You may have seen Dana Rohrabacher on “Real Time with Bill Maher;” and maybe you never heard of him. I’ll tell you all you need to know.
Rohrabacher was first elected in 1988, and has been reelected 13 times. The Republican Congressman represents Orange County; just south of Los Angeles. Most people think that California supports Democrats only. They would be very mistaken. Orange County grew as the phenomena of ‘white flight’ began. As African Americans moved into communities in or near Los Angeles, many white families left. If you live in Orange Country, you would have felt right at home if you came from Alabama, Georgia, or Texas.
Rohrabacher has easily won every election, but the head of Orange Count’s Democratic Party believes that in November of 2018 he could become a ‘former Congressman.’
If Trump is impeached because he was complicit with Russia during the election, or because he has laundered money for Russian Oligarchs through the sale of real estate, Rohrabacher will certainly be defeated. Why? He has been extremely supportive of Vladimir Putin, and was once accused of ‘being on the Russian president’s payroll.’
In a 2016 conversation with Republican House members, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump.” Washington Post
Everyone thought that McCarthy was making a joke, but after the laughter ended, he said ‘I’m serious.’ Paul Ryan told them to ‘keep it in the family.’
Protesters, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, assemble outside Rohrabacher’s office every Tuesday at 1 p.m. “He has been our congressman for a long time,” laments Diana Carey, vice chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County. “But because the district was predominantly Republican, my view is he’s been on cruise control.” Thanks to changing demographics in Orange County and newly fired-up liberal voters, Carey doesn’t think Rohrabacher’s seat is safe anymore.
Rohrabacher is a perfect example of why Congress must impose term limits on itself. This should be the central cause of every American voter. Our government is less efficient and works less when we have most of our Representatives and Senators serving multiple terms.
The press praises long-term members of Congress, and that is a mistake. Longevity breeds arrogance, and a sense of being self-righteous. They are less likely to listen to the will of the people; support their own party first; and adhere to the wishes of lobbyists. There is a sound reason why no president can serve more than ten years. That rule should apply to the House, with the Senate a maximum of 12 years, (two terms).
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by James Turnage
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