The political whirlwind that the nation has been in since President Trump entered office in January is leaving many conservatives scratching their heads. The President is doing everything in his power to make the people’s agenda a reality, while others continuously stand in the way.
There are plenty of plans coming up this fall as the Legislative Branch gets back into position to do their job. It seems that there may be a mutiny afoot. The Washington Post reports that a plan may be in the works to dislodge House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), from his position. Considering Ryan’s increasingly anti-conservative viewpoints, it is not much of a surprise.
The group of conservatives tossing the idea around have even come up with some ideas for a replacement. Two names that have floated to the top of the list are former-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Thes two can be selected because the Constitution does not require that the person serving as the Speaker of the House to concurrently serve in the US House of Representatives. Admittedly, the chances of a non-House member replacing Ryan are slim, but it doesn’t change the context of the conversation.
As it stands, the conversation to replace Ryan is being led by the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). He is working carefully with other folks on the Right, including former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon to see what can be done.
The Washington Post verified that Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), and other ranking members of the Freedom Caucus are having this conversation to replace Ryan. Ryan’s actions have really rubbed people the wrong way, particularly his latest stance on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
A private meeting between members of the Freedom Caucus and Ryan recently took place. They warned him that his failure to work with the goals of the conservatives is going to cause his support to falter.
Considering that Ryan’s approval rating has fallen a dismal one point away from California Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s approval rating, only problems can ensue with that level of disappointment. As of right now, Pelosi is at 30 percent approval rating, and Ryan is 31 percent.
If Ryan wants to remain in his position, he will have to make some things happen for the people who voted for the Republican Party. As of now, Republicans hold every branch of government, but they still can’t get anything done.
There is reportedly a plan afoot to dislodge Ryan. Is it time to replace Ryan?
Almost every Democrat is voting against Trump’s policies. The fact that a small sect of conservatives is voting against these same policies makes it nearly impossible for Republicans to agree on anything in order to pass meaningful legislation.
Ryan is running out of time to make everything right–or as right as it can be considering the circumstances. If the Freedom Caucus is talking about overthrowing Ryan, it is only a matter of time before more members jump on board.
The best thing the House Speaker can do is start opening his ears to the people around him. He is there to represent the will of the people, not act out his own personal agenda. The people voted for Trump and the promises he made, so Ryan’s duty should be to help fulfill those promises.