Does Congress *Ever* Listen To The Wishes Of The People?Submitted by McWilly on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 14:33
A military strike on Syria is looking like a foregone conclusion, despite massive public disapproval that has reached almost 60% of the populace (with 70% opposed to arming the rebels). Americans are sick of wars, especially those that are taking place in countries far away, without formal declarations of war, and with dubious benefit to the US. The White House couldn’t even define what the goal of a strike on Syria would be when pressed a few days ago. Yet, the most recent reports have cited that members of Congress have been slowly leaning into supporting military action and that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has already reached an agreement on a resolution to authorize military action in Syria.
The UK Parliament has shot down support for military action in Syria. For those keeping score, the UK is our closest ally (in multiple ways) and typically backs everything we do. For them to break ranks is a bold statement against the US’s proposed action. The only major country to back the US is France, and everyone hates France.
Perhaps the American population, in addition to simply being sick of war, is taking note of just how much opposition we are facing from the international community and that is reflected in the latest polls. Would we, as a country, support an attack by a rogue nation without the support of the UN Security Council? (Never mind that I don’t support the US being a part of the UN, just for the sake of this argument.) Of course we wouldn’t. Lawmakers would be raising hell about it, yet they have no self-awareness as to the hypocritical nature of the actions of our country and they most definitely don’t give a rat’s ass about public opinion. I can’t recall a time in recent memory that the public was so massively opposed to something, and yet the President and Congress were still so likely to push it through. Obamacare would probably be closest.
There is an unbelievable arrogance in the Congress and in the House, with representatives thinking that they know what is best for the American people (and people of other nations), and forcing their misconceived plots through despite overwhelming opposition from those they are there to represent. Continue Reading