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Every elected official whether it be Federal, State, County or City, is supposed to represent the people. This is irrespective if they voted for you or not. A common misunderstanding of being an elected official is that they think all the power rests with them because of the position held. The facts are, they work for us, the people.

There are a plethora of examples to cite on this point, but probably everyone has their perfect example so there is no need to bore you. Like you, many share the same feelings of not being represented, so that will be the focus.

The target, Nancy Pelosi.

This is her second stint as Speaker of the House, and the feeling is she was not an effective Speaker in her initial attempts at governing. When first elected to the Speaker’s job in 2007, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had been ongoing for four years.

Was this declaration of war legitimate?

9/11

On September 11, 2001, America was attacked.

Two commercial airplanes were hijacked and flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another was flown into the Pentagon. There was another hijacking, and the intended target was the White House. Brave passengers on this flight overtook the hijackers, and the plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. All the hijackers were flying under “kamikaze” orders.

Islamic terrorist claimed responsibility for this attack, and they are known as the “Taliban”. Funny thing, they started out as freedom fighters or, Mujahideen. They were formed by coming together to defend themselves from Russian forces. The United States armed them. Then 9/11 happened.

The master mind behind the attacks was Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia.

All the kamikaze style pilots were from Saudi Arabia as well. Logic would dictate that Saudi Arabia was behind the attacks. Taliban forces had taken control of the Afghan government, and Bin Laden had taken residence somewhere in the country. It makes sense to seek justice in Afghanistan by rooting out the Taliban for the attack on the Towers.

Why invade Iraq?

The lies told

Once “the war on terror” had begun in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush made his case to the American people. Iraq needed to be invaded. The story for this justification changed several times.

It began with the claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Then it changed to he was developing them. Then it was he was seeking the technology. Finally the people were sold on “sowing the seeds of democracy.”

No weapons of mass destruction were found. One thing is certain, had they been FOX News would have been blasting that information, 24/7.

More than 4,500 American soldiers that have lost their lives in Iraq as a result. Notwithstanding the countless soldiers that have come home missing arms, legs, brain trauma and PTSD. These are lives lost or damaged that can never be made whole.

The Bush Administration sacrificed America’s husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles and dear friends. These lies have made pieces of your lives missing forever.

George W. Bush and his administration should be tried at The Hague for for their unprovoked and unjustified war they committed against Iraq.

Why was Bush not held accountable?

Nancy Pelosi

Even though she voted against the war in Iraq, once she became Speaker of the House during the Bush presidency, she did nothing to hold him and his administration accountable. To paraphrase her “Impeachment is too divisive”, and she gave them a pass.

She has said the same thing about Donald Trump.

Look around, does the country seem unified?

Using the deflection tactic of calling accountability divisive, is ignoring the pain, anguish and suffering people cross this country feel after needlessly watching their loved leave and never come back. To those people her actions say, “I do not care how you feel.” Now she is possibly willing to let a potential traitor to America off the hook as well.

The excuse that “the Senate will not do anything so why waste our time”, is allowing Republican to control the narrative once more. She looks weak and ineffective.

The hope is that she finds a backbone and does the job our Constitution dictates — and the job for which she was elected.

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Gene Smith

Gene Smith is a Chief Campaign Strategist living in Arizona. He is a Juris Doctor, Democratic Campaign Strategist, Elected Precinct Committee person, and Democratic State Committee Member. Currently, Gene serves on the Environmental Caucus.

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