That’s how the Daily Caller puts it:
“It’s official: Congressmen Joe Walsh, an Illinois Republican, and Mike Ross, an Arkansas Democrat, have saved Christmas.”
Put in place in 1974, the House Rules prohibit the use of “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” on mail authorized by a Congressman’s signature or “frank.”
When Walsh found out about the prohibition, he, Congressman Mike Ross and sixty-some others signed a letter of protest.
The Franking Committee, headed by Illinois Congressman Aaron Shock, backed down under the pressure from Walsh and other Federal House members.
“This country was founded on religious freedom and free speech, and I am confident that the Franking Commission will hear the message that I and 61 of my colleagues have expressed,” Walsh told the Daily Caller. “Let’s stop worrying about political correctness, and start worrying about what we were sent here to do.”
Earlier Walsh took on the Obama Administration’s “Christmas Tree Tax.”
He won that fight also.
I think this goes to show that a bully pulpit can have an impact.
More substantially, Walsh changed the terms of debate during the fight over raising the debt limit.
When the Obama Administration falsely claimed that failure to raise the debt ceiling would result in Social Security and Medicare checks not being sent out, Walsh cut a YouTube video calling the President out. The word “liar” got bandied about.
Walsh pointed out that it was up to Obama what 25% of Federal expenditures would not be made, if the debt ceiling were not raised.
Thereafter, mainstream media started pointing out that fact.
Amazing the impact that one man can have on the national political arena.