Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 8 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Congress should have debated the Iraq War like they did the illegal immigration bill

Message Mary MacElveen
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

Never before did I witness the Congress of the United States of America working so tirelessly and feverishly to undermine the American people as they were trying to do through this illegal immigration bill.  It offends the senses as they many of them were looking to place this country further in debt by allowing for these illegal immigrants to enroll in our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Those programs are paid for by the American people through their hard earned wages in which a great percentage of it goes to the federal government.


Americans are being taxed right out of their homes as property taxes continue to rise.  They are being hit the hardest when it comes to increased food prices due to increased gasoline prices and we want to know; where is our federal government to help those who are legal citizens of this country?


I want to know exactly where congress is to confront this price gouging by the oil companies.  How about going after the profits made by these oil companies and returning those profits to the American people through rebates?  You want our support in your re-election, then you must do so with a veto proof bill.


How about a veto proof jobs bill that will put many Americans back to work who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing?  What about the repeal of NAFTA and other programs like it?  Yes, we live in a global society, but does our participation in it have to come at the expense of the American people?


How about going after offshore bank accounts that shield corporations from paying federal income taxes to help the Middle Class?  We need a break!


As many Americans still go without health care; how about going after the HMOs and other insurance companies to demand they implement programs in which all Americans will be covered with at least some form of health insurance?  Americans are growing increasingly angry at these special interest groups being in the pockets of our elected officials.  Corporations are not people.


In regards to the war in Iraq, over 3,500 of our soldiers have now died and I would like to know where the outrage of our congress in totality to end this war is.  I would like to see coming from our congress a veto proof bill that will finally end this war and its bloodletting.  How many more soldiers must give of their life for companies like Halliburton, KBR, Bechtel and the list is endless.  To our congress distance yourselves from these special interest groups.  For once in your life be on the side of the American tax payer who is funding this illegal war.


When the Iraq War Resolution was being debated, Senator Robert Byrd made an impassioned speech before an empty senate on March 19th, 2003 and yet it seems that every senator was on hand to make his/her thoughts known concerning this illegal immigration bill.  Where were their voices to halt this illegal invasion of Iraq? No where to be seen.  Only the brave stood on the side of truth and the others cowered in their complicity.


Speaking of our military, where was your fervor when it was reported that our soldiers were only given a $6 dollar raise in pay?  They who put their lives on the line along with their family members should come before those who illegally entered this country.


All of you speak of securing this nation; yet where is your voice when it comes to two border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean who were locked up in prison and who are now serving 11 to 12 years respectively for doing their jobs?  Both of these men were only protecting all of us from a recidivist drug dealer, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila.  Oh and the last I heard he is suing for his injuries to the tune of $5 million dollars.  Enough is enough and he should be incarcerated and our border agents given a pardon by President Bush. Those border agents should and must be returned to duty to help protect the American people from illegal drugs that are coming across our broken borders.  Terrorist organizations are funded through the sale of these illegal drugs that are killing our citizens.


Through this illegal immigration bill, if a gang member severed his/her ties with gangs, they would have been allowed to stay in our country.  Excuse me?!  Whose brilliant idea was that one?


This illegal immigration bill would have driven down the wages earned by legal citizens of this country since employers would have chosen illegal immigrants to work for them over tax paying American citizens.


Also speaking of the funding of this illegal war, the hike in the minimum wage was added onto that bill.  Where is a veto proof bill that would have increased the minimum wage for legal citizens of this country?


When so many tax paying Americans find it increasingly hard to send their children to college this ‘Grand Compromise’ as Lou Dobbs has called it, would have helped to fund college tuition for illegal immigrants.  I do not see that as being fair to those who elected these people into office.


It has been reported on Lou Dobbs Tonight that the number of independent voters is increasing due to this run-away freight train known as the federal government.  I have since left the Democratic Party and was also a member of the Republican Party.  I am one of those newly independent voters within the United States that is not seeing real leadership coming from both parties on behalf of the American people.


To those who are angry at those of us who did not support this bill and may see us as being racist, nothing is farther from the truth.  All we wanted to see was equal treatment under the law.  It is the laws of this nation that should and must be upheld if this republic is to survive.  To do otherwise would have been treasonous to the American people.


In closing, I was only happy to see those who backed this horrific bill publicly humiliated.  To the presidential candidates of both parties, it is your primary duty to stand on the side of legal citizens of this country.  After all, it will be legal citizens of this country who will be going to the polls.  My message to congress is get back to work on behalf of legal American citizens.  We have spoken and now you must listen.


Author’s email address is,

Rate It | View Ratings

Mary MacElveen Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

I am a writer who currently writes pieces for my own blog I have been published by, and I was a guest on the Jay Diamond Radio Show on WRKO in Boston and have (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Sarah Palin and the prank call: The GOP's self-inflicted November surprise

The $780 billion stimulus bill can be paid down if we legalized marijuana

Are Rod Blagojevich's sixth amendment constitutional rights being violated?

Nadya Suleman is a one woman mini-bailout: Taxpayers may bear the cost

Is John McCain's quest for the presidency effectively over?

Glenn Marcus: When a sexual predator is set free on a technicality

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend