Obama has made a pact with the Iranian devil. He supports this barbaric adversary by establishing a new order in the Middle East signed, sealed and delivered by our American president. If this deal goes down, it sets up a far more dangerous world because it begets a Middle East arms race against a feared criminal regime whose power is now sanctioned by America. We watch as Obama proudly brandishes his deal which at best potentially slows down Iran’s unverifiable nuclear program while giving them their much sought after sanctions relief. As a perk our commander-in-chief will release a signing bonus of 150 billion in frozen assets which strengthens the Iranian economy and its proxies – Israel’s sworn enemies. He lifts sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program by 2023 and most nuclear restrictions by 2025. It emboldens the biggest bully in the neighborhood and with this final Obama blow, irrevocably negates the trustworthiness of America to our allies and especially to those in the Middle East.
Obama has a cunning gift for crafting fiction. He calls this agreement an historic achievement when it doesn’t even qualify as a deal. He doesn’t typify any president who has come before. He masterfully contrives narratives that attempt to convince that this arrangement really slows the Iranians from developing a bomb and is in fact a good thing despite overriding one-sided concessions we make for them. Let’s be clear: we don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons under any circumstances. We cannot trust them. In the past, we have entrusted our elected presidents to represent our country. Here, we’re outwitted by a man who doesn’t represent the best interests of America.
Truth is an inherent component of trust. Once violated it is very hard to retrieve back convincingly. Obama isn’t a credible guy. He persuades glibly but then reneges pulling the wool over our eyes around issues dear to our hearts like health care, national security, foreign relations which includes keeping our allies close, bolstering our military, securing our border and regulating immigration. He has deceived on all of these issues while violating our constitution piece by piece. The lawlessness that has been allowed to dominate within the Obama administration is best articulated by Andy McCarthy when he discusses the intent of the framers of our constitution and how they foresaw, even then, a man like Obama potentially assuming the presidency:
The Framers basically gave us, in the Constitution, really two tools for Congress to reign in the president. The two tools are impeachment and the power of the purse. A third tool……was the ballot box, the election process itself. That did not go over well. Some people among the Framers — it was a very minority position — thought that as long as we had elections, we didn’t need to bother with things like impeachment, because you could always remove the president, and the majority of the Framers shot back that, obviously, somebody who is innately corrupt would have their greatest incentive toward corruption in the process of trying to maintain power. So it was deemed that the ballot box would not be a sufficient check….and that was the fear that the powerful office of presidency that they were creating could be abused and that they could end up with just the kind of monarchic government that they had broken away from not so long before. So the two checks that the Framers essentially gave to Congress to reign the president in were the power of the purse and impeachment. We’ve taken both of them off the table. I mean, the Congress has basically forsworn not just impeaching the president, but anything that might cause a shutdown of the government, and if you tell the opposition, if you tell the president ahead of time that…….we’re not going to do anything that would shut down the government, you have essentially said that we are not going to use the power of the purse to rein you in when push comes to shove. So you have the power of the purse, and that’s gone by the boards. And they’ve also forsworn impeachment, again, a sensible political position to take, for sure, but what it means is you have taken the only two tools that we have in the system to check presidential lawlessness, and once you’ve taken those off the table what that means is the only checks on what the president can do is what he personally thinks he can get away with and what his political incentives are.
McCarthy’s disturbing analysis explains how Obama has been empowered by congress to act recklessly. There are no checks or balances to limit his power. A comparison with the Nixon and Clinton presidencies where impeachment was possible, gives us a view of how things might have gone had congress not surrendered their powers to a president who needs to be reigned in like never before. It provides perspective and anxiety.
Why is the Republican leadership capitulating to Obama? Senator Bob Corker gave Obama a stunning advantage by rewriting the treaty provision of the constitution in his Corker-Cardin law. The Iran deal should have remained a treaty. Corker negated the treaty component which now forces congress to override a presidential veto with 67 votes, a far greater challenge than a treaty provision in which two-thirds of the senate is required for approval placing the burden on the president to produce an agreement that most senators would choose to approve. Obama’s disastrous deal would not have survived in treaty form. He knew it. Republicans under pressure, gave him what he needed.
As Mark Levin makes clear: The United States Senate, just rewrote the treaty provision of the Constitution. Now, as best as we can tell……this deal with this Corker, and Lindsey Graham I might add, Congress gets to review the deal for 30 days after June 30, and unless Congress rejects it, requiring 60 votes upfront and 67 to override a presidential veto – 60 votes upfront to overcome a filibuster. Obama can lift sanctions any time after that 30-day period.
Despite Corker’s concession to Obama, Obama still betrayed them by bypassing congress and going straight to the UN Security Council which he hoped would legitimize his bogus deal now relegated to an executive agreement. A slick maneuver Obama needed to force his demented deal through.
Congress could have ditched the Corker-Cardin law which addressed only nuclear sanctions relief when it was enacted. Obama violated the law when he canceled the weapons and missile embargoes on Iran. The senate’s treaty approving authority could have been legitimately reinstated. Such an action would have gone a long way in strengthening the Republican party and demonstrated their resolve to finally confront a conniving president who will stop at nothing to get his way. It also would have increased the odds of killing this deal. Obama demeans congressional authority. His lawlessness is appeased not confronted. Congress has caved.
The Republican party seems unable to comprehend that the leftist Democrats play dirty, they stoop real low and congressional representatives of Obama keep setting unprecedented new lows all the time. They literally go from one degrading insult to the next. Ethical conduct is hardly a concept anymore. Republicans cannot understand that using bold tactics might result in success. They sit back with vacant stares ignoring the insults hurled their way as if that will make them go away. They’re in the majority but they don’t seem to know. They’re sitting ducks we’re supposed to rely on to fight the toxins that have consumed our country.
Mark Levin expresses his disillusionment with congress when he states: Your United States Senate, with a majority of Republicans, 54 Republicans, ‘Vote us in. Vote us in. We’ll repeal Obamacare.’ They didn’t. ‘We’ll cut spending.’ They didn’t. ‘We’ll secure the border.’ They won’t. ‘Oh, now what we need is a president.’ What? ‘Jeb Bush.’ Your Republican senate has utterly and completely capitulated. I don’t care if it’s unanimous or not. The Republican Senate has no more respect and faith for our Constitution than the Democrat president. They’re in it together.
No wonder Donald Trump has gained momentum! His meteoric rise is a phenomenon. He reinforces our citizens deepening disgust for the legislative branch. Republicans have not demonstrated an ability to govern which is an imperative if their party hopes to win the 2016 presidential election. Trump articulates our problems in tough terms, denigrates politicians we hardly admire, describes Obama’s policies as disastrous and makes clear in no-holds-barred politically incorrect terms, why he is worried about America. He is worried and so are we! We wonder why a guy with his kind of life would willingly degrade it to run for president? It’s hardly a stretch to believe he genuinely cares. He isn’t compelled to do what a Jeb Bush or Rand Paul does, but still moves forward with his presidential ambitions. For Trump to retain his durability he must conduct himself as a serious candidate by producing forceful ideas and plans.
Republican presidential hopefuls now in congress have a hurdle to overcome given the poor performance of our current congress. Their credibility is diminished by association. Governors running successful states have a better chance of appealing to the people. Trump is shaking up the field. The other candidates would do well to learn from Donald Trump. Those who diminish him, diminish themselves.
Low information voters and a slew of other Americans are shockingly unaware of what is happening here. Legitimate questions to ask include: a) what are the intentions of a sitting president who diminishes our military while empowering a country like Iran whose clear desire is to fell America and Israel? b) how do we allow the IRS to harass and shut down much needed conservative groups. c) how is it Illegal aliens pouring over our permeable borders are unrestrained and encouraged to register to vote to increase the electoral odds against the Republican party. d) why is our unmanaged runaway national debt growing. Is it intended to destroy our economy? e) why was then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allowed to use her own non-secure, e-mail server for the transmission of her e-mail traffic rather than the official, encrypted Department of State e-mail system that would have kept classified information secure. Is this a trustworthy person to legitimately consider as a presidential nominee?
The Republican party has much to prove. America has been compromised by the Democrats who have morphed into a far left anything-goes radicalized party. That coupled with an approval rating for the Republican-controlled Congress of 16 percent exacerbates the challenge. Obama controls our national agenda with seemingly very little opposition. Who do we turn to for leadership?
There are good Republican candidates but there is a lack of trust that any politician will do what he or she promises. The first debate revealed impressive contenders who are debating serious issues and showing themselves to address them in considerable depth. We need that and an unapologetic leader who commands respect and understands the rot in the Democratic party that can only be fought with in-your-face confrontation. Turning the tables on the bullies with tactics they understand and getting our country back on track. For now, Obama pretty much gets what he wants and corruption prevails. His behavior makes clear we have a president who continues to destabilize America while the other side sits back and watches.