The Debacle in the United States House of Representatives

OPINION

Dear Friends,

As a life-long Conservative, Patriot, and Republican activist, having worked incessantly to elect Republicans in the midterm elections and finally seeing the achievement of the GOP majority in the House of Representatives, it is upsetting to see what transpired last week!

Republican leader Kevin McCarthy did prevail, after many failed attempts over days and frankly, in my view, it was a national embarrassment. Congress could not operate to do the people’s business until a Speaker was elected. What I found most disturbing was that the elected Republicans (all of them) could not get it together!

Twenty rebellious Republican Representatives had refused to support McCarthy and the majority of the rest refused to abandon McCarthy. Can you imagine what a disaster that would have been had he not won?

The Border crisis, outrageous Fentanyl deaths, increasing inflation, ridiculous spending, and investigations of Presidential criminal activity are all needed activities, among a plethora of others, that the House must address. This country is on the verge of authoritarian Socialism and the GOP House of Representatives is the last defense against that happening.

All this being said, I urged either the necessary votes (218) come about to elect Kevin McCarthy as Speaker or for McCarthy to have resigned and the majority elect someone else. Any credibility Republicans have established in our narrow majority in the House may have dissolved. Compromise is the essence of Democracy. I’ll write more about how his win came about and what it means going forward.

As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated. Please let me hear your views.

Respectfully yours,

JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.