That’s Some Sound Advice For Kevin McCarthy There: Tom Campbell
Kevin McCarthy, Who would like to succeed Speaker of the House in the United States. Arrives just as you think politics — and those who engage in it — can go no lower. McCarthy boasted on Fox News that “We have fired Nancy Pelosi.” Before the final results of the midterm elections being certified and totaled.
That was only partly accurate because Pelosi chosen for a second, two-year term. But the truth was irrelevant. Common decency was absent. McCarthy again exemplified modern politics’ rude, partisan, and disrespectful nature. Pelosi’s declaration that she would not seek re-election as party leader not too long ago. It would have been greeted with thanks for her many years of service. Certainly, Republicans could have added that despite their disagreement with her political views. They could respect her leadership during some interesting and even dangerous times, such as January 6, the pandemic, and personal threats.
A MAGA nutjob’s vicious and horrifying attack on Pelosi’s husband, Paul, was one thing. Still, the fact that neither McCarthy nor any of his party’s members spoke out against it speaks highly of the politeness and goodwill of the group as a whole. It raises questions about how precisely they define patriotism. It is widely accept that a true patriot fervently defends his or her nation. The institutions and systems of government.
We long for the era of Republicans with virtues like respect for our institutions, decency, civility, love of country. Anyone who serves the public interest, such as Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, John McCain, Bob Dole, and Margaret Chase Smith. We are failing to impart manners, proper conduct, or appropriate speech.
It is unnecessary to support Nancy Pelosi or even be a fan of hers to value her contributions to the country. Pelosi held the position of Speaker for two distinct periods. Then leading the 435 members of the House through the worst pandemic in a century after the War of 1812,. The largest assault on the Capitol occurred. The worst partisanship since the Civil War while assisting in, among other things. The Affordable Care Act was passed significant legislative initiatives.
Speaker Pelosi was a true lady and shrewd politician adept at navigating the complexities of House rules and conventions. She always exuded a cool, collected presence. There isn’t much hope for you if you can’t acknowledge her achievements and service.
Just as Pelosi finished speaking, the would-be Speaker and his group began bragging about their plans for the upcoming year.
The January 6th committee will probably disbanded as their first move. They must decide right away whether to raise the debt ceiling or shut down the government. They are predicted to raise the ceiling, but only if Social Security and Medicare are cut, a demand that will never pass the Senate. Expect another government shutdown a la Newt Gingrich.
The new plurality wants to launch investigations into everything, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, Homeland Security’s border policies, the beginnings of COVID-19, the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and COVID-era decisions regarding school closures and vaccine requirements.
Wait. And there’s more. The new IRS agents Biden hired to combat tax fraud and prolong the 2017 Trump tax cuts are under pressure to reduce. Expect that legislation prohibiting teaching subjects like LGBTQ rights, student loan forgiveness, work requirements for welfare recipients, and border security, particularly illegal immigration, will be seriously considered.
You feel dizzy just thinking about this agenda, but hold off on getting overly enthusiastic for two reasons. First, with the Freedom Caucus and other right-wing nuts in his caucus, McCarthy is just a few votes shy of a majority. It will take a masterful leader to control them. Second, very little, if any, of the issues above will be discussed in the Senate. Which is still control by Democrats (especially if Warnock wins the Georgia runoff). McCarthy is aware of it. He wants to be discuss and broadcast on cable talk shows, drawing an analogy with Trump.
My unwelcome, unwanted, and most likely disregarded advice to the new Speaker would fall into three categories. First, graciously accept your victory while realizing vengeance is a chilled and sweet dish. Humility and humanity are powerful traits. Second, rather than firing shotgun blasts in too many directions and accomplishing little, it is preferable to concentrate on a small number of priorities and work to see them through.
Consider Dr. Frederick H. Hartmann’s wise counsel, a renowned author and longtime professor of political science at the Naval War College. One of his pupils, Joe Mavretic, a former member of the N.C. House and panelist for NC SPIN, frequently quotes what he refers to as “Hartmann’s Law.” Never make more adversaries than you can currently handle, simply says.
This is sound advice for a new House Speaker and those in business, the public sector, and the rest of us who make up the human race.