I have found in the federal government, for most of my forty-seven years, the most to dislike about this great nation of ours.
I've never been disappointed to be an American. Far, far from it. Embarrassed now and again, of course, by specific acts of specific people that reflected poorly on our community BUT I always remember that freedom means "free to screw up".
So what is the Congress of these United States up to these days? Well...:
"The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.
The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow."
Yes, we already knew that there exists a statesmanship vacuum in our hallowed halls. I don't think anybody realized until just now that there is a Special Olympics training camp where the U.S. Congress used to be.
Our legislative branch won't pull the trigger on a soon to be nuclear Iran, and can barely be bothered to acknowledge that the war they did support is almost won, in spite of their apathy, inattention, bad faith, or treason (match the names with the labels; there's plenty in each class). They will shatter the world food market in exchange for farmer/agrigiant money. They won't allow parents school choice, but they will fund charter schools cum madrassas run by Islamic fundamentalists. They won't develop domestic hydrocarbons, they won't permit refineries for the ones we do have, they won't permit nuclear technology, and they think the answer is to SUE nations who we BUY stuff from at world market value.
And with what are they going to threaten the people we BUY oil from? That we will screw with the refining and payment at our end of the pipeline.
There is a silver lining, if only a sickeningly faint glimmer: maybe these feckless bastards and bitches may finally realize that lawyers really aren't "all that" when the real world is the arena. You know, where nations bump ugly.
We are represented by fucking idiots.
And that makes us...?
(Update via American Digest) (Link Corrected)