On Wednesday, in a radio interview with Sean Hannity, Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) confirmed most Americans’ worst fears about their Congressional representatives: they couldn’t care less about what most Americans want.
Voinovich’s ignorance regarding the comprehensive immigration bill–he hadn’t read it, was unaware of its potential costs to the American taxpayers, and was ill-informed on the outcome of the one of the amendments on which he voted–was hardly surprising. Congress has a long and dismal track record of passing largely unread legislation, and it’s no secret that they have been grossly irresponsible with our hard-earned money. For decades.
But the defining moment of the interview came when the Senator revealed his feelings about his constituents and their determination to make their views known to him:
“Iíve had people at my back calling because of programs like yours saying, ‘If you vote for this bill, then itís the end of your political career.’ And I just want you to know, and I want everyone else to know, you do not intimidate George Voinovich. This is my 40th year in this business.”
Government of, by, and for the people? After 40 years “in this business” the “honorable” Senator has come to the conclusion that the people of Ohio who disagree with his position on immigration are trying to “intimidate” him–and they can shove it.
Sadly, Mr. Voinovich is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The comprehensive immigration reform bill has revealed the majority of our elected officials have the very same contempt for their constituents as demonstrated by Sen. Voinovich. Don’t think for a second these feckless politicians in both parties are unaware the overwhelming majority of Americans want the border secured before anything else is legislated. They simply don’t care because they’re convinced that all the anger over the issue will dissipate long before the 2008 election.
I’ve never been a fan of “one-issue voting.” I have always considered those who cast their vote for a candidate on the basis of a single political position to be somewhat short-sighted. Not this time. Illegal immigration is THE defining issue determining the future of this country. If this bill is passed, it will not only burden future generations with unconscionable costs, it will make it unmistakably clear that the rule of law is for suckers. Bottom line for this voter: vote illegals in and I vote you out–irrespective of party affiliation or positions on other issues.
As for Sen. Voinovich, my “congratulations.” In the space of a 12 minute radio interview, you’ve convinced me (and doubtless thousands of other Americans) that there is a direct correlation between length of service and the inflation of one’s self-importance. I now have a bad case of “Anti-Incumbent Fever,” and I suspect it’s terminal–hopefully like your career and those of other like-minded individuals in Congress.
My fellow Americans, do yourself a favor. Listen to the interview. It can be heard at: http: //stuckon-stupid.com/?p=1001
And keep calling and e-mailing your Congressmen. You never know when you might “intimidate” them into representing your interests.
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