Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Durbin Admits Theft

Sen. Dick DurbinImage by afagen via Flickr

One of the Watchman's cardinal beliefs is that if you let a politician talk long enough, he/she will eventually tell the truth on himself/herself.  A truckload of lies come first, of course, but often the truth outs in the end.

Today, United States Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) stumbled into such a truth when he compared the Congress to thieves:

"The bottom line is those who want to push a balanced-budget amendment are saying 'I can't promise you that I won't steal again, but I will vote for the Ten Commandments,'" he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Bravo, Richard!  This is as apt a Congressional  analogy as ever you have spoken.  Congress is like a band of thieves, stealing bread from the mouths of citizens -- and most egregiously from the mouths of citizens not yet born.

However, your analogy, like all analogies and most especially like all political analogies, breaks down just past that initial truth.  A representative voting for a balanced budget amendment to the constitution is not like a thief voting for the Ten Commandments, the enforcement of which the almighty holds in abeyance until the end of the age.  It's like a thief, voting for God to strike him dead the next time he picks a pocket.

And that's a vote we should all get behind.

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