When House Speaker John Boehner decides to step down, it will leave the GOP and the nation without a master of civic participation for this country. Boehner is one of the last vestiges of the more moderate Republicans that right-leaning voters tend to vote for in presidential primaries but criticize while in Congress.
It is astounding how the far right-wingers have soaked up the important attention of the American voters. Although it may be a glitch in many Americans’ thought processes.
Many of us enjoy the filibustering, political posturing and talking points of the distant right-wingers while in Congress. But we understand during the presidential primaries that these folks are not fit for the presidency or a mainstream party leadership position.
It is an interesting paradox that we can cheer them on while they try to accommodate to the sentiments of disappointed voters in Congress. Then when it is time for the presidential primaries, we realize that their public service plans are very hard to attain in Congress based on their beliefs and their often-chilly relations with party leadership, among others.
Boehner is a very competent individual and coalition-building speaker. He is not as truculent as Gingrich, but not as easygoing as Hastert.
Still, he was not as scandal-plagued or politically croaky as the Democratic speakers before him. Boehner is a representative who shows how a public servant should serve.
He has served the distinct interests of his constituents, colleagues and party without straying from his conservative philosophy. Keeping the American dream intact through providing opportunities, not guarantees.
Boehner worked his way through college and up the corporate ladder before he entered politics. This is the framework for how someone becomes a citizen-legislator without being beholden to the taxpayers’ funds and being humble enough to start working in the trenches.
Above all, Boehner remains a family man who is interested in keeping America’s families traditionally strong. He knows that this will be the backbone of our nation’s success without relinquishing our innate values.
Jordan Thomas Cooper is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is the first African-American to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office as an aide in South Carolina and has worked on several Republican candidates’ national campaigns.