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Congressman Dave Brat: Not the Easy Mark Bearing Drift Imagines

Rep-Dave-BratOur good friends over at Bearing Drift continue to snipe at Congressman Dave Brat from a distance. Sporting article after article written with accusations gathered from unnamed sources, Bearing Drift aims at painting a picture of Congressman Brat as lost in the weeds of Washington D.C., out-matched by those genius career politicians sporting their just-barely double-digit approval ratings. Nothing could be further from the truth. And while our dear disciples of the Church of Cantor clamor for a primary-incursion against Congressman Brat, deliriously certain of whomever’s impending victory, Congressman Brat continues to demonstrate that on no level will he cave to the pernicious pressures of the establishment syndicate – and his district loves him for it.

Libertarian, Conservative, or Constitutionalist – who among us can find fault with Congressman Brat’s legislative voting record? Brat’s record is more libertarian than Amash and Massie, more conservative than Jordan and Gohmert, and as Constitutional as Mike Lee. Explain to me why the 7th district would abandon him? Has Congressman Brat offended businessmen in the district who make a living off of Washington handouts and subsidies? I don’t know, but even if that’s the case, the constituents of the 7th district are most certainly more concerned with their own liberty and rights than they are with the wealthy getting wealthier.

Congressman Brat has been held to a higher standard than anyone elected to the House of Representatives. Unlike most Congressman, he can’t horse trade legislation; and we all know that’s exactly what happens in The House. Congressman Wittman and Congressman Goodlatte do it all the time. Why? Because they want to get their legislation passed and to do that, they have to vote for legislation they and their constituents don’t agree with. Sure, this usually ends up costing the taxpayers billions of dollars, but if that’s the price to (for Wittman) take care of our troops or (for Goodlatte) funnel money to the beleaguered and overlooked western realms of Virginia, than so be it. Yet, horse-trading legislation isn’t honorable. I’m not criticizing Wittman here. I’ve made my peace that Rob is perfect for the 1st district and feel that he has actually exceeded expectations over the last year. Over the last several months, especially, I don’t have any complaints. He’s been outstanding. But he does horse-trade legislation.

Congressman Brat has avoided that. He stands on principle. He keeps his campaign promises. He’s inclusive of his constituents. He holds town hall meetings in every area of his district.

Bearing Drift mocks Congressman Brat every time they think he bows to the wishes of his constituents. Really? Representing your constituents is surrender? If bowing to your constituents is surrender, then what the heck is he surrendering? Power? K Street Dollars? Wall Street Dollars? Super PAC support? Are the citizens of the 7th District really that upset that Congressman Dave Brat is failing to enrich himself by selling out to interests outside of his district? I don’t think so.

In fact, Congressman Brat’s utter refusal to sell out is what makes him a national icon for libertarians, conservatives, and constitutionalists all across the country. The grassroots knows the names of Jim Jordan, Dave Brat, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash. They’ve reached beyond the borders of their districts because they represent something utterly rare and precious in politics. They are public servants. They serve the people in their districts. They are not in our nations’ Capital to get rich. So, sorry Bearing Drift – you aren’t going to bring Brat down. In fact, the example he has set is a real threat to establishment Congressmen in every district in America. That’s the truth, no matter how you spin it.

 


Article written by: Steven Brodie Tucker