When someone enters politics for the first time, their natural inclination is to make a splash. As a freshman on Capitol Hill, it’s natural for anyone to be excited. They have the energy. They want to make an impact. They’ve set out on a mission to fulfill the needs of those they represent and they want to do it quickly.
But there are certain things that more seasoned politicians should handle instead of the fresh faces in Washington DC. One of those things is foreign policy. It takes a seasoned lawmaker to understand the complex dynamics of our relationships with other nations. That’s not to say a freshman can’t have a perspective, but it’s best when that perspective aligns with DC in the beginning. As they get to know what’s happening in public and behind the scenes, they may choose to change their perspectives, but going in with a negative perspective about an ally or a positive perspective about an enemy is a huge mistake.
I complained that President Trump was too nice to Russia before he was President and I am complaining now that many freshman Democrats on Capitol Hill are going after our best ally in the Middle East, Israel. One of those chose to stand by our allies going into his freshman term is Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). He’s making a splash on the right without even trying while so many freshmen Democrats are trying to get all of the spotlight from their more experienced piers.
One quote from the campaign trail caught my eye. Crenshaw has continued this perspective into the first few months of his first term and shows no signs of changing this perspective any time soon.
As a long-time supporter of Israel, I will ensure that our alliance does not waver, and that America continues to support Israeli security, advocate for her on the international stage, and contain the threat from Iran and terrorism across the region.
With so many loud-mouthed freshmen Democratic representatives playing the “look at me” game with their Tweets, Crenshaw admirably represents their opposition, getting the spotlight because he deserves it.
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