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US Congress Under Review

By Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Let us put aside George Orwell's well argued contentions regarding the misapplication of the word 'democracy' and turn to our own system of government. The people of this nation select men and women to represent their interests in Congress. Not only does each representative serve his/her constituents, but above all, individually and collectively they represent and serve the greater good of the country.

The burden of responsibility and trust of these individuals is significant, but it is one that is elective, fulfilling, and rewarding. They demand these posts by running for office and in turn, we demand that they execute their obligations and duties without thought to self-gain. Their decisions affect our everyday lives from taxes to treaties, from selling arms to taking our nation to war.

Not long ago, Congress was presented with a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) outlining possible threats from Saddam Hossein. Only 6 members out of 540 read the report! Dismal performance from the people we trust with our lives and treasure. This should come as no surprise given their track record. An alarming number of our selected representatives, neglectful of their duties, have occupied themselves with supporting and promoting a terrorist organization that has been labeled a 'cult' by the Human Rights Watch. Spearheaded by the likes of Congressman Tom Tandredo (R-CO) and Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA.), have stated that there is a need to have this cult removed from the foreign terror list. Senator Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl), an ardent supporter of the cult, has re-introduced a bill (H-R 282 S.333 in the Senate) previously introduced by Senator Sam Brownback (R-K) and supported by Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa) to give monetary support to these people so as to have them as an alternative to the regime in Iran. The list goes on and on. There are hundreds of representatives who endorsed this terrorist cult and paid little attention to the welfare of the American tax payers.

Perhaps the gravity of cults escapes our Congress. It was not long ago that we were reminded of the tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombing. The 1993 FBI siege of David Koresh and his cult in Waco, Texas which resulted in the death of 80 people, prompted Timothy McVeigh to take revenge on innocent lives. Two years later, America was to witness its first devastating terror attack - cult motivated, home grown. Today, our Congress is promoting a cult known for torturing its own people and one which is known to be on the State Department's terror list. What gain, what motivation, one must ask. We, the tax payers, trust these representatives; we put them in office to represent our interest. We must demand their immediate resignation, at the very least...

... Payvand News - 6/3/05 ... --

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