Monday, September 30, 2013

Congressman Dent Leading - Glad to See It!

Could this be the act of leadership from Congressman Charles Dent that I have been looking for his entire career?  According to reports and his office our GOP Congressman is urging his colleagues to go along with the Senate and fund the government through a truly clean continuing resolution.

As you know the government is set for a partial shut down at midnight tonight unless a bill makes it through both chambers and is signed by the President.  The Democrats in the Senate will only pass and the President will only sign a free and clear straight forward spending bill.  The House is being held hostage by it's extreme right wing and the Speaker is so weak and powerless that he is unable to lead.

So, into the vacuum steps my Congressman Charlie Dent.  I have not always been kind to Mr. Dent but I do always acknowledge when he does the right thing.

Everyone always says what a great guy Mr. Dent is and how nice he is.  I don't really care if he is nicer than what Pope Francis appears to be what I want and expect from our Congressman is leadership.  Mr. Dent has always seemed to be happy being a back bencher and going along to get along.  My theory is why enter politics unless you are ready, willing and able to lead.  To this date the Congressman has shown little inclination in that direction.  I may not always agree with where Mr. Dent is headed but I just want him to show some guts and stand up for what he thinks is right.

Last week Mr. Dent issued a statement claiming he was from the governing wing of the Republican Party and was opposed to shutting down the government, even as he went along with legislation that would have in the end done just that.  But, I didn't comment about it because I was hoping he would be a man of his word.

I am pleased to see that Congressman Dent is just that; a man of his word and is working to ensure the federal government does not shut down.

Good on you; Congressman Dent


  1. Yes and no. Yes, this is the type of statement more Rs need to make. No, not really courage because he supported every bill that was sent to the Senate that got us here. If he actually sponsors a bill like what he's talking about, then he'll be a leader. Can't have it both ways. Besides, he's protected in a gerrymandered district.

    1. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment.......

      Dent's real problem is in this new district he is more vulnerable to a primary. It does seem to be a very safe district in November - it will be interesting to see if the Democrats find someone of substance and with a drive to win and then that will test if this is a really safe seat for Dent.

      The Congressman does seem to be trying to have it both ways - It will be interesting to watch it play out tonight and the local press reports tomorrow

  2. Tea Party FootsoldierSeptember 30, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Ted Cruz is the future of this great nation, we need to turn back the clock and reverse the "progressive" policies that have us morphing into a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. Charlie is all about towing the line and staying in office, Cruz shoots straight from the hip like an old Texas cowboy. Might have to move back to the lone star state and push for succession, we have gone too far to the left.

    1. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.......

      I of course disagree with you on everything but I support your right to express it. This country has a long history of men and women both on the left and the right that have a meteoric rise like Ted Cruz and they all to a person have crashed and burned. It will be interesting to watch how it all plays out.

      Texas can't survive as an independent nation. The state receives a great deal of federal aid and all that goes away if they leave and of course they won't leave and think so is not very realistic.