An item was sent to me by a reader which I think should be seen by everyone reading this blog. Indeed, every American should see this item because it graphically shows how dysfunctional and dishonest our current U.S. Congress has become. The link below is a short video of a live session of the U.S. House of Representatives. The presiding member of Congress over this particular session of the House is Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), a member of the Democratic leadership. I do not know what piece of legislation was being considered, but the video reveals a current U.S. Congress with dishonest internal procedures. The video begins with a simple parliamentary vote calling for an “aye” or “nay” vote by the members present. The “nays” obviously won the voice vote, but Rep. Murtha “ruled” the ayes won the vote. Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) attempts to get Rep. Murtha to face reality and record an honest vote tally, but Rep. Murtha refused to do so. Media articles have also revealed Rep. Murtha to be one of the larger users of the “earmarks” system whereby Congress spends your money on pork barrel projects without any Congressional votes. Rep. Murtha was also exposed on a TV documentary (60 Minutes or a similar program) as having directed an immense amount of taxpayer dollars to build a modern airport in his district that almost no one uses.
I assume the video in this link was a C-Span video recording, but I’m not certain. If the House Leadership can be this brazenly dishonest when they know they are being recorded by a TV camera, can you imagine how they are conducting the nation’s business “behind closed doors” in the capital building? As this current Congress decides the critical issues facing this nation, remember this video. To be fair, it should also be noted that when the GOP had majorities in Congress, it also behaved arrogantly and felt “entitled” to endless power. Both parties seem to be increasingly “owned” by the special interests who fund their campaigns, lavish many perks on them, etc. Unfortunately, we don’t have a third party to give us an alternative choice. If readers are Americans, you need to be very careful who you vote for in the next Congressional election in 2010. Our nation faces dire problems and it is my opinion that we are now “living on the fumes” of our past prosperity which God so graciously gave us.
Isaiah 1:23 and 3:1-5 describe what happens to a nation’s leadership when a nation turns away from God. You may wish to read those passages and see if it reminds you of our current American political leadership. Whatever nation readers live in who read this blog, II Chronicles 7:14 is a very urgent and timely prayer needed for all nations. We in the USA especially need to be praying it with fervency if our nation is going to survive as the USA we have known in the past. II Chronicles 7:14 cites God as promising: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Our national problems increasingly seem to be beyond any human solution. Congress can’t solve the problems which they created over recent decades. Only God can “heal our land.” We need to ask him to do so…”while he may be found” (Isaiah 55:6). God can miraculously give us new competent national leadership if he chooses to do so. We need to ask him to have mercy on our nation and do so! Our nation needs such a miracle.