That sound you heard is not the ice breaking, though the warming weather could be the sign of Hell to come.
No, the sound this week heard in the capital was that of the straw breaking the camel’s back.
In the last two weeks the Republican leaders in the House and Senate – a fine group of well-dressed aging white men and women who share millions in campaign contributions from the richest defense contractors – got together to undermine the President by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the congress and warn them what a horrible idea it was to make a deal with Iran.
Then in an even cheekier move, 47 Ronin from the senate spurred by a junior senator from the Middle Ages sent a letter to Iran which will be debated for as long as cow dung smells.
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The letter reads like a parent scolding a kid who scored poorly on his fifth grade American Government quiz. “For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.” The letter informs those who run the country of Iran.
Besides making a really good argument for term limits for senators, the letter makes a pointed reference to how a future resident of the Oval Office could nullify any agreement – as if the 47 Ronin senators can handicap the next Presidential race.
The next President may cancel it or may not. It really depends on who it is.
But the letter, whether you agree with it or not, does signal something we should acknowledge: The divide in this country is huge and the Republicans with all their posturing are no more able to lead than the Democrats.
Do not get me wrong. The Democrats – in particular Nancy Pelosi – pulled a similar move against President George W. Bush when he was in office. One could argue the stains left by Richard Nixon on the office of the President continue to spread, but I won’t make that point.
The fact is there is little or no respect for our Presidents. Both sides of the political aisle are responsible for this simple failure to show unity.
To put it bluntly, if the United States was one living human being we’d have him or her confined to a psychiatric ward after exhibiting signs of paranoia, schizophrenia and delusions of grandeur.
The worst part of this, and the part for which the Republicans have to take sole responsibility, is they allowed the kids to see the parents fighting.
I was always raised to believe you don’t air your dirty laundry in public. You never let an enemy see your weakness. Like the Godfather told his oldest son when Sonny spoke against the family in the infamous sit down with Sollozzo, you keep your mouth shut. Never let anyone outside the family know what you’re thinking.
Remember what happened to the Godfather because Sonny couldn’t keep his mouth shut? The old man took five in the gut.
One would certainly hope the 47 morons who signed the letter and sent it to Iran don’t end up starting something with serious repercussions for our servicemen and women, but one has to wonder – what do they see as an end game?
Are they serious warmongers who are chomping at the bit to get into a fight with Iran? Do they hold out so little hope for negotiations?
Do they just hate the President? Is it racially motivated?
Do they really think they’re doing this country a favor? As they correctly point out, the President himself is in the last leg of his run as the nation’s commander-in-chief, so why not just wait him out? What makes this issue so important right now?
Reasonable men will sometimes disagree, but unreasonable men will always disagree and between the Democrats and Republicans just 15 miles down the road there are enough unreasonable men and women to fill both sides of the aisle.
The 47 senators who signed this letter to Iran ended the letter saying, “We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.”
They say this after flatly threatening to nullify any agreement with Iran. I get the feeling when dealing with these senators we’re dealing with real-life Neidermeyers from “Animal House” and they’re trying to put President Obama on Double Secret Probation.
Smarmy, smug and pretentious is no way to go through life son. Can’t we vote these morons off the island yet?
Or better yet, as hinted in “Ronin” perhaps these 47 senators should commit political suicide.
Maybe they already have.