Puhleeze. Give me a break!
It was started that way but today it is nothing more than a bunch of opportunists who enter as people of modest means and return home (unless they stay in D.C. as many do) millionaires. How did they do it on a Senator's salary? We all know the answer, it shows in the products they produce that are being masqueraded as good law. In the process their votes are up for sale to wealthy interests who can help them line their pockets.
Why did I start this commentary that way? Because on last night's North Florida Writer Live Blog Talk Radio show we discussed a particular law that makes the above clear, the Iran "Deal". The entrenched, long term gasbags of the Senate sold out the country and their honor be working with President Obama to carve a law which clearly gave him the upper hand over the Constitution. Not only that, but they got all but one Senator to go along with them, and they then immediately started criticizing him openly in the media. That one Senator was the only one who made the right decision.
Here's why? Because of what they did, for the Senate to reject the "deal" that Obama just arranged, they must get two-thirds plus one of the Senate to overturn his action. Had they stuck with the provisions of the Constitution, it would have taken only one third of those in session to stop the nonsense.
So what does this have to do with the rookie and the veteran? Well, the rookie was Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, newly elected to the Senate and a veteran of both the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had first hand knowledge of what Iran was doing to kill and maim American service members and he made it publicly clear. But the veterans, with none being more outspoken than John McCain, a man who should have known better went out of their way to criticize and ridicule the young Senator. McCain, the old war hawk, basically opted to go with McConnell and the other appeasers in their foolish effort to make it look like they were governing when, in reality, they were merely caving to the wishes of our extremist President.
And I can't fail to mention Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the man responsible for carving out the "agreement" that became the bill and then law. Afterwards, he strutted around on the networks like a peacock, proud of what he had done and unconcerned or unaware that he had gutted the Constitution in the process. Shame on all of them excepting Cotton, who stood by principle when the others refused.
We talked about this last night on North Florida Writer Live. It is available on line and I hope you'll listen in. This matter is of "deadly" importance and every American needs to know what is going on here.
Here's the link: tobtr.com/s/7777565
Let's pray that America survives this critical mistake.