You have got to be kidding me!! Someone please wake me up from this nightmare

United States
March 4, 2010 2:20pm CST
Congress...OUR congress is currently debating wether a 1915 killings of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey should be officially recognized as genocide. 1915 being the year it happened...not how many people were killed. You have got to be kidding me. This country is in serious trouble and our congress is debating something that happened nearly a century ago and in a different country. Don't they have other MORE IMPORTANT things to be working on right now? They are waste of space and salary if they think this is an issue they should be working on right now. What do you think? Personally I am going to contact my elected officials and let them know what I think of them wasting our time and money on this non issue. http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/04/turkey.armenia/index.html
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@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
5 Mar 10
There are real reasons they are dealing with this. It has caused great rifts for years with dealing with the governments of that region. The conversation comes up every few years. Country's have to, and need to own their history. If congress would study Teddy Roosevelt they wuld realize that we are in exactly the same position right now as Teddy was 110 years ago and that we need many of the same solutions. Only Americans think that dealing with history is a bad thing. In the rest of the world 1915 was just yesterday. This is how we so frequently get in so much trouble around the world.
• United States
5 Mar 10
Ok then why doesn't Turkey and Armania deal with it. It is between at them not us. Who are we to call this "genocide" or to even decide it. the united states was not involved in this thing at all. Let the UN decide it. Isn't it what the UN is for. Preventing and taking care of genocides and things like that. Why did OUR congress have to deal with this....it had NOTHING TO DO WITH US. But now we have stepped into it and now Turkey is seriously pissed at US. They were our friend. As usual we stick our noses where it does not belong...and cause more problems.
@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I will try again, This matters bacause we have trade relations and treaties with neighboring countries and we, at least for a short moment of time, are the leaders of the free world. I won't debate whether that is a good idea or not (us being the leaders) but we have established that position over the last hundred years so I guess we get to live with it. This has been on the burner for years and has been ignored by the last seven administrations. Why can we not expect our congressional members to handle this and several other things at once, because we elect the undereducated and those that have no historical respect of our fore fathers or want to take responsibility for our country's actions. If we are going to meddle in others affairs then we must stand pat from one generation to the next or we have nothing. Our relationship with this country has bordered on barely communicating for decades we have maybe offended them but this is no different than the leader of Iran constantly and publicly stating that the concentration camps were a lie in WW II. If everyone can agree on history than we move on from there. Why did the last Pope finally appolgize to Poland and Germany. Why was that historically important? Why is it important to recognize any history? Are we and others not responsible for our actions as a country? Do we just continually make promises to other countries that we have no intention of honoring. Our last president choose to ignoretreaties that five presidents, including his own father, had worked to establish. Now we expect these countries to stand beside us and accept that this president will honor our commitments?
• United States
5 Mar 10
Obama is NOT happy about this. He is preasuring Congress to drop the whole thing. Obama and Clinton have been working like crazy to try and smooth things over on this one. Congress really caused him a HUGE headache on this one. As a country we are responsible for actions that happened during our life times.I am not responsible for things that happened 100 years ago or before I was even born. I had not control over it. I did even exist. The current government in Turkey was not in control when this happened. It happened 100 years ago. So why pick on them about something they did not do?
@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
4 Mar 10
How about we let the Armenians decide that and go back to solving America's problems, instead of frivolous issues that have nothing to do with us. Oh...wait...we're talking about American politicians - I guess that's asking too much.
• United States
5 Mar 10
yes it does seem that asking them to do their jobs is too much to ask.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
4 Mar 10
It's because we have so many priority, pressing, important issues that this incompetent Congress is dealing with a 1915 event. They have no clue how to deal with today's issues, so they're procrastinating, scratching their a**es. I wish we could send them home now, and not have to wait until November to send some of them home. And just think, when they finally are sent home, they're still going to get our tax dollars... How to fire a Congressman?
• United States
4 Mar 10
This really ticks me off. They grand stand all over the TV about how they want to solve our problems so we will vote for them...then they spend their time doing crap like this.
@laglen (19783)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Maybe if they waste their time on this kind of crap, they cant pass healthcare and more spending..... You have to find the positive...
• United States
4 Mar 10
True...thank you for offering a silver lining to this dark cloud. I guess when you have a horrible congress...it is best if they don't deal with the real issues...they will just make things worse.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
4 Mar 10
How dare them 1915 Turkish people that killed those Armenians. What we should do is punish all of those 1915 Turkish people that killed those Armenians, if you can find one. While we are at it we should punish slave owners who lived in the 1700's and 1800's.
• United States
4 Mar 10
LOL. Good one.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
4 Mar 10
That's the culture of victimhood for you. It's like, unless we, as America, come out and grovel at the feet of the world, then we project a kind of cruel air about us, where it's obvious we're vile and hateful and really don't care about suffering. And not that our efforts to free, feed and fortify people would speak louder than any weak crocodile tears. Noooooooooooo. We have to be ubersensitive to the plight of others by way of legislation. But, personally, I don't think it's a bad thing to debate. But I have a sneaking feeling that it's just something that's playing into that bigger culture of everyone and everything is a victim and, somewhere along the way, America is responsible in some shape, form or fashion for all the world's ills. Maybe I'm wrong and it's just something genuine. But then that brings up your concern about our Congress having much better things to do. So then I'm right back to some Americans with extreme daddy-didn't-love-me self-loathing and needing to set semi-right wrongs they had nothing to do with so they can sleep better at night. Bud Light works for me, and it doesn't get your knees dirty (unless you drink 27 and fall, but that's another story!). I don't know. At least they're not apologizing for slavery again. I mean, ffs, it's like a rule: unless you curl up in a ball around the ancestor of every person your ancestors treated wrong, you're somehow insensitive and keeping the pain alive. I don't know. I'm stumped on this one.