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Inconsistent Republicans

In politics, it’s usually tough to be constant.

Holding true to a specific ideology could require a person to be for or in opposition to one thing that they personally object to or that they know will anger their constituents.

I’m pondering of most of the Republicans who maintain tremendous majorities within the West Virginia Legislature this session.

For instance, I’ve heard plenty of flooring speeches by Republicans about how this invoice or that one is about parental rights. Monday, the Republican majority within the Home handed HB 5105, which considerably expands faculty vaccine exemptions.

However then Wednesday, Home Republicans handed HB 5297, which prevents docs from offering gender-affirming medicines to minors who’re combating gender dysphoria. That invoice would get rid of a provision within the legislation that presently permits for the care if accepted by two docs and the kid’s dad and mom.

So, dad and mom ought to have the ability to resolve about their kids’s vaccines, however shouldn’t be in a position to resolve, in session with docs, about gender-affirming care.

Right here is one other instance.

Home Republicans have accepted HB 4299 that allows lecturers or employees members to arm themselves. One lawmaker informed me the invoice was the final word in permitting native management as a result of it leaves it as much as the person whether or not to undergo the coaching to hold a gun in school.

Nonetheless, Senate Republicans have handed SB 468 requiring that eighth graders watch the video “Meet Child Olivia,” by Reside Motion, a nonprofit group that has been energetic in nationwide anti-abortion campaigns.

So, lecturers can resolve for themselves whether or not to deliver a gun to highschool, however the state legislature goes to dictate to lecturers to point out a specific video at school about human improvement.

You could be for or in opposition to these and different payments, however if you’re in search of philosophical consistency, you received’t discover it.

Extra broadly, consider it this manner: Historically, Republicans have been for smaller authorities, but this physique is taking traditionally important steps to increase the ability and affect of presidency when it fits.

Their argument can be that the actions are empowering the state’s residents.

Nonetheless, the report exhibits that empowerment is selective. When this legislature’s Republicans need to, they’ll enthusiastically wield their tremendous majority energy over how people dwell or do their jobs.

For years, Republicans complained when the Democrats have been in cost that they might do no matter they needed. The minority voice was like spitting within the wind, and GOP complaints about one occasion rule have been official.

Now Republicans have full management, and their energy is unchecked, whereas their insurance policies are sometimes inconsistent.

Hoppy Kercheval is a MetroNews anchor and the longtime host of “Talkline.” Contact him at [email protected].