Sunday, January 18, 2015

A Tragic Masquerade

Rep. Renee Ellmers was elected in 2010. She unseated Rep. Bob Etheridge. Etheridge was, at the time, a giant in Democratic politics. He was a huge favorite to retain what was thought of as "his" seat. The TEA party revolution and the tidal wave of voters who caused it, swept Renee Ellmers into office. Of all the candidates who won that year, her story stuck out. 
A Nurse from Dunn, NC who was not widely known. Someone who spoke of the evils of Obamacare, not in abstract, but as a medical professional. She spoke of liberty and freedom. She became the face of a movement. 
Sadly, the face was a painted mask of deception. She donned the wool of a sheep to hide the fur and fangs of the wolf. In the end, like all deception, truth was revealed. The Renee Ellmers of 2010 is a different character than the one we see in 2015. 
She became the mouth piece for a flacid leadership. Instead of championing the cause of the David's of her district she drank the wine of Goliath's Phillistines. She became Speaker Boehner's most ardent supporter. Instead of fighting for immigration reform she fought for amnesty. Instead of balanced budgets , she voted for back room deals and more spending. 
There is a clear, unmistakable pattern that has emerged over her time in Congress. She is more at home at DC cocktail parties than at a rally for Moore TEA citizens. She is more in line with the Chamber of Commerce than she is with Heritage Action for America. She is more comfortable with liberal talking points than conservative truth. She has traded her righteousness for filthy rags. She is no longer the Representative of us. She is the representative of the establishment which she worked to defeat in 2010. It is as infuriating as it is tragic. 
Now we hear that Rep. Ellmers is against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This act would make it illegal to have an abortion after the pregnancy has reached 20 weeks. It is a scientific fact that children in the womb can feel pain at 20 weeks and after. This bill was considered, on anniversary week of Roe v. Wade, to be a slam dunk. Rep. Ellmers is fighting it. She is fighting it on two points. 
First, is politics. She, Ellmers, is scared of offending millennials and losing their votes. Do take a moment and pick your jaw up off the floor there's more. 
“I have urged leadership to reconsider bringing it up next week. … We got into trouble last year, and I think we need to be careful again; we need to be smart about how we’re moving forward,” Ellmers said in an interview. “The first vote we take, or the second vote, or the fifth vote, shouldn’t be on an issue where we know that millennials—social issues just aren’t as important [to them].”
Let us bask in the glory of this hubris. She is saying that she would rather let the bill die, and unborn children as well for that matter, because she doesn't want to lose votes. This kind of blatant arrogance and conceit is more at home in a House of Cards episode than from a Rep. of conservative counties like Moore, Lee, Randolph, and Chatham. 
She goes on to say that the language in the bill that would allow for exemptions for rape victims as long as they report the rape to authorities. Imagine, ensuring that women who want an abortion based on the crime of rape, so long as it is reported to the police. This language is not only logical but necessary. Without it, women who want an abortion would simply cry rape. This is simply making sure that the woman and the baby are protected. Yet, our dear Congresswoman is against this common sense language. She is against common sense in general I suppose. 
Where do we go from here. We fight. We call her office, (202) 225-4531, and ask her to drop her opposition to and vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Then, when a suitable conservative candidate comes along we throw all our weight behind them. We knock on doers. We raise money. We do what we did in 2010. We unseat a powerful incumbent, who has forgotten their place. Rep. Ellmers represents D.C. not N.C. She must go. Our budget, our spending, our district, and our unborn children will be better off. 


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