Even though I’m a Republican who voted against Rep. Jared Golden in November 2018, I took note of his recent advocacy of “Mainer-type common sense” to end the government shutdown.
Golden is getting fed up with his party leadership. He’s frustrated by their refusal to entertain any kind of compromise on border security, and worries that they’re taking the wrong lesson from the midterm elections, which he sees as a mandate for bipartisanship.
Unlike some of his colleagues, who preached bipartisanship on the campaign trail but have coalesced behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan obstructionism since taking office, Golden is staying true to his principles by encouraging Democrat leaders to negotiate with President Donald Trump on border security.
Recent polling confirms that Golden’s instincts are correct — a compromise solution that ensures true border security is exactly what his constituents want.
Voters in 10 congressional districts that elected a Democrat in 2018 after supporting Trump two years earlier, including Golden’s own, say they support building a wall or barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border by an incredible 10-point margin, 53 percent to 43 percent.
Similarly, 50 percent of respondents said Democrats should have accepted the president’s compromise offer to grant temporary protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients in exchange for border wall funding, while only 43 percent disagreed.
Those results should come as no surprise to anyone, because just like Golden said, “Mainer-type common sense” is exactly what’s needed here.
The humanitarian and national security crisis caused by illegal immigration is undeniable, and partisan bickering is obviously not the solution.
Golden took an important first step by calling out the obstructionist strategy of his own party’s leaders, and he should continue to buck his party’s leadership and stay in line with the views of his constituents on the many other issues that the Democrats are using to obstruct Trump’s agenda and the will of the American people.
Actions speak louder than words, though, and Golden still needs to back up his rhetoric by voting for a compromise that includes funding for a border wall.
Arthur Langley is a small-business owner from Harrington.