THE INTRAMURAL CHARADE
Recent events in the U.S. Congress have been covered in the corporate media as though the Bush/Neocon cabal’s veto of the supplemental spending bill to fund the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq left the Democrats no choice but to pass a funding bill in order to continue to “support the troops”.
The supplemental funding bill funds the continued occupation and slaughter of innocents in Iraq. The bill vetoed and subsequently passed does not fund the troops. The funds for the troops are contained in the normal Pentagon funds regularly passed by the Congress. In short not one single United States soldier would lose pay, or clothing, or medical care, or such other supplements that are normal to their service in the military if the Democrat controlled Congress did not pass a supplemental funding bill.
Refusing to pass a supplemental funding bill would stop the occupation and slaughter of innocents in Iraq according to the responsibilities given to the Congress by the United States Constitution provision that gives it the authority:
“To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years."(Section 8, Clause 12).
In spite of the fact that there are those amongst us that assert, in their own interests as lawyers, that we are a nation of laws, I continue to hold with the facts of our history of struggle that we are a nation of the people, by the people and for the people.
In short, if the Democrat controlled Congress, elected to end the occupation of Iraq by the people, refused to pass any supplemental funding bill, such inaction would serve to end the occupation of Iraq while continuing to support the troops.
The Dean/Pelosi Democrats are every bit as culpable in the ongoing slaughter of innocents in occupied Iraq, in occupied Afghanistan and in occupied Palestine as the Bush/Neocon Republicans. So long as the people of the United States continue to give homage to this intramural charade promoted by the corporate media, that is just as long as we will be without universal health care, without the total funding of education to the doctoral level, without a living wage standard in law---matters which are the normal conditions for people in many of the industrialized nations and a good portion of the rural nations.
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.” Frederick Douglass