The Washington "Game"
||March 7, 2001
Dear liberty activist,
How is the game played in our nation's capital? Please
let me share
with you an incident that happened just a few hours ago.
For the first time, Secretary Colin Powell testified before
International Relations Committee today. The purpose of the
hearing was to allow Secretary Powell to present his
the Department of State's fiscal year 2002 budget and answer
from committee members on a variety of foreign-policy
There are 49 members of the committee -- about 40 were
during Secretary Powell's appearance. After opening comments
Chairman Henry Hyde (IL), ranking member Tom Lantos (CA),
Powell, questions from the committee's other members began.
member had five minutes to make comments and ask questions
Powell. However, not every member was given his
hearing was adjourned just before Congressman Ron Paul had
due to "Secretary Powell's time."
Was this a coincidence? I truly don't believe it was.
There are two
reasons: 1. Congressman Ron Paul is a well-known
quantity. He was
denied a seat on the House International Relations Committee
first requested it in 1997, after a well-known,
sabotaged his bid. Why? Dr. Paul strictly follows U.S.
guidelines against foreign entanglements and
interventions -- and that includes all foreign aid.
2. Immediately after the adjournment was announced,
just one turn
before Congressman Paul's time to ask questions, a fellow
beside him, leaned over to Congressman Paul and said, "Hmm..had
question for them, didn't you." (He knows how the
Yes, Congressman Paul had many tough questions and comments
Yes, Chairman Hyde, Secretary Powell and others undoubtedly
that Congressman Paul had these questions and comments;
questions and comments that are firmly in the minds of so
That is why what we do as activists for liberty matters so
The Liberty Committee