Washington may have received a temporary respite from its partisan bickering when Representative Gabrielle Giffords appeared on the House floor to cast her vote in an effort to avert a government default, however, politics in America is forever broke(n). The crisis, which has held our nation hostage, not only left a bad taste in the mouths of most everyday Americans but it has tarnished what little credibility lawmakers had left. And for the first time in my life I can honestly say that being Proud To Be An American feels empty and meaningless.
Someone once remarked that "In spite of all the things wrong with America she was still worth fighting for before the whole damn thing went down the drain." Of course that remark was made during another very contentious period in our history - the Viet Nam War Era. A nation was being ripped apart as body counts were conspicuously displayed in the corner of our TV screens while watching the Nightly News.
Lawmakers of the 60's weren't much different than the lawmakers of today. They have always been an elite group of privilege who had the power to send our sons and daughters off to some hell hole in Southeast Asia while theirs were quickly were given exemptions from serving. Then, as now, it was the regular people who were left to bear the true costs of this nation - whether it was measured in human lives or as overburdened taxpayers funding a war that lawmakers and others were profiting from.
And so it goes, the nation again was held hostage on the whims of an elite group on the Hill while everyday people will pay the true costs. Spiraling debt was supposedly the issue on the Hill but never once did we hear a loud clarion call by lawmakers for a reduction in yet another runaway military budget while war rages on three fronts. Instead we get a last minute compromise that will force Americans to give up much more of their safety nets and deny those home-bound veterans with the after war care they not only deserve, but have earned! This is the thanks that military families and veterans will get for supporting another elite group of War Pigs.
And let's not forget something very important here. The very reason Gabrielle Giffords was able to make her triumphant return to a dysfunctional Washington was because she had the exemplary health care that only the privileged can receive off the backs of everyday taxpayers. Those same taxpayers who will soon see theirs slashed.
And what about the deficit? Fuhgeddaboudit!