Congress has once again disappointed the American public with its spineless refusal to put weight behind its words. Today it voted to “oppose” the war in Libya while continuing to fund it. Um, guess what? That is the same as supporting it.
I am thoroughly disgusted by the state of foreign (and domestic) affairs in this country. The state of affairs is not a natural occurence, but a situation shaped by the actions and inactions of our government. We have a President committed to warmaking who won the Nobel Peace Prize not long ago. We have representatives in Congress who oppose war while financing it. As a social worker, I continue to watch in horror as the same Congress that funds directionless military interventions votes to cut the Food Stamp program by $17 billion while food prices are rising; to cut the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program by $504 million; and do nothing to truly help Americans who can’t get by. I call to voice my opposition, and some bureaucrat “notes” my comments to the Senator and thanks me for calling.