Last week the Reflector reported the views on border security of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who represents northern Erie County and U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Urbana), who represents southern Erie County and northern Huron County, including Norwalk.
Kaptur backs the House plan to cleanly fund government, with talks to be held on what to do about border security. The Democratic-controlled House, with several Republicans going along, passed bills to do just that and get our government fully running again. But, since Jan. 3, those bills have just been sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's in-box.
However, Jordan backs President Donald Trump's drastic measure of using veto power to shut down much of government until he gets several billions for a solid, 2000-mile-long wall along our Mexican border. Trump's wall is his absurd solution for his absurd fantasy of violent invaders streaming over that border. However absurd, Jordan has tried to justify it as "simply doing what we said."
But Jordan has done more than just back a drastic measure for an absurd policy. In fact, he had taken a major role in bringing it about. Before Christmas, when a clean government funding bill was set to pass, Jordan helped lead the charge to scuttle it.
So, here we are, left to watch the costly and disgraceful shutdown of much of our government drag on. We watch as this shutdown, in the name of "national security," now leaves us with many vulnerabilities, such as missing TSA agents at our airports and the skipping of food inspections.
Long ago, President George Washington told us our national government "is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquillity at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very Liberty, which you so highly prize." And today it seems that pillar needs defense against the wrecking crew of Trump, McConnell and Jordan.