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The freshman congressman from Utah, Jason Chaffetz, in a surprise, voted against funding for the war in Afghanistan!  This is exciting news. 

Chaffetz stated he considered it intently, even calling three family members of servicemembers who died in Afghanistan.  He was surprised to find all three said yes, end the war. 

So Chaffetz joined a tiny bloc in Congress: Republicans opposed to the Afghan war. Chaffetz, 43, voted for a measure that would bar the administration from funding anything other than withdrawals and another that would require Obama to present a plan by April for the “safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops.” Only nine House Republicans backed either measure.

The dean of the antiwar Republicans is of course, Cong. Ron Paul.  But others are speaking out:

But an eclectic mix of Republicans joined the Democrats. Some of them, such as Reps. Ron Paul(Tex.) and Walter B. Jones (N.C.), have long criticized the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Others, such as Chaffetz, are newer to the position.

This is beginning of a change in policy but the article stresses that it is a minority view.  I believe that as conservatives realize that this is not an anti-bin Laden campaign but propping up a hostile potential hostile to Christians and not in any way meaningfully democratic, this will rise.  Rep. Chaffetz is sure he’s right and that it’s a conservative position:

Most of the Republicans concerned about the war are longtime lawmakers such as Paul, who can easily hold their House seats and are unlikely to seek higher offices. (Paul could wage another presidential campaign but would be a considerable underdog.)

But Chaffetz said he thinks his stand on Afghanistan could help his political future.

“Nobody wants to be seen as cut and run, but I think this is a good conservative position,” he said. “I think it is what the majority of my district and what the state of Utah wants to see happen.”

If you live in Utah, or just feel led to do so, send an email to Cong. Chaffetz to encourage him.  Here’s his web site.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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