises. A major problem for Kevin McCarthy, other than his rooting for the establishment is and was his name. It is subtle but a factor never the less. Charlie McCarthy and his sidekick Edgar is the humorous side, and a positive. The latent negative side is Joseph McCarthy. Most of you do not recall this man, but you should. To liberals and conservatives who know their history this name brings deep rumblings, like a point 8 earthquake.
Joseph McCarthy was a Senator from Wisconsin. Interesting that Paul Ryan is also from that State. Joseph died at age 48, of a failed liver. The cause depends on who you are. If you are a liberal you will conclude it was because he was a drunk. A conservative will say it was because he contacted Hepatitis, just like the death certificate says. Besides 48 is pretty young for a closet alcoholic to die because of the bubbly. Joe died in 1957. Truman left the office in 1953. Rooster was an officer in the Army at the time, and remembers the events like yesterday.
Joseph McCarthy and his committee, the “Senate Committee on Governmental Operations” began the investigation of Communists infiltrating the Federal Government, especially the Executive branch. The President was Truman, who had inherited many of FDR’s appointees. Joe was a lawyer and conducted himself more like a prosecutor than an investigator. Moreover he was a vet of World War 2 having served as a Marine. Point is he did not consider himself a marshmallow. He served as an officer in the Pacific working in the intelligence sector. This was in cooperation with the Army Air Corps. He received the Distinguished Flying Metal. Most important was his exposure to the intelligence gathering side of things. He did not like what he saw in the Executive Branch. When you read anything about him you must try to figure out the political leanings of the writer. If it is a liberal it is very easy to identify the bias.
Liberals grew to hate and fear this man, like no one else. Well maybe, Nixon. One of his assistant Counsel on the committee was Robert F. Kennedy. The Kennedy family, fellow Catholics, supported Joe. JFK who served with him in the Senate did not join the Democrat hate squads. The attacks on him were personal and had little to do with truth or evidence. The left attacked him, and still attack him with a viciousness only they can possess. It defies common sense. Many, more detached, historians, especially with the release of so much classified material, have concluded that his search was justified. FDR had put aboard his crew many folks who believed in Communism. Truman did little to rid himself of them. This liberal hate of the McCarthy name is still very much alive and well. Of Course most of the haters have never studied Joes work or the latter findings of so many bad guys in high places.
Without dwelling more on the subject, it simply is true. The name McCarthy would not bid well in attempting to obtain Democrat assistance. The legacy of hate is deep and will not be undone by a new face. Whoever is picked must be one that is pretty well removed from such a legacy. It is up to the House. We shall see.
PROTEST: FLY THE BETSY ROSS FLAG. It is the one flag where all the States supported the Constitution.
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Rooster Bradford, gives up all rights to this article and seeks no compensation for its use. 2015