Craven Republican cowards 10

When we hear that President Obama is willing to sign into law a bill sent to him by a Republican-dominated Congress, we wonder what’s wrong with the bill.

Today our suspicions have been fully justified.

The bill that was voted on yesterday that is supposed to reaffirm the Senate’s constitutional power to consent to President Obama’s nuclear treaty with Iran – which Obama has said he will not veto – has a great deal wrong with it. It could prove to be disastrous.

We quote from an article by George Rasley published today by ConservativeHQ:

Traitor is strong language, but in the aftermath of Tuesday’s vote on a bill that was supposed to reaffirm the Senate’s constitutional power to consent to President Obama’s as yet still undefined and undisclosed nuclear treaty with Iran there is no other way to describe the actions of Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

The bill Corker rammed through the Foreign Relations Committee is worse than no bill at all.

What Corker’s bill does is, in its post-markup form, require the president to submit for congressional review the final nuclear agreement reached between Iran, the U.S. and its five negotiating partners. The bill does maintain the prohibition on the president waiving congressionally enacted sanctions against Iran during the review period.

So far, so good. But –

Corker’s legislation in effect lowers the threshold for approving the Iran deal from 67 votes to 41 – a craven betrayal of the Senate’s constitutional role as the final word on whether or not the United States agrees to a treaty.

As the editors of The Wall Street Journal analyzed it, “The majority could offer a resolution of disapproval, but that could be filibustered by Democrats and vetoed by the President. As few as 41 Senate Democrats could thus vote to prevent it from ever getting to President Obama’s desk — and 34 could sustain a veto. Mr. Obama could then declare that Congress had its say and ‘approved’ the Iran deal even if a majority in the House and Senate voted to oppose it.” …

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), at the request of Corker, agreed to withdraw an amendment to provide compensation for American victims of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis from fees collected for violations of Iran sanctions.

Now comes a particular disappointment. We had begun to favor Marco Rubio for president. But he too turns out to be weak when push comes to shove.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who planned to introduce an amendment that would have required the president to certify to Congress that Iran recognizes the state of Israel, wilted and settled for language asserting that the nuclear agreement would not compromise U.S. support for Israel’s right to exist.

Affirmation of Israel’s right to exist is of course a foundational principle of American foreign policy that was never questioned until Obama became president and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill became not so much the leaders of an opposition party, as a collection of craven cowards who wish only to avoid the unpleasantness actually having principles and standing for them would entail.

More importantly, Corker betrayed American interests and the interests of our allies in the greater Middle East; from Israel, to Saudi Arabia, to India no nation now within the range of Iran’s fast growing missile technology is secure from the threat of a nuclear armed Islamist Iran.

And make no mistake – it is the combination of Iran’s expansionist Islamism and nuclear weapons technology that is the threat.

We don’t fear a nuclear armed United Kingdom or France, because they share our values, but we should fear, and do everything we can to prevent the emergence of a nuclear armed Iran precisely because the Islamic Republic of Iran wishes to impose upon the entire world a set of values totally inimical to ours – and to do so by force when they think they can win.

With Obama evidently withdrawing his opposition, Corker’s bill is almost certain to become law.  In the delusional state in which he apparently lives, Corker took this as a sign of Obama’s weakness; “The White House came to the deal when they saw the numbers of people, the growing support that was here,” Corker said.

The “growing support” for Senator Corker’s information, was not for him to cave-in to Obama, but for the Senate to exercise its real constitutional role in the approval – or disapproval – of Obama’s treaty to legitimize Iran’s nuclear weapons program.  And that means “advice” while the treaty is negotiated and “consent” after the President concludes the agreement.

Bob Corker has betrayed that constitutional principle and the world will be a much more dangerous place for his inexplicable failure to grasp the existential threat a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran poses to the United States and in that willful blindness he has in effect betrayed all peoples who share the values of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech and will be threatened by a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran.

George Rasley appeals for action:

We urge you to call your Senators today (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) and demand that they oppose the Corker bill. Tell your Senators the Corker bill is worse than no bill at all and is a betrayal of the Senate’s constitutional role in approving treaties, a betrayal of America’s interests in the face of the existential threat of a nuclear armed Islamic Republic of Iran, and a betrayal of all peoples across the globe who share the values of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

Posted under Iran, Islam, jihad, United States by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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This post has 10 comments.

  • Don L

    The AZ socialist fascist US Senator John McCain has announced he is going to run for office…once again. He’s been there over 30 years now. I haven’t re-looked it up, and memory may be off…but last time I did look, I believe, incumbents were 84% of the Congress. And, on average they are in office something like 26 years. These people, men and women, have absolutely no concern about the governed (LOL…my mistake, Ameicans were enslaved 100 years ago with the FED birth) or the US Constitution (LOL…almost errored again…the Constitution was dumped by Lincoln over 150 years ago).

    What these supposed Public Servants say and what they actually do is….mutually exclusive. Career, power, party, campaign funding, deal-making, patronage & crony ‘projects’, constituent interests….GETTING RE-ELECTED IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR SILLY LIBERTY! Corker, Rubio…there was never any guarantee…Not surprised but dissapointed for sure.

    I resubmit for those who may not have been exposed:

    545 vs 330,000,000 People

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation, unemployment and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation, unemployment and high taxes?

    You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

    You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

    You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 330 million that are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems [the country teetering on the brink of bankruptcy; the U.S. dollar at the point of collapse; NOT ONE segment of the economy free of costly, crippling and patronage-motivated anti-consumer, anti-entrepreneur, anti-innovation and anti-competetive regulation; and, the staggering burden of unfathomable generational debt] that plague this country.

    Excluded are the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank system [an ecto-constitutional, politically-influenced, uncontestable & unanswerable and cartelized banking, otherwise fraudulent, inflationary counterfeiting scheme].

    Excluded are all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. It doesn’t matter if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con/scam/hoax/fraud/sham regardless of political party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the unmitigated gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. A bald-faced lie, an intentional misdirection, whereas the President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable that a nation of 330 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present irrefutable facts — of incompetence, irresponsibility and, if not actual then bordering on, criminal behavior. There is not one single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

    If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan …

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics”…contrived deceptions; ubiquitous and false deflections of blame…they claim prevent them from doing what they raised their hand and swore an oath to do.

    Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible…PERIOD!

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, must be held to account by the people who are their bosses.

    This, however, requires that the voters, the governed, acknowledge complicity and finally accept the reponsibility for managing their own employees…recruitment-employment-termination…and, that can’t happen until the voters actively engage to discover the difference between being ruled and being the goverend by INFORMED consent.


      I agree.

    • liz

      I guess where the system breaks down is the voters. There are so many who are so easily manipulated with propaganda, or government “cheese”, or just obliviously ignorant and uninformed. How do you get enough of them on the same page at once to be effective?
      The entire education system and media need to be dismantled and replaced.
      Meanwhile, these con artists passing for politicians will continue to take advantage of the fraud they’ve perpetrated.

  • liz

    Corker’s name should now be mud, along with anyone else who supports this bill. Meanwhile, ISIS has been discovered to be operating just a few miles south of our (open) southern border. I’m sure they’ll come up with something about as effective as Corker’s bill for that, too.
    It’s just great to know our national security is being SO well looked after.

  • Azgael

    GOP majority HA!, what has elections solved uh, NOTHING, the same old same old, the GOP is part of the Democrat party now. What is sad is not only is america committing suicide but the other countries that support a “treaty” with Iran.


      I never understood why a person would join the Republican Party only to look like a Democrat??? Why not just join the Democratic Party and cut to the chase???

      When America goes down the tubes our whirlpool will drag down the rest of the free world with us!!

      • Azgael

        Simple to subvert their opposition, if you infiltrate the enemy and rise to leadership role, you can destroy them from within like what is currently happening with the GOP.

        • REALBEING

          Exactly! Question; how many Conservatives do you see join the Democratic Party???

          • Azgael

            none, and TBH that’s the problem, conservatives play too nice, we need to be even more ruthless than the dems.


    Its the same old story! The Democrats are going to go against hell and high water to sell this country down the road to oblivion, and the Rinos in Congress are going to help and encourage them by purchasing the pavement with the blood and treasure of the military and the taxpayers and lay it for them…..FOR FREE!!