The Republican Speaker in the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio) , just released a statement in support of President Obama’s call for the congress to authorize him to use military force against Syria.

John Boehner and President Obama shaking hands

John Boehner and President Obama shaking hands from Wikipedia

Here is a part of Boehner’s statement:

The Speaker offered his support for the president’s call to action, and encourages all Members of Congress to do the same.

Quite apart from the debate about over using unilateral force against Syria, this Republican agreement with the President reveals that there is something rotten about the state of American politics.

When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for the environment, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to come up with a tax system that closes the loopholes and tax cuts for the ultra-rich, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for the students who are buried under the burden of student loans, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for public education system, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for the healthcare for all of us, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for the comprehensive immigration reform, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for the environment, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for gun control, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for adequate housing, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.
When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for living wages, the Republicans and Democrats part ways.

And yet…When the President goes to the Congress to ask for support for yet another war of choice, the Republicans and Democrats line up in support.

Top ten countries in the world based on their military spending (2007), based on SIPRI research.

Top ten countries in the world based on their military spending (2007), based on SIPRI research. from wikipedia

What does it say about us when the only issue that we seem to be able to achieve consensus on is war?

It says that we have become what we have long dreaded, what Eisenhower and Dr. King warned us about:  our republic has indeed become an Empire, an empire mired in the military industrial complex.

Something is not right with us.
Something is not right with out our politics, with our values.

This was a message of Brother Martin calling to us from beyond the grave:

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social welfare is approaching spiritual death.”

martin more money on military than social uplift is spiritual death

We need to hear this Martin, this Martin that was absent from the official March on Washington commemorations.

Something is wrong with us when we can’t take care of our sick, our elderly, our students, our immigrants, our homeless, but we’ve got money for more drones, more missiles, more bombs, more wars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Of course one cannot disagree with your points.its all true.war is nasty.US foreign policy has been hypocritical and of course domestic woes should be considered a priority. However I’m at a loss as to what any of this has go to do with Syria? So my understanding ( from your blog) is that if you see injustice in its most brutal gruesome form, a good Muslim (and I suppose a good American ) should say ‘tut tut ‘..pray for the souls of slaughtered children and then walk away ? Is that REALLY what Muhammad ( pbuh)would have done? So the world should seek approval from two despotic countries (who themselves have slaughtered their own people )to stop another despot from slaughtering ? Is the irony completely lost on an otherwise learned fellow like you? My sincere apologies, but I beg to differ, give me a fighter like Churchill who’s tenacious will confounded hitler and give me an imperialistic govt who stopped the genocide in Kosovo and is at least attempting to stop it in Syria. No, I’d rather direct MY ire on the spineless hypocritical leaders of the middle east, who could try and broker a peace but don’t care to leave the comfort of their ‘Sunni’ palaces or Shiite prayer mats.

  2. There is something “rotten about the state” of all human governments as they evidently do not govern with righteousness, justice and love. Only God’s kingdom or heavenly government can and will accomplish that for mankind on earth (Daniel 2:44; Revelation 21:1-4).

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