Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Pledge To Do Nothing

I don't know about you, but I'll certainly sleep a lot easier tonight. Why you ask? Because Nancy Johnson and her friends in Congress passed legislation Wednesday to protect the Pledge of Allegiance from those horrible "activist judges." The House bill bans federal courts from hearing cases pertaining to the constitutionality of the Pledge and particularly its "under God" phrase. So you can all breathe a sigh of relief now. No longer will we have to live in fear of our court system destroying the Pledge of Allegiance and along with it the very existence of the United States of America.

Please excuse my sarcasm.

The fact that Congress is debating such a meaningless and inconsequential measure at a time when both the nation and world face serious troubles is appalling. In the midst of a Middle East crisis that sees more violence everyday, a war in Iraq that has no end in sight, soaring gas prices, and a record deficit, Congress chose to debate the Pledge of Allegiance. Rather than working to solve the problems that Americans are facing each day, Nancy Johnson and Congressional Republicans looked instead to score political points with the right-wing of their party by exploiting a social wedge issue.

Enough is enough! This is the epitome of a "Do Nothing Congress." America and the world are facing real problems that require real leaders. Men and women are dying everyday in Iraq and the Middle East. Families are unable to afford adequate healthcare. And yet we cannot even get our elected officials to have a serious debate in Washington. Each day that passes, is another in which Nancy Johnson shows how out of touch she is with the concerns of Connecticut men and women. Johnson once again chose to pander to the right-wing of her party, instead of working to improve the lives of those she represents. Instead of listening to the concerns of her constituents and working hard to address those issues, Nancy Johnson has taken a pledge to do nothing.


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