SIMMONS: D.C.’s social conservatives deserve a voice

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Mrs. Smith said she is outraged that the D.C. GOP is not on her side, and, well, she should be.

The lack of vocal opposition to policies and programs that are sustaining vicious cycles of poverty, government largesse and lawlessness speaks volumes, and more so since conservatives and Republicans lost control of the House and Senate.

D.C. Democrats have overwhelmingly outnumbered Republicans since President Nixon signed off on the city’s home-rule law in 1973. But whatever happened to moral consciousness?

Doling out dollars for social services can in no political form replace the urgent need for a moral compass.

Sure, we can fall into the trap that faith and religion have no place in politics. But that’s the wimp’s way out of any moral argument.

The city’s congressional seat has become nothing more than a hierarchical accomplice to the anti-social conservatism that is holding D.C. residents hostage.

D.C. conservatives and Republicans deserve a voice in Congress. Unfortunately, that voice is resonated by lawmakers and policymakers who don’t even live in the nation’s capital. To be sure, members of Congress reside here part time because they work in the U.S. Capitol. But they do live here.

That’s why D.C. folks get so riled when federal legislation regarding abortion, gun rights, marriage, medical marijuana, needle-exchange programs and the like are on voters’ radar screens.

RINOs and liberals want Congress to hear, see or speak no evils against the District.

Mrs. Smith says we should face Washington’s wicked ways eyeball to eyeball. After all, politicians who don’t stand for something will fall for anything.

Vote on Nov. 2.

Deborah Simmons can be reached at

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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