Friday, October 30, 2015

Highlights from Speaker Boehner's Farewell Address


I am still just me, the same guy who came here 25 years ago as a small-business man and spent all these 25 years trying to just be me.

Everybody here comes from somewhere, and everybody here is on some mission.

I never thought about growing up as the easy way or the hard way. It was just the Cincinnati way. Our city takes its name from the great Roman general Cincinnatus, a farmer who answered the call of his nation to lead and then surrendered his power to go back to his plow.

For me, it wasn't a farm. It was a small business. And it wasn't so much a calling as it was a mission--a mission to strive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable Federal Government here in Washington.

Every day in this capital city there are hundreds of kids from the toughest neighborhoods who are finally getting a chance at a decent education.

One thing I came to realize over the years that I have been here is that this battle over the size and scope and cost of our government in Washington has been going on for more than 200 years, and the forces of the status quo go to an awful lot of trouble to prevent change from happening.

Real change takes time. Yes, freedom makes all things possible, but patience is what makes all things real.

There was probably more work done across the aisle over the last 5 years than in the 25 years that I have served in this institution.

I really am grateful to my staff. As they like to say to each other, once you are part of Boehnerland, you are always a part of Boehnerland, and that certainly goes for me as well.

I am especially grateful to all my constituents and the volunteers over the years. That includes a student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1990, who was putting up campaign signs for me. His name was Paul Ryan.

But, as Cincinnatus understood, there is a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something. Paul is being called. I know he will serve with grace and with energy, and I want to wish him and his family all the best.

If you falter--and you will--you can just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go do it again, because hope always springs eternal. And if you just do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen.

And this, too, can really happen to you.

God bless you, and God bless our great country.

From Speaker Boehner's Farewell Address.

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