Janet M. LaRue

Congressional cowards ply our troops with insulting platitudes, while undermining their congressionally-mandated mission.

If the Civil War Congress had been the moral equivalent of today’s Congress, I would expect to find a circa 1862 “War Resolution” debate in the Congressional Record titled, “Frankly My Dear Union Troops, We Don’t Give a Damn.” It assumes there were members of Congress honest enough to say what they meant.

Personally, I think Congress is a massive failure, but make no mistake, I support all those heroic members who are wasting their lives pursuing failed policies. The public educational system obviously failed them. Thus, they’re stuck in Congress because they’re too dumb to get a real job.

Where’s their exit strategy? What’s the time-line for their withdrawal? How many years must we fund failure? I say two-terms or we defund them. But remember — I support them.

Truth-be-told, I’d like to defund them now. But again, make no mistake, I support the congressional bait-and-switchers, or I did before I didn’t.

But if I knew then what I know now about what they knew then but don’t know now, I’d qualify as one of Chuck Schumer’s “mainstream” jurists or to form a presidential exploratory committee.

I have a resolution for members of Congress.

If you voted to go to war in Iraq, you have a moral and constitutional obligation to give the troops what they need to win, unless, of course, you think defeat is an option and our Republic and our Constitution will survive Jihadist rule. If that isn’t enough to jump-start your conscience and consciousness, seek employment with the psychotic hotline.

If you voted against going to war in Iraq, either vote to defund it, or stop wasting time and money debating your spineless, non-binding war resolutions that give aid and comfort to our enemies.

Either way, stop blowing smoke in the Capitol telling us that you support the troops. Getting elected didn’t give you a mandate to insult their intelligence or ours.

If we could get them sufficiently medicated, try to imagine the anti-war — pro-troop congressional psychotics giving President Bush the right to issue a modern equivalent of the following executive order:

[T]he President, by virtue of the act of Congress, takes military possession of all telegraph lines in the United States. … Third. All newspapers publishing military news, however obtained and by whatever medium received, not authorized by the official authority mentioned in the preceding paragraph will be excluded thereafter from receiving information by telegraph or from transmitting their papers by railroad.


Janet M. LaRue

Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the American Civil Rights Union; former Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. Be the first to read Janet LaRue's column. Sign up today and receive Townhall.com delivered each morning to your inbox.