Trusting In Our Leadership
by James Glaser
Some days I'll be working and listening to National Public Radio, and I hear just out and out dumb things from our elected officials. Party affiliation has nothing to do with it. It could be Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton, or maybe Charles Grassley or Rick Santorum, heck it could be the President. Any one of them can make an out and out bone-headed statement - like they have no idea of what life is like in the real world. Then I stop and think about it, and you know what, they don't have any clue of what is going on for you and me. They are Washington politicians. They are treated like they are the most important people in the country and people hang on every word they say. They have power, and they love power. Politicians are different than most Americans. It never used to be that way. People served their country for a while, and then went back to their real job. Today politics is a career, and the people in that career are in it for the long run, and they all leave with a nice nest egg. If I remember right, Hillary invested ten grand at the beginning of one year and ended up with a hundred grand by the end of that year. That was sweet, but I doubt if she is the only one getting that kind of return. But, since most politicians enter with all the money they need, what they are really after is powerand that power can be very addicting.
I don't feel that way any more, and I'll tell you why. Either the politicians we have now are just plain stupid, or they are liars.
The Democrats and Republicans who now say they were duped into voting for a war in Iraq because of bad intelligence should resign. The intelligence failure was their intelligence. Millions of people in this country and many millions in other countries could figure out that the Bush administration was scamming us into the war. Those who voted for war wanted a war.
When the first George Bush decided to attack Iraq, the vote in the Senate was 52-47, and in the House it was 250-183. This time for George W. it was 77-23 in the Senate, and 296-133 in the House. Our politicians are not getting smarter.
I looked at that vote, and had to shake my head in wonder. All I could figure out was that some how, some way, the people who voted for this bill to go to war were getting something out of it.
I'm not saying that they got a cash pay-off, but I wouldn't rule that out either. They all got something though, maybe more power, maybe a better committee assignment, or it could have been a promise of reelection funds and campaign help. For sure not one of them was thinking about the troops who they were sending to their deaths, or the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis they were going to kill. But if any of those politicians had stopped to really think about their vote and the death and destruction it would surely bring, they wouldn't have voted that way. What is really sad about this is that almost every yes vote claims to be a Christian who counts the Prince of Peace as their Savior. I wonder how many children every one of those votes killed or maimed.
The Senate and House are bad enough, but what about the President? Here is a quotation from George W. from a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction."
George Bush has been our President for five years. We have been in a war for over four of those years. We have attacked two countries that never attacked us, or could attack us. Under George Bush we have started to develop new nuclear weapons again, and we spend more on the ability to kill than the rest of the world combined.
George Bush also claims to follow the Prince of Peace. In fact, George Bush claims that God is talking to him.
It is hard in 2006 to trust our leadership!
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