WHY LEE BRIGHT HAS REACHED THE APEX OF HIS POLITICAL CAREER …
|| By FITSNEWS || For years, this website effusively praised S.C. Senator Lee Bright for being one of the few pro-free market lawmakers in the S.C. General Assembly. Unfortunately, our adulation wasn’t offered frequently enough for Bright’s taste. In fact, during one of our founding editor Will Folks‘ blue lunar visits to the S.C. State House a few years back, Bright invited himself into a private meeting for the purpose of chastising him over the insufficient love.
We didn’t forget that …
In the 2014 U.S. Senate race, FITS ran several pieces related to Bright’s disastrous personal financial history – which we felt was relevant to his candidacy.
Those articles earned us Bright’s undying ire, as well as the advancement of a ridiculous conspiracy theory that we were somehow carrying water for our former business partner Nancy Mace – whose candidacy we frequently criticized (but who took the criticism like a champ, not a whiny little bitch like Bright).
Since then, we’ve tried to hold Bright accountable while at the same time crediting him when he votes the right way.
Throughout, we’ve maintained our 30,000-foot view of the guy – that we appreciate his taxpayer advocacy even though we detest his sanctimonious moralizing (and crybaby personality).
Fast-forward to this week: Bright’s entourage has been all over us for our coverage of his bizarre filibuster of a pro-life bill.
The legislation – a ban on abortion after 20 weeks – didn’t involve huge numbers of babies (as abortion is already illegal in South Carolina at 24 weeks), but Bright made the decision to try and block the bill because it included exemptions for rape and incest.
We did the math and found Bright was basically condemning – or trying to condemn – roughly 200 babies to death every six years in an effort to save three lives over the same period.
Does that make sense? Hell no.
We’re not saying those three lives don’t matter … but come on, man. Real pro-lifers should save the lives they can, right?
Right … of course Bright and his supporters aren’t having any of that. They insist theirs is the only true pro-life position – and that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is part of a so-called “surrender caucus.”
Oh well. We’ve already had … and won … that debate. But the issue is instructive as to why Lee Bright has reached his ceiling in American politics.
Make no mistake: We love uncompromising leaders. Especially when they apply their passion toward the advancement of freedom and free markets. But Bright’s bizarre anti-life filibuster (combined with our knowledge of his petty insistence on accolades for himself) demonstrates he isn’t motivated by those issues as much as he is motivated by … himself.
Hell, wasn’t he one of the State Senators who sold out fiscal conservatives just to get this pro-life bill placed on the calendar in the first place?
Also, we wonder: Where was this uncompromising spirit when Bright joined the rest of his “Republican” colleagues in embracing the ascension of liberal Senate leader Hugh Leatherman last summer? Two State Senators – Shane Massey and Tom Davis – had the courage to stand up to Leatherman.
Where was Bright?
Again … we will always praise Senators when they vote in a manner consistent with our bottom line as taxpayers and our basic freedoms as citizens. But Bright’s petulance and pettiness continue to rub us the wrong way.
Uncompromising politicians are to be admired … unless they are too dumb to see when they are blatantly contradicting themselves at the expense of those they claim to be fighting for. Or too arrogant or self-serving to care.
Either way, we have less use for Lee Bright with each day that passes …