In the the movie the souls of the dead did not have bodies; in Congress it appears the living bodies do not have souls. The “Sixth Sense” was a fictional movie about a little boy who could see dead people. There would be a point when we realized a key character in the movie was dead but he did not know it…we did not know it. We had watched this character for the entirety of the movie only to realize he was no longer amongst the living. Once we knew he was dead then we could clearly see all of the signs that were there all along. As I watch the GOP dealings in Congress, as they keep us on the edge of our seats, I am so reminded of this movie and the signs that tell me that the souls of these people are dead:
- Stalling a vote on assistance for Sandy victims while fighting for tax cuts for the wealthy…they must be dead.
- Fighting to keep automatic assault weapons easily available in the aftermath of the slaughter of six elementary school teachers and 20 children…they must be dead.
- Voting down international veteran’s rights legislation while asking our military forces to deploy again and again and even at the pleading of our veteran’s of previous wars…they must be dead.
- Assailing women’s reproductive rights while berating those that cannot take care of the children that are already born…they must be dead.
- Defending a waste-ridden defense budget while attempting to raze Social Security and Medicare…they must be dead.
- Giving themselves a pay raise while so many people in our country are unemployed or underemployed…well, perhaps there are others who are showing on the brink of death.
And this is the short list. The problem is this is no movie; this is not fiction. This is our country and the people who have been chosen to lead it. Hopefully, you get the gist of this article: these people no longer feel what we feel. We know it, but I don't think they know it.