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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, May 16, 2008

Congressional crocodile tears

Ron Paul is catching some heat for this but, I'm on his side...

This week when a Congressional resolution came up for a vote merely offering "condolences and sympathy" to the people of Burma affected by the recent deadly cyclone, Ron Paul, the millionaire, was the only member of the entire House of Representatives to vote "No."

The vote was 410-1. So what? This stupid resolution was nothing but an exercise in rhetorical fluff....something our representatives have become embarrassingly good at. It doesn't commit a single can of baked beans to the peasants who're dying in Burma. It is infuriating to me that our representatives waste time on this sort of nonsense when they could be lowering my taxes.

As for Ron Paul, he's being absolutely consistent by voting against any resolution that involves the U.S. meddling in the affairs of other sovereign nations, whether actual meddling or rhetorical meddling. Whether you agree with him or not, he's far more consistent than any other representative and it's refreshing to see a politician not caring about public opinion, but standing by his convictions.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

I really enjoy the fact that we waste time voting on whether or not to offer sympathy, and the entire house votes yes to offering it, and yet we don't want to help the people in Iraq.