Ron Drake has finally spoken up! Coming off of his primary victory over Joe Sweeney and his bucket of wheat paste, he has taken to accusing Raúl Grijalva of insulting police, fire fighters and 9-11 victims. Oh, yeah, apparently he is against civilization too.
I thought we hadn’t heard much from Drake because he was rehearsing to be in Gene Ruley’s band. Not so.
The thing that has Drake raising a stink is H. Res. 994, which he characterizes as a resolution supporting 9-11 victims. This is from Drake’s press release:
“This is a slap in the face to all U.S. military personnel, fire and police personnel, also every man, woman and child who have died by the hands of terrorists,” said Ron Drake. “This is one of the many reasons Raúl Grijalva must not be allowed to continue representing people who live in a civilized environment. He is out of touch with reality. When a congressman votes against the very men and women who keep him and his family safe, he no longer deserves the right to be in office.”
Harsh words, all together too theatrical.
What Drake fails to say is that the resolution contained other language that didn’t have much to do with supporting victims and first responders:
Whereas Congress passed, and the President signed, numerous laws to assist victims, combat the forces of terrorism, protect the Homeland and support the members of the Armed Forces who defend American interests at home and abroad, including the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and its 2006 reauthorization, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004;
Whereas the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress passed the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, the SAFE Port Act of 2006, and the 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006;
This language was put into the resolution as a cynical election year ploy: if Democrats voted against it, they hate the victims; if they voted for it, then the president has “bipartisan” support for his policies. I’m wondering why they didn’t slip in drilling in ANWR or Social Security privatization.
Grijalva and 21 other members of congress, including Republican Ron Paul, voted against the resolution. Good for them to stand up against this adminstration’s cynical politics. Of course, it gave people who don’t have much else to run on a free cheap-shot press release.