“…You’re neither sold, nor betrayed, nor given up. Come to me with confidence.”
Y’know, I have to laugh. Today, Bob Corker is lamenting the fact that the there won’t be enough votes to stop the Iran deal. Now, flash back to just before the summer when these negotiations were announced. Under Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution:
[The President} shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…
No matter what Obama called it – executive agreement, bi-lateral arrangement, mutual understanding, Fred the Wonder Duck – no matter how he sold it, spun it and presented it, it made absolutely ZERO difference. It was in fact a treaty. All that Mitch McConnell had to do was state this, take the vote and the thing would have been dead right then and there (Obama’s pen and phone notwithstanding). But no! By crafting some cockamamie deal called Corker-Menendez, the GOP, who was in the driver’s seat all the way, turned the treaty clause on its head and illegally gave Obama the power to make treaties all by himself. Now, it’s the GOP that needs to muster the votes to overcome Obama. And, as stated above, more than likely is not going to happen.
Now, at first glance, this is not only stupid but insane and illegal. But, as is evidenced by what we have witnessed since John Boehner became speaker in 2010 and McConnell the Senate majority leader in 2014, this is all very intentional. Looking at this deal alone, with the lifting of sanctions against the Iranian regime, billions of dollars in contracts will be freed up and American businesses, no doubt led by the Chamber of Commerce, are going to want in on all the goodies. So what if some homosexuals get tossed off of roofs or some Jews get blown to pieces; hey, eggs and omelets, baby. But let’s go back a few years, shall we?
Now, when McConnell ran for re-election last year, he swore up and down that his number one priority if reelected was the repeal of every word of Obamacare. And then almost immediately after he won reelection, as Ted Cruz would say, he lied. He lied about the Export Import Bank, the multiple debt ceiling fiascos, and so on and so on, and scooby dooby dooby.
Meanwhile, at the other chamber of horrors, despite also repeatedly swearing up and down, day in and day out since the massive 2010 midterms, within hours of Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012, Boehner made this inspiring statement of defiance:
Well, I think the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land.
Boehner then set about knee-capping, purging or otherwise corrupting every Tea Party conservative candidate that was sent to Congress to stop the madness.
All through those past election cycles, I got angry at people who would say that they were going to sit out the election if an establishment candidate got the nod. Their explanation was that there was no difference between the two parties. And in 2012, I dutifully put the figurative clothespin on my nose and voted for Mitt. But in the wake of all the stupid moves, the fecklessness, the weakness and the verbal attacks on the GOP’s own base , I suddenly got it. The GOP as it exists today is, if not an appendage of the Democrat party, is certainly a beneficiary of its totalitarian, big government, all-powerful statist ethos. Why does the GOP like big government? Because that’s where the money is.
When the government nationalizes the healthcare industry and the banking sector, you can bet your sweet ass that big pharma, big insurance and Wall Street are going to fall all over themselves to get in the regime’s good graces. A) it buys them a measure of security if they tow the party line and B) allows them to crush their smaller competitors. I believe there’s a word for it – fascism. Or, as Mark Levin so succinctly puts it, crony-capitalism.
This is why the base of the GOP is not hardworking, decent individual Americans. It’s giant corporations who are in bed with government, on a mission to engulf and devour everyone and everything in their path to total control of the economy and your individual freedom. And this is why, at least as of this writing, Donald Trump is having the effect he is. Whatever one thinks of him personally or of his motives, he has tapped into the righteous anger and outrage of where our nation is headed. Think of it this way, you can criticize Trump for perhaps conveniently moving to the right. But look at the reaction of the GOP establishment candidates; they are all moving LEFT.
Y’know, if McConnell really wanted to stop Obama, he could declare the UN treaty null and void because he went around the Senate and in the wake of the revelations about all the side deals which were intentionally withheld unconstitutionally per Article 2, hold a roll call vote in the Senate and declare the treaty dead right there.
Will he do this? Yeah, thought so.