I keep wanting to give my brand new member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, the benefit of the doubt.
The Plano Republican, though, keeps testing my magnanimous attitude.
He recently released a poll that he said suggests that 65 percent of Democrats think positively of “socialism.” He then goes on to say that Texas Democrats who seek to turn Texas into a battleground state in 2020 need to be stopped. He says Democrats want to create a socialist state, they want to junk the economic system that has given the nation its status as the world’s top economic power.
I think the young congressman is letting his GOP zeal get in the way of his better judgment.
I had heard earlier this year how he had forged good relationships with Democrats with whom he serves in Congress. I appreciate his bipartisan approach to legislating; I do not appreciate his efforts to demonize Democrats who — in my view — love this country just as much as he does.
Then again, that’s just me. He offends my own bias.
It might be too much to hope Rep. Taylor will tone it all down once he gets to know his congressional colleagues a little better.
Then again, my hope springs eternal.