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QUOTATION: People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing. - Walter H. Judd
2004-07-23 - 12:57 p.m.
P.S.Click on the underlined title. This takes a while to download, but it is worth every minute it takes. A bipartisan jab!
Just as the 9/11 Commission issued their report indicating that time is of the essence, that Congress should get moving -and quickly - on a plan to reorganize the intelligence community to better protect our country, Congress concluded their discussions about gay marriage (an issue that affects each of us vitally, of course) and goes on hiatus. According to today's Washington Post: "The House approved a bill yesterday to strip the federal courts of jurisdiction over same-sex marriage cases, despite warnings by opponents that the measure is unconstitutional and would open the floodgates for efforts to prevent judges from ruling on other issues, from gun control to abortion."
The intelligence committee did, however, quickly plan meetings to respond to the 9/11 report in September when they return from vacation.(I hope they'll each take a copy of the report to read in the meantime.)
I think Congress uses our President (leader) as a role model: remember when aides told him on the morning of 9/11 that planes had attacked our country, he delayed, too...he decided to go ahead with the photo op ("and not disappoint or frighten the children" - HA! or the photographers and journalists waiting to take his picture). He then went into the classroom and read to twenty children for seven minutes while stunned photographs shot photos of our President before he responded to the crisis. Priorities!
I'll write more later when I cool down!