Congressman [John] Culberson [R-7th Dist. Texas]issued the following statement today on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the Democrats' Iraq resolution, H. Con. Res. 63, disapproving the President's decision to deploy an additional 20,000 soldiers to Iraq on a temporary basis.At ease.
"The vote today is very simple. Will America give up and walk away from the fight to preserve American civilization?
"The people of Houston's District Seven are immensely proud of the men and women of our armed forces, and we want our soldiers and our commander-in-chief to know that we will always support them, and to know that we will do our best to protect them, especially in a time of war.
"We thank our armed forces for keeping us safe and free from another terrorist attack for the 1,985 days since 9/11.
"On behalf of the people of Houston's District Seven, I will vote no on this resolution and tell our enemies and our friends that Americans will never quit, and Americans will never surrender in the fight to preserve, protect, and defend American freedom."
Here at home, we can do our part to help our troops by supporting the "Our Blood for Our Troops" Blood Drive this Saturday, February 17, at the Army Reserve Center on Old Spanish Trail and at Ellington Field. The blood collected will go directly to the Armed Forces, in particular those soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Blood will be collected from 8 AM to 8 PM at the Army Reserve Center, 1850 Old Spanish Trail and at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. Personnel from the Armed Services Blood Program will draw blood while military and volunteers from the Houston area will provide logistics, traffic control, recovery, snacks, etc. For more information, visit www.militarylifeforce.com.
Adding: the Walt Kelly quote was in response to a review of his "Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Years with Pogo" (my copy is priced at $2.95, which tells you how long I've had it) by Bill Vaughn. A quote from that review seems appropriate here:
"Stupidity has to be taken seriously in this world. It would never do for civilization to lose confidence in its principal product. After all, the ninnyhammers of this planet have done more to put it where it is today than the humorists. Let's don't forget that."
I think Molly Ivins would agree. Carry on.