Cantor: Power and Prestige for Himself, Not His District

Eric Cantor loses to Tea Party’s David Brat: The House majority leader defeat will frighten Republicans from taking any risks.

If you do get into trouble, even the traditional weaponry might not save you. Cantor outspent his opponent 20-to-1. Cantor had the power to deliver things to his district. Cantor was seen as next in line to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, which would have meant even more power and prestige for his district.

This is how a statist thinks:  A representative’s insider Washington connections mean power and prestige for the voters who elected him.  But of course they don’t.  They mean power and prestige for the politician himself, and nobody else.

One of the biggest raps on Cantor, aside from his obvious readiness to sell out the voters of his district on Scamnesty, was the fact that they didn’t think he actually gave a damn about them, their desires, or anything at all but himself.

They were right, of course.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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