Speak Out: New congressional leaders needed
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Thankfully, the financial and governance crisis that was conceived, planned and implemented by the radical right-wing bullies of the GOP has failed. It failed because our president, as any president should and would, stood firm and said no.

Had he not done so, we and the rest of the world would have awakened to collapse of financial markets and uncertainties in all aspects of international politics. Al-Qaida would have been elated. But enough senators and congressmen voted yes to ending not only the extortion of our constitutional processes, but the threat to the day-to-day functioning of our society because, like it or not, the functions of government are what hold our “civilized” society together.

But there are no thanks to most of Alabama’s delegation: Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions and Reps. Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers, Mo Brooks and Martha Roby. They voted no. Brooks even said later that if his was the deciding vote he would have voted no. He would have thrown his country down the toilet, just because the constitutional processes didn’t go his way.

I’m certain there are a number of Alabamians who vehemently disagree with me, but I also believe that number has been diminished by the actions, or rather inaction, of these so-called “representatives of the people.” Isn’t it time that Alabamians send people to Washington who care more about our country than they do themselves and their “top 1 percent” wallet liners? People who will not blindly follow colleagues driven by insanity. Remember what these people were willing to do to you and your family as election days arrive next year.

Cliff Andrews
Piedmont
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