Monday, March 9, 2015

A Seditious Act of Contumely

Forty-seven Republican members of the United States Senate have gone to the very brink of treason.

Their letter to Iran concerning the so called P5+1 nuclear negotiations in Geneva is an overt act of sabotage that cannot be tolerated.

This goes beyond politics.  This is a brazen effort by members of Congress to destroy the power of diplomacy vested by the Constitution solely in the executive branch and its Secretary of State. Never has a more profane extra-constitutional act been committed by one branch of this government against another.

The 47 senators sent an open letter to the government of Iran, warning  that any deal they strike with the United States and its international partners at the nuclear  negotiations in Geneva will not last past the Obama administration. The negotiations are between the so-called P5+1 — the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China — and Iran concerning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.  Iran wants to end western economic sanctions and the west seeks to assure that Iran could not build a nuclear weapon.

Word of the Republican letter comes one week after Israel’s warmongering prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a lie-laden, bellicose speech to Congress at the invitation of the Republican leader of the House of Representatives, John Boehner.  Boehner arranged the speech secretly without consulting the White House, a breech  of protocol that some officials called treasonous.

The letter to Iran was written and circulated among colleagues by Sen. Tom Cotton, a freshman Republican from Arkansas. He is a former member of the House, where he voted against federal aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and was investigated for violations of ethics rules regarding campaign donations.  He urged Congress to provide money for bunker-buster bombs to Israel to launch what he hoped would be war against Iran. He opposes health care choice for women, marriage equality and voted repeatedly against laws to protect women from spousal violence. He opposes food stamps for the poor whom he calls “addicts.”

And who are the 46 others who signed this hate-filled fool’s letter?  Here are their names:

David Perdue, Joni Ernst, James Inhofe, John Cornyn, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, John Hoeven, Richard Shelby, Thom Tillis, Richard Burr, Steve Daines, Jeff Sessions, John Boozman, Cory Gardner, Shelley Moore Capito, Ron Johnson, Mark Kirk, James Lankford, Chuck Grassley, Roy Blunt, John Thune’ Mike Enzi, Pat Toomey, Bill Cassidy, John Barrasso,Ted Cruz, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Deb Fischer, Ben Sasse, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, Pat Roberts, John McCain, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Lindsey Graham and Mike Rounds.

If there is a citizen in any of their constituencies who has a modicum of intelligence, an iota of respect for the Constitution of the United States, a soupcon of love for the country, an ort of respect for American values, a preference for peace over the merciless carnage of war, and a desire for a better world for our children and their children, then I urge that citizen to begin immediately to work for the recall of these treacherous idiots.

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