ACHTUNG: This is not a “fair and balanced” article. It is an editorial by the editor.
It appears Allegan County voters will have a rare opportunity to choose between two candidates who have differing opinions in the Republican primary next August.
Because of redistricting, the process of changing government districts every 10 years to reflect population changes, we will see the names of two incumbent GOP Congressmen, Bill Huizenga and Fred Upton on the ballot for the new Fourth District.
For once, we’ll actually have a choice above and beyond the customary issues over which one is more Pro-Life, which one loves our country more, which one is more pro-gun. In our race to the bottom, we’ve had to put up with candidates who seem to have been churned out of a factory on a conveyor belt.
All of ‘em believe pretty much the same about “God Guns, Guts, Gays and Abortion,” the staple of culture wars subjects that has enabled the unwashed masses to vote for Republicans, even though they have stiffed working people for more than 40 years.
Yes, since the Reagan Revolution, the GOP has deteriorated into a sickening practice of marching in lockstep with their fearless leader, most recently Donald Trump. Besides the five issues I mentioned before, they all stand against federal government overreach and for advancing state’s rights, particularly in matters involving the Coronavirus crisis.
Huizenga, in particular, ignores the historical fact that state’s rights was the chief reason given by the South when it seceded from the union in 1860. Make that state’s rights to own slaves, later to become the best way to protect segregation and ways to keep people of color from voting.
But there is one really huge gap between Upton and Huizenga.
Upton, who has served in Congress since 1987, was one of the 10 Republican members of Congress who voted a year ago to impeach then-President Donald Trump because of his apparent incitement of the seditionists who violently invaded the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2021, and tried to stop the counting of ballots that certified Joe Biden’s election.
Since the aftermath of the failed coup d’etat, Upton has stood for the rule of law and peaceful transition of power after a presidential election. Huizenga, meanwhile, has opposed even the creation of a committee to investigate the shameful incident. He has consistently hemmed and hawed and provided lame excuses for his president’s traitorous behavior.
So, think, Allegan County GOP voters. Are we a government of laws, or a government of men? Huizenga apparently chooses the latter, making him nothing better than a psychophant, a toady of Der Fuhrer.