An open letter to the leadership of the Congress

August 31, 2007 at 8:17 pm | Posted in Congress, Politics | Leave a comment

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid:

The mid-term elections gave the Democrats a majority in both houses of congress.  No Democratic-held seats in either house were won by Republicans, and several Republican-held seats fell to Democrats.  Analysts agree:  the electorate gave the congress a mandate for change.

Have we seen change?  We have not.  Other than mounting investigation after investigation, the congress has given the President virtually everything he wanted.  The House passed an ineffectual non-binding resolution opposing the president’s “surge,” but did nothing to actually prevent it.  The congress passed an emergency spending bill funding the war and requiring specified troop levels and withdrawal schedules, but of course the president vetoed it, so the congress gave him the money anyway.  The congress has not passed legislation that would actually protect our borders, restore our constitutional rights (like habeus corpus and freedom from warantless surveilance), or prevent the administration from engaging in human rights abuses like the torture of suspected terrorists and “enemy combatants.” It has done nothing to prevent the rape of the environment, stop the hemorrage of American jobs, or improve health care or education.

The investigations conducted by the congress have produced scandals, but few indictments.  The administration has been permitted to defy congressional subpoenas for information, and to refuse to testify in congressional hearings.

Why has the congress given the president almost everything he asked for, even though a majority of senators, representatives, and citizens would prefer otherwise?  The Democrats control every committee.  The Democrats control what legislation comes up for a vote, and when it comes up.  The Democrats decide what legislation will pass, and what legislation will fail; and whining that you don’t have a “veto-proof” majority just doesn’t wash.

Unfortunately you, the Democratic leadership, apparently don’t have the guts to do what the people elected you to do.  It seems that you’re so afraid of the administration spin-doctors that you don’t do much of anything.  Do you really have so little respect for the electorate?

Don’t be scared, Democrats:  the American people weren’t kidding when they gave you a mandate for change.  We’re not stupid enough to be swayed by administration spin-doctors.  We want to see our weary troops out of Iraq.  We want our constitutional rights back.  We want our borders secured.  We want better, more affordable healthcare.  We want fairness in taxation.  We want good education for our children and good jobs for everybody who wants one.  We want honest, capable government instead of cupidity and stupidity.

If the American people see you using your power to make positive changes we will sweep the Democrats into office in 2008.  If not….

Sincerely,

The Incomplete Curmudgeon

P.S.  If you’re neither Ms. Pelosi nor Senator Reid, I would appreciate it if you would write them (and also write your senators and representatives) to let them know how you feel.  You are welcome to quote from my letter, but please remember that your own words will make a stronger impression than simple repetition of others’ words.  Congress.org (see the link) makes it easy.

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Words to remember

August 31, 2007 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Bush Administration, Politics | Leave a comment

“A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I’ll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they’ll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.”

— Ronald Reagan in his recently published diaries, May 17, 1986.

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