Home, Gabby, Stay Home
by Laurence M. Vance: Christianity,
Politics, and Murray Rothbard
The vote in
the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday night to raise the debt
ceiling by $2.4 trillion was significant in more ways than one.
365, which passed by a vote of 269-161, including the support
of 174 Republicans, featured the vote of a House member who has
been absent all year – Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.
shot on January 8 in Tucson, Arizona, along with eighteen other
people, six of whom died. After her brief trip to Washington, Giffords
returned to Houston to continue her therapy.
elected to Congress the first time in 2006. She took office on January
3, 2007. She was reelected in 2008 and 2010. She is the only member
of Congress whose spouse is an active duty member of the military.
wish her well and hope she makes a full recovery from her horrific
head injury, I equally wish that she would stay home and not cast
any more votes in Congress.
is a list of all
the congressional appropriations that include war-related funding
from the time that Giffords took office until the time she was shot:
- FY2007 Continuing
P.L. 110-5, 2/15/07, $1.8 billion
- FY2007 Supplemental,
P.L. 110-28, 5/25/07, $98.7 billion
- FY2008 Continuing
P.L. 110-92 9/29/07, $5.2 billion
- FY2008 DOD
Appropriations Act, H.R.3222,
P.L. 110-116, 11/13/07, $11.6 billion
- FY2008 Consolidated
Appropriations Act, H.R.2764,
P.L. 110-161, 12/26/07, $73.2 billion
- FY2008 Supplemental
Appropriations Act, H.R.2642,
P.L. 110-252, 6/30/08, $163.2 billion
- FY2009 Continuing
Appropriations Act, H.R.2638,
P.L. 110-329, 9/30/08, $4.0 billion
- FY2009 Omnibus
Appropriations Act, H.R.1105,
P.L. 111-8, 3/11/09, $1.1 billion
- FY2009 Supplemental
Appropriations Act, H.R.2346,
P.L. 111-32, 6/24/09, $82.5 billion
- FY2010 Consolidated
Appropriations Act, H.R.3288,
P.L. 111-117, 12/16/09, $8.2 billion
- FY2010 DOD
Appropriations Act, Title IX, H.R.3326,
P.L. 111-118, 12/19/09, $127.3 billion
- FY2010 Supplemental,
P.L. 111-212, 7/27/10, $34.2 billion
With the exception
of the smallest appropriation, $1.1 billion in the FY2009 Omnibus
Appropriations Act, Rep. Giffords voted for all of these
war-related appropriations. Judging from her voting record in Congress,
I see no reason why she voted against this omnibus bill. It certainly
wasn’t because she opposed the $1.1 billion in funding for war-related
foreign operations of the State Department.
On the other
hand, that champion of peace and nonintervention in the House, Rep.
Ron Paul, voted against all of these war appropriations,
with the exception of the first one, on which he didn’t vote.
I am often
criticized for condemning U.S. soldiers for fighting unjust and
immoral wars like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the politicians
that send our troops to war, I am told, that I should be criticizing.
Although I refuse to exclude the troops since, after all, they are
the ones doing the actual fighting, I have nothing but contempt
for the architects of these wars, the president who instigated these
wars, the president who continued these wars, the neocons who welcomed
these wars, the conservatives who defend these wars, the Christians
who support these wars, and the Congressmen who continue to fund
of Congress – Gabby Giffords and every Democrat and Republican –
who voted for the above and any of the other war funding has blood
on his (or her) hands – the blood of thousands of U.S. soldiers
who lost their lives fighting senseless foreign wars. (Not to mention
the hundreds of thousands of foreigners killed by U.S. bombs and
bullets, but what war supporter cares a whit about them?)
as important as lives lost and ruined, appropriating taxpayer money
on senseless and unnecessary wars is the height of fiscal irresponsibility.
Any talk of cutting spending to reduce the deficit that doesn’t
include cutting off funding for foreign wars is ludicrous. But of
course, we are dealing with the U.S. Congress – one of the largest
collections of crooks and creeps on the planet.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State, The
Revolution that Wasn't, and Rethinking
the Good War. His latest book is The
Quatercentenary of the King James Bible. Visit his
© 2011 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in
part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.
Best of Laurence M. Vance