Every once in a while, an honest man needs to publicly admit that he was wrong. This is one of those times.
At a recent Benewah County Republican meeting, a friend of mine and fellow conservative was lamenting following my advice and supporting Caroline Troy (R-Genesee) for District 5 State Representative. I don’t blame him. I regret giving him that advice.
If you followed my advice and supported Caroline Troy, please accept my humblest apologies. I was wrong. Big time.
Rep. Troy is not who she represented herself to be.
A special session of the Idaho Legislature was convened on May 18th by Governor Butch Otter to comply with a federal mandate to pass legislation (S1067, now HB1) bringing Idaho in conformance with the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). Right on cue, liberals scream that it’s “for the children.” My BS-o-Meter gets pegged whenever I hear that phrase.
In reality, HB1 incorporates provisions of the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support of Family Maintenance into Idaho state law. The constitutional problems with this bill are legion and would easily fill more pages than I am allowed in this editorial. By threatening to withhold federal funds, the federal government is coercing the states into incorporating international law, UN Treaty Convention and an international identification/database-tracking methodology directly into Idaho statute. Add to this Troy’s support for numerous other odious bills including such absurdities as licensing sign language interpreters and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and fee increases and it appears we have a “Republican In Name Only” (RINO.)
Prior to the vote on HB1, in a phone conversation with Benewah County Republican Chairman, Dick Harwood, Troy attempted to justify her support for HB1 by stating that conservative champion, Rep. Vito Barbieri, was going to vote for it. Examining the vote tally reveals that Rep. Barbieri voted NO on the bill, as I expected he would. In any case, since when is name dropping a valid justification for one’s actions? This, coupled with her support of other horrible bills, leads me to believe that Rep. Troy either doesn’t know what she is doing, does not read the bills or, (believing that conservatives are stupid) is simply lying to us. Rep. Troy has already admitted that she didn’t read a 20-line parental rights bill before voting NO on it. I overlooked that failure as a freshman procedural blunder, but after numerous similar (or worse) votes, I am left to wonder whether Rep. Troy is just simply a Democrat pretending to be a Republican. We have enough of those already.
Rep. Troy had me fooled in 2014. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won’t get fooled again.
Ken De Vries
St. Maries, Idaho