Speaker of the House John Boehner, a political hack whose tear-stained orange face is as familiar around the gin joints and golf courses of our nation's capital as it is in the Halls of Congress, has wasted his entire speakership trying to impede or embarrass the President. The last session of Congress did little else than pass House bills to block or kill the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation that has given millions of good Americans access to health care. The House has done nothing under Boehner's leadership to create jobs or repair our nation's crumbling and deplorable infrastructure - or to better the lives of average Americans. And Boehner's House, while always ready to dole out welfare to billionaires and corporations, has never and would never consider passing any bill that would even remotely benefit any of the 45 million Americans who live in poverty.
In other words, John Boehner, as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been a total and complete waste of space.
Sadly, however, he hasn't bottomed out yet.
Last week it was announced that the House of Representatives under Boehner's leadership is branching out and will no longer be completely focused on killing affordable health care or passing bills to control women's bodies. Now the House plans to try its hand at directing U.S. foreign policy. Boehner and his cronies, without seeking the advice or consent of the State Department or White House, have invited the head of a foreign government to address Congress - an act without precedent in modern American politics.
The leader who received - and accepted - the invitation is Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of Israel. Netanyahu, who appeared to be openly interfering in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in support of his close personal friend, Mitt Romney, will himself be up for re-election in Israel two weeks after his speech to Congress in March.
John Boehner invited this foreign leader - amid absolute secrecy - to address Congress and whip up support for strong sanctions against Iran, something our elected leader, President Obama, sees as counter-productive and a likely prelude to more years of war and strife in the Middle East.
We've had more than a decade of useless wars in the Middle East, wars that were initiated by a Republican administration and based on fear-mongering and lies. Now, just as we are beginning to extricate ourselves from that mess and regain our footing as a respected world power, do we really want to put Boehner's Congress in a position of significantly influencing U.S. foreign policy - and do we really want to dance to the tune of Israel's hard-line, right-wing leadership?
President Obama, undoubtedly offended by yet another attempt by Congress to curtail the powers of the presidency, has announced that he will not meet with Netanyahu when he comes to speak to Congress - and the President was right to do so. Now Bibi Netanyahu should man-up and show a basic courtesy to the President of the United States and decline Boehner's invitation.
And John Boehner should sit down and shut the hell up. He is not the President of the United States, and he never will be.