Following the announcement of resignation by John Boehner, several people have been mentioned to replace him. However, most people don’t realize that the Speaker of the House of Representatives can come from outside the body of Congress. In light of that, a new grassroots effort is underway to elect former Texas Congressman Ron Paul as the next Speaker of the House.
According to Truth in Media:
Ludwig von Mises Institute founder Lew Rockwell published a blog post on Saturday calling for a grassroots campaign to pressure the U.S. House of Representatives to elect former Congressman and libertarian icon Ron Paul to the position of House speaker.
According to Rockwell, Ron Paul Peace and Prosperity Institute executive director Daniel McAdams, who also served as Dr. Paul’s foreign affairs adviser during his time in Congress, says the U.S. House of Representatives is not required to elect one of its current members to serve as speaker. Consequently, Dr. Paul, who retired from Congress in January of 2013, could in theory be eligible to be elected to lead the House.
A Facebook page dedicated to promoting the election of Ron Paul to House speaker, which was created in 2010, saw new activity this week in response to the buzz around Rockwell’s call.
So, where does Rockwell get his claim that the House does not have to elect one of their own at Speaker, but can choose whomever they please? Well, there is a history behind this.
The Articles of Confederation, our first Constitution, said that the Congress of the united States had power “to appoint one of their number to preside, provided that no person be allowed to serve in the office of president more than one year in any term of three years.”
However, when the current Constitution’s framers met for amendments to the Articles of Confederation, which later became known as the Constitutional Convention, they wrote Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5 based on the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780, which read, “the House of Representatives…shall choose their own Speaker, appoint their own officers, and settle the rules and order of proceeding in their own House.”
So, instead of language like the AOC, which emphasized “appoint one of their number,” they wanted to remove the idea that of any kind of control over who would preside. Therefore, we have in our current Constitution this language:
The House of Representatives shall choose their Spearker and other officers;…
As for Dr. Paul, he commented on those in line to seek the Speaker’s chair.
“You know, my thoughts are that it’ll be more of the same. They talk about the various possible individuals that might replace Boehner, but none of them seem to be, you know, real conservative or constitutionalist, but it’s almost beside the point because the momentum is so great for more spending,” said Dr. Paul.
“They’re building momentum, and there’s a political advantage to some individuals that if they can close down the government they’ll get some political points and, yet, do you think we’re ever going to see the day when conservatives, limited government constitutionalists will stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to vote for this budget unless you cut out all the funding for these illegal, unconstitutional, insane wars that we’re involved in.’?” he added. “What are the odds of them even hinting to that? Matter of fact, it’s almost the opposite, because they want to get rid of sequestration… Behind the scenes, Boehner and Pelosi are getting together to get rid of sequestration so funding will go up both on welfare and on warfare.”
I agree with Paul and have written along those lines myself. Nothing will change, especially if House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy gets in. Boehner had an overall freedom index score of 52%, while McCarthy’s freedom index score has averaged 63%. Both have been guilty of selling the American people out time and again and cannot be trusted.
Compare those guys with Ron Paul, who over the course of his service in the Congress has a 96% freedom index score!
Ron Paul has been one to hold up the Constitution in dealing with anything he speaks about. I think it would be refreshing to have that in a Speaker of the House rather than a compromised, treasonous, spineless man in that position.