These are just a few of the words being used to describe Congress actually doing its job one time in nearly eight years. And I know what you’re thinking, if you knew it even happened. That was it? Kind of boring, wasn’t it? Honestly most of you probably don’t know what I am even talking about because the story has amounted to little more than a fart in the wind to the media. Basically all you need to know is that Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill that “opens the door” for the families the 9/11 victims to sue members of the Saudi government for their role in the attack. Obama, who is as pro-Saudi government as he is anti-personal accountability, made good on his promise to veto the bill. Then, in a ‘stunning’ turn of events, the Senate stepped up and overrode his veto with a 97-3 vote.
Is anyone else wondering why this wasn’t more of an epic showdown or display of dramatic resistance? We’re only talking about the most radically authoritarian president in United States history. One would think that when the guy finally gets dealt a blow to his authority we’d be in for a little more political theater. We’re talking about the guy who needlessly shut down the WWII memorials during the infamous government shutdown. The same guy who shamelessly uses children as stage props on television to emotionally wrench the nation into surrendering their gun rights in order to save approximately no one. We’re talking about the same Congress that stood and watched idly as this despotic president handed down countless executive orders, radical leftist judge nominations, and exercised a steady refusal to enforce any existing laws that were not to his liking.
These are the people we’re dealing with.
So imagine my surprise when I hear that the Senate is going to override the president’s veto for the first time in his long, God awful presidency. I dashed to the microwave to get the popcorn a’poppin, shut the blinds, turned the news on and waited. And waited. And waited. Fell asleep, woke up, heard Trump called Miss Universe fat back when I was about 6 years old, and that was it. No gnashing teeth. No crocodile tears in the rose garden. Nothing.
Call me crazy, but I think we’ve been duped.
I think we’ve all just become the kids who are assigned mindless tasks by their parents to keep them busy for a few more hours. Dad: “You know son, I raked that pile of leaves over there, but I think it would look better on the other side of the yard. Why don’t you knock that out for me? Okay, champ?” As the child gleefully tends to the problemless-problem, the father retreats inside to take a peaceful nap for a couple of hours.
So here we are less than 40 days to the election and over 15 years after 9/11, and Congress finally finds its spine to override the president’s wishes? Yea, I’m not buying it. Perhaps this was just the perfect time to pass a bill that will probably amount to nothing, puts the lame duck president on the side he wants, the members of Congress up for re-election on the side they want, and ties up a couple of loose ends, all while wasting another couple of days that could’ve been spent actually debating the destruction of liberty and justice. Good work, team.
Honestly, this is not to diminish the pain and suffering experienced by the families of 9/11 victims. I agree with them. They should be able to seek retribution for the Saudi government’s involvement. I’ll go a radical step further. I know it sounds crazy, but bear with me and you have no choice but to acknowledge my infinite wisdom. If our government knew that another government was involved in an attack on our home soil that killed 2,996 Americans, I’d be demanding a bill that included the words ‘war’ and ‘bombs’, not sue. People sue people for slipping in their restaurant because there wasn’t a wet floor sign, not leveling a couple of their buildings with commercial airliners. Did the families of the Pearl Harbor victims send a subpoena to Japan? No, they joined the Marines and killed their enemy. When that took too long, we incinerated two of their cities. That’s my radical idea. One that Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower would’ve agreed with, by the way.
But Obama wouldn’t agree. Obama doesn’t care about that. Neither does Congress, quite frankly. As I said, 9/11 happened over 15 years ago and they’re just getting around to this. How much success do you think the average American citizen is going to have pursuing legal action against a foreign government, one that is in good standing with our own corrupt leaders? After all, we’re having enough difficulty raising our kids in this hyper-regulated environment, trying to stretch our dollars through the Fed’s market manipulations, and otherwise just working to retain our sanity here at home. But now we’ve been granted permission to sue a foreign government. Yea, I’ll get right on that. For God’s sake, we can’t even get our own IRS off our backs; we’re going to sue the Saudi’s now? To achieve what?
I think this is all for show. Smoke and mirrors. I think we’re being thrown a bone and some red meat to chew on while the Democrats speed up the engines to drive us straight to hell. In the words of Donald Trump, “we have to get serious.”
We’d better do it soon.
This piece was originally published on Constitution.com.