There are clear value differences between the Democrat and Republican parties—at least according to their respective platforms. While Republican voters flocked to the polls last November to usher in the dismantling of ObamaCare and more recently expecting the defunding of Planned Parenthood, disappointments among voters have soared to new highs. In a state like New Jersey, where the Republican platform has not been adopted, expectations regarding the performance of any elected Republican to embrace the party's platform can be unrealistic.
So, what does it mean to be a Republican in New Jersey? If you are Congressman Leonard Lance, apparently not much.
Party platforms aside, at the very least, Republican representatives are expected to be men and women of integrity; men and women who value life and are fiscally conservative. Recent votes on Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762) may sound like a Bill that would employ the reconciliation process and start the defunding of ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, but nice-sounding names can be as deceptive as some of our Representatives. In this matter, once again Rep. Lance joined with Democrats and voted to continue funding the two items he was elected to defund. Betraying his rhetoric, Lance is fully aware that in light of his recent vote on H.R. 3760, defunding Planned Parenthood will never become law. RedState.com had this to say about the vote and the deceptive blanket it provided: "It's an exercise in high-end failure theatre that also insulates congressmen who just voted to fund Planned Parenthood from any retribution from their voters."
Of course you can expect the Congressman to provide excuses for not taking advantage of the opportunity to start the defunding process, but what you cannot expect is for him to honor the wishes of his constituents and do the job he was elected to do.
It has been said that elections have consequences. In this case it has consequences for the unborn victims whose parts are being sold criminally, and consequences for those whose healthcare has fallen victim to another wolf in sheep's clothing known as ObamaCare. Hopefully in the near future votes will also have consequences, as voters in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District refuse to cast their vote for a man who betrayed their trust and his own party's platform, and instead decide to vote for a man of integrity: David Larsen. Yes, elections do have consequences. It's about time Congressman Lance is taught that his votes also have consequences. Congress has been bestowed with the power of the purse for a reason, it is well past time they exercise that power.
Contact: King Penna