Once upon a time there were two men with the same last name: Sessions. One was named Jeff, the other Pete, and they shared a number of things in common although they weren't related.
Both were politicians. Each came from a Southern state, Jeff from Alabama and Pete from Texas, and they were both Republicans. The two both claimed to be Conservatives although only one actually voted consistently in support of true conservative values. And this is where the similarities ended.
Jeff Sessions is a United States Senator. He previously been an outstanding lawyer, a federal prosecutor (Assistant U.S. Attorney) and an elected Attorney General of Alabama. He had an admirable record and was nominated to be a federal judge. Unfortunately, the Democrats chose to go on a "witch hunt" against him and he finally withdrew his nomination from consideration. But Jeff Sessions was a tireless worker and a highly honorable man, deciding that he could serve to undue the wrongs of hateful politics by holding elected office at the federal level. He ran for, and was elected Senator from Alabama, a position he continues to hold today.
Senator Sessions has been a solid supporter of the values he learned as the son of a small business owner in a rural setting. Standing by his word and maintaining honesty and integrity are two hallmarks of this fine man. He has been a tireless fighter for Americans, forcefully opposing illegal immigration and amnesty provisions being pushed today, fighting for a balanced budget and reduced federal spending while also wanting to protect the environment that America is so fortunate to have. He continues to be a main leader of the fight against Obama's push for executive amnesty, stating clearly how it is unconstitutional and must be stopped.
He wasn't always that way; he came to Washington with solid conservative intentions yet he quickly became enamored with the trappings of power and decided to devote his efforts to the advancement of himself. In this regard, he gained favor with the power brokers of the party and saw his light shine brightly until now he finds himself as Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. As a prime favorite of Speaker Boehner he talks the party line and has become a spokesman for Chamber of Commerce interests over his own constituents, most of whom are Main Street America, not Wall Street or K Street partisans.
The most recent example of his partisan favor of the leadership over the rank and file is the recent Omnibus budget with amnesty included which the House just passed. Pete Sessions developed the rules by which the legislation was considered and it allowed no amendments while also not meeting the Speaker's own earlier promise to give Congress three full days to review the sixteen hundred page plus bill. As a result, no one read it, no one really knew what was in it, yet it was approved under pressure and we all will now find out how much more "stuff" has been crammed into it for individual gain of powerful interests.
So there you have it. A short tale (actually not a tale at all but a true story) of two men who have been successful in politics. One has stayed true to his principles and has been open and honest in his actions and the other who started on the right track but became enamored and succumbed to the trappings of power. Sadly, it appears in our national political system we have less like Jeff and more like Pete and that is truly unfortunate for the country and for the constituents. The old adage "power corrupts" is clearly seen here.
So I guess the moral of the story is a simple one. When you go to vote next time in an election at any level, make sure you listen to every word that the candidates say and then check their records to see what they've done. If the verbage doesn't match the performance record, don't vote for them. If you do you can expect more of the same which is now a disaster for the country and you'll have no one to blame but yourself and those like you.
God save America. We need his inspiration and guidance more today than ever before.