He had less-kind words for the administration’s timid response to the murderous rampages against Coptic Christians in Egypt, and he fears for the future of the Chaldean Christian community in Iraq. “They seem afraid to use the word Christian,” Wolf said in the interview.
He has turned his righteous indignation into some legislative victories and is well-positioned to win more as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. He is a constant letter-writing nag, always urging more and quicker action.
One of the great advantages of his job, Wolf said, is “you can see something on ‘60 Minutes’ that really bothers you and come into work in the morning and do something about it.”
Those kinds of small victories can mean a lot to people living in misery, while rarely affecting the big picture immediately. But the odds don’t seem to deter Wolf, who quotes President Abraham Lincoln — “the abolition of the slave trade by Great Britain was agitated a hundred years before it was a final success” — and notes that Wilberforce spent three decades in his anti-slavery crusade (about the same amount of time that Wolf has been in Congress).
And Wilberforce didn’t have satellite TV, the Internet or smartphones.
“We can’t say that we didn’t know,” Wolf writes. “We must stand up and speak out for those who suffer around the globe — no matter how hard the battle, nor how long it takes.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.