This brings the nature of our dysfunctional Congress to a new and dangerous low. And, it may be against the law. The Logan Act, enacted in 1799, is a federal law barring unauthorized citizens (and the last time I looked, Senators are citizens) with foreign governments who have a dispute with the United States. It also adds to the ploy by House Speaker, Boehner to undermine President Obama's influence in negotiations by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress on the subject.
The irony of Cotton's letter is that negotiations with Iran are not unilateral between the U.S. and Iran. In fact, there are five other countries involved in this process. So, the President will not have sole power to affect a solution to Iran's nuclear program.
The "Matadors of the GOP" think they have inordinate powers over the "bull" of global politics.
Poster from the Chamomile Tea Party
...any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.
At first none of us understood what he was talking about. His polite tone and tourist attire of shorts, polo shirt and baseball cap threw us off. It took me a moment to figure out what he meant, but then it hit me: He thought I might be exploiting the girls, taking questionable photos for one of those “Exotic Beauties Want to Meet You!” Web sites or something just as unseemly. When I explained to my daughters what he was talking about, they were understandably confused. I told the man I was their father. He quickly apologized and turned away. But that perfect moment was ruined, and our annual photo shoot was over. (Only after we arrived at our rented condo did I find out I had gotten a great shot.)
As I was telling my wife what had happened, I saw the man again, scanning the horizon with his binoculars. The more I thought about what he had said, the more upset I became. My wife and I, both white, adopted our two daughters in China when they were infants. Over the years, as a transracial family, we have often gotten strange looks and intrusive questions from strangers, but nothing like this. Yet part of me understood what he was seeing: Here was this middle-aged white guy taking lots of pictures of two beautiful, young Asian women.
Would this man have approached us, I wondered, if I had been Asian, like my children, or if my daughters had been white? No, I didn’t think so. I knew I’d regret not going back to speak to him about what had happened. My wife warned me I might be asking for trouble, but I reassured her that I would be fine.
I felt it necessary to find a way of conveying the hubris of our former V.P. so I made this poster. And, yes, I know that "arrogant" is a close cousin of "hubris." But his hubris is beyond the beyond, so it bore repeating.
In the March 30, 2014 edition of the Washington Post, Stein Ringen wrote in his opinion piece "Is American democracy headed to extinction?:" "It is not inequality as such that destroys democracy but the more recent combination of inequality and transgression" (emphasis mine). And, in part, that is what this poster is about. The GOP continues to transgress—to actively work against the disenfranchised. Voter registration legislation in a number of states, that makes it more difficult to cast a ballot, is but one example.
There's a huge elephant in the room and the American people are getting trampled.
This was my tweet this morning.