SOUTH CAROLINA CONGRESSMAN “WALKING THE WALK”
|| By FITSNEWS || Striking a blow for taxpayers, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan announced this week that he will not support the renomination of fiscally liberal “Republican” Speaker of the House John Boehner.
In a message posted to his Facebook page, Duncan noted “change should start with the election of a new Speaker.”
Wow … that’s seismic, people. Not to mention an increasingly rare example of an elected official demonstrating genuine courage.
“I believe a new Speaker of the House would send the signal to the American people that we’re hearing their concerns while also letting the President know that Congress is committed to upholding the rule of law,” Duncan added. “It’s time for Congress (to) act boldly and to unabashedly defend the Constitution of the United States and promote an agenda of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty.”
That, ladies and gentleman, is called “walking the walk.” It’s also called being accountable to the people who elected you – as polls have shown a majority of those who voted for the new “Republican” Congress are fed up with Boehner.
Now the key question: Will the other members of South Carolina’s “Republican” delegation – all of whom claim to be fiscal conservatives – follow suit?
Last time we checked it wasn’t looking so good …
Fiscally liberal U.S. Reps. Tom Rice and Joe Wilson – both “Republicans” in name only – have already pledged to support Boehner. Which was no big shock.
U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, on the other hand, are also supporting Boehner – a position entirely at odds with their consistent pro-free market votes in the U.S. Congress.
Earlier this week, we challenged South Carolina’s “Republican” delegation to oppose Boehner’s renomination – calling it a “gut check” vote.
“South Carolina’s congressional delegation has amassed some real credibility on fiscal issues,” we wrote. “We’d hate to see them blow it with one vote.”
Boehner is the poster child for GOP accommodation of the administration of Barack Obama – an ongoing ideological betrayal that always seems to come at the expense of your wallet. And your liberty. And it’s not just when the going gets tough … this guy caves before the fights even begin.
Duncan has taken a principled stand against this chronic equivocation – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of the South Carolina delegation.
Let’s hope they grow some stones and pick it up …
UPDATE: Worth noting … South Carolina’s former third district representative, Gresham Barrett, had a similarly consistent pro-free market record during his tenure in the U.S. Congress. But then he pissed it all away by supporting the Bush bailout vote. It’s nice to see Duncan standing firm on a major vote.