You can’t make this stuff up!
UK lawmakers returned to work this morning; interrupting their vacation to vote on whether their country should join coalition forces in bombing ISIS targets in Iraq (the Brits will debate going into Syria at another time). I watched in fascination as the members of Parliament engaged in a spirited debate with their Prime Minister over this very important topic. No matter the outcome, the Brits will walk away united; the best interests of their constituents well served.
Contrast if you will this outstanding display of governance with incompetence displayed by our own elected officials.
There has been some speculation that congress might cut short its vacation to take up an vote authorizing the president to conduct air strikes against ISIS forces in Syria. Speaker Boehner put an end to that speculation and went one…no, two steps further:
“I have made it clear that the House and Congress itself should speak…Doing this with a whole group of members who are on their way out the door, I don’t think that is the right way to handle this…I would suggest to you that early next year, assuming that
we continue in this effort, there may be that discussion.”
Allow me to summarize! No vote before the elections. No vote after the elections. Maybe a vote after the new congress is sworn in next year. Maybe!!!
It gets worse!
While the Speaker and his cowardly caucus refuse to do their jobs, the Republican National Committee is working hard to get them re-elected. The RNC is running an interesting ad in all the contested districts. In the background we see scary looking ISIS fighters brandishing their weapons and blowing stuff up. In the foreground frightened Americans voice their concerns that ISIS is coming to our shores. The ad ends by telling the viewer that the only way to protect America and defeat the ISIS threat is to send Republicans to congress.