Yesterday, State Representative Kent Sorenson released an open letter to Senator Grassley questioning Grassley’s compromise on Obama’s health care legislation. This is a pretty bold move by a relative newcomer to the political scene – but is it the right move?
First, Grassley, as of late, has been a little wishy-washy on conservative policy. I don’t think there is any conservative in the country who feels they can count on Grassley to make the right vote on serious issues. Most often, Grassley does come around and vote right but there are those instances where conservatives are left fuming…SCHIP, monkey bubble, and the bailout. On the other hand, if it weren’t for Grassley strongly opposing amnesty for illegals, we may have 20 million illegal immigrants turned legal in 2006 or 2007.
There’s the rub for principled Republicans. In this game, there isn’t room for capitulation on the issues. Democrats will never offer an olive branch and will always gain ground for their socialist agenda. Republicans seem to negotiate away our policies even when we are in complete control. We have begun to believe the media and liberal elite mantra of the value of being bipartisan. Of course that doesn’t apply to them, just to Republicans. I’m not sure Grassley understands how we’re being played and apparently Sorenson is wondering the same thing.
In making his letter public, Sorenson takes a fairly big risk. Many Republicans, even though they agree with Sorenson, will find it disrespectful to make those criticisms public. We have no way of knowing if Sorenson tried to get a meeting with Grassley or sent a letter privately before issuing the open letter. If Sorenson did that and got nowhere, is he not just doing his job as an elected conservative? Or is he still over the line?
Obviously we must hold our elected officials’ feet to the fire. We’ve seen what happens when we don’t. Is there any way Grassley’s negotiation on this legislation can advance our agenda? Socialism is socialism no matter what the title of the bill or who the authors are.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Is Sorenson over the line and could have handled this with more tact or is he doing his job well as an elected conservative?
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