The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Sunday, June 03, 2007

Texas District 17's Man in Washington

As the Commander of Discerning Texan has given me the code to his blog "football", I thought it might be interesting to pass on information about my own and the President's Congressman, Chet Edwards (D-TX 17). Edwards was the only Texas Democrat that kept his seat in Congress in the infamous redistricting plan of the evil and nefarious Tom Delay. The beautiful Brazos Valley went through a bevy of square dance partners and districts before finally being politically date raped when we learned that Chet Edwards was our new beau in D.C.

Although virtually unknown, Edwards is one of the privileged few House members claiming seats on both Budget and Appropriation Committees. His appointments are:

Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, and as Chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee. He co-chairs the bi-partisan House Army Caucus and the USO Congressional Caucus.

One advantage Chet finds to being on both Budget and Appropriation Committees it that he can make inflamed remarks concerning Appropriation issues in a Budget meeting. These remarks make for some great partisan sound-bites. Those of us that understand his game, realize it's just another power mad D.C. blow hard jerking us around. However, such behavior makes the jackalope just want to put on her well worn red wings and open up a can of whoop ass.

Edwards is not the kind of man I would call fatherly. He is on a personal vendetta to expunge any public prayer any public place. He does not support President Bush's Faith Based Initiatives. Chet calls these actions: defending religious freedom. There is no form of abortion that Chet finds abhorrent and he would gladly drive your 15 year-old across state lines to get a partial birth abortion.

However, the most disgusting thing about Chet Edwards (D-TX 17) is his method of using our military and veterans like a welfare pimp. Before heading home for Christmas '06, Chet takes the time to send an email to his constituents, reminding them that before Congress resumes in January, the fiscal lives of veterans and military service men and women are in jeopardy. Edwards is consummate at slicing the dogma knife both ways with little peace of mind destroying lines like:
While we are in the process of deploying U.S. Army troops for possible combat in Iraq, the Administration decides to cut funding for their children's education.

When campaigning for President, John Kerry (D) insulted the troops. Chet Edwards' response (D) was pure partisan politics in motion--giving the troops his unfaltering loyalty as I explained in my post: Another Resounding Vote of Confidence in the Military...not!

To understand Edwards, one must understand parsing and realize that what is not actually said carries a lot more empirical weight than what is actually spoken. The man's vocabulary is entirely poll driven. Therefore, his favorite word is the useless term bipartisan. In radio interviews here in the Brazos Valley, Chet takes a play out of the Clinton Handbook when he blasts the Bush Immigration Bill, but when questioned about what he would support describes the Bill to a dotted i.

Sort of a Kerry "I voted for it before I voted against it," but with that Bill Clinton ability to explain how he was on both sides of an issue at the same time. Regardless, those caught unaware hear the answer they like the best and disregard the part that disqualified what he just said.

In short, if you look up Partisan Political Snake: you see
this guy's picture!

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Nancy Coppock, 6/03/2007 03:47:00 PM |