This series is dedicated to my belief we are getting the government we paid for. Such may be the case with candidate Yvette Herrell, who contested for the New Mexico District 2 in last week’s election. She lost to Democratic candidate Xochitl Torres Small in very tight balloting. The final vote was 50.7% for Small and 49.3% for Herrell. This was an upset victory for Small, turning a previously Republican district. A clue to the climate shift might lie in Herrell’s campaign. Some excerpts:
An unapologetic defender of the unborn, Yvette Herrell has made pro-life legislation a cornerstone of her career. Guided by her faith and belief that all children should have the opportunity to pursue their own American Dream,
Yvette spearheaded some of the most stringent pro-life legislation in the New Mexico House of Representatives. She’ll take that same mentality and values to Washington, D.C. where she’ll push to defund Planned Parenthood and strengthen protections for the defenseless.
There is likely nothing wrong with actually being “pro-life,” because human life is a main consideration for a civilized society. However, the right of a woman to control of her own body is entrenched in national law, resting on a principle that limits government overreach. Additionally, attacks on Planned Parenthood, the premier organization in this country looking out for the health of women and for safety in human reproduction, is completely unwarranted and is little more than a political catechism having nothing to contribute to the public’s wellbeing. Some places, such as New Mexico’s District 2 may finally be growing up.
As the only candidate who supported President Trump from Day 1 of his campaign, Yvette Herrell is committed to working with his administration to combat the flow of illegal immigration and secure our borders. New Mexico knows better than most the dangers associated with an unsecure border. The United States is a nation of immigrants but it is vitally important that we enforce immigration laws that are currently on the books. By turning a blind eye to illegal entry into the country, we are essentially telling those who have or are patiently waiting in line to become Americans that their efforts aren’t appreciated or necessary.
Herrell based her campaign on overlooking that Democratic candidates support sane immigration policies, and they do not turn “a blind eye to illegal entry.” Saying she supports Donald Trumps “Day 1” was likely not a good idea, keeping in mind what the candidate said on Day 1
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
I did not peal back the pages to see how that bit played out in the presidential election, but, viewing the president’s history in office I see this line is, with time, finding less favor. Apparently Herrell bit it off at the shank.
An additional excerpt may have found more favor in Herrell’s home state..
Our Founding Fathers purposefully made the right of the people to keep and bear arms the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Like them, Yvette Herrell believes that this right is God-given and unable to be abridged by man. As a proud NRA member, Yvette remains steadfastly committed to defending the 2nd Amendment against any and all who wish to lessen its importance.
Yes, there is a Second Amendment, and yes, it was put there to protect the American public from an overreaching government. The statement that “this right is God-given and unable to be abridged by man” comes completely out of left field. Apparently more than half the New Mexico citizens who voted last week are not looking for a candidate who presumes to interpret God’s will on behalf of the electorate. You know what? There is so much wrong with that phrasing that I’m going to leave it be. To paraphrase a long ago speaker, “It’s like a dead mackerel in the moonlight. It both shines, and it stinks.”
Herrell told voters she wanted to shrink the size and the scope of the government.
Citizens across New Mexico have many different experiences and stories when it comes to the federal government. However, there is one constant theme: the federal government overreaches. Yvette Herrell led the charge in the New Mexico House of Representatives when it came to reforming a bloated government and rolling back job-killing regulations . . . she’ll do the same thing in Washington, D.C. Yvette knows firsthand that no one knows the best way to run a business better than a business owner. This means that the less that government is involved in the process, the better for our economy and jobs. That is why Yvette believes that it is not the role of government to create jobs but rather create an attractive environment that encourages job creators to continue investing in.
This is out of the standard Republican (and Libertarian) play book. The size and scope of the government may always be a concern for voters. However, buried inside that Easter egg is a dark core of self interest. Individuals having little interest in the public welfare declare any number of restraints on nefarious activity as government overreach. Without citing references, here is my short list of we might want the government to demand:
- Don’t dump industrial waste into streams and rivers.
- Don’t market worthless medical devices and treatments.
- Don’t, as a public business under protection of police powers, discriminate against people with respect to any number of backgrounds, including race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion.
- Don’t make false and misleading claims in marketing products to the public.
- Don’t pollute the air.
- Don’t mishandle investors’ money, and don’t take dangerous risks with investors’ money.
- Don’t force employees paid by the hour to work off the clock.
- Don’t hire people not authorized to work in this country.
- Don’t employ people to work under unnecessarily dangerous conditions.
- Don’t operate a business that creates risk to people living nearby.
So, Herrell aligned herself closely with President Trump in her campaign and is out, and Small is in. New Mexico District 2, starting in January, will be represented by somebody who does not align herself with this president. New Mexico citizens will be getting the government they paid for.