Why, why do Democrats always seek to undermine our values or disrespect President Obama? The party is riding a high, especially POTUS delivered an amazing…
“I know cause I won both of them”. Referring to the 2008 & 2012 Presidential elections, Mr. Obama’s put a GOP knuckle-dragger heckling and cheering the end of political career. Nevertheless, the predictable Dem ‘no-no’ of refusing to capitalize or revel in the substance of 2015’s State of the Union address.
First up is Senator Bob Menendez (D) – NJ, embroiled in lingering resentment over the Administration extending the ‘Olive Branch’ to the Cuban people. And yes, the senior Senator from the ‘Garden State’ is the child of Cuban immigrants, so much personal anger is directed at the cessation of 50 year embargo. People died, lost their lives, everything in the revolution and I won’t pretend to comprehend the level of trauma or animus directed at the Castro Regime. What I do understand is the Cuban refugees, their descendants in the US aren’t suffering the deprivation in the quality of life their countrymen & women who the left behind on the island. The refugees lost the right of indefinite martyrdom and isolation once they fled the island. Mr. Menendez doesn’t stop attacking the White House’s on Cuban foreign policy, but he leaps to criticizing conversations with Iran as talking points originating from Tehran. Maybe the White House is practicing ole’ fashioned common sense, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. The US enhances safeguarding global security against atomic annihilation by embracing a more prudent strategy of garnering international inspector’s access to Iran’s nuclear facility instead of ‘guessing’ the status in their development. Although the Senator is also smarting over losing his Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairmanship to a self-serving incompetent like Bob Corker (R) – SC, I’m guessing the sensible flip of re-establishing diplomacy with Cuba, the ‘cray-cray’ party dominating Congress, is probably more than Menendez or any rational, thinking person could endure.
The other foreign policy swipe Democrats enjoined with the GOP, was extending an invitation to Prime Minister Netanhayu – Israel, to speak before Congress absent diplomatic protocols of channeling the address through the Administration…. an end run around the President of the United States. Bad protocol and politics seem to be Benjamin’s calling card these days. Following the Unity March in Paris, by attended by World Leaders, including Mr. Netanhayu, he pronounced French Jews should return home in light of the atmosphere of terror and insecurity. I think a message conveying mass emigration from France only emboldens anti-Semitic fervor to attain a foothold within European society. A message of solidarity from Israel, committed to guaranteeing affinity in recognizing the inalienable rights of the Jewish Diaspora to live anywhere, is more altruistic.
Which brings me to this picture taken last week: At first glance, it appears to be an asshole gathering, but facing this portrait, on the left end, Independent Angus King – OR, who caucuses with the ‘Dems’ and Senator Joe Donnelly (D) – IN stand shoulder-shoulder with the GOP. As a Senator, you may not agree with the Administration but subverting the President’s efforts in this manner is derisive to the country.
I’ve commented upon this common democratic political tact executed in situations of dissent from party tenets. And believe it is our ability to form coalitions across differences makes us stronger, but not directly challenging the office of the Executive Branch. Democrats have sufficient opposition contending with conservatives and their purposeful incapacity to tell the truth, on anything. Massaging the facts, data, voters disdain the practice but most liberals, progressives are tolerant of the minor distortion or massaging of the truth, it’s politics, representatives are politicians. When Democrats stand with consolidate with Republican propaganda, they’re proliferating falsehoods and themselves become LIARS. Unlike the electorate, conservative, the ‘left’ is realistic, rational and insistent upon facts, data in representing truth.
I disagree with the President on many issues he has adopted during his Administration, i.e. immigration and healthcare should have been pushed through together in 2008, ACA single payer only, NSA monitoring program, drones, Bush tax breaks, and especially the conciliatory approach to GOP leadership (I wanted the Obama, who lowered the “BOOM” in January’s State of the Union), but I get it. As Commander & Chief, President Obama’s preeminent fidelity is to the common good of ALL Americans. However, when conservatives flaunt their ignominy for Mr. Obama by subverting US foreign policies, or curry favor with a foreign leader for political turmoil, they’ve directed their ire and offense at the American people. Not only have they betrayed the office of the Presidency, but American citizens. He is our voice, our representative in front of the world, not Congress. Boehner, McConnell consistently puppet the fraud America mandated their super majority by conveniently omitting gerrymandering and voter suppression, without either deceit, neither would been able to cheat their path majority leaders. And when Senators like King and Donnelly ally with McCain and Graham’s perfidious maneuvers or echo conservative’s contemptuous tone like Menendez, your flip mocks voters and the Democratic party.
The 44th President maybe labeled a lame duck, but this man’s character contradicts and increasingly confounds the term. He is emerging as wild card and the American public has his back again…many of us always did. A caution to career politicians, the public remembers the ugly, and particularly possesses a taste for ‘the rotten’ during Presidential cycles. And even when the voter’s memories fade, the internet is an invaluable reminder of the positions or betrayals by our representatives scheming in our name.