At the Republican Women of Williamson County monthly meeting yesterday, State Senator Jack Johnson discussed numerous topics related to his work in the State Senate. One of the issues he discussed was the impact of illegal immigration upon the future of Tennessee. He announced that several Tennessee state legislators were traveling to Phoenix on Friday to deliver a resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature supporting their new immigration law, now under attack by the Jim Cooper/Nancy Pelosi Democrat Party and the White House. He also affirmed that the Legislature would be crafting a similar law in January 2011 that would be signed by the new Republican Governor. The room burst into applause. This is a resolution that I not only favor and support, but will gladly support from Washington DC beginning in January.
I suspect it was the same applause Rep Jim Cooper received from many in the 5th District when he voted for the Secure Fence Act in 2006. This legislation dragged both sides of the congressional aisle kicking and screaming to the side of the American people who have relentlessly demonstrated their overwhelming support for a secure southern border including a fence. Rep. Cooper sided with his constituents then.
Less than 18 months later, with new Speaker Pelosi pulling the strings instead of his constituents, he voted to de-fund the fence. This flip-flop is just one more verse of the same song he has been singing since the Pelosi/Reid/Obama crowd rode into town and began advancing their Constitution-killing progressive agenda.
Rep. Cooper has chosen the Senator John Kerry approach on issues of consequence. He was for it before he was against it, and vice versa. Speaking out of both sides of his mouth, he avoids any true position on the issue. He cannot have it both ways for long. The November elections are approaching and he will have to spend millions to defend an indefensible record. For the first time since he has run for office (except for getting beaten by Fred Thompson, a real candidate, in 1994), Cooper/Pelosi will have a well-funded and widely-supported opponent who will explain to the voters of the 5th district that he agrees more with Nancy Pelosi than he does with his neighbors. With the people of his District aware of his record, I wonder which side of his mouth he will be talking out of?
Rep. Cooper is mum when it comes to the economic, national security, social program dangers of illegal immigration. However, his voting record screams his elitist “looking down his nose” attitude toward his own people. Well, his own people will “flip-flop” on him in November at the ballot box.