Word Is: Sarcastic
January 1, 1970Column by Steve Shapiro
At congressman Sam Farr’s birthday party, in answer to the question about his House Resolution on ending the war in Iraq, he said “Why open the debate? The President will just veto it.” Ever hear the value of a debate is the debate?
In Congress, the legislature has reaches a claim over the desire to end the Iraq War and pull out the troops, but they don’t bring up the fact that the Constitution of the U.S. is covered by the shroud of the War Powers Act. With a strong Congressman in our 17th District, Sam Farr, whose leading point is the workings of government, the leader in civics, and most important OUR Congressman, the word that springs from his comment is of sarcasm. His authorship of HR 413 that calls for a repeal of Public Law 207- 243 to Authorize Military Force Against Iraq: Resolution 2002 in all leadership and both parties there’s a calm, perhaps before the storm. Now, everyone wants to do anything against the ‘brute Republicans,’ as our own [Carmel] White House connection as Pierre Salinger’s mother Jehanne Salinger-Carlson used to say. That’s former Carmel resident, Herb and Pierre Salinger’s mother, brother Herb buying cigars at Dick Harden’s Carmel Pipe Shop. Maybe that’s how we find equanimity, remembering the War of 1812. The enforced calm of Freedom of the Seas facing what we know to be a better way.
Only the true American pattern is to ramble and still make sense of the politcs.
Then we look at what is tenacity and Sam Farr’s record shows his stick-to-it-of-ness when he’s reminded that a two thirds of the Senate can overturn a Presidential veto, and he immediately mentions our California Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s two main staffers who have the Senate poll in their Rolodex. Sarcasm.
Still appreciating the local politicians actually fulfilling their promises. Think that will go to the whole national legislature? Sarcasm as an infectious consideration for what’s best for all. A national attribute? A tone in the debates? Maybe from Biden. Maybe.
“It will take about a year,” said Senator Biden. So, from the Senate Foreign Relations committee comes a sarcastic estimate. And, while that’s part two of our Congressman Farr’s HR 413, to pull out the troops; and he’s on the Congress Finance Committee, who’re the ONLY ones authorized to approve spending, sounds like a strong movement toward two thirds. Who are those Pelosi aids?
Word is, our government belongs to the people with computers and telephones . . . Is that a word to the active? Kucinich keeps saying, “The only way to end the war is stop the funding.” First we have to remove the shroud of the War Powers Act over our Constitution.
The idea that all remains the same for a year while we pull out, and the third part of the bill is to have the President . . . Rest overridden. There is no call for equal support by equal resistance. Trust removed and remind the President that change is good, and after the storms, there should be some change. Someone has to take heed. Follow the leadership.
I mean, un-shroud the Constitution of the United States and follow the rules. We are under obligation of the United Nations Security Council resolution that mandates military assistance until the Iraqi government decides they’re under control. Who’s the decider? If they think they can take a vacation, they must be under control.
There’s a anonymous compact in effect, under that same UN Security Council mandate  to work out the financial obligation for Iraq to support itself and pay the military occupation it called for. They do have resources and those resources belong to All the people of Iraq, now.
How does it figure, economics is not finance, and the public economy an ever growing one based on oil, with an ever more broadening base . . . hmmm. There’s people from outside Iraq killing Iraqis, who own the oil to make more money. The more money they make, the more the institution has to give them money without working for anyone just for them to spend without killing for it. When they stop making trouble they get money, they still have money to spend, for there are still goods and services to be paid for amongst the living. Where does it not end violence? The buck stops it where the shroud upon our Constitution is removed.
Where do we go with this, I say to Sam. I talk to our US Congressman from Carmel, California, who authored a bill, who says what’s the value of a debate?
We have, maybe, a sarcastic comment from a Carmel-o guy about one of many important issues facing the nation, today. What could be more important that ending a war?
How can a local community be interested in National Politics?
Word is: We’re all gettin’ sarcastic.
Maybe the deal is to waste time debating Social Security, again.
(Steve Shapiro from the Monterey Peninsula over 40 years authored “Carmel - A Timeless Place.”)