Kubby 2008: An open letter to the 110th Congress

Rational Review
by Steve Kubby

01/09/07

I've often noticed that when politicians talk about starting a war, creating a new entitlement program, or undertaking any other activity that's bound to get Americans killed, empty their wallets or reduce their freedom, the desire to do so is expressed in terms of 'political will,' as if these things were matters of courage and moral rectitude rather than of power-seeking and tawdry dealmaking. Conversely, when politicians cringe from peace, when they cower before the prospect of letting go of other people's money, when they flee from freedom, they characterize their approach as 'moderation' or 'bipartisanship' or 'statesmanship.' These characterizations are 180 degrees out of phase with reality. The real sign of courage is resistance to the special interests and special pleadings that take a country to unnecessary war or plunder the treasury. Real moral rectitude subsists in securing, not violating, the rights of your constituents. It is not more 'political will' that this Congress requires. Rather, what is needed is more 'political won't'...

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