Republican defectors in the House of Representatives beware. We the People of the fruited plain know who you are.
We know that you are okay with questioning presidential authority when it comes to emergency declarations regarding the boundaries of the nation when a president willing to actually do something about the situation steps up to the plate and takes aim at the failures of previous administrations.
We know you are willing to defy the leadership of the party and side with the opposition who previously were all for the very actions the president is now taking to keep the nation safe.
We know that you do not represent the interests of your constituents.
We know that you are thirteen:
- Justin Amash (Mich.)
- Thomas Massie (Ky.)
- Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)
- Greg Walden (Ore.)
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.)
- Will Hurd (Texas)
- Francis Rooney (Fla.)
- Dusty Johnson (S.D.)
- Fred Upton (Mich.)
- Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.)
- Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)
- Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.)
- Mike Gallagher (Wis.).
The reasoning does not matter, nor does any sort of principle that these men and women might try to use as justification for their vote. It also does not matter that Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats who vote the party line and who would have passed the resolution without these thirteen votes.
It matters that these people defected.
“What we see happening along the border, the amount of drugs, the amount of deaths in America, the human trafficking that’s coming across, the overwhelming problem there,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), rejecting the Democrats’ constitutional argument.
“So, the president has the authority to do it. And we will uphold him,” he said.
Appearing alongside McCarthy and other GOP leaders was Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), an active-duty member of the Air National Guard, who was recently deployed to the border and supports Trump’s emergency declaration.
“I went down there neutral on this question, didn’t know whether or not I’d support a national emergency,” Kinzinger said. “And I came back more convinced probably than anybody that this is the right thing to do.”
Maybe these “lawmakers” need to spend a little time in service at the Southern Border. Maybe then they will see that their actions betray the nation.