Robert Knight

It’s not just government. With every big corporate merger, I get a little nervous. A large corporation “too big to fail” is a fat target for a government takeover, with taxpayers footing the bailout. Corporations with near-monopoly power, like Facebook, Google and Google-owned YouTube are censoring information they deem politically incorrect. So are other companies.

Oh, I know. Technically, only governments can “censor” speech, but what do you call the sacking of Mozilla Firefox CEO Brendan Eich for merely donating six years ago to a marriage campaign favored by a majority of Californians? I’d call it corporate censorship.

Okay, I’m getting to Mr. Cantor. The average working American in his district looks around and sees big, big problems: an astronomical rise in food stamps and other welfare; the federal debt approaching $18 trillion; persistent high unemployment; out-of-control judges; the Internal Revenue Service going rogue on the tea parties; Obamacare wreaking havoc, and a national media that hectors them constantly for clinging to their guns and religion. In Virginia, they see a lawless governor and attorney general violate their oaths of office by refusing to defend the state marriage law – without any apparent penalty.

They see a lawless, arrogant president who treats the Constitution like an old book of suggestions, not law. They look at our foreign policy and see retreat, defeat and confusion. At our unguarded southern border, they see literally tens of thousands of children pouring over, lured by both major parties’ talk of immigration amnesty. They know this is the tip of an iceberg crashing into our already fragmented culture.

The average American is getting the idea that the ruling elites not only hold them in contempt but are trying to replace them with millions of foreigners who will be cheap labor for big business and a voting bloc for a party that hates the values of average Americans and wants to confiscate even more of their hard earned money.

Mr. Cantor not only flirted with amnesty but also refused to oppose a bill that would empower Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to interfere in state elections nationwide and explicitly deny “nonminorities” protection under the federal Voting Rights Act. Will somebody do something?

Who will get up and voice what many Americans are thinking – that liberty is slipping away while “conservative” politicians make nice?

Virginia’s 7th District Republican voters want Eric Cantor and his party to throw a wrench into the monster tank’s treads, not fashion a less bumpy, “bipartisan” road.

Mr. Cantor came to Washington in 2001 as a conservative and isn’t really a bad guy. But he morphed into an establishment Republican, which makes him part of the big, big problem.

Thanks to Dr. Brat’s courage and clarity, Mr. Cantor’s constituents let him know this in a big, big way.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.