Democrat Tom Lantos died of cancer complications at the age of 80. Lantos was the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a Holocaust survivor, and a long-time defender of Israel.
Lantos was a long-time supporter of an active U.S. foreign policy, championing the cause of liberty abroad. He rallied Democrat support for the Iraqi liberation, although he began to call for rapid troop withdrawals when he realized which way his party’s wind was blowing.
But to say that his record in public service was a mixed bag is far too generous. Tom Lantos was a far left liberal with an astounding 91% ACLU rating and a 7.8 lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union (ACU). The damage done to this country by liberals like Tom Lantos will take a century to undo if we ever can be successful.
As a political biography, Lantos was first elected to Congress during the Reagan revolution of 1980. His seat was always safe in the liberal San Francisco bay area, so he became another one of those unaccountable politicians. He became chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in 2007. He was also the ranking #2 man on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, proving that Democrats have a wonderful sense of irony.
Lantos died in Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Maryland. His wife’s statement said that his life was “defined by courage, optimism, and unwavering dedication to his principles and to his family.”
Plans for his funeral service have not been announced.
RIP Tom Lantos.