The San Joaquin Valley stretches from Bakersfield, California through Fresno. Agribusiness is the backbone of the economy and right wing conservative politics have become the norm int he past few decades. Unlike the fashionable coastal areas, ‘Tea Party’ is not an object of derision in this region, it’s a legitimate political stance. McClatchy just reported on strong opposition by conservative members of the House from the valley: (Image)
WASHINGTON — San Joaquin Valley congressional Republicans are resisting the Obama administration’s request for authorization to attack Syria, even as lawmakers refine the proposal.
[Representative]Valadao, likewise, said in an interview Wednesday that he was a “lean no,” based on his own questions as well as the apparently widespread skepticism of his constituents in Fresno, Kern, Tulare and Kings counties.
“I’ve had more personal comments to me on this issue than on any other issue, and they’re all saying no,” Valadao said. “They’re fed up with war.” San Joaquin Valley Republicans skeptical about Syria attack plan, September 4
That pattern is repeating throughout the country. Conservative constituents and their representatives start out with a skepticism and hostility toward the president. Add the Obama administration’s support of Syrian rebels aligned closely with Al Qaeda and the massacre of Christians, and you have the perfect legislative storm. Eighty-nine Republicans bucked the leadership to vote for the Amash-Conyers NSA amendment that would have stopped indiscriminate spying.
The intensity of the debate will determine how things work out in the House. The Senate may stumble forward and approve the war authorization but the House is still in play. The comment about “more personal comments to me” is reminiscent of the reports of Congress just before the House voted down the first bailout request in 2008.
The rejection of Prime Minister Cameron’s request for military action was the first instance when Parliament turned down a military action since 1782 when Parliament withdrew support for attacks on the United States.
A rejection of naked aggression by a might-makes-right superpower would provide an historic shift from barbarism to enforced restraint, authored by the demands of the people to their elected representatives.