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Congress Plays Dead

The Worst in History

by MISSY COMLEY BEATTIE

According to Democratic Party leaders, the new Iraq funding bill, which is concession-as-usual to the worst president in the history of our country, is a "temporary setback." Ninety U.S. troops have died in the last 25 days. Almost 1,500 Iraqi civilians have been killed in May.

"We regret to inform you that your child, your soldier child, has been killed because of a temporary setback."

The worst president in the history of this democracy had vowed to veto legislation with restrictions on troop deployments, but he didn’t have to. Because most of the people we’ve elected to represent us simply aren’t. And those who aren’t are covered with the blood of our military dead and wounded as well as the blood of so many Iraqis.

The worst president in the history of this land of opportunity continues to talk "sacrifice" and, after having his way with Congress, made this statement: "We’re going to expect heavy fighting." In other words, the death count will climb higher and higher and more of our young men and women will be blown to bits thousands of miles from home in a country whose people are also being blown to bits. Iraqis who have not yet been blown to bits perceive us as occupiers and believe that it is okay to blow our troops to bits.

So, the worst president in the history of this former land of opportunity, a man who should be impeached for crimes against humanity, was able, again, to manipulate the worst Congress in the history of our country. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just said that Bush’s Iraq plan is unraveling but Congress has proved that it, too, is in tatters. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell pontificated that Bush will show the way. Tragically, the president’s way is a path into the shadow of death.

The worst president in our history is a demonic war president. The worst Congress in our history is a war Congress.

After the deadline-free bill was passed, Russ Feingold said: "We are moving backwards." He is wrong. We are wildly falling into an abyss of destruction because we have an egomaniacal head of state who is the worst president, a fascist who has betrayed all but his corporate cronies, and who is supported by the worst Congress.

The United States of America has a life threatening illness. Removing the worst president in the history of what has become George’s personal kingdom, along with Vice Cheney, and every Congressman and woman who value oil and the profits of war over human life, must be the demand of each citizen. This is the requirement for redemption, if it’s not too late. Because with each temporary setback, we have more numerous, permanent, fall-to-the-floor agony via the ringing of the doorbell by military messengers whose words change lives forever. And we incur the world’s wrath for our imperialism, disregard for life, and hypocrisy.

The worst president delivers another parcel of catastrophic policy, declarations, and religious dogma while he bubble wraps himself in denial. By declaring that history will judge him, Bush remains unaccountable and shows no responsibility to the voters who graded him a failure last November. But, then, the people don’t matter anymore. George fires his rifle into the air and Congress plays dead.

Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She’s written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she’s a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last year, but since the death of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in Iraq on August 6,’05, she has been writing political articles. She can be reached at: Missybeat@aol.com