Battle of "The Bums"

By Rep. Thaddeus McCotter Posted in Comments (14) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »

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During their mutual month-long August recesses, wherein public confidence in each has plummeted to record lows, the American Congress (“Our Bums”) is denouncing the Iraqi Parliament (“Their Bums”) as “do nothings.” Further, despite American military progress on the ground in Iraq, Washington claims Baghdad’s failure to meet political benchmarks will doom General Petraeus’ plan for victory.

The premise of this claim is absolutely backwards.

Read on...

Along Iraq’s bloody path to freedom, the greatest obstacle has been the average Iraqi’s wary neutrality in the battle between the United States’ “Coalition of the Willing” and the insurgents. Today, a nihilistic insurgency has been revealed to offer average Iraqis nothing but subjugation and extermination; in stark contrast, General Petraeus’ counter-insurgency strategy is delivering both the eradication of the insurgents and localized reconstruction efforts – i.e., a palpable hope for security and prosperity. Consequently, the true measure of political progress in Iraq is NOT found in its national Parliament; the true measure of political progress in Iraq is occurring in local tribes, towns and provinces where Iraqis are choosing liberty instead of the insurgency.

This Iraqi “election for freedom” is not an intrinsically military development. It is fundamentally a political development complementing and speeding military progress; and hastening the day such individual and local “grassroots” political wins collectively dictate political progress in Baghdad.

Let us, as the sovereign citizens of our free republic, ever remember how in representative democracies Parliaments and Congresses do not dictate to sovereign citizens; sovereign citizens dictate to Parliaments and Congresses. Thus, in Iraq each citizen in his or her respective tribe, town and province must inform and consent to federal laws being enacted, implemented, and honored; and, when this consent is individually granted in sufficient numbers, Iraq will complete its transformational emancipation from tyranny to liberty.

Further, let us, as the sovereign citizens of our free republic, ever remember how we cannot abandon Iraq’s fledgling democracy – or any democracy – under terrorist attack. The War for Freedom must be won through ideological, political, economic, diplomatic and – as an ultimate resort – martial means. If the U.S. abandons Iraq’s democracy, we will also abandon our and the entire free world’s inherited legacy of and professed commitment to freedom. If this betrayal of ourselves and the Iraqis occurs, our enemies will be empowered and we will be ideologically disarmed in the face of the enemy. If not liberty, what political principle will a discredited and defeated U.S. promote to turn the Middle East’s oppressed away from Al Qaeda’s extremism?

Come September 15th then, Americans must focus on the true measure of political progress in General Petraeus’ initial strategic assessment – tribal, local, and provincial support for liberty instead of the insurgency; and we must do so cognizant of the truth expressed and proven by prior generations of Americans who, in times of national trial, preserved and promoted our nation’s revolutionary experiment in human freedom: The only way to ensure liberty for ourselves is to extend liberty to the enslaved.

Of course, it would help too, if the collective bums in both the Iraqi Parliament and the American Congress remembered all power in a democracy is vested in its sovereign citizens, not its subservient government.

United States Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter is the Chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee and one of “Our Bums”

We do not apply our unduly high standards for Iraq's government to our own government.

As you point out, the better indication of political progress is the increase in the number of citizens' groups. The progress will come more from the local than from the national.

for participating in RS. I must say that I have been critical of some of your stances on issues in the past, but I agree with you here.

Unlike the United States, which began its existance with a people already steeped in a tradition of democratic rule, however stilted that tradition might have been under the yoke of a tyrannical king, the people of Iraq have never known democracy and freedom.

Those institutions of government that we take for granted are something new and foreign to the people of Iraq. The efforts of our military on the ground, the grassroots rebuilding efforts of first the local infrastructure, then regional and eventually national, will take time.

Success is dependent upon our own "Bums" allowing the transformation to take place, instead of turning it into a political p**ing contest, in which the Iraqi people are abandoned, and the world once again witnesses an American betrayal of its allies.

Please keep the Bums at bay!

I have actually been making a similar point on these pages for weeks now. It appears to me that if Iraq is going to work it will work as a federal society. I don't see anything wrong with that and in fact it would be an even more powerful statement for letting democracy take root in its natural form.

That said, is this the sort of narrative that can be "sold" so to speak at this late stage to the American people? What can blogs like ours do to help spread the message that political progress must be measured on the local level?

"The nine most dangerous words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'"

Ronald Reagan

It should be "martial" and not "marital" force in the essay- although I am sure some wives can be just as dangerous as the insurgents..

United States Air Force that there are certain things that the Iraqi government needs to get established in order to preserve its credibility, while, if the American Congress falls into a "do-nothing" milieu, quite a few people would consider that malaise a good thing.

Still, what I think this shows is the inherent difficulties of the political process. To wit, nobody gets it right on the first try with setting up a government, not even the United States did it. Japan may have, in their modern history, never amended their constitution, but in post-war reconstruction went through two failed constitutional proposals before we decided to take it upon ourselves to write their constitution for them (yes, the Japanese Constitution was originally written in English!).

The political process is the ultimate "sausage factory" analogy, especially when it comes to getting things going. And that, to some extent, is where we come in, to be (in continuing said analogy) the casing to keep everything together lest the offal just winds up all over the kitchen floor.

"I don't understand why the same newspaper commentators who bemoan the terrible education given to poor people are always so eager to have those poor people get out and vote." - P.J. O'Rourke

I find it extremely hypocritical of our Congressmen and Senators to deride any other nation's elected officials when they can hardly be seen as an example by which to run an effective government.

I am not being overly critical of either party because they both are filled to the brim with narcissistic egomaniac's whose only goal's seem to be to get re-elected in place of the well being of the people who continue to vote them in.

I believe we have gotten what we have voted for and for that we should be taken to task and if the Iraqi people continue to vote for those in power than they will get what they have asked for.

I think there is a problem in the Muslim countries with practicing what we have here in the US.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

For most of them the religion and the government are as one and the same. If only they could modify their thinking in this regard, then I believe great progress would be possible for them.

"We should scrap this “comprehensive” immigration bill and the whole debate until the government can show the American people that we have secured the borders -- or at least made great headway."
Fred Thompson

because Islam IS politics/social mores/religion/family None of it can be separated from the rest. Read, "My Year Inside Radical Islam" by Daveed Gertenstein-Ross. Or Inside The Jihad by Omar Nasiri. Every single action and interaction in society is demanded by Islam. To be devout is to deny any other existence but Islam.

I understand what you are saying, and I agree it is a very difficult change to even consider possible. Remember before the 16th century many Christian countries also had government and church very closely linked to being the same as one. There was a Protestant Reformation and Age of Enlightenment that changed things in these Christian countries. We are now in the 21st century of our Lord. The muslims are only in the 16th century of their prophet Mohammed.

"We should scrap this “comprehensive” immigration bill and the whole debate until the government can show the American people that we have secured the borders -- or at least made great headway."
Fred Thompson

Check out a speech Pres. Bush made recently about what the so-called experts were saying about Japan in 1945. Japan, they said, can never become a western style of government. Guess what... these so-called experts were wrong.

"We should scrap this “comprehensive” immigration bill and the whole debate until the government can show the American people that we have secured the borders -- or at least made great headway."
Fred Thompson

Thank you for speaking directly to the people on this, Representative. I posted a summary of your remarks on the Thad McCotter Congresspedia profile (which anyone, including the Represenative, is free to add to and edit, by the way).

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