Rouzer is hypocritical
How amazing that our U.S. congressman, David Rouzer, in a letter to the editor, would accuse the president of the United States of ignoring the will of the majority of the people of this nation.
It seems he is applying a standard to the president that he is unwilling to apply to himself. This is called hypocrisy. Maybe Congressman Rouzer thinks the electorate of the 7th Congressional District is more concerned about the “water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm” than your freedom to travel where you desire and trade with whom you prefer and find profitable.
In a recent letter, I pointed out Mr. Rouzer’s two votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on bills that would, if enacted, halt all U.S. travel to the Republic of Cuba and prevent the U.S. Department of Commerce from expanding the list of exportable products that U.S. businesses could sell to Cuba.
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Why do I mention this again? Congressman Rouzer has introduced a bill titled “Don’t Ignore the Will of the American People Act.” Maybe the old phrase “Physician heal thyself” should be applied to this conversation.
The latest surveys indicate that 70 percent of U.S. citizens feel they should be free to travel to the countries of their choice, including Cuba. This view is supported by 77 percent of all Democrats surveyed, 66 percent of all independents surveyed and, Congressman Rouzer, 62 percent of all Republicans surveyed.
The most recent survey that probed the twin issues of trade with and travel to Cuba approached the subject by posing the question, “… would increasing trade and travel between the U.S. and Cuba be more likely to have the effect of leading Cuba to a more open and democratic direction than to strengthen the current communist regime in Cuba?”
A clear majority of Democrats agreed (80 percent), independents agreed (69 percent) and once again, Congressman Rouzer, Republicans agreed (59 percent).
Congressman Rouzer is committing the same act that he is accusing President Obama of committing, ignoring the will of the American people. That is hypocrisy.
Just because Rouzer’s advisers calculate that the issue of trade and travel to Cuba is of no political importance to the citizens and agribusinesses of his district does not change the fact that he speaks with two faces.
The writer has been traveling to Cuba for the past 22 years and assisted in leading an N.C. Department of Agriculture delegation to Cuba in December of 2000.