While Congress has been debating its "non-binding resolution" condemning President Bush's latest move in Iraq, I've been thinking about it. It seems we have a huge fight going on over whether or not Congress will actually vote on the matter. Once that is settled, there will be a huge fight over how they vote on it. And after it passes, it will be utterly meaningless and worthless and a complete and utter waste of time.
I had pretty much concluded that it was the single greatest act of political Onanism since... well, what has Robert Byrd named after himself lately?
But I have to reconsider. I have found another example of pure, pointless political self-gratification that takes what Congress is doing and builds it into something even more profoundly silly.
The Boston City Council is fiercely debating whether or not it should endorse the non-binding resolution.
I'm so glad that Beantown doesn't have problems with the budget, crime, violence, the schools, taxes, unemployment, and all the other hosts of problems cities have, that they can spend so much time on something so utterly pointless and irrelevant.
On the other hand, there is a certain advantage to this sort of self-gratification. It's keeping the politicians from doing other things. And as Mark Twain once famously observed, "no man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."