I am referring, of course, to the whole business of the votes in Congress on the Iran deal.
Netanyahu has come out with a statement, echoing what I and others said yesterday, that things can still change, and we must keep fighting.
Those who oppose the deal have already achieved a major goal in publicizing its various faults and weaknesses – its dangers. At this point, the majority of the American people understands those dangers and is opposed to the deal.
As there seems some confusion, I want to clarify once again: there are two votes anticipated. The first on whether to accept the deal. In that case, a simple majority of members of Congress suffices., as it will be couched in the negative: we do not accept. And if that vote is taken, those opposed to the deal should hold sway – it should be rejected.
It is with regard to this vote that I wrote yesterday about the “moral majority” – the more reject the deal, the greater the moral and political impact. Whatever happens subsequently, a majority of Congress will be on record as having declared against the deal.
Remember this, and use it: If Obama wins, it will not be because a majority of the Congress was with him. It will be because of the games that have been played, games that make it possible for Obama to win with a minority of the Congress voting with him.
For a better understanding of this, see Andrew McCarthy on the Corker Bill, which set the current process in place:
There is talk that the acceptance of the deal might never come to a vote – because a filibuster might be instituted: The rules of the Senate permit members to speak for indefinite lengths of time, thus preventing a vote from being called. I say there is “talk” about this, but it is not at all clear that it will happen. Senate rules require at least 2/3 of its members – or 60 Senators – to vote for cloture, to close debate. Reversing the numbers, that means Obama would need 41 Senators to vote against cloture, so the filibuster could continue. He does not have nearly that number now.
If the deal is rejected by a vote of Congress, the president will veto it. And this is where Mikulski’s declaration in support comes in: it means that – right now – the opposition does not have the necessary number to override the veto.
We will continue to work, in hopes of a change in this situation.
It was my dear friend Sharmaine who advanced the most important suggestion in this regard, one I am remiss for not having mentioned sooner:
“…the timing for the vote is perfect after Rosh Hashana…We need to pray ….. For heavenly intervention on the vote!”
Amen on this. Please!
There have been a good many other suggestions as well that have been sent to me, broadly in line with the McCarthy piece from July, cited above. There are multiple suggestions that this deal is really a treaty, and illegal or unconstitutional as currently structured. There is the suggestion (advanced in American Thinker by Skloroff and Bender) that the Senate must sue the executive, “triggering a confrontation between the judicial [Supreme Court] and the executive branches.”
I do not intend to consider these various thoughts – which have merit – in any detail, however. This is because it is my perception that there are a good many wimps among the Republicans in the Senate. They failed the nation in the first place, when they agreed to the current configuration for voting, which puts the onus on those who are opposed to the deal, rather than the other way around. And I simply do not believe that they are about to take on Obama in any seriously confrontational fashion.
In the exceedingly unlikely event that they would do so, it has to be because some Republicans of courage in the Senate have considered various legal ramifications and have decided to move forward. It must come from within the Republican ranks of the Senate. It SHOULD come from their ranks, but…
What I do see as a possibility is that a scheme may be devised by the Republicans that is less confrontational. but has the effect of at least partially blocking what Obama intends to advance. For example, there may be a push for reinstatement of sanctions.
I speak of Republican wimps, and I would like to use this opportunity to enlarge on this comment. Many of us celebrated when Republicans gained control of the Congress. Today, many of us mourn the way in which that Republican majority has failed the nation. I am not saying that there are no Republicans in Congress who have courage and integrity; I am saying the Republican majority bloc has not moved with determination and strength – in pursuit of a clear-eyed vision for the nation.
Just as there was unconscionable game-playing with regard to how the vote on the Iran deal would be structured, so have there been multiple other instances in which Obama has secured the upper hand when he should not have been permitted to. Now I hear that the deal should have been a treaty, and that what Obama has done is not legal. But the Republicans agreed to it! Just as they acquiesced in a dozen other instances in which the president has played fast and loose with the rules.
Is it that the president has the nation in his thrall? Or that he plays such hardball that there is hesitation to move against him? One matter is very clear: he plays the race card, which makes opponents uneasy about taking him on, lest they be charged with racism.
What we see again and again is that the president has no compunction about dancing around the truth, and evading direct promises that have been made. All politicians do this to some extent, but he is an all time master. We’ve seen this with “absolute” assurances he offered on the Iran deal, which have turned out to be no assurances at all. Yet somehow, he has managed to get away with it, when Congress should have called a halt.
Add to this the telling of bold-faced lies. I mention this here because only days ago, he did a webcast for the American Jewish community. “We’re all pro-Israel,” he declared. “We’re all family.”
Can anyone really believe this, after seeing that he agreed to a situation for Iran that will increase terrorism against Israel by Iran’s proxies?
“Nothing in this agreement prevents us from continuing to push back forcefully against terrorist activity,” he offered reassuringly.
Right… give Iran access to increased numbers of conventional weapons and huge sums of money, all of which will serve to bolster Iran’s terror proxies such as Hezbollah, and then provide assurance that there will be action against terrorism.
I am not sure how he says all of this with a straight face. But he does, and manages without eliciting wholesale outrage. I have not read of anyone who asked him, “What do you take me for, a fool?”
This tells me that America is in a very bad place.
Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner… the envelope please…
Raciali$t Organizer and Cop Hater Carol (Sunshine) Sullivan!
Puma By Design: My nominee for Weasel of the Week goes to Carol (Sunshine) Sullivan, an organizer of F***YoFlag, #FYF911 and #BlackLivesMatter movements.
Less than 24 hours before Bryce Williams aka Vesper Lee Flanagan II shot and killed two WBDJ journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward on the air Black activist Carol (Sunshine) Sullivan, an organizer of F***YoFlag on her radio blog show hosted from Texas called, “Sunshine’s F***ing Opinion Radio Show” allegedly gave members of #FYF911 or #FukYoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter a platform from which the hate/terrorist organizations called for the lynching of white people and law enforcement officers.
Two days after Parker and Ward were killed, Shannon J. Miles, a Black male pumped fifteen bullets into Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth at a gas station in Houston, Texas.
The killings are reminiscent of the shootings of two NYPD officers one week after Al Sharpton and Marxists paraded through the streets of New York City chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”
ALL were executions and all occurred after Marxists made the call.
Vesper Lee Flanagan stole two young innocent lives because they were Caucasians and because he felt entitled to that which he did not earn.
activists terrorists espousing hate and calling for the blood of “whitey” was more than enough for Flanagan’s diseased troubled mind to rationalize that killing Parker and Ward was only one way to remedy the situation.
While Sullivan and fellow activists terrorist leaders did not pull the triggers themselves, they have planted seeds of hate and violence influencing weak minds the result of which is bloodshed on the streets of America and the death of the innocent.
My biggest fear is that these terrorists are just getting warmed up.
I think it’s pretty evident that they’re just getting warmed up, at least when it comes to the police killings that have occurred lately. Actually, I think what amounts to a black on white race war has been going on for some time, to the despair of many Americans of all races. It’s just more out in the open now and has graduated to murdering police rather than rapes, the knock out game and flash mobs assembled via Twitter and Facebook.
What people like Carol Sullivan and others see is a sympathetic president who has never failed to comment and intervene when it comes to supposed black victims like Michael Brown and Treyvon Martin. He’s being totally silent when it comes to black on white crime and what amounts to executions of police.
That’s not an accident, either. There’s a reason Obama intimates are involved… Al Sharpton doing the cheerleading and agitating and George Soros funding #BlackLivesMatter and the Ferguson rioters. The Left revels in chaos and destruction, because it is a useful tactic for establishing totalitarianism.
Our Weasel ‘Sunshine’ is just a well-paid foot soldier of the regime. This week’s statuette of shame was carefully spray painted black, so as not to upset her racialist sympathies. Congrats, ‘Sunshine’, for bringing more darkness into the world.
Well, there it is.
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Child molestation is not only widespread throughout the Muslim world, but is completely accepted as a standard practice by Muslim men…
Several so-called “moderate Muslim” countries have no minimum age for girls to marry…Yemeni clerics agreed that puberty begins at the age of nine, therefore that is when husbands should begin having sex with their child brides…
Considering the fact that President Obama is bringing scores of so-called ‘refugees’ here from Islamic nations, it is a likely assumption that we can expect to see a rise in the number of child sexual assaults where these ‘refugees’ are relocated.
Q: Who decides “where these refugees are located?”
A: Obama and the Refugee Resettlement Industry “secretly plant” tens of thousands of Muslim men into our neighborhoods.
We have stringent laws protecting children from child molesters in every state. This makes it inconceivable that we would allow a single child molester to be “secretly planted” in one of our communities as part of Obama’s plan to fundamentally transform the country that he despises.
A man who can take a nine year-old bride in his country could now be secretly living down the street from my nine year-old grandchild.
– No Way!
That’s what the Chaldeans, Iraqi Christian refugees from Muslim persecution, are proclaiming as they, along with their neighbors, protest the construction of yet another mosque in Sterling Heights, MI, a community that has welcomed them and helped them to assimilate and become self-sufficient.
One Chaldean speaker … warned that the Muslims will do to America “what they did in Iraq.”
This is not…“Islamophobia,”… the Chaldean speaker speaks from experience.