In an interview on Richmond’s Lee Brothers show, Dave Brat said, ““I like bringing everybody together. I went to seminary, and I’m going to run positive, on the issues.”
I’m not sure what kind of economic professor Brat was but I can tell you even his worst student would question the thesis in his June 3 article in this newspaper. Brat, Trump and the Republicans have already moved the old Jim Crow stereotypes from African-Americans onto Hispanics: lazy, criminals, gangsters, rapists. In his column it’s this new group that needs to be feared. Seriously? These families being cruelly separated at the border are desperately seeking asylum from almost certain death in places like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. “Huddled masses yearning to be free,” anyone? Brat continues to defend the many lies that Trump and his administration have told the American people about this terrible situation. Where is his humanity?
His column is disrespectful both of democracy and his job as a representative of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” He has not held a real town hall in more than 410 days. “The women are in my grill no matter where I go.” He substitutes meaningless friendly photo ops for meaningful dialogue with his constituents. As a member of the Freedom Caucus, Brat suggests that ideological purity is more important that solving peoples’ problems. That is why Senator John McCain characterized Brat and his ilk as the “no-to-everything” caucus.
Brat’s column insists that when Blue voters “get to the low-tax, high growth areas, they vote in favor of policies that undermine the economic environment they were attracted to in the first place.” Brat’s analysis—that population shifts represent people trying to avoid paying taxes—is neither economically nor sociologically sound. It is, however, useful for and designed to divide American citizens against each other. Just like Trump does.
Brat gets personal and uses Henrico County as a place, once deeply red, where new people are bringing their blue state values with them See Carolyn Walker’s excellent rebuttal to this idiotic theory, in her Letter to the Editor of June 11th—“Brat has it wrong about “red” and “blue”.
While Americans may prefer lower taxes, they also want the government, at every level, to be involved in ensuring things like affordable healthcare, quality education, safe roads, bridges and airways, and a fair business environment. Republicans, however, will drop many of these things by the wayside in their quest to constantly reduce taxes so they can appeal to their woefully ignorant base in order to get reelected. Now, they’re putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Look at Kansas to see Republicanism in action. Its Republican government drastically reduced taxes, its infrastructure crumbled, its deficit skyrocketed, and its economy tanked. It can only afford four days of school per week.
We must all energize ourselves and our friends to get out the vote in November to send Brat into retirement, so he can re-immerse himself in his Judeo-Christian economic nonsense (did I mention he went to seminary?).
After so many years of being ignored by Cantor who was pursuing loftier ambitions, and the spectacle of Brat’s do-nothing buffoonery over the past four, we must finally elect someone to the House of Representatives, who will actually work to represent us, and help us solve the nation’s problems. That person is Abigail Spanberger.
Editors Note: This letter originally appeared in the Sunday June 24th edition of the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here, with the author's permission.