1221 A Petard Hoisting in the Works
Uh oh! The Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. Or maybe they’re sitting on the free end of the limb they’re sawing off a tree. Been waiting more than 60 years to use that title legitimately.
This is about America attacking the Assad regime. It’s about America invading Syria.
First you have to understand the Republicans’ Prime Directive: Oppose everything President Obama wants and asks for.
Next, you have to understand that the republicans have been rattling their missiles for months. Get in there. Clean the place out. Give ‘em hell. Show them who’s boss.
Now comes the president and he’s on their side. But instead of just pulling the trigger, he says “okay, first I’m going to ask for your approval.”
Very smart. Or a happy accident. They approve, they share the blame for what goes wrong and -- you know this -- things will go wrong.
They turn them down, they’ve done a 180 in midair or a barrel roll in a Piper Cub. Even today’s Republican voters would be able to see that. Not good for reelection chances. And, of course, the whole job of a sitting representative is getting re-elected. Party doesn’t matter.
So what’s a poor beleaguered member of either house to do?
The answer is simple. Use the fallback for everything: hold committee hearings. And to use both belt and suspenders, hold subcommittee hearings. And sub-subcommittee hearings. Then vote on whether to take a vote.
Y’all can fiddle while Damascus burns. No American will remember that ten minutes from now. But if you actually DO something… THAT they’ll remember.
The research department has found a coded secret message in the congressional oath of office.
Here’s the text of that oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
Now if you translate that paragraph back into the original Aramaic, you’ll see that English words were added later.
This sentence: “...I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion…” originally read “I take this obligation freely without any purpose.” Clarifies that members of the house are promising to do nothing.
So Obama has won over his best buddies, Boehner, Cantor, Graham and McCain and is courting other hawks. (We always knew John and Barry were allies. After all, weren’t both of them unqualified for office because they were born, respectively in Panama and Kenya? Plus Old John looks out his window and sees Arizona sand which is a lot like Syrian sand. Homey, he must think.) And the prez keeps trying to sell this glue factory nag to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. In Syria, Half Ass-ad is laughing all the way to the stockpile, and setting off the bombs.
Yes, sarin is illegal. Yes it is immoral. Yes it’s being used in Syria like pixie dust in a Disney cartoon.
But is this America’s problem? Sure. Just like Vietnam, Iraq, the other Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Albania. Oh. Wait about Albania. Wrong Muslims. That’s not until 2017. Right after Chechnya.
From the AP: A followup to Monday’s blog post about the Montana judge who sentenced a teacher convicted of statutory rape to 30 days:
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