U.S. Marine Sgt. Kimberly Taylor with Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, plays with an Iraqi child, during an Iraqi Women’s Engagement in Baghdadi, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt James R. Richardson.

I still believe in America even when I see all around me many reasons to despair.

The Senate on Saturday narrowly rejected an effort to force debate on a resolution opposing President Bush’s troop buildup in Iraq, but Republican defections emboldened Democrats to promise new attempts to influence the administration’s war policy.

I expected the Democrats to play the part of cowards today and was disappointed but at this point, only slightly surprised to discover that seven Republican Senators had joined the ranks of the Democrats. That, in the inimitable words of Jeff Gordon, NASCAR great, “sucks. I’m mad about that right now.”

Republicans Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, John Warner of Virginia, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Gordon Smith of Oregon and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania sided with Democrats in calling for debate to begin, as did the two Republicans already on board, Sens. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine.”

The anger and disgust I feel for many in the leadership of the Republican Party cannot be assuaged now by anything other than cutting the defeatists loose. We’ll see how much support they’ll get come election time. My husband and I haven’t contributed a penny to any organization in the Republican Party since the last election. Today Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC organization called and I politely told the person on the line that until the Republican Party finds its backbone, we will not contribute a red cent.

Reading Ralph Peter’s piece in the New York Post this morning had me pondering his powerful thoughts all day. His words hit the nail on the head and everything he wrote is true. We all know that what Democrats Pelosi, Murtha and Reid and their fellow cut and runners are doing is treasonous but because they are in the opposition party they appear to believe they can do it without any consequences.

PROVIDING aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime is treason. It’s not “just politics.” It’s treason.

And signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win isn’t “supporting our troops.”

The “nonbinding resolution” telling the world that we intend to surrender to terrorism and abandon Iraq may be the most disgraceful congressional action since the Democratic Party united to defend slavery.

Peters writes, Nancy Pelosi, have you no shame?

Shame requires a conscience and Pelosi hasn’t given any indication that she has one.

Why, with the shameful lot in our Halls of Congress do I still believe in America? Because our troops are fighting and dying for it.

They will have the last word Nancy Pelosi, not you.

Nor will the perfidious Jack Murtha.