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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

For the second time in a week, congressional Republicans have gone out of their way to try to undermine the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

As Bloomberg View’s Josh Rogin first reported on Monday, Senate Republicans released an open letter to Iran’s leaders rebuking the president’s efforts to negotiate a deal over the country’s nuclear program.

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the letter reads. It goes on to explain Congress’ role in the diplomatic process, and explain that the American president — unlike Congress — is limited to two four-year terms.

“What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei,” the letter warns. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

In other words: Senate Republicans want Iran to think that President Obama is not a reliable negotiating partner, because he will not stay in office for the duration of a nuclear deal.

Fourty-seven senators signed the letter, which was organized by freshman senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). Only seven members of the Republican caucus declined to sign: Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Bob Corker (R-TN), Dan Coats (R-IN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK).

Ironically, as Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith points out, the Senate Republicans’ Schoolhouse Rock-style effort to educate Iran on the Constitution actually misstates the Senate’s role in the treaty process. Contrary to the letter’s claim, the Senate does not ratify treaties; instead, it gives its advice and consent to the president, who may then proceed with ratification.

Still, the letter’s broader point stands: Without Congress, any deal the White House strikes with Iran could be undone by a future Republican-led government. That said, the politics of scrapping a nuclear deal could be very complicated for the GOP — which helps to explain why the senators wrote a letter instead of holding a vote.

UPDATE: The Obama administration fired back at Senate Republicans on Monday afternoon.

“It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran,” President Obama said, as quoted by USA Today.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also denounced the senators’ letter, describing it as “the continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed it as “mostly a propaganda ploy” — suggesting that he may understand American politics better than Cotton and his colleagues thought.

CORRECTION: Thad Cochran (R-MS) was one of the seven senators not to sign the letter, not Rob Portman (R-OH) as this article originally stated.

Photo: U.S. senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, MD. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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585 responses to “Politics Leap Over Water’s Edge With Senate GOP Letter To Iran”

  1. Lynda Groom says:

    What a shameful and childish act. However, I’m sure that the leadership of Iran understands that President Clinton won’t negate the possible agreement.

  2. rustacus21 says:

    In this, a year commemorating an historic moment in American’s time-line, we look at racism as being analogous to ‘Selma,’ or profiling in ‘Ferguson,’ but we often overlook its, as it relates to policies such as the Israeli/Palestinian calamity or even this – the sabotaging of the initiatives surrounding an nuclear agreement with Iran. Taken that racism is innately & fundamentally a SEVERE mental illness, we must consider what the authors of this ‘insalubrious’ letter had in mind. What little of it they possess, all told. The hate for President Barack Obama is racist thru & thru. W/out the benefit of authoring ideology to support HIS & his administrations foundations for recovery in 2009, conservative animosity toward this ‘new’ President could only be personal – & racist, considering the attendees mind-frame, at a secret meeting on inauguration nite 2009 (detailed in the book, “Ask Not What Good We Do…” by Robert Draper), in which current & past Republican office holders ‘conspired’ the undermining of the President & his policies (intended to foster a desperately needed recovery to the economic ‘Depression’ the nation was in). Fast forward to the letter noted in this article, in which Republicans ‘seditiously’ frame confusion as a final component of any peace deal to come, as well as telling the American people they (Republican legislators) have no intention of respecting the authority of President Obama’s (or his administration’s) willingness to achieve an agreement between they & the Iranians, in spite of the benefit to Israel & the whole of the Middle East region. The deference granted Israel in this matter, underscores the loathing for non-Whites in this entire affair – namely our non-White President & the non-White Iranians. Of course, there are those who will say ‘…race & color have nothing to do w/any of this…’ but under whose confidence? In 1953, our American CIA, albeit secretly, decided that the Iranian people were NOT competent enough to use the democratic process & elect representatives (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141527/ray-takeyh/what-really-happened-in-iran) of their choosing – thus ushering in a coup & a 26 year reign of terror by the Shah, which was ended by the 1979 revolution. Should we expect that the Iranians at the current negotiating table are as ignorant as contemporary Americans (lay &/or elected officials) of that very same history? The dual edge of racism is slashing both ways yet again, as both the President & the Iranian negotiators are being victimized by it’s (racism’s) inherent insanity, as portrayed by the Republican singee’s to this exercise in stupidity. As such, the nation & the world are being placed in a far more precarious & wholly dangerous predicament, as a result of these racist, infantile antics. The American people should already by now, know better. It’s also the understatement of the century (thus far) that we deserve better from our elected ‘representatives’ –

    • Daniel Jones says:

      This is why these idiots were so certain Birtherism would poison Obama’s Presidency, despite the fact that his mom being American meant he was eligable if he’d been born on a cargo plane in the Bermuda Triangle–they think that *foreign* is equivalent to *backwoods barbaric*.

      • idamag says:

        Yes! I wish to share something from George Washington addressing Congress. He had reservations about the harm it would do to Democracy by letting “back country yoemen” vote.

        • adler56 says:

          He also had wooden teeth and slaves- sounds like he was a back country yeoman.

          • idamag says:

            Ah, the folklore we learned in grade school. His teeth were carved from ivory. Yes, like many of his peers, he had slaves. However, he was one of those who agreed with the abolishment of slavery. They were out voted and it was taken out of the Constitution. Another slave owner who voted to abolish slavery was Thomas Jefferson.

      • Kevin Woods says:

        Actually Daniel….at the time he was born, his mother (who was 18 yoa) was too young to automatically bestow citizenship to him if the birth took place outside the U.S. and U.S. territories. That is the only reason why ‘Birtherism’ could gain any traction at all.

        Since 1961, laws have changed. In 1961, Obama’s mother needed to be at least 19 yoa for him to have citizenship if born outside of the U.S.

        Today, any birth to a U.S. citizen parent means that the child is also a U.S. citizen, pending certain U.S. residency restrictions. But again, THIS WAS NOT THE CASE when the President was born.

        One interesting note, though; none of the idiot ‘Birthers’ have ever been able to show that Obama’s mother ever traveled to a foreign country prior to his birth.

        Mmmmmm…..

    • Bob M says:

      One minor correction. The Iranians may not have pink skin but they are Caucasians the Anglo-Americans.

      • Carolyn1520 says:

        If you are asking a good number of citizens in this country what are Iranians, they wouldn’t say Caucasian. If one has a tan in our own country they are suspect.
        Skin color matters to them. That would be a good question to ask in a street survey.
        The same ones who hate Obamacare but like the ACA would likely get that question wrong.

    • Godzilla says:

      Why is it the US’s business what Iran does within their borders?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Why is it the business of your red CONfederate states to try to call war on Iran without the consent of the President and Commander-in-Chief? How desperate are your red states for another war you won’t pay for and the rest of us will?

        Our kids deserve some peace time …we won’t get it with all you hot little Johnny Rebs ready to arm yourselves and go “marching off to war” with the “cross of Jesus going on before.” Time to get over all that CONfederate Johnny Comes Marching Home Again BS.

        • adler56 says:

          The south is o for 1 in wars- why would anyone listen to them?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            The southern rebels only care about the glory of marching home from war. Shows how out of touch they really are. They also know that without war paid for by blue states, their state economies and jobs flush down the toilet.

        • Godzilla says:

          If you would sober up long enough to comprehend the English language, you could see that my point is that it’s none of this country’s business what Iran does within their borders. Your ignorance is on full display again, as I’m from the North.

  3. elw says:

    Each time I think the congressional GOP has gotten as arrogant and delusional can you get, they take it one step higher. Not only have they demonstrated that they have no understanding of how the US Government works they have shamed themselves and every single person that voted for them. They are the biggest danger the US faces, no enemy is greater than elected politicians who act out of ignorance and hate.

    • Godzilla says:

      Why don’t you enlighten us on just how the government works when it comes to treaties, I need a good laugh today.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Why don’t you stop trying to reinterpret the US Constitution? Article One, Sec. 10 remind you that the GOP has NO right to make treaties of any kind without the full consent of the Executive branch and the Senate?

        Time to haul GOP asses into the SC and force them to obey the constitution you righties are so desperate to call, “Just a damn piece of paper” like your hero Bush did.

      • adler56 says:

        Look in your mirror.

    • idamag says:

      Let me repeat something you said. “No enemy is greater than elected politicians who act out of ignorance and hate.” It is so true and bears repeating.

  4. Carolyn1520 says:

    Just when one thinks they have seen the lowest of the bottom dwellers in their party, the right elects even more than easily fit under that low bar.

  5. Mark Hammel says:

    To be honest, Obama’s claim that ISIS is equivalent to a junior varsity basketball team seems a bit delusional.

    • charleo1 says:

      Geez! Get over it. I don’t expect anyone in our military seen the Iraqi Army turning tale, and running from a force one tenth their size. Besides, there are far bigger fish to fry in this now, than a off handed statement. Like trying to recall a time ever, when we’ve had such a stupid bunch of partisan nitwits roaming the halls of Congress? Lobbying their tails off for yet another preemptive war, this time with Iran. A Country 3X the size of Iraq. Who’s regime change we fought for, and won in Iraq, empowered Iran. That is, at this time providing the troops, and supplies, and assistance in helping their new ally in the region. In it’s efforts to fight ISIS, and protect that very government we, the U.S., and our allies spent 10 years, and north of 3 trillion dollars setting up. And these Jackasses now want to go to war with Iran. And why? They haven’t even seen the multi-national deal. Well, I’ll tell you why. Because if Obama gets the agreement, and avoids war, he, and the Democrats will get the credit. That’s right! Nobody wants their damnable war. And the American public would be very pleased, and relieved. However, if they do somehow manage to get their war. They know next President will likely be a Democrat. And in their seditious minds, that would even the score in the totally unprovoked, and unmitigated military blunders dept. With their own sorry confederate, war mongering, conglomeration of malcontents, and complete idiots, now masquerading as a political organization.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Red states live off their military industries, prison industries, Big Oil, Big Agra and Big Energy like coal and fracking. These people have lost their minds. They live too far in the past. Everything they honor is dead or dying.

        • charleo1 says:

          So much for, “Greed is good.” Eh? We’ve simply got to stop this mentality of making money at any cost. That is being pursued by the monied interests that have now bought out our government, and have made profits the end all, and be all, in all things. It is a road to ruin we find ourselves on right now. And unfortunately, there just doesn’t seem to be any off ramps in sight. What we do see out of the corporate party, with respect to the Iranian nuclear talks. Is that incredibly, they want no negotiated agreement to reached. That averting a war, is not a policy they would advocate under any circumstances. And I think the public needs to ask, what kind of a Country are we becoming, that would seek a war, rather than avoid one? And would do so, with the kind of dogged determination we now see out of a corrupt, illegitimate cabal, controlled by the most ideologically extreme, and radical factions within it’s ranks. Who have shown themselves to be without bounds, and have yet to reach any limits whatsoever, in their total opposition to literally anything this President, or his Party, expresses even the mildest of arguments for. And so now in this, a President works in the interests of peace. What should we expect from them, but an insistence for all out war?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I’m a firm believer in what goes around comes around. At present, the wealthiest think they have total domination. Will they in the next decade? Not possible. Especially not when they are sneaky, underhanded slime balls who’d steal from their own mothers to stay rich. That never lasts.

            If what I am hearing from the younger generation of workers is true, some of these too rich to care, too rich to pay attention bulls are spawning more and more angry young people. If they thought the 60s were turbulent years…the millennial 20s are going to be much worse. Prepare yourself for Road Warrior Rage.

          • charleo1 says:

            I think that is a very real possibility. Because these people have
            no regulators on their behavior. And who could blame young people for doing what John Lewis called, “Getting in the way.”
            “Getting in the good kind of trouble.” Standing up against the
            inequality, and the everything must go, sellout of their futures.

      • idamag says:

        Wasn’t it King Richard III who kept Britain in so many wars that they beheaded him? The country was bankrupted by his wanting to be the big man in the world as they knew it.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Compared to the armed forces we faced during WWI and WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam; ISIS does resemble cub scouts in training. Otherwise, after a lifetime of paying taxes to support the largest, best equipped, best trained, and most sophisticated armed forces in the world, if we can’t defeat ISIS, I want my money back!

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      To be honest? Please…what is honest about a high handed GOP trying to usurp the right of this president by dictating their brand of foreign policy?

      Read Article I, Sec. 10 of the US Constitution. The GOP is forbidden from makiung ANY treaties on its own without the consent of the Senate and Executive branch of government.

      Time for the GOP bullies to obey the Constitution as it was written. Not, as they want to reinterpret it.

      • robertannable says:

        The GOP sure wants another war. Do they think the US public is gullible enough to want another war with a country that has done nothing to us, and is a sovereign nation. once again regarding ALLeGED WMD’s. Been there, Done that, and it sure worked out well. GOP party of treason.

      • hicusdicus says:

        Gosh darn fooled again. I thought congress was part of the checks and balances of our federal government. To stop the administration from getting the country in trouble. We need to get rid of congress and the senate and let the president run rough shod over everybody.

    • jmprint says:

      When you have children joining the forces, is it not junior varsity? If your party would work with President Obama, maybe we would have already decimated ISIS, but he has to struggle with all appropriations. We voted for President Obama to make foreign policy decisions, not the freshmen bigots the t-party you voted in.

    • robertannable says:

      He is accurate, with ISIS getting schoolgirls to enlist it appears that is like a JV team. IsIs now is losing all the territory they gained in Iraq thanks to Iran and the Iraq army getting better leadership and the Kurds have beaten them back. 300 Isis fighters from the UK, deserted ISIS last month.

    • idamag says:

      This is what I consider a good post. You put out something real that you disagreed with and you may be right. I have been pondering it myself. However these anti–government trolls who call names are useless to the blog and to society.

  6. idamag says:

    How many of their kids will fight in another war?

    Here is an excerpt from a postcard I saw:
    “How should we pay for war with Iran?
    A. Raise taxes on everybody.
    B. Raise income tax.
    C. Take it from Social Security and Medicare.
    D. Borrow from China.
    E. Put it on a credit card and let the next administration worry about it.”

  7. Insinnergy says:

    Wow. Can you imagine the GOP/Fox heads exploding if the Democrats did half of what these knuckle-draggers are doing to Obama, to a Republican President?
    There would be charges for Treason.
    The hypocrisy of the GOP knows neither shame nor limits.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Sending a letter to radical Mullahs to undermine the authority and efforts of moderate Iranian politicians, after declaring that Iran is the hub of terrorism, is not only bizarre, it is evidence of high treason and grounds for impeachment.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Sending a letter to radical Mullahs to undermine the authority and efforts of moderate Iranian politicians, after declaring that Iran is the hub of terrorism, is not only bizarre, it is evidence of high treason and grounds for impeachment.

  8. DAK27 says:

    Every one who signed this letter should find themselves in Gitmo by week’s end. No lawyer, no trial, no nothing but an orange jumpsuit and waterboarding twice a day until they “confess” then they can be shot.

  9. Dominick Vila says:

    The unprecedented and deliberate decision taken by Republican Senators to satisfy the wishes of a foreign leader, at the expense of a U.S. President and global stability, highlight the lack of patriotism, their subservient attitude towards the arms industry, and the intense hatred they demonstrate, time and again, against President Obama.
    The first president I remember was FDR, and while vocal, contentious, disagreements are an integral part of our form of government, and a demonstration of the strength of our democracy, I don’t recall a single case of members of Congress torpedoing ongoing negotiations with foreign countries to pursue their philosophical or financial goals at the expense of the credibility of the Office of the Presidency. Shame on these idiots and their supporters.

    • RobertCHastings says:

      Joe Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh BOTH negotiated with AXIS governments for agreements contrary to the best interests of America during the period leading up to America’s active involvement in WWII.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        We have also negotiated with countries like China and Vietnam, who are now among our most important trading partners.

    • mike says:

      When has Obama gone to the Senate for “advice and consent” to proceed??? He has unilaterally ignored Senate role not only on this but other actions by him.
      When you have a narcissistic President and Secretary of State more concerned about their legacy than the well being of the American people, the Senate has to voice their concerns.

      Shame on the left that believes that Obama can shred the Constitution at his whim. His attempt to use “sole executive agreement” would be the unprecended expansion of executive powers. Yes, other presidents have used sole executive agreements but their actions have not been up held by SCOTUS, without evidence that the agreement received acquiescence from Congress. Past “New Arm Agreements” have been approved by the Senate. At this time in the Senate, both parties are united and insist that at some point Obama will need to have their buy-in for any agreement to go forward with Iran and a nuclear deal. But at this point it looks like Obama doesn’t seem to believe this or plans to or engage the Congress in a meaningful way.
      What the right understands is that the Iranians can not be trusted nor can they trust Obama.

      • charleo1 says:

        My sense is, who the F cares what the Right thinks they understand, at this point? They lied us into the last war over supposed WMDs. And the American public elected this President not the pathetic excuse they offered up. There were no open letters by Democrats to the Evil Empire. No threats to retract the deal as soon as the Republican President signed onto it. And brought back the most aggressive arms limitation deal ever agreed to before that time, without the input of Congress. You’re a great example Mike, of the ignorance, and partisanship, that will one day be the downfall of this Republic. If we’re not very, very careful. and fail to stop tis nonsense in it’s tracks. I’ll tell you exactly what the Right’s success would mean. Iran walks away from the talks. The Iranian people continue to endure the hardships imposed on them by the West. Their resentment, and determination solidified daily, to not be dictated to by the U.S. and the obstinate Neocons, and the other war mongering factions represented by the likes Israel’s, Netanyahu. Then, similarly, and along the same paths as Pakistan, and N. Korea before them, They will acquire their own nuclear capability. For what will come to see as necessary protection, from a dangerous, violent, unpredictable, and wholly untrustworthy, United States. Who seeks, and will be satisfied with nothing less than their complete subjugation. And who among the paranoid Right Wing could really blame them?

        • Dominick Vila says:

          As you know, the current GOP strategy has absolutely nothing to do with what is in our best interest, or the best interests of the Iranian people. This is all about the need to preserve the status quo, use it as a wedge for more military interventions, justify high DoD budgets, justify military and foreign aid to Israel, and protect the interests of the arms industry. There is simply too much money at stake to pursue peaceful coexistence.

          • charleo1 says:

            Well isn’t that obviously a damn poor way to run a Country?
            Or a sure fire way of running it into the ground?

        • mike says:

          LMOA!!!
          You seemed to forget Biden’s letter to Powell in 2002 where he stated “major arms control agreements must pass through the Senate for consent.”
          Keep trying little blue boy.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        When the negotiations began.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        When the negotiations began.

      • Cory Simenson says:

        Shut up! I’m tired of all you right wing trolls spewing talking points like they are breathed by God Himself.

        • mike says:

          Shut up, Really!!! Now you are really funny!!
          Poor little Cory can ‘t refute, so as most on the left try to do, shut down the discourse. Predictable and pathetic.
          Cory, I am not going away for you or others so you can spew your circle jerk of lies.

          • Cory Simenson says:

            What is there to refute? You are presented facts with verifiable sources to counter your “facts” and you choose to ignore it. You, sir, are predictable and pathetic. You and everyone like you use the same arguments, who’s in the circle jerk now?

          • mike says:

            For starters, Does Senate in the Constitution have “advice and consent” on new arms deals treaties and agreements?? Biden sure thought so in 2002 writing to Sec. State Powell.
            I would say you are still in the circle jerk!!!

          • Cory Simenson says:

            Senate gives “advice and consent” for the President to ratify treaties. Congress does not have any Constitutional say prior to that. Nor does the Senate have to approve every State Department agreement with another country. Lord have mercy, you can look that up at senate.gov.

          • mike says:

            Unfortunately for you the Supreme Court says differently when it comes to treaties or Sole Executive agreements without the Senate involvement. You just can’t accept Biden’s letter to Powell that the Senate prerogative regarding arms control without approval from the Senate.
            See, you did have to try and refute when you said there was nothing to refuse. Keep trying.

          • Cory Simenson says:

            I gave you a source to look at. Where’s the Supreme Court decision you speak of?

          • mike says:

            You haven’t given me squat. Look up yourself.

          • Cory Simenson says:

            as I thought, you’re too scared that you just might be wrong. And I’m the lazy liberal. Quit wasting my time with your hate and bias. Tell your masters you’ve been a good dog.

          • mike says:

            Not scared at all. I found it and so can you. You like most liberal want to be spoon fed.

  10. The lucky one says:

    It seems like treason to me. Only the president can negotiate foreign policy. On the other hand I’m sure the Iranians know enough American history to understand what a treaty with the US is worth. If not maybe they can hire a native American to bring them up to speed.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Read Article One of the US Constitution on what happens to a party in Sec. 10 when they make “treaties” with a foreign nation. The GOP is now headed to the SC for their arrogance and high handed takeover.

    • idamag says:

      Damn, you are good!

  11. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Let the GOP go over the edge. They are only proving what we all know about them. They are overriding the choice of those who voted for this president by refusing to allow the Executive branch any decisions. Every decision the GOP has made since Mitch McConnell’s announcement of war against the president in March 2009, “We WILL get RID of Obama!” has shown how far they will go to push their party’s agenda.

    So now they play the game of ignoring the rights of a sitting president? This will bite them in their dumb Confederate butts.

    Already some are calling by petition for I&R on a national vote to get rid of Boehner and McConnell. When a party becomes so empowered and so high handed as to overrule and completely obliterate the Executive branch of government, they violate the Constitutional protections granted equality of ALL branches of the government and the minority party.

    According to Constitutional law no majority party has majority rule without input from both parties to protect the rights of the minority party.

    • jmprint says:

      How about an I&R to get rid of all the T-party Dumb assets.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Actually, that’s what it’s coming down to. When our votes end up being ignored by a handful of power freaks, only a radical swing to another methodology works.

        It’s real not that difficult to demand by national petition to see issues placed on a ballot or to call a “special election.” That’s the Guarantee of the US Constitution when government fails to heed the will of the people.

      • idamag says:

        How about education to let these voters know what dumbasses they are sending to Washington and the state governments. Every Representative in my state is Republican. About two weeks ago, one was talking about the future use of micro cameras to replace colonoscopies. Our Representative thought it could be used for uterine examinations by swallowing it. They still open their legislative sessions with prayers in Idaho. A Hindu man was asked to give the prayer and three senators walked out with some very nasty things they said to the press. They passed legislation, over the objections of college officials, to allow guns on college campuses. When we have elected officials who say a person worships false gods, to the press, over and over, it shows our lack of education and how little class we have.

  12. paulroden says:

    Since taking office in 2009, the Republicans have been dead set on making President Obama fail and limit him to one term. Anything that he has proposed except for the TPP, they have been against. any nominee for an appointed position they have been against. This letter to Iran borders on violating the Logan Act. This is outrageous. How much lower can they go? Impeachment is next. They just can’t wait to get him out of office anyway they can.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      If the Justice Dept. ignores this violation of the Constitution, they become complicit in the GOP’s overreach.

    • adler56 says:

      The President needs to start cutting federal funds for the states these cretins represent- the residents will then get their attention and shut them down.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        The reality is that too too too much of our tax dollars, yours and mine, ends up in big businesses to keep them in existence. In essence, more of our tax revenues pay businesses to stay profitable. Profit they do not feel one tiny shred of obligation to pay back in taxes, jobs or hiring. So why are we handing them one damn dime?

        • RobertCHastings says:

          It is a verfiable fact that those states that are considered red (Republican) are among those that receive more from the Federal government on average than those who are considered blue (Democrat) states. In virtually all public health and social categories, red states are in worse shape than blue states, and yet the citizens of these states CONTINUE to shoot themselves in the foot by continuing to elect and re-elect those people to Congress who will perpetuate this system.

          • idamag says:

            My red state, Idaho, takes $1.95 from the Federal Government for every $1.00 they put in.

          • RobertCHastings says:

            Did they set up their own ACA marketplace? Is there an issue with Food Stamps and Unemployment Insurance? Has there been a recent move by your governor/legislature to reduce the tax rates on the wealthiest by 30% or so? Are your state’s roads and infrastructure in worse shape than they were twenty years ago? Has your state’s educational system had about a 10 – 20% reduction in workforce since 2007? These and many more are the issues being faced by citizens in Red states around the country, states that have either been traditionally red (like the Deep South), or states that have just recently gone red. I moved to NC in1961, when NC had a national reputation as having some of the best roads in the country, thanks to several moderate governors from the 1940s thru the 1960s. Of course, they don’t like to have folks talking about their record on voting rights, either.

          • idamag says:

            You are from Idaho, too?

      • idamag says:

        I think so. We need to pull our offices, defense plants, military units, and anything else out of these places and maybe they will start thinking with facts to think with.

    • idamag says:

      Don’t say how much lower can they get? I asked that and they sunk even lower. Inviting the Israel war lord to diss the President, in our own country, and writing letters.

  13. bobnstuff says:

    So why aren’t the democrats nailing these folks to a cross about now? I’m so tired of the please don’t hurt me party rolling over and playing dead. The Democrats should be
    screaming right now. I fear the American people have gotten so used to this bad government that they will let it go on forever.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      I’m so tired of you Great, White Middle Aged, Angry Right Wing Males playing your Masters of the Universe game. At what point did it become YOUR and ONLY your right to be high handed jackasses? Anyone who has watched Trey Gowdy in the 8th Benghazi hearing, sees what a bunch of little jerks the GOP is training for their war games.

      How about get off our lazy butts, shut your mouths and do something with your lives instead of trying to boss those who will NEVER allow you to do it?>

      • duif100 says:

        If the supporters of Women’s Lib could have imagined that it would create maniacs like you, they would never have started!

      • duif100 says:

        If the supporters of Women’s Lib could have imagined that it would create maniacs like you, they would never have started!

    • idamag says:

      You and me, both.

  14. adler56 says:

    Republican racists are in very serious territory. Because they only talk to those with similar views they think they’re in the majority-= how freakin dumb they are. Time for a slap down.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Most narrow minded bigots end up in jail. The last head of the KKK went to prison for abducting a teenage girl he cannabalized. End of his bigot career.

      All we have to do is watch the GOP go over the cliff like they always do. They’ve been at it since the 1890s. Not much changes in southern and midwestern male bully minds…They live like it’s 1929 all over again.

      • hicusdicus says:

        Do you mean he actually ate her with a knife and fork? Was she fried, boiled or baked? I certainly hope he not eat her raw that would be disgusting. Why did he not go to the local diner and buy some vitals? Speaking of boiled and baked how are you doing this morning? I see you are up an at em and kicking arse. What was it like living back in 1929?

      • duif100 says:

        Was Dem senator Robert Byrd not a KKK member and as a member of the Ku Klux Klan cast a “no” vote on the landmark
        Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibited discrimination against African
        Americans and others.
        Conveniently forgotten?

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          He was from the old guard, and he apologized profusely for his stupidity.

          • idamag says:

            There were racists in both parties and probably still are; however it appears the Republican Party is the party of the racists. The old school Democrats are few.

          • duif100 says:

            He apologized profusely for his stupidity.
            That is what liberals are good at but the fact remains that it does not erase all the harm they done.
            The consequences of the actions they apologize for remain.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            God forbid that the GOP should apologize for stupid acts past and present. They need to apologize for something every week now, but are they doing that? No, they go on making bad matters worse — deliberately!

            Senator Byrd was among a multitude of racists back then, but Republicans seem to want to take us back to post-civil war behaviors and bigotry! So much for progress!

            Furthermore, until Abraham Lincoln came along, no other Republicans were of that ilk, nor would have gone that far. No Republican since Lincoln has done as much. Given the fact that the GOP has no interest in bringing the Civil Rights Act to the floor as one article put it “any time soon” speaks to where they are on the issue of equal voting rights for blacks. But go ahead, complain about Senator Byrd, who ceased and desisted in terms of racism — the GOP is about to call out the KKK!

          • duif100 says:

            Democratic racists are fine but republican racists are terrible?

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            It is standard practice for Republicans to pretend something was said that was not said, and to misinterpret someone’s meaning simply because it suits them to do so.

            I never said anything about racism being okay on the part of a Democrat or a Republican. Byrd realized the error of his philosophy and apologized for it. That is certainly better than a Republican racist who never apologizes, as if because a Democrat was once a racist, too, then he (the Republican) is justified in remaining racist. Such logic!

          • duif100 says:

            Your previous comment excuses the democrat Byrd’s racism and goes on a tirade about republican racism!
            That speaks for itself and verifies my comment!

        • jmprint says:

          Yes they do try to weasel themselves into organizations that don’t approve of them.

        • charleo1 says:

          Oh barf! Not this asshat discussion again!

        • ps0rjl says:

          Yes, the civil rights act as signed by LBJ a Democrat and what party welcomed the Dixiecrats to join them? Why it was the Republican party. Nixon called it the Southern Strategy.

        • Carolyn1520 says:

          OMG. Please retire this as a talking point. It’s been explained in Morons 101 so many times.

  15. cpbis says:

    This to me is as close to treason as the GOP can get. They seem to think they can do whatever they want without any repercussions. Well, this may well assist in getting them out of Congress as well as lose the presidency in 2016. Disgusting!

    • Carolyn1520 says:

      If nothing else, it ensures dems at the polls in record numbers.
      Perhaps a t”hank you right for being stupid again” is in order.

  16. prenestino says:

    The vast majority (70%) of the electorate supports the GOP and all of their atrocious behavior by sitting home and not bothering to vote. We should direct our anger at them

    • jmprint says:

      NO! the anger is ours, we should educate as many as we know. The average American is clueless when it comes to politics. On the T-Party side they have religion aligned with them because T-party as hog washed them into thinking that they are a very caring, christian group, when we all know better.

      • idamag says:

        Educate, educate, educate.

      • prenestino says:

        I try not to lapse into cynicism, but if they cared they would educate themselves, at least to know that it is a civic duty to know what is going on and to have a voice. Have you actually tried talking to a FOX “News” fan? And why were Black people so willing to casually abandon Obama during the midterm elections? Do these people who don’t vote really not care if they lose their health care, Social Security, or any of the other things the GOP wants to take away? I have tried to talk to people whose lives would be truly desperate without these programs to no avail. Why doesn’t the news media focus on this situation?

  17. latebloomingrandma says:

    Republicans say the President doesn’t play well with Congress and doesn’t build alliances with them. Sounds like he’s a mean ole black man. However, I think he’s not mean enough. Can you imagine Democrats pulling this stunt on Nixon? If Obama had his own form of Darth Cheney, the Repubs wouldn’t know what hit them. Or if Obama had his own form of a Fox News there would be a lot of “treason” talk going around for these Senators.

    • hicusdicus says:

      So you are calling him a mean ole black man. Shame on you, he isn’t old.

    • idamag says:

      I saw a cute cartoon the other day. It show satan surrounded by fire and new people to his rhealm. Satan is reading a book on torture (probably the one devised by the CIA) He is saying, “What would Cheney do?”

  18. Bojac says:

    Someone needs to undermine the Obama administration on allowing Iran to develop a nuclear bomb. His fumbling,bumbling, incompetence and ignorance has damaged our friends and supported our enemies in the Middle East. He should be supporting Israel, Kurds, Jordan and Egypt in stead of Iran.

    • latebloomingrandma says:

      Obama is not “supporting” Iran. Iran reached out to the Bush administration in 2003 to try to negotiate some concessions regarding their nuclear program. They at the time had 200 centrifuges. Cheney put the kabosh on “talking” to the enemy. Today Iran has 20,000!. If we negotiated to allow inspectors in, that at least allows us and our allies to keep tabs on what’s going on. the alternative is their continuing enrichment and most certainly war via Israel’s trigger finger.
      Telling Iran they just have to stop, while we continue crippling sanctions is obviously not going to work , besides we do not get to see firsthand what enrichment is going on. Why would they stop the enrichment while the world is isolating them and Israel next door is waiting for an excuse to bomb them? The key to a successful negotiation is what do each of us have to gain and what do each lose with or without a deal. These treasonous Senators can’t see beyond the ends of their noses.

      • duif100 says:

        Keeping tabs on what is going on?
        That is Obama’s answer to that problem?
        They are still progressing and working on the bomb while he is keeping tabs.
        He could just as well ask them to give him a call when they have the bomb ready to drop on Washington DC.

        • latebloomingrandma says:

          So your solution is to bomb first rather than be bombed? That worked out so well with Iraq. That should really be a good solution, since Iran is a much larger country and has a professional military.

          • idamag says:

            There are other Mideast countries, that do not trust the United States, and they will side with Iran. In addition it will foment more terrorist groups and people dui might not be as safe in their beds as they would like to be.

          • oldtack says:

            duif 100 likes to scream war but would he or any of his ilk go fight the war.? Or would he depend on the present 1/2 of 1 percent that serve? Rudy had five deferments, Chenney 6 deferments, Bush “absentee Air National Guard., Clinton a protesting Draft dodger?

          • idamag says:

            So which is more honest? The guy who honestly believes the war is wrong and refuses to go – or -the one with the rich daddy who keeps him out of the war. Then there were the perpetual students and those who went on a church mission to avoid war.

          • oldtack says:

            The one that proclaimed “Hell no I won’t go” is more honest. Sadly -we are encompassed with “Hawks” that scream War – Attack. All fired up – until war becomes a reality then they find places to hide until it is over and the 1 percent group have died in their stead. Brave men they are Yes. Hah.

          • plc97477 says:

            I feel that all those who yell “boots on the ground” should put their boots on and head out.

          • oldtack says:

            You have that right!

          • duif100 says:

            I am sad to say that Iraq has indeed been a disaster since Obama took charge!

        • jmprint says:

          So what make you so intelligent? You sound like a blundering idiot.

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          I guess you’re on the inside in Iran — conducting talks? Ludicrous that you should attempt to speak with such authority, when your very commentary bespeaks your ignorance.

        • idamag says:

          Liar, liar, liar. So if we refuse to negotiate with Iran, are you going to sign up to lead the boys into battle? How about your kids? If people find out we are in perpetual war, they might not join and the draft might be re-instated and some of us will object to reasons for deferment. Either everyones’ kids go or none.

    • jmprint says:

      Your friends were already damaged. You want to be ruled by Israel government, then please do us all a favor and move to Israel. You won’t be missed. The middle east is a mess because your buddies inflicted an unnecessary war on Iraq and President Obama has been trying to clean up that monstrosity.

      • duif100 says:

        He is not very good at cleaning up anything.
        He is only good at hiding!

        • jmprint says:

          When do you see him hiding, just because you spew trash, doesn’t make it correct. You are a vicious lier. You so conveniently forget where this country was headed in 2008.

      • idamag says:

        And they were convicted of war crimes, in absentia, in Norway and Malaysia. Several other countries have sworn out warrants for their arrest and they cannot go to those countries. With those facts, Duck Dynasty, Lizard Lick Towing, and Honey Boo-Boo, what do you think Foreign Countries think of us?

    • TheSkalawag929 says:

      On what do you base your misconceptions Bojac? Republicans have been undermining President Obama’s administration from day 1. Think Mitch McConnell and his one term president campaign.
      This President’s foreign policy has cost us far less in Blood and Treasure than any of the past republican administrations.

      • duif100 says:

        And terrorism and unrest in the Middle East has grown to the highest levels under Obama’s leading from behind non-leadership!
        The next president, liberal or conservative, will have to clean up the mess with extra blood and treasure. See Iraq!

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          Remember it was Bush/Cheney who went to war with Saddam Hussein instead of “getting bin Laden, dead or alive.” That’s the mess Obama is trying to clean up.

          • duif100 says:

            Trying to clean up is maybe a correct statement.
            He might be trying but so far he has made a bigger mess out of everything he touched.
            The world can breathe easier when his term is over.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            He would not be cleaning up a mess if the first mess hadn’t been made by Bush/Cheney. Remember, when you make war, nobody can determine in what direction it will veer nor how long it will last. The first important thing is this: Wage war at your own risk, but when you do, be damned sure it is being fought for the right reason, and not just so you can take control of some other country’s oil fields. And definitely, get the right enemy. Don’t exchange the right enemy for the wrong one and then when it is pinpointed — blame your successor, because it is your ineptness that started the whole mess in the first place!

        • charleo1 says:

          You are aware the Iraqi War turned an enemy into an ally of Iran? That it also disenfranchised the Sunnis? That many of the former Iraqi military has joined extremists organizations like ISIS, by the droves in direct response to the outcome our actions in Iraq? That empty Right Wing talking points, when placed side by side with reality, are extremely ignorant? Well, I wish you would educate yourself. I truly do. As you now see the only way to, “clean up the mess,” of the last war, is another war. Then, how do we clean up that mess? And how many more trillions do you purpose to spend? How many thousands more of our young folk do you want to sacrifice in this cleaning up? How many more? It’s not a trick question.

          • duif100 says:

            The finishing touches in Iraq were applied by Barack Husein Obama who claimed victory.

            As usual, he screwed it up!

          • charleo1 says:

            Sure everything was just hunky dory in Iraq, before Hussein.
            Why don’t you grow a pair, and defend these war mongering
            Son a Bitches then? How many more, Einstein? It’s not a hard question for a supporter of the bombs settle everything party.

          • duif100 says:

            Are you trying to say that everything is better in Iraq since Obama took over?

          • charleo1 says:

            You know very well what I’m saying.

          • duif100 says:

            No, I don’t!
            Your mind does not seem to function in a logical manner.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            While that’s kind of you to assume he does, he’s only Einstein in his circles 🙂

          • idamag says:

            You don’t attack a country on lies and when no WMDs or chemical weapons were found, then they changed the reason to Saddam Husein was a tyrant. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld have been tried for war crimes, in absentia, in two countries and found guilty so they are convicted war criminals and it is the criminal element that defends them.

          • duif100 says:

            Which Husein are you talking about?
            Barack Husein or Sadam Husein?

            PS; my nick name in college was Einstein and it was not given to me for being stupid!

          • charleo1 says:

            Funny you don’t seem all that bright. Perhaps you’re just T-Bagging for fun?

          • idamag says:

            I stopped responding to him when I realized wasn’t very smart and a name-calling bully.

          • charleo1 says:

            Obviously, you’re a wiser, quicker, person than I. At least two more rounds than was necessary with this idiot. I’ll learn better one of these days….

          • duif100 says:

            It takes one to recognize one and that means that you are probably too stupid to recognize intelligence.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Stupid friends? That can even make the top moron look good.

          • duif100 says:

            Are you the idiot who argues with herself and looses those arguments?

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            Thank you, you make my point.

        • TheSkalawag929 says:

          As if you care about what’s going on in the Middle East. Whether or not you believe it Bush 43’s administration policies are what’s responsible for the pressure cooker situation in the Middle East today.
          Contrary to your belief we are not the world’s Moral Police.

          • idamag says:

            And when those Mideastern countries think the United States is going to help Israel destroy them, they get defensive. If we start another war in the Mideast, you can bet is won’t be like the bush wars. Everyone is going to lose. Attacking Iraq on false premises, led to ISSIS today. It also strengthened Al Qaeda. We have no business involving ourselves in Israel’s religious war. Who is going to pay for the next war? How is going to be paid for? By robbing the Social Security Trust Fund? Raising taxes? Borrowing from China? Put it one a credit card and let the next administration find out how to pay for it? Who will be sent to fight in it?

          • TheSkalawag929 says:

            Learn from the past and don’t start another war. Change our foreign policy and stop making enemies.

          • duif100 says:

            Don’t pretend to know what I think or belief.
            Your unsubstantiated opinion is just your opinion and no more.

      • idamag says:

        Mitch McConnell’s exact words, inauguration day: “The Republicans’ main job is to make Obama a one-term president.” And that has been their focus since day one.

    • TheSkalawag929 says:

      On what do you base your misconceptions Bojac? Republicans have been undermining President Obama’s administration from day 1. Think Mitch McConnell and his one term president campaign.
      This President’s foreign policy has cost us far less in Blood and Treasure than any of the past republican administrations.

    • oldtack says:

      Why did we allow Israel to develop a Nuclear Weapon?

    • idamag says:

      Someone needs to face the truth. With our support to Israel, who has several nuclear warheads, and with an attack on Iraq, of course Iran is going to get nervous. Our support, to Israel, caused 9-11. So don’t think your AK-47 is going to prevent dirty bombs. The sane thing to do is talk.

  19. paladins_hat says:

    Is a correction needed in the article? Rob Portman’s signature appears on the last page of signatures, left column, second from bottom…the article states that he withheld.?

  20. weary_jane says:

    At least there are seven Republicans in the Senate who are sane. If they intend winning at an point in time, they need to increase those numbers. I know that they are incapable of thinking correctly simply by their actions. American voters remember this in 2016!

    • duif100 says:

      You as a liberal Obama lover want to give the GOP advice on how to win?
      That is insanity!

      • GinnyAlbert says:

        No the insanity comes in that the GOP thinks it can EVER win again unless they change their spots — but then leopards can’t change their spots, so look forward to a blowout in 2016. I can’t even imagine what the GOP Presidential debate will look like! Can’t wait!

      • GinnyAlbert says:

        No the insanity comes in that the GOP thinks it can EVER win again unless they change their spots — but then leopards can’t change their spots, so look forward to a blowout in 2016. I can’t even imagine what the GOP Presidential debate will look like! Can’t wait!

      • idamag says:

        And like all bullies and unlearned, you start out with name calling. Can’t you find a site that will pat you on the back for the most hateful thing you can come up with about the President?

        • oldtack says:

          I smell “White Supremacy”. That is something that one finds in all parts of this Country to a degree. But this seems to be the overpowering belief of the “Old South” In this part of our Country the stench of mendacity is overpowering. It was there with Calhoun in 1832, with Rhett in SC in 1860, the subjugation and Jim Crow Laws in reconstruction on to 1965 and it still linger like a putrid cancre..

        • Carolyn1520 says:

          I completely agree with part of your conversation but if they all stayed with their own kind, they would learn nothing. It’s important that they know, we didn’t win twice, in spite of obstruction being their number one goal and their puppet masters throwing obscene amounts to ensure it, because we are weak or sitting around singing peace songs. On the contrary, we had boots on the ground organizing long before they read the faux poll results. McCain/Palin and Romney/What’s his name never stood a chance.
          It’s good they know before they even pick a new clown, gerrymander, obstruct and attempt to manipulate, we know their game plans. This isn’t about hating the opponent, it’s about caring about the greater good and actually loving the country, that we will continue to prevail. Just seeing the abject stupidity on the right has served to inspire a great number of people on the left to action because we do remember Bush and those before him who let in the real enemies of democracy into their party.

        • duif100 says:

          And what name did I call you?
          You obviously are a liberal Obama lover!
          Your comment makes that quite clear!

      • idamag says:

        And like all bullies and unlearned, you start out with name calling. Can’t you find a site that will pat you on the back for the most hateful thing you can come up with about the President?

      • idamag says:

        And like all bullies and unlearned, you start out with name calling. Can’t you find a site that will pat you on the back for the most hateful thing you can come up with about the President?

  21. AlfredSonny says:

    Republicans should be ashamed for playing politics at the expense of America!

  22. AlfredSonny says:

    Congress is composed of Republicans and Americans.

  23. booker25 says:

    Ringleader Tom Cotton should be handcuffed in the chamber and lead out, then every single one of the reminding 46 should be handled the same as their names are read out, traitors!!

    • duif100 says:

      Why are they traitors?
      Obama makes single handed deals that effect every citizen but the same citizens he works for are not allowed to know.

      • GinnyAlbert says:

        Ignorant posturing! Five other foreign countries are involved in these negotiations. Republicans are stepping on their toes as well. But, because they don’t understand the rules of law or those governing Congress, they say anything and do anything! They should all be recalled, and sent back to school!

        • duif100 says:

          Obama and his administration understand the law so well that they have the first AG ever in contempt of congress an a secretary of state who confiscates all her correspondence that by law belongs to the people who employed her and a president in contempt of court.

          Real honest law abiding citizens!

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            If you will consider WHY they are all in contempt — who has them in contempt — a GOP-controlled Congress. All three would be in contempt of Congress if they sneezed with Republicans in control. And you would go so far as to claim that Republicans know ANYTHING about the rule of law? I’m simply laughing at your dumb commentary!

      • GinnyAlbert says:

        Ignorant posturing! Five other foreign countries are involved in these negotiations. Republicans are stepping on their toes as well. But, because they don’t understand the rules of law or those governing Congress, they say anything and do anything! They should all be recalled, and sent back to school!

      • Charles Evans says:

        Another bold face lie!

      • idamag says:

        liar, liar

        • duif100 says:

          Is that not name calling, the thing you so despise?

          And of course no justification for your claim!

          • idamag says:

            It is not name calling if it is true and if it is obvious that you didn’t study and didn’t provide verifiable facts. Democrats = wimps. Republican = liars, war mongers, hate mongers and not so bright.

          • duif100 says:

            What did I lie about?
            My statement was 100% true.
            Obama is attempting to bypass congress on the deal with Iran (that is a fact)
            That deal will affect every American citizen (that is a fact)
            Obama works for the American people but has refused to disclose anything about the deal to his bosses the American people (that is a fact)
            I am looking forward to your apology!

          • DAK27 says:

            The “fact” is the PRESIDENT (even if YOU don’t like him) is in CHARGE of foreign affairs. NOT CONGRESS.

      • idamag says:

        liar, liar

      • idamag says:

        liar, liar

      • kenndeb says:

        The Emperor is an illegal TYRANT.

        • DAK27 says:

          Then why is he still in office? Why hasn’t the mighty GOP saved us all by impeachment and throwing Obama in Gitmo? Could it be because they can’t because he isn’t a tyrant? Could it be the GOP is stirring hate and ill will just to further their own power-grab?

      • DAK27 says:

        All Presidents make deals… Please read the US Constitution.

      • CrankyToo says:

        Any agreement the administration makes will have to be approved by Congress. Ergo, every citizen, through their congressional representatives, will be made aware of the deal before it’s concluded.

        Duifus…

        • duif100 says:

          No cranky, you are wrong again!
          Not every agreement must be approved by congress.
          Treaties must be approved by congress but “legally not binding agreements” (as Kerry and Obama call them) do not need to be approved by congress. Such agreements have the same value as an executive order and can be nullified by the next president as any executive order.

          • CrankyToo says:

            The “agreement” the Obama administration is negotiating is a treaty which, ultimately, must be approved by Congress.

  24. Grannysmovin says:

    The GOP is repeatededly showing the United States as chaotic, unable to govern within our own borders, do not believe in Democracy and show contempt for the Office of the President and the portion of “we the people” who voted for him. Now they have reached a new low and are showing disdain and disrespect for our allies Britan, France and Germany. Does their hatred of this President have no boundries and why do they hate him to this degree, this is beyond politics and ideology.

    • duif100 says:

      They hate him to this degree because he acts like a dictator with no limitations.
      He was elected president not almighty dictator.

      • Grannysmovin says:

        How has he acted as a dictator?

      • idamag says:

        Try and be honest. They hate him because he is Black. Also when you spew names like dictator, you never put us verifiable proof. If he was really a dictator, then nut jobs like Boehner would be arrested. We never heard a peep out of you racists when we were governed by people who later became convicted war criminals. Before you drag out the tired cliche about the race care, here is the proof: The Southern Poverty Law Center, who keeps a watch on hate groups, reported that white supremist groups doubled when Obama was elected. The hate that comes from some of you is palpable. You cannot hide it.

      • DAK27 says:

        Is what you say is true, then Obama is a lousy dictator. I have yet to hear of anyone of his critics being thrown in jail or killed. Pretty tame for a dictator if you ask me because if I were a dictator, anyone who said anything against me would be in jail the minute the words left his mouth.

        • duif100 says:

          And who says that he has no opponents in jail?
          He has used the IRS, EPA and OSHA to harass and intimidate people who spoke their mind.
          Follow the congressional hearings and you could have heard the victims testify!

          • DAK27 says:

            Yada yada yada… “Heard the victims testify” yeah right. If Obama was even HALF as bad as the GOP would like us all to believe, he’d of been impeached by now. He hasn’t and it certainly isn’t because there isn’t enough “public will” for it to happen but rather the GOP is full of lying, cheating bastards and FOX News spewing lies 25/7 and ignorant people believing them. So, I say again, if Obama is such a “dictator” and a “tyrant” then he sure is lousy at that because the GOP still exists and FOX News is still on the air. No other tyrant would allow such… Ever wonder why there are no “FOX News” programs in N Korea?

    • mike says:

      Pretty simple explanation is that Obama will do almost anything for his legacy and will pretty much do anything to skirt around the Congress. Don’t forget the branches of govt. are equal bodies. Obama doesn’t believe in equal branches and has done little to work with Congress.
      When Obama understands his boundries the right will respect him, until them, they will challenge his policies.

      • Grannysmovin says:

        GOP set boundries since day 1 that no other President has had to deal with. The GOP has been unprecedented in their comments about and actions against this President. Why do they continually take steps to make him fail, when doing so makes our country fail?

        • mike says:

          It is nothing personal but it is about his policies!!! Pretty simple!!
          Who says it makes the country fail. Talk about failing, just look at your leader. Libya, Yemen, ISIS, slow growth for years. lead from behind has made US irrelevant. Didn’t heal racial divisions with his bumbling. Financial reform didn’t work.
          Oh, the list is long but why waste the time, you are unmotivated to know the truth, only your form of truth.

          • Grannysmovin says:

            Nothing personal? ISIS is the result of our Invasion of Iraq – with no wmd – and a leadership there that would not guarantee the protection of our troops so we could not leave residual force behind. The Iraq leadership did a poor job of governing which lead to the creation of ISIS. President went to Congress regarding Syria and they said NO to any military action. He went to Congress about fighting ISIS and where are we with that – no action. B*tch, moan and compain but the only solution they offer is boots on the ground. When does the the middle east become responsible for handling their problems. Is Saudia Aribia, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq to name a few without a military and a military arsenal.
            Racial dividsion made worse by GOP stump speeches, town meetings and their pundents. Republican “Trickle Down” economics did not work, which it what created the finalical meltdown beginning in 2007. I do know the truth and it has been supported by a slow, but growing economy. Have a nice day.

          • mike says:

            No, ISIS was the result of Obama pulling all troops out of Iraq which left no guidance/influence to military and govt.
            Now where was that “red line in the sand”??
            No, Obama’s “beer summit”, “if I had a son”, prejudgement of racial issues like Ferguson before defendants get their day in court. Financial melt down was the fault of both parties which has been proven to go back to Clinton and Reno.
            “To Big To Fail” is still alive and well.

          • Grannysmovin says:

            “President Obama approved negotiations with the Iraqi government to allow force of around 5,000 American troops to stay in Iraq to provide counterterrorism support and air cover and to train the Iraqi army. But, as commander in chief, he was unwilling to strand U.S. forces in a hostile, anti-American environment without the legal protections and immunities required to ensure soldiers didn’t end up in Iraqi jails.” Iraqi government would not agree. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/no-obama-didnt-lose-iraq-107874.html#.VO6Xq_nF-Ck

            Congress did not support his wanting to strike on Syria. Have you heard the reports from the DOJ on Ferguson, which to date has had a judge resign and 2 cops to resign and the City Counsel to determine certain offenses will be heard elsewhere.

            If he had a son he would have looked like Martin, but he did not prejudge – stop listening to Faux News. GOP added to their spending bill a change affecting the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul that was passed after the 2008 financial collapse. The changes lifted some restrictions on big banks that were a gift to Wall Street. Senator Warren said this about it: “We can’t just let them slip in grenades that blow up pieces of financial regulations,”

            Sorry it is only in the mind of Faux News and thier followers.

          • mike says:

            We can disagree on Iraq but the fact is Obama wanted out at any cost. He got his wish.
            As to Ferguson, I stand by previous statement and that race relations are worse. He did prejudge!!!
            No faux news here.
            To big to fail is alive and well!!!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            No…ISIS was not. ISIS was the result of Bush saying how little he cared about al Qaeda. Bit you in your asses didn’t it?

          • mike says:

            Only in your pea brain!!!

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            It is always best of return to the origin of an issue. Had not Bush/Cheney invaded Iraq, there would be no ISIS!

          • mike says:

            I see you are still in the past and ignoring the real world.
            You are assuming that ISIS never would have developed at some point, now where did ISIS start?? Syria, Right?? Now what did Bush have to do with Syria??
            So all the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded is not the fault of Obama removing Gaddafi, or the death of the four Americans has nothing to do with Obama/Clinton strategy, Right????
            Continue to live in your self-deception, it fits you.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Remember “He who does not remember the past is doomed to repeat it.” Everything has an origin, and I do believe if we looked at why and how things begin, we might begin to see our way to making clearer decisions. Yes, I know you’re upset about it, but the Middle East exploded with the illegal invasion of Iraq by Bush,

            Nobody can say with any degree of certainty whether ISIS would have come into being. However, what I can say is that no about of diplomacy or military might can keep people from doing crazy things. Once a precedent is set, many are apt to jump on board.

            The Libyan Rebels removed Gaddafi. The US had indirect involvement, so you cannot lay the Libyan leader’s death at squarely at Obama’s door. I know you would like to, but really! He is credited, however, with the death of bin Laden — the man Bush pledged “to get dead or alive.”

          • mike says:

            Upset about what??? It is history now and there is nothing one can do about it now. Did it change the dynamics, absolutely, we had been attacked and the level of concern and actions taken could have been better, but this is what we have now and what are we going to do about it?? You can keep talking about the Bush but it does little good. What you should be asking, is what is Obama plan to stop ISIS? He hasn’t really committed to destroying ISIS, using only air power, which won’t work, he sure isn’t listenng to his Generals. What is his plan?? Why is he on his 4th Sec.of Defense? The flights so far are less than what done daily during the Iraq War. What I find interesting is that now we have over 2400 troops back in Iraq that Obama previously proposed, did Iraq agree to Obama’s terms or vice versa, when Obama pulled all troops out before.
            How about answering the question, where did ISIS originate? Where is the home bases? Syria or Iraq??

            As to your comment on Libya and our indirect involvement just shows your lack of knowledge. So our indirect involvement didn’t include “no fly zone”, Right?? Didn’t involve war ships off the coast of Libya, Right??
            Didn’t use air power to destroy Gaddafi army while helping the rebels.
            No, US and NATO played a major role and without them the rebels would not have won so quickly.
            What Obama has admitted to is the fact that troops should have been on the ground to stabilize the country. Libya sadly is on its 6th Prime Minister, with little stability in sight.

            http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/02/17/obama-destroyed-libya

          • idamag says:

            Yes, and our attitudes can foment more terrorist groups in the Mideast.

          • idamag says:

            Yes, and if these loud mouths want war, they can go to Israel and join the mercenaries. I understand Israel pays them well.

      • Grannysmovin says:

        GOP set boundries since day 1 that no other President has had to deal with. The GOP has been unprecedented in their comments about and actions against this President. Why do they continually take steps to make him fail, when doing so makes our country fail?

  25. duif100 says:

    It is about time that the GOP makes an effort to limit dictator Obama.

  26. ococoob says:

    The GOP is putting our national security at risk. I fear for our safety!

  27. FB Adams says:

    As a Democrat I do not blame anyone for trying to minimize the abject mess this president has made by “leading from behind”. A showing of weakness has the undesirable, and likely disastrous effect to place this nation and the world in grave danger. As a Jewish American I have noted with growing alarm Obama’s anti-Semitism and his favor of anything Islamic. It’s crazy to watch how they manipulate him for their purposes.

    • charleo1 says:

      And what did George W. Bush do for the security of Israel? Make an abject mess of the Middle East is the answer. Imbalanced the balance of power between Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Energized the extremist, and plowed the ground for extremist terror groups across the region. As one Democrat, to a very questionable one. I would strongly advise you do your homework. You sound like another ignorant Bagger to me, my friend.

      • idamag says:

        We need to stop supporting Israel. It is tied into the Christian-Judao of the right wing (anything but Christlike) fanatics. Netanyahu is a hawk and he had no business coming to our country to put our President down fo trying to keep us out of another war, when we are still paying for the warm criminals mistakes. If they ever succeeded in making our government a theocracy, the next step is that the so-called Christians would then eliminated Judaism in the government.

        • oldtack says:

          Since the beginning of time, man has been drawn to a power higher than they. From this innate “belief” all of the multitudes of tribes that inhabited this planet created “Gods”
          Somewhere in all of this God worship a few thousand years ago one Tribe out of the multitudes declared their “God” to be the true “God” more powerful than any other and their “God” had made their tribe his “Chosen People” above all others that inhabited the Earth.. Their “God” was so powerful he had no Earthly name. He was referred to as “I AM”, Elohim,or Elia, Only much later did they call I AM a God so they could proclaim “Our God is more powerful than your God.

          This tribe eventually wound up as slaves in Egypt until they decided to make a break for freedom. Proclaiming that their “God” had promised them land that would be theirs forever they set out on their journey. If you read the Torah and do some math you can see how many multitudes of other tribes were slaughtered by their “God” on this journey to the “promised land”.

          Fast forward to the later centuries when the 12 tribes that formed this “Chosen People” were scattered to all parts of the Earth and focus on the 20th Century. From the time of WWI the Western Powers had pondered what to do with the Jews as they were called. But, nothing was agreed on. Then in 1935 the National Socialists under the leadership of Adolph Hitler began a great and severe purge of these people. In the next 10 years over six million were slain in an effort to cleanse the world and rid it of these unwanted ones.
          This Tyranny ended with the end of WWII but the problem of what to do with the Jews remained. .England did not want them, the United States turned them away and France and Russia wanted nothing to do with them.

          But, in the business world there was a need for a foothold in the Middle East and what better place to settle the Jews than in their old “Promised Land” which was now referred to as Palestine. All of the correspondence from 1945 to the end of 1947 is well worth perusing. Eventually the Western and European Powers got a small portion of this land for re-settlement of the Jews. To placate the Christians they proclaimed that this was the fulfillment of Prophesy and God was gathering his “Chosen Ones” to once more occupy the land he had given them and their heirs forever. And the new Nation of Israel was born.

          And how has this Nation prospered through the the past 65 years? Through billions of dollars in money and armaments including WMD’s from all the powers. This Nation is a puppet nation used by the western powers. nothing more.

          Now we have witnessed Bibi coming to our Country and deriding our government and our Leaders while those in Congress bowed and applauded. Now some of this same group have written a threatening letter to Iran stipulating that their agreement if one is reached will only be in effect until the President finishes his eight years. Was this for our benefit or was it because Bibi directed it.

          Is this one part of our government made up of those that love OUR COUNTRY. Are the Republicans in Congress Patriotic Statesmen or – Are they all just “bastard Jews?

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            I’ve always questioned the “Chosen People” claim. If there is a Chosen People, I believe they — no matter their race or creed — are those who love God and keep the kind of commandments that transcend religion. In short, there are some beliefs that are universal, and most religions share these beliefs.

            If God has a chosen people in the sense Israelis mean, then is God racist or at least partial! Where does that leave the rest of His children!?

          • oldtack says:

            You exemplified the true meaning. Thank you. “those who that Love and keep the commandments that transcend “Religion”.

            Have a good and Glorious day.

          • oldtack says:

            You exemplified the true meaning. Thank you. “those who that Love and keep the commandments that transcend “Religion”.

            Have a good and Glorious day.

          • idamag says:

            Yes, in 1948, they gave the displaced Jews land in Palenstine and now, because their holy book says so, they want it all. Instead of reservations, like we did with the American Natives, they want them all dead. Yes, they went down into the Land of Canaan. People were raising crop and animals for food. They were getting married and dancing and singing. The Israelites killed them – everyone and took the land of milk and honey to be their own. Netanyahu is the type of person who would turn one into an anti-semite. God save us from religion.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          Israel and American Jews have played the victim card for far too long. That Biblical nonsense about land promised to them and “next year Israel” is tiresome. However, when an Israeli like Bibi dares to talk down to the President of the US, he’s now in MY country. Bibi knew all along by sucking up to the dopes of the GOP that he would be doing what he does best: Bashing the US taxpayers who are feeding Israel money it no longer needs. Ask Adelson why the hell he was sitting in the House listening to Bibi’s speech? Adelson is NOT a member of Congress…What was he really doing there? All that Bibi did was cause more Americans to see through that anti-Semitism card and to the realities that Israel is a land grabbing, eminent domain land taker that needs more war to access more middle eastern land to support their overgrown population.

        • charleo1 says:

          As to truly supporting Israel, we need to find our diplomatic hats again. The one Carter was able to wear in getting two of the most ardent hardliners, of the two most powerful Countries in the region, to sit down, and come to a mutual agreement that served to benefit the long term security of both, Egypt, and Israel. Now, on the other hand, if Benjamin Netanyahu thought his speech to Congress the other day would help bolster support for his Nation in the U.S. by polarizing, and politicizing that support, he is sadly mistaken. If the impression is given that the price for the support they at least claim they are questioning, becomes another war in the Mid-East. Which Netanyahu, and his Neocons, and Zionists in Congress seem to be implying. Then the fact is, he probably did weaken support within the U.S. public for Israel. As did the PM’s wildly disproportional response in Gaza, to the rocket attacks this past summer. Which left thousands of women, and children in Gaza dead, or wounded, and suffering. As they continue to live to this day. In no small part due to Israel’s continued illegal blockade of it’s borders. So, if we’re wondering what on Earth is fueling the recruitment of ISIS, or the Worldwide deterioration of support for Israel. We really need look no further than the indicted war criminal speaking to Congress just this past week. And it’s to this ‘Star,’ they want their Country to hitch it’s wagon to!

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      As a Jewish American? Which is it? Jewish? or American? Funny how my dad was born in Italy and I find NO need to say I’m an Italian American. MY DAD wouldn’t allow that. I was raised to be an American and I’m first and always American. Not some hyphenated culture based on religion. As for President Obama, perhaps you want to explain why Bibi thought it necessary to bash the president in our papers? Can I bash Bibi in the Likkud? The Knesset? You bet not. When you are Jewish, you don’t get to use Judaism as the basis for intelligence. Nor, do you get to call people who do not agree that bulldozing Palestinian homes in the West Bank and taking their land by eminent domain Anti-Semites. The day you stop playing Semitic card and start acting like a real American FIRST, perhaps the ideas of BIBI won’t force you to defend him.

      If I defended Berlosconi with the same anti-American bias you defend Bibi, You’d be the first to come down hard and heavy. So..I’ll do you one better…I am now defending your lies about MY President Obama.

      I know why you bash this president. He won’t let Bibi attack Iran and collect more land like Israel did in Lebanon calling it “the spoils of war.”

      Answer the question. Are you Jewish First? Or American First?

    • highpckts says:

      Really? President Obama leads from behind? Diplomacy is weakness??? Just how has he showed his “anti-semitism” in so many words or actions? Exactly what do YOU want him to do? Go around with a swelled up chest and threaten everyone with war?? He is way smarter then those who you say are “manipulating” him. It doesn’t take a big mouth to show strength and integrity!!

    • nana4gj says:

      As a Democrat and an American citizen, “leading from behind” is a term coined for a President who does not see making war as the first option for all problems in the world, nor does he see the position of “honest broker” one that considers only the needs and loyalty to one side as being constructive.

      He is not being “manipulated” by anyone, including the decades long relationship of this country with Israel. He is the kind of ally to Israel that has the integrity and concern for her security to be such that he tells them things they may not want to hear but need to hear. That’s what any really good friend would do in a relationship. He is neither being manipulated by anyone, nor is he patronizing anyone.

      • FB Adams says:

        Hi Nan:

        I appreciated the respectful tone of your reply. I disagree, but then that is what Americans used to do without hiding behind anonymous handles a la the internet trolls one finds here. As a believer in and follower of Jeshua Messiah I respect others’ views, BUT will not be reticent to point out their fallacies. Implicit in your response is a belief that people of other persuasions DO see war as the first option to all problems in the world. That viewpoint mystifies me as much as saddens me. And the viewpoint towards Israel is not only unkind but the conclusion is illogical. Israel is the ONLY democratically free republic in a cauldron of tyrannical despots dedicated not only in word and action but in their written constitutions to the annihilation of the State of Israel. Since 1948 her neighbors have vowed to drive her into the sea, to wipe the map of the history of the Jews and Israel.

        I need no more argument than that truth to know that Iran’s acquisition of the nuclear bomb will be enough to trigger the next holocaust – it is a foregone conclusion (BTW, for those attuned to Holy Scripture it will not come to fruition…but that is a story for another day.) BHO’s policies are not in any of our best interest; and yes, I believe he is being manipulated by his billionaire cronies Styer and Soros, both of whom believe they know what’s best for all of us.

        On a happier note: Spring is right around the corner.

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          Well, Israel does not just threaten to destroy her enemies, in many cases — with her extreme paranoia and military might — she just does it. It’s been happening for years and the international community says absolutely nothing. And should anyone raise the specter of disapproval, her response “They were a threat to Israel — anti-Semitism!” And, of course, the would-be disapproval dies down and fades away — until the next time!

          • FB Adams says:

            Hello GA:

            In response to your post concerning my point on Israel. You say Israel just goes ahead and destroys her enemies (if I correctly understand your point?) Well, is that not what war is about my dear? The “neighbors” that surround Israel declared war on the new nation state in 1948 and aside from a few “help” shouts to the UN when they were getting their pants blown off at various times after they attacked Israel they still refuse to sign a permanent peace treaty allowing all to live in peace there. [I Mexico were lobbing scud missiles daily at Tucson my likely response after months and years of such treatment would be to nuke the source – would I be wrong? That scenario actually exists in Israel.] If your enemies refuse to accept the olive branch of friendship and peace after 66 years is it not better to utterly destroy them and be done with it? History teaches that a war won generally results in peace, at least for awhile until some new enemy idiot comes along.

            The international community DID say something Ginny: they gave the land of Israel to the Jews (to whom it had belonged since the time of Abraham) as a homeland partially in response for the community’s failure to nuke Hitler into oblivion BEFORE he gassed 6 million innocent Jews. But that is always the pagan way – turn your head to what other pagans like Hitler do and maybe it will go away. Indisputable fact: the VERY day of Israel’s declaration as a new nation in the world Israel’s pagan neighbors declared war. Hmmm, I have little patience with any who counsel forbearance towards Israel in such instance.

            Of course it is anti-Semitism at heart. It was that when Spain expelled the Jews from England in 1290 (Edict of Expulsion), from Spain in 1492 (Alhambra Decree), and countless other pogroms whereby Jews were stripped of their identity, land holdings and possessions throughout the course of so-called “civilized” western culture. Regarding the genocide practiced by the pagans of the Nazi regime under Der Herr Hitler, one certainly cannot be naive enough to blame the victims for their loss of 6 million fellow travelers? If I dared raise any small criticism of them it would be, why on earth did they not rise up and annihilate their government – surely they would have received the assistance from their Christian neighbors of good will; but perhaps there were none, or they had been seduced by the evil of the pagans they brought to power. I do know this: they is an especially low and hot place in hell for those who choose to abuse G-d’s chosen people so beware.

            The “next time” as you articulate it is at hand. There is no doubt Iran already has or is very close to operational status of its nuclear capabilities. They WILL deploy them against Israel UNLESS Israel destroys them first. Are you ready for that day? Evil believes it can triumph against its targets when it perceives weakness. Evil knows that America has gone soft under a “lead from behind” imposter for peace, Therefore evil is not afraid to burn prisoners alive; evil does not fear to draw and quarter little children; evil delights in beheading 21 young men for the ghoulish cameras of the world; evil loves snuffing normal, peaceful people buying bread at a Paris bakery; evil demands a cartoonist be denied freedom of speech; evil hates and mutilates women and children with nary a whisper of opposition from the “civilized” world.

            As a Christian I will unfailingly support Israel’s right to exist unmolested under her vine. As a student of prophecy, I know that evil is aligned against that notion. Hold onto your hats people, it’s going to be a bumpy few years.

    • idamag says:

      He is not anti-semitic. He merely asked Israel to cooperate with peace in the Mideast. After seeing what Netanyahu is doing to the Palestinians, the rest of the Mideast is uneasy about Israel. If you think talking to Iran is anti-semitism, then maybe you are wrong. Are you a loyal American or a Jew? You can be both. How are we going to pay for the next war? Take it out of Social Security, raise taxes on the middle class, borrow from China, or put it on a credit card and let future generations pay for it? Whose kids are going to die in it? Israel is the reason we were attacked on 911.

  28. FB Adams says:

    Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Joni “pig nut-cutting’ Ernst from Iowa are two great additions to Congress. As retired military I trust them far more than other Washington pols and hope they do not catch the inside-the-beltway syndrome.

    • CrankyToo says:

      Two great additions to Congress? You must be suffering from PTSD or Agent Orange or something. I’m retired military, too, and I would trust neither of those two Turd Party lowlifes as far as I could throw them. Nor would I want to share a foxhole with someone possessed of your lack of judgment.

      • FB Adams says:

        Everyone is entitled to his own opinion. However, I far and away trust military people more than the despicable pols who stand for anything. Most military retirees are worthy of our trust even if you don’t think so.

        • Paul Bass says:

          Cranky didn’t say military retirees aren’t worthy of our trust, he said Joni Ernst and Tom Cotton aren’t worthy of our trust.

          These are two Tea Party nut cases who don’t deserve the press they get because they don’t have two cents worth of intelligence between the two of them.

          Both are global warming deniers and creationists. So are we going to believe them that the world is flat?

          Yes, if you trust these two losers, i PRAY for you!

        • idamag says:

          Were you involved in the Mai Lai Massacre?

      • FB Adams says:

        And I am not cranky. But sad to see a fellow military retiree refer to a party as “Turd Party”. Seriously, what if I referred to your family in such manner? And if you think so little of your fellow Americans why in heaven’s name would you do military service in their behalf?

        To this Anglican deacon I find your hatred of your fellow citizens to be shameful. Please reconsider your harsh words.

        • kenndeb says:

          I find that people with such views as cranky to lie about their military service. In fact, I doubt they are even American.

        • kenndeb says:

          I find that people with such views as cranky to lie about their military service. In fact, I doubt they are even American.

          • CrankyToo says:

            Is that what you “find”? Had you really been looking, you’d have found documentary evidence of my voluntary enlistment during the Vietnam conflict. You’d have found that I was still serving through the police actions in Grenada and Panama. You may even have found that I served as a liaison to Her Majesty’s Government during the Falklands War. And you’d have found that I was still serving at the end of Gulf War One.

            I’ve slept in every shithole from Kwang Ju to Instanbul, and I’m proud of every minute of it. I’m also proud to have served with the absolute finest people this country has to offer. And it really galls me to have my patriotism questioned by the likes of you two.

            As to the question of whether or not I’m “even American”, I can tell you that I was born in one of the original 13 colonies. Does that make me as American as you two “patriots”?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Pay no attention to KennyBoyDebbyGirl….He/she is a radical right wing loony who plays Know it All like a master. In reality, this radical isn’t even a valid US citizen…just a hanger on to get attention “it” doesn’t get at home.

          • CrankyToo says:

            Thanx, Ladies. I appreciate you sticking up for me….

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Of course. Thanks for speaking with good sense! We’re a team!

          • kenndeb says:

            Most like lies just like Eleanores. Everyone that serves America has sworn an oath to protect and defend the constitution. If you support this regime you are not doing that. My statement stands. You are no veteran nor an American.

          • CrankyToo says:

            You don’t believe I’m an American veteran? That’s Ok. I understand that LIPs like you are programmed to regurgitate utter nonsense while rejecting out of hand any empirical data which runs counter to your misguided beliefs.

            Then, of course, there’s the other consideration… That I couldn’t possibly care less what you believe.

            So, by all means, please yourself, Squire.

          • idamag says:

            The hate blogs didn’t tell genderidentity so he/she can’t believe it. That is okay, I believe you and I am smarter than denderidenity.

          • Carolyn1520 says:

            You’re wasting your time on an old troll.
            Not worth the effort.

          • idamag says:

            That is the problem with the gender identity dude. He/she has never had the experience that you have. When they grow up debating cows and pigs, they don’t learn much.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            I find that a kennyboy debby girl is not even a valid American citizen. American citizens don’t try to overthrow their own government with their Sons of Anarchy BS…try own Toots.

          • kenndeb says:

            That coming from a crazy catlady that can’t keep her lies straight from one day to the next.

          • idamag says:

            These people are traitorous and should be locked up for trying to destroy our Democracy.

        • CrankyToo says:

          What I hate is ignorant Anglican deacons. And other Sunday School cons, and country club cons, and homophobes and xenophobes, and gay-bashers and woman-haters, Nazis and other fascists, racists, Repugnicans in Congress, and those who voted them in. I hate ’em all!

          Apart from those folks, I love my fellow Americans.

        • Paul Bass says:

          If your family behaved like the current crop of Republicans, they deserve that “Turd Party” designation AND YOU, a so-called deacon, need to some preaching about how Jesus says you should treat your fellow man.

        • highpckts says:

          Why should he? Just calling a spade a spade! When my “fellow” Americans threaten to send my country to an unnecessary war because of their egos, then that is exactly what they are!

        • nana4gj says:

          The Republican Party is not anyone’s “family”. Neither is a foreign country such as Israel. The only “family” is the body of American citizens, who deserve better than what this political party has to offer. Take a look at the policies, positions, posturing of the Republicans and then talk about “hatred”.

          • idamag says:

            If the R-party throws out words likek “Communist” “Muslim,” “dictator,” “socialist.” and a bunch of other vile names and they carry signs that have so much hate written on them that they should catch fiire – that is not hate? If a Democrat says “prove it with verifiable facts.” that is hate?

      • nana4gj says:

        And can you imagine sharing a foxhole with those who undermine and sabotage their government every day for the sake of dirty politics?

    • CrankyToo says:

      Two great additions to Congress? You must be suffering from PTSD or Agent Orange or something. I’m retired military, too, and I would trust neither of those two Turd Party lowlifes as far as I could throw them. Nor would I want to share a foxhole with someone possessed of your lack of judgment.

    • CrankyToo says:

      Two great additions to Congress? You must be suffering from PTSD or Agent Orange or something. I’m retired military, too, and I would trust neither of those two Turd Party lowlifes as far as I could throw them. Nor would I want to share a foxhole with someone possessed of your lack of judgment.

    • DAK27 says:

      I too am a combat vet and while I do not trust any politician very much, I certainly distrust a Republican politician more. By their own track record, they have proven to me they only care about a “veteran” until they are one, then it is “too bad, so sad, we cut funding to the VA. Go get a job you moocher.”

      • nana4gj says:

        In much the same way they only care about illness and access to healthcare or mental health care when it affects them or one of their own; or the way they carried on about an entity that encouraged people to vote as something nefarious and then, having destroyed it, set about with all kinds of nefarious activity to disenfranchise voters; or the manner in which they exploit veterans for political ambition and gain , yet, send everyone else’s loved ones to fight misguided wars.

        • idamag says:

          Remember those people, in Congress, who are against healthcare has healthcare for them and their families for life at the taxpayer expense. If they want to prove they don’t want universal healthcare, they should put their money where their mouths are and give up their government subsidized healthcare.

      • FB Adams says:

        Lol, the truthful comments I made in regard to the hatred many people exhibit to fellow Americans sure brings out the trolls. But most hilarious is your ignorant comment on my work. I will be more hated when after I divulge that I earn my living not by serving Jeshua Messiah as an Anglican Deacon, but as an owner/developer of oil and gas resources in Colorado & Wyoming. Yes, I actually do fraking so that the non-producers among us might stay warm during the winters of our discontent.

        But as I analyze the commentary on this and like sites I am struck by the hatred for their fellowman that Democrats have for people of different persuasions. Tolerant they are of everything EXCEPT free speech of the truth. Interesting, yet sad.

        • DAK27 says:

          I don’t understand why you are replying to me about “your work.” I don’t give 2 cents about what you do for a living. Do try and pay attention in the future and not confuse me with another.

      • idamag says:

        And they are ready, willing, and able to send more troops into combat to stoke their hatred.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Then, your misguided ideas of trust are nothing more than that Southern Good Ole Good Ole boy culture on steroids. Your states are NOT now nor EVER will turn us into drawling, swaggering blowhards with nothing but memories of the past. Start living in the present and maybe your “culture” will actually have something of value. Ernst and Cotton are just another reason that the KKK hasn’t really died…it was just spawned by more southern bigots like you.

    • highpckts says:

      After listening to their campaigns, they were already in the beltway as far as their ideas went! They are nothing but upstarts that want to make a name for themselves in a big hurry by mouthing utter nonsense!

      • idamag says:

        I read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and this Republican party is like the nazies were. They took down Germany’s Democracy with the help of their own people.

  29. FB Adams says:

    Tom Cotton from Arkansas and Joni “pig nut-cutting’ Ernst from Iowa are two great additions to Congress. As retired military I trust them far more than other Washington pols and hope they do not catch the inside-the-beltway syndrome.

  30. Charles Evans says:

    ” No deep abyss of ocean drowns like hate, Entombing all within its murky depth,
    Consigning struggling hope to lose all breath
    And plunge, submerging to her final fate.
    No lofty mountain climbs to hate’s full height
    Which no appeasing plea can ever scale
    And reconciliation can but fail
    If she should try surmounting in her plight.
    No spreading sea is wider that hate’s breadth
    Which no barque of compassion tries to cross
    For it is sure to founder, with the loss
    Of innocence, condemned to dismal death.
    But hate itself can swim, and climb and sail
    Away, if love returns to reconcile.”

    C Richard Miles

    Such is the character of the GOP!

    • FB Adams says:

      I grew up in the South with the likes of Jim Crow and Orville Faubus who inspired and carried out the cruel hatreds of the black people in our world. Democrats all.

      As I recall, it was Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower, Republicans both who advanced the notion of full equality for all people.

      Hate? Yes, I have seen a lot of in in my seven decades. But of late it is hate that democrats have for republicans and republicans have for democrats. It is un-American. It is un-godly. It is heartbreaking. It comes about because people selectively choose to forget certain facts and lie to themselves about others.

      So when you hate the GOP you reveal your own character – IOW you will be judged by the same standard you have judged.

      • Carolyn1520 says:

        New troll?

      • Carolyn1520 says:

        New troll?

      • DAK27 says:

        What you say might be true if the Dems and the GOP are the same today as they were but they are not. Today’s Republicans are nothing more than children. Spoiled, rotten, evil children who have gotten their way by throwing fits at every turn. It is my belief they all need a good spanking and sent to bed without supper.

        • nana4gj says:

          I hate the evil and destructiveness of today’s Republicans. I hate their intolerance of people and other countries. I hate their lies and distortion and the fact that they disdain facts, even proven scientific, medical, and historical facts. I hate the way they perpetuate and incite ignorance among the people of this country. I hate their low expectations of this “exceptional” country. I hate their notion that they have a “Divine Right” to govern this country. I hate their divisiveness and need for purity tests of everyone not them. I hate the destructiveness of their domestic policies and the war mongering of their foreign policies. I hate their refusal to comprimise at home or abroad, to work with others. I hate their need to disenfranchise voters in order to secure electoral victories and then, their boasting that they “won” elections and power.
          I hate what the Republican Party has devolved into and the fact that they threw every learned and decent Republican in Congress into the garbage so that the flotsam could rise to the top. That’s what I hate.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            You are so succinct in your analysis of the GOP. Everything that’s wrong with the Party of No you stated in a single paragraph. Rightly stated!

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Let me see if I’ve got this right. The GOP under Gingrich refused to allow healthcare reform. Rove, Reed, Prince and Starr spent $12 million tax dollars on WhiteWater and Bush spends us into 2 wars based on total lies about WMDs and that “Axis of Evil” and you think Dems should do the huggy huggy with the GOP warmongering, fearmongering lunatics?

        I hate the GOP and am not afraid to admit that ANY party that seeks to takeover as the GOP is doing now MUST BE HATED. When the GOP has gone too far past the limits of common decency and respect for their own country…hate is all they deserve. Sorry…your post only proves you and your mentalities wrong.

      • GinnyAlbert says:

        You should call a spade a spade. If the Democrats hated Republicans as much as Republicans hate Democrats the Republicans would know boundaries by now. What the Democrats need to do is TRULY hold as many SUBSTANTIVE investigations as they can into why the errant GOP has turned into a party of dunces, who don’t know what to do except disenfranchise people, disrespect the President and roll back any progress — with which they had little to no involvement in.

        So, I know misery loves company, but point to anything Democrats have done that compares with the actions of the GOP. You can’t can you?

        • idamag says:

          The trouble with Democrats is that they are too nice.

          • plc97477 says:

            The trouble with dems are that they have empathy for others and that means they are nicer than the repugs.

          • idamag says:

            Interesting half-page article in our news paper this morning: The title, “Little to Like in Washington.” Congress approval rating 5%. Supreme Court – 23%.

      • jamesowens says:

        if you so smart define the differnce of Lincoln as a republican -and the “republican party” lincoln was in .

      • nana4gj says:

        Does that apply to the state of Israel? The hatred of her enemies is surpassed only by the hatred of Israel toward her enemies which is eternal and unforgiving and a thorn in the side of every civilized country that attempts to make the world a safer place for everyone.

        • idamag says:

          Israel bulldozed down Palestinian homes to make settlements. As long as we only want to believe the best about Israel we will never ask them about their transgressions.

      • nana4gj says:

        There are no more Abes and Ikes in today’s GOP. Sorry.

    • idamag says:

      I just read two booklets. One said, “How Many Democrats Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb?” Inside: “None, it won’t get changed, because when the Republicans start screaming, they will back away.”
      The other book, “How Many Republicans Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?” Answer:
      “One to blame the President for the lightbulb burning out.
      One One to say it doesn’t need changing,
      Several to agree it was Obama’s fault it burned out.
      One to say, ‘Drop a bomb somewhere to fix it.’ One to take a bribe to fix it.
      One to say it is a Second Amendment right to fix it.
      One to say socialism caused it to burn out.
      One to swallow a camera to fix it.
      One to look in the Bible for the answer on whether it should be changed or not.
      One to call for impeaching the President for letting it burn out.
      One to call for suing the President for letting it burn out.
      One to hold multiple hearings to see what the President’s roll was in letting it burn out.
      One to deny funding for a new lightbulb.
      One to call for boots on the ground to fix it.
      One to say he saw Obama make a secret symbol that burned the lightbulb out.
      One to say the Muslims burned it out.
      One to say the illegals burned it out.
      One to say, ‘We got along fine with candles, when the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and we should go bact to those days.’
      One to agree with the above, saying, ‘We should never have looked into alternative energy for lighting public buildings.’
      One to try and make all lightbulbs one-term lightbulbs.
      Several to vote ‘no’ on changing lightbulbs.
      One to claim it was the President’s incompetence that allowed the bulb to burn out.
      One to privatize the maintenance department before it can be changed.
      One to shake their finger in the President’s face for letting the lightbulb burn out.
      One to take it to the ‘Suopreme’ Court.
      One to deregulate rules for changing lightbulbs.
      One to call for taking all lightbulb manufacturing overseas so they can get labor for 83 cents an hour.
      One to send all requests to India and let India send them back to the United States
      One to ask a foreign leader to address Congress.
      One to shut down the Government if they insist on changing the lightbulb.

  31. FT66 says:

    Much of republicans saying “we have been voted in to govern and we need to show people we can govern”. Bless them! I do not know whether to laugh or cry. What kind of governance is this one? Messing up everywhere and each day which goesby. How come the entire GOP senate, there are only 5 senators who have working brain (those who refused to sign the letter)? I can’t even try to find the ratio of insanity of these people. It is sad and shameful.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Israeli governance from the looks of it. What next? Fly the Israeli flag instead of Old Glory?

      • idamag says:

        I saw a cute cartoon. It shows the Republican elephant in its 3 colors. “Bibi” is written in large letters and at the bottom it says 2016.

    • nana4gj says:

      The House and the Senate is full of an amateur Majority, an unruly mob of ignorant, incompetent, less than ordinary people who do not understand what the responsibilities of their jobs are and who do not care. They are not statesmen. Unfortunately, they have no responsible leadership in either the House or the Senate. There is no one to lead, guide, teach, or otherwise make the smart arse kids and the lazy, unprincipled old men who should know better, more constructive. It is anarchy. And a political party such as this, has no business attempting to lead a nation such as the USA.

      • FB Adams says:

        Nana Really!!!! That’s exactly who the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Constitution, regular people who plowed and fed chickens and raised their families to fear G-D. Not the career politicians you gently refer to as statesmen.

        The USA was recently ranked as only the 12th freest country on earth!!!! Are you people listening??? We should be number 1 for heavens sake. Maybe we need more of the rabble of Tom Cotton’s and Joni Ernst’s style to stir up a little anarchy. It would be more welcome than weaving in and out of Denver’s miasma of pot-smoking non-producers who crowd the sidewalks in front of the office towers where regular people work to earn a living.

        • idamag says:

          You don’t know diddle dee squat about the Founding Fathers. Read the Continental Congress minutes,starting with #1.

      • FB Adams says:

        Nana Really!!!! That’s exactly who the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Constitution, regular people who plowed and fed chickens and raised their families to fear G-D. Not the career politicians you gently refer to as statesmen.

        The USA was recently ranked as only the 12th freest country on earth!!!! Are you people listening??? We should be number 1 for heavens sake. Maybe we need more of the rabble of Tom Cotton’s and Joni Ernst’s style to stir up a little anarchy. It would be more welcome than weaving in and out of Denver’s miasma of pot-smoking non-producers who crowd the sidewalks in front of the office towers where regular people work to earn a living.

  32. jamesowens says:

    The gop continues to cry that the President is weak and ineffective in the eyes of the other countrys yet they continue to undermine everything he does just as they did in the congress about -the economy- the auto companys- the schools and colleges- the wall street crisis- and every other thing .
    The gop has tried to make fail everthing the president has accomplished thus making it harder for all Americans to pull out of the depression they { the bush/cheney} led fat cats of the gop caused.
    This letter to a foreign nation we are at war with goes beyond just playing dirty politics and falls in to the realm of treason. By attempting to undercut the authority of the leader of our nation while negotiating with a hostile foreign government these traitors showed their true faces as being non-americans and only well paid poiticos.
    If gitmo doesnt have a place for you then hell surely does.

    • GinnyAlbert says:

      They should all be read their rights and removed — in handcuffs!

      • jamesowens says:

        a soldier doing such a thing during a time of war is considered a traitor and court marshalled .such a cowardly act only makes the us look weak as the gop trys to undercut the leaders of our nation but does make the president look stronger in their eyes as they understand the politics of a backstabbing cabinet and how strong he has to be to content with people who would selll out their country to try to gain political favor

      • kenndeb says:

        I’ve been waiting hopefully for that to happen to the communist we have in the White House

      • Teddy says:

        They could be by the Logan Act if only democrats would stand up.

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          And they should. It’s not enough to simply continue being outraged with each new atrocity! We need to write to Democrats and tell them to stand up instead of just being angry!

    • nana4gj says:

      Other countries do not see the last two forays by the Republicans in Congress into foreign policy as anything to sneeze at. They are not appreciative of this method of doing business. This kind of behavior, these “stunts” by Bibi and the Congressional Republicans are anathema to them and are not countenanced or admired. Bibi is already a pariah in their eyes and the position of anyone in this country who calls himself “Republican” is diminished in the eyes of the world community. None of them have any trust in them for any future relationships or the conduct of business.

      That simple fact places a huge onus on us in the choice of our next President, as well as on just who is elected to Congress in future elections. No matter how difficult the exercise of our right to vote is made, no matter how rigged the electoral process becomes, we much vote en masse, jump through the hoops, and exert our influence. There will be no legislative remedy for the weakening of the Voting Rights Bill with this Republican Congressional Majority. They need to disenfranchise as many as is possible so that they can insult, demean, debase, and behave as Third World Banana Republics with impunity.

      • charleo1 says:

        As to the Republican Party in the eyes of the World. One might have assumed Bush was the low water mark. Not so. His comrades still in Congress are driving them to new lows. What in God’s name is going on with the U.S.? They must wonder in the four corners of civilization. What’s next?

      • idamag says:

        And maybe, those backward states who sent the 47 to Congress, needs to make it up to us by sending some intelligence next time,

    • idamag says:

      Their entire goal is to try and make the President look bad.

    • robertannable says:

      We aren’t at war with Iran yet but the GOP is trying its best to get us into a war with Iran at Netanyahu’s behest

  33. jamesowens says:

    The gop continues to cry that the President is weak and ineffective in the eyes of the other countrys yet they continue to undermine everything he does just as they did in the congress about -the economy- the auto companys- the schools and colleges- the wall street crisis- and every other thing .
    The gop has tried to make fail everthing the president has accomplished thus making it harder for all Americans to pull out of the depression they { the bush/cheney} led fat cats of the gop caused.
    This letter to a foreign nation we are at war with goes beyond just playing dirty politics and falls in to the realm of treason. By attempting to undercut the authority of the leader of our nation while negotiating with a hostile foreign government these traitors showed their true faces as being non-americans and only well paid poiticos.
    If gitmo doesnt have a place for you then hell surely does.

  34. nomaster says:

    It is so obvious that there isn’t a diplomat among the whole of them. Oh Gosh! They even answer to Bibi the War Criminal.

  35. Fairplay4 says:

    It is unpatriotic to undermine the interests of ones Country. In some Countries it is regarded as treason.

  36. Angel Perea says:

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Has the Logan Act been violated by
    individuals in Congress? Americans have
    had enough with these treasonous s actions by rightwing chicken hawk republicans?
    They are nothing more than traitors of our American interests. They continue use
    political bias party election games to create a potential Home Security mess at
    the expense and risk isolation of our Country’s defense and to undermine our international relations with NATO Allies. Our allies are getting the message of our inability to govern with competence due to dysfunctional warmongering political game
    playing that only demonstrates we are more concerned with internal party politics than the international interests of United States. These recent reckless actions are absolutely inexcusable and essentially border on an act of sedition. Putin, China, North Korea and Iran as well as Isis are laughing and taking comfort, while our Allies are quietly wondering if another type Iraq invasions are on the future horizon?. It is time for Americans to see these dangerous Republicans (Boehner’s House leadership and the 47 Senators) as nothing more than traitors and /or graceful political clowns that need to be discredited. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/bernie-sanders-iran-letter-war-115934.html & http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-pelosi/dear-gop-senate-saboteurs_b_6840246.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
    & http://news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-says-sees-worldwide-effort-topple-him-114542253–business.html

    • 1standlastword says:

      You mention Boehner. Now we see what happens when a drunkard is entrusted with authority; the way GWB, the unhealed alcoholic open Pandora’s box with the drunkard’s decision to invade Iraq. It is a well known fact and it can be heard at AA meetings all over the country by recovering alcoholics lamenting how alcohol ruined their lives, divorces, lost careers, failing health, legal issues and so forth.

  37. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    You’ll notice that the right wing is great with their big mouths. Until you demand they get off their butts and actually work for a living. Then, they shrink like delicate flowers in a hot sun.

    • GinnyAlbert says:

      Of course, they show that they are resting on the laurels of their great grandfathers.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        The reason so many of us up north think these people are so backward is that everything, every word out of their mouths is about something that’s past or dead. They have no ability to stay in the present.

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          No, that want to return to pre-Civil War days when they made all the rules according to their MASTERDOM! They need to understand that they aren’t REALLY in control of ANYTHING. If they were, why is the Universe pulling the other way?

          • joe schmo says:

            You with your racist epitaph which should read: We the Liberals have decided to go back to a time before the Civil War. We have decided to dismantle the progress that was made between the North (Conservatives) and South(Liberals) We all know how that ended up now don’t we…. Who were really the racists back them. Who did not want to conform to change? Wasn’t the North was it?

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Why are you describing yourself and your minions so well? I could not have phrased it better myself. Gee thanks Joe. You’re more generous than would appear possible.

        • joe schmo says:

          Comrad Eleanore I don’t live NEAR Ohio. I live in a BLUE state. One of the most Communist in the Country besides of disgusting New Yuck. I am more educated than you and I am certainly not as uncouth as you. Past dead? Why you people live in the past. The whole racial issue was resolved in the 60’s and you people brought it back to fruition starting with that lunatic in office who is the most bigoted and bias President we have ever had. You are just following his lead. Nothing like going back in time to forsake the future.

    • duif100 says:

      i did not realize that the liberal method of making a living (collecting welfare) was considered work!

      • highpckts says:

        Very cute! Anything else to add that is constructive??

        • duif100 says:

          Yes, find a job if that is possible in an Obama economy!

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Jobs were lost under Bush. Jobs are coming back under Obama. But, just as you are out to lunch on most issues, you wouldn’t recognize that all Bush/Cheney destroyed is being renewed by the policies of President Obama. I guess you haven’t read the latest stats on the economic upswing, consumer confidence and how many jobs were created for the 18th straight month. I know, it’s not in your DNA to acknowledge that you belong to a dysfunctional party, or that the extent of your brain power can be tracked to Fox News!

          • duif100 says:

            Yes I saw the 5.5% unemployment number.
            Now be fair and calculate back in the number of people who stopped looking for work and it goes back up to over 10%.
            Now that is a number to write home about!

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Yes, focusing on negatives is another GOP MO — fear mongering! Ugh!

          • duif100 says:

            One thing is clear, if I can use the statistics for fear mongering (what you accuse me of) then Obama first had to create those statistics.

          • joe schmo says:

            Yes we know you live in LaLaLand with all the fruits and nuts.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Soon you will have mentioned all the terrible GOP traits for us — as if that were possible. But go on, you’ll save us from having to mention them. “Fruits and nuts” — truly an apt description for the Republican psychosis.

          • plc97477 says:

            That explains what bonehead meant. Thank you I was wondering about that.

        • idamag says:

          Have you ever seen anything you could ponder from these anti-government white supremist people?

          • joe schmo says:

            Ummmmm…..Excuse me…..KKK – Democrat terrorist organization. The suppressors of the innocent (who your side has brainwashed for decades through liberal education methods) and the ignorant (uneducated Blacks and Hispanics) How dare you.

      • nana4gj says:

        Typical MO of Republicans, “moral” Conservatives, demean, debase, insult, disrespect, name-call….because incompetence and lack of character and integrity is what drives them to keep people ignorant and angry.

    • FB Adams says:

      Hi Eleanor:

      Thankfully, you do not consider me right wing because I actually work for a living; as opposed to the many deadbeats who are non-producers, yet able-bodied but did not have the upbringinging you and I were blessed with.

      Have a nice, pre-Spring day.

    • joe schmo says:

      This is shrinking? No Eleanore, I felt it was a very bold move with a hell of a lot of gumption. Too bad you didn’t like it. Finally someone is thinking outside the box.

  38. Deskjet says:

    It is sad to see our government so divided. The men that signed the letter are TRAITORS OF AMERICA.

    • hicusdicus says:

      Why is that? Is there a chance they might know a little more about the situation than you do.?

      • charleo1 says:

        Sure, like Bush with his mushroom clouds, and yellowcake from Niger. They always know a little more than they can say, Right? Well, why the heck are some people still listening to these liars, is my question?

      • highpckts says:

        Doubt it! They have to be intelligent to “know” something!

        • idamag says:

          Good reply.

        • joe schmo says:

          Like you are the end all of end all’s. Only your opinions matter, right? Hmmmmm, seems Conservatives are on both Conservative and Liberal sites. I guess we are less informed than you who stay solely on your own sites? Nothing like following the rabbit down the weasel hole is it.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            How do you know which sites liberals visit? I visit Tea Party sites constantly to reassure myself that they all — I can’t say think — sound like you. They are name-calling, President Obama-bashing nitwits, who fear a black man in “their “White House.” Tells you what time it is, doesn’t it!

      • nana4gj says:

        No, because they do not seem to need to “know” anything about any situation, whether it is a deal that is yet unfinished in the work for limitation of nuclear proliferation; or on the management and disease process of ebola; or the effect of toxic emissions on air quality; or the use of dirty politics in lieu of effective legislation; or on the conduct of foreign policy in which the Congress has the authority to advise the President…not foreign leaders….and to seek his consent….not for Congress to consent to the foreign policy of a foreign leader, or to conduct their own foreign policy.

        They cannot even conduct the basic functions of their own government for which they do have the authority. All they do is Obstruct, everything, and that does not require knowledge of any subject matter. Obstructing with any knowledge of subject matter would require intelligent arguments or logic. It’s easier to just use the incitement of emotions in the goal to obstruct, and that is not governance. Any mob can do that.

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          Beautifully stated! Sadly obstruction is their best trait. Innovative thinking, bipartisan legislation and respect for the President does not exist among today’s GOP!

          • joe schmo says:

            Talk about obstruction….. Absolutely innovative was this last move by the Republicans. An eye for an eye. Bipartisan that’s your side and there is no respect for ole ‘Zero’ because he acts alone as a dictator not as a President who deserves respect. Sorry not buying it.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Unfortunate that you applaud a truly stupid move on the parts of the Republicans, who are so far out that they are grabbing at straws to be innovative, while selling the country — of which they are such patriots — down the river.

            Here are the Fox News talking points again. Bear in mind, I don’t REALLY expect an answer, as I haven’t received any from your cronies. But try, okay? Explain how you separate President Obama from the Office of the Presidency, so that it makes sense to disrespect either? Please give a for instance where President Obama has behaved like a dictator? Every human being deserves respect, even if we don’t like them. Where is it written that there is anyone you have the right to disrespect.

          • idamag says:

            He doesn’t understand Democracy.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Nope, he doesn’t!

      • Teddy says:

        No one knows. A deal has not been reached.

      • joe schmo says:

        If anyone are the ‘traitors of America’ it is the Libtards. Been on Politico lately? It’s amazing how many Conservatives are on that site blasting the Liberals everyday. Seems we are more informed…..:)

    • idamag says:

      Yes they are.

  39. Deskjet says:

    To send a letter that state”Congress will revoke any progress in “the continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the president’s ability to conduct foreign policy.”

  40. nana4gj says:

    As angry as I feel about this new “stunt”, the unfinished kid from Arkansas, two months in the Senate and totally unsupervised by his “elders”, has made a big fool of himself and his Republican colleagues in the Senate. His condescending tone and words, translating it into Farsi on Tweet, “in case they needed translation” for one Iranian government official with a Doctoral degree from Edinburg, Scotland, and for another, the Foreign Minister, with a Doctoral degree from Colorado, USA, and ten years experience as the Iranian emissary to US, is laughable, but, it does shine a light on how ignorant, prejudiced, and inept are the authors of that letter. Scholars have also pointed out they are, themselves, wrong on Constitutional points re conduct of foreign policy, authority, and treaties. The whole affair was juvenile, led by a Harvard graduate of law school, which confirms it takes more than a Harvard law degree if that’s all you bring to the table from Arkansas. Self-discipline goes a long way, no matter from where you came; self development with life experiences helps to learn self-discipline, unless, of course, one is Republican, in which case, there is no learning from anything.
    That letter would not be taken seriously by anyone with any intelligence because it is patronizing and erroneous.

    But, he has eliminated one criteria for anyone seeking the Presidency of the US, that of foreign policy credentials or the need for any policy. No foreign country would be interested in anything this country has to think, say, or do, after these last two weeks of circus antics by the Republican Congress, and for as long as they have influence and power.

    Our influence and reliability has been diminished, if not destroyed, at least for the duration of the once esteemed US Congress under the conduct of a pack full of unruly kids, led by indulgent elders of no principle. I believe the international community still has credibility in this President and still views him as influential in international affairs.
    But, I do believe that a more serious onus is placed on the voters of this country in the selection of the next President.

    We must try to choose a President who is very much an adult with integrity, character, and who operates on principle, not narrow ideology; one who is appreciative of the responsibilities of leadership in the 21st century; one who knows international law and Constitutional authority; and one who can withstand the really dirty politics at home and focus on the job at hand. One who has enough dignity to conduct himself in world affairs with integrity and respect, and one who knows the boundaries under which this country can be effective and influential. One who, in espousing justice from others, admits that his own country has not always been Just, but tries to repair and improve.

    We cannot think of electing anyone just because they are the biggest fund raiser; or the most popular in one ideology; or who must claim that they are their own man; or who patronizes and caters to anyone who can advance their personal ambitions.

    We most assuredly cannot elect anyone who is beholden to any individual via acceptance of money, vows, oaths, that take precedence over their Constitutional oaths of office in the Congress or in the Presidency. It would also be nice if we can elect a President who likes the American people, all of them, regardless of what specific “group” they may fall into, and who will work on behalf of ALL of us.

    We surely do not need to consider anyone, for any office, who engages in sabotage in the conduct of domestic governance or international alliances.

    • FB Adams says:

      Hello again Nan:

      We already are governed by an individual, BHO, beholden to billionaires Styer and Soros, to name but two. However, I digress.

      I admire Tom Cotton who is every bit as smart as any other Harvard graduate – if one puts much stock in Ivy League degrees. (I also like Joni Ernst, a most capable woman, mother and hopefully leader).

      I rather suspect that TC knows what many of the rest of us only see dimly: Iran ALREADY has the nuclear bomb and is willing to use it to annihilate Israel. The tip-off came with the somewhat unorthodox visit of PM Netenyahu to address Congress last Tuesday. BHO is miffed and interested only in burnishing his legacy that would postpone the inevitable (and a ten year reprieve of a nuclear holocaust might not be such a bad thing), for a world gone mad on his watch due to his ineptitude could not be borne by such a narcissist as Obama.

      Keep your eye in the news each morning – Israel will not allow Iran to further its nuclear capability. Do not forget 1981.

      • ericlipps says:

        Iran would be stupid to even hint at launching a nuclear attack against Israel, even if it had the means, which I doubt.

        As soon as the first nuke hit Israel–indeed, as soon as the first one was launched–Iran would disappear from the map. Israel has an arsenal of hundreds of nuclear weapons and the intermediate-range missiles to deliver them anywhere in the Middle east. Tehran knows this.

        • FB Adams says:

          Iran’s ayatollahs are not known for their smarts; they are nutjobs whose only present interest is nukes so they can force the return of their 12th imam. Do not fall for the old saw that they will not attack Israel – they will unless Israel strikes first as it did against Iraq in 1981. Are you prepared for that news? Because, trust me, all hell will break loose.

          • ericlipps says:

            Israel is all too likely to strike first whatever “the ayatollahs” do or don’t do. It will always assume it’s about to be destroyed unless there’s an Israeli boot on the neck of anyone, anywhere, who might possibly someday pose a threat to it. In their own way, the people in charge in Jerusalem are every bit as much “nutjobs” as the ranians; the difference is that they’re not waiting for a Twelfth Imam but for a warrior Messiah.

            And how, exactly, do you suppose Iran is going to be prevented forever from acquiring the Bomb when it knows Israel has it? That would take a military invasion and a permanent occupation. And guess who the Israelis are counting on to shoulder that burden, and whose blood they’re willing to see shed for it.

          • hicusdicus says:

            So you are also anti Semitic along with being an anti constitutionalism. Are you a closet Muslim? Does gay marriage ring your chimes? Is abortion your answer to amnesty for 5 million illegals? Are you a black person with a white avatar? What exactly are you and what do you want?

          • ericlipps says:

            You misunderstand me, whether intentionally or not. (I can’t tell which.)

            I may have put it a touch hyperbolically, but my meaning should be clear: for perfectly obvious reasons of history Israel is dreadfully insecure and will never feel safe as long as there is anyone, anywhere, who might somehow be able to threaten it and its people. That’s not anti-Semitism; it’s a recognition of reality.

            As for the rest, foaming at the mouth and snarling insinuations about my religious background (which is mainline Protestant, not that it’s any of your business where, Whom or whether I worship), my sex life (got that one wrong too), my views on abortion and immigration, and even my race (wrong, wrong and wrong again—congratulations, you’re really on a roll) only makes you sound like an obnoxious drunk. Shut up and sober up.

    • joe schmo says:

      Angry? You ‘ain’t’ seen nuthin. If you go on any liberal site besides of this one and if you don’t get cut off because you are a Republican, you will see that many many Conservatives are on Liberal sites blasting you guys. More of us than you actually. So go ahead feel as mad as hell and you FINALLY get to see how we have been feeling for the past 6+ years with this lunatic in office.

      • nana4gj says:

        It’s one thing to be angry over what needs to be made Right, such as equal rights, voting rights, healthcare access, living wages, et al. That is constructive anger.

        It’s another thing to be angry over things that are not Right and do harm. That is destructive anger. You may feel our President is a lunatic, but, that might be a reason for your political party to cooperate and work with him, not to compound the misery of a perceived “lunatic” in the Oval Office, and a whole passel of them sitting in Congress doing really crazy and harmful stuff.

        It begs the question, just who is the real lunatic?

  41. Bruce_in_PD says:

    This is repulsive! Can we hear again how much the GOTP “loves America”, while they are tearing into Constitutional authorities that lay “foreign policy” WELL into the President’s responsibilities. It’s not going too far in this case to note that Republicans are willing to “provide support and comfort” to a nation that is a sworn ENEMY of the U.S.– which is, by the way a TREASONABLE offense.
    So, yeah– let’s see some judicial action– but those actions should be aimed at these traitors, not at the White House!

    • GinnyAlbert says:

      Amen! The GOP needs to study the true meaning of patriotism while in jail, and brush up on Political Science. One would swear they never learned the rules of law. Freshmen Republicans indeed!

      • joe schmo says:

        Patriotism! Like you really know what that is. So confused are you. Good for Cotton. Kudos for standing up for something and not sucking it up and voting with the Libtards like all the OLD Rino’s…. We need more like Tom Cotton…..

        • GinnyAlbert says:

          I’m not sure why you’re addressing me. We have nothing in common, as I see you’re incredibly stupid.

          • kenndeb says:

            Stupid is those that blindly follow a lying tyrant.

          • GinnyAlbert says:

            Lying tyrant?? Please explain how President Obama is a tyrant or a liar, and if you’re going to respond “you can keep your own insurance . . .” That’s a pretty poor example! And who is more tyrannical than the GOP? President Obama is measured in his undertakings, never acting before he thinks — can you say that for the GOP — the Party of Dumb — that acts first and thinks too much later!? And even then doesn’t know what to do? You have nothing on which to base your silly defensive comments. And until you can explain what you mean by a “lying tyrant” and give me examples of when he has been either of those, please don’t bother me any more. I haven’t the time!

        • kenndeb says:

          We need more patriots in government instead of those that would allow a tyrant to stay in office.

        • kenndeb says:

          We need more patriots in government instead of those that would allow a tyrant to stay in office.

    • kenndeb says:

      Tearing into the constitutional authorities? The Emperor has purposely defied our Constitution and laws at every turn. The Emperor should be tried for treason as well as all his minions.

    • kenndeb says:

      Tearing into the constitutional authorities? The Emperor has purposely defied our Constitution and laws at every turn. The Emperor should be tried for treason as well as all his minions.

  42. jamesowens says:

    give them enough rope and they have now hung themselves. in the eyes of the world and to any American with half a brain can see that the republicants have threw the BS 1 time too many and this time it splattered off the wall and hit them square in the face.
    The world -the nation and the people all recognize that they have no respect for the country or the duly elected leader of the country. their morals their dignity -their integrity are now exposed as false fronts to protect the facts that they are selling the country to any and all buyers, the only way they will win aother election is to dive deeper into gerrymadering and denying citizens the ability to vote their crooked butts out.

    • idamag says:

      The Iranian Prime Minister already has an answer to the letter. They do not consider it legal and made something that sounded like not to involve Iran in our politics.

      • joe schmo says:

        LOL, Iranians will renig on Obama’s treaty. They take pride in going against the grain. You’ll see….. You idiots will follow the rabbit down into the weasel hole every time.

      • duif100 says:

        The Iranians are waiting for the proper time to claim that the Obama administration lied to them.
        That time will be when they get caught proceeding with nuclear bomb development!

      • jamesowens says:

        yes and it was pretty funny they went to lengths to explain to the signers of the letter that even if they elect a new new president and then they change up on the deal , in the international court the USA will still be held accountable to uphold the bargain — love that an iranian has to explain to 47 republican lawyers / politicians how US law and international law works and

  43. Teddy says:

    He should have listened and learned before he wrote a letter.

    • joe schmo says:

      I guess Obummer should have thought about what he was doing before he leapt on…..Obummercare, immigration (amnesty), gun control(80,000 people can’t be wrong. Stopped that dead in its tracks), environmental issues(XL Pipeline) and, now Iran (nuclear weapons)…… So odd. You are for women but approve of what ‘Zero’ is doing with Iran. You know the people who make women wear burkas and disallow them to go out in public unattended. Disgraceful!

  44. greenie_61 says:

    Perhaps Tom Cotton ought to just stick to making movies, he did a superb job of playing a backwoods hillbilly in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

    • joe schmo says:

      Maybe you need to go back to Woodstock and stay high. We can only hope it fries your brain even more and leaves you deaf and dumb.

    • FB Adams says:

      I’m going to display a bit of naivete here when I ask did he really? If so I want to see it because Tom is a hero of mine. Military, Harvard graduate, now Senator. So far he has done what he said he would. My dear mother of 90 years called him trustworthy and voted for him – I trust my mother’s wise judgment.

      • charleo1 says:

        Cotton also said, ISIS, and the Mexican Drug Cartels were teaming up to attack Arkansas! And I guess he’s doing a wonderful job by your Mother. Because Arkansas remains safe from the evil coalition. Wonderful! Then, after trying to stick his thumb in negotiations that may avoid war. Senator Cotton went to visit the military contractor’s lobby, for his chew treat. “Good Boy, Tommy!” “Yes, you are Tommy,!!!” What a good little Senator!!! Eh?

  45. 1standlastword says:

    I’d like to smack his teeth out!!!!

    • joe schmo says:

      ….And you are the traitor and not Senator Cotton. Who’s side are you on anyway? ‘Zero’ as one of my fellow Repubs refers to as Obama, is constantly skirting around the Constitution and Congress. ‘Betrayal of the Constitutional system.” LOL President needs to work with Congress. He has not. That is the way our system is SUPPOSED to work. How do you like it when the rolls are reversed. I can see by your post you are not taking it very well. Now you finally get to see what we have been going through now for 6+ years. Get over it. You with all your tolerance. What hypocrites!

      • TheSkalawag929 says:

        Joe schmo you guys are always complaining about President Obama “skirting the Constitution” or him “betraying the Constitution” yet you have not to come up with any viable instances that prove your case. All you’re good for i whining, pointing fingers and complaining.

        • duif100 says:

          How many cases are in the courts?

          • TheSkalawag929 says:

            You tell me. You republicans are the ones bringing up all the frivolous groundless cases. Here’s a question for you, how many of those cases have republicans actually won in regards to the number that republicans have filed?

          • duif100 says:

            Forcing the opposition to go to court is the most basic delay tactic any idiot can device.
            Very few court cases get settled in less than 2 years.

          • TheSkalawag929 says:

            It’s your out of control right-wing nutjob zealots that’s causing you to use the courts as a delaying tactic. So that would make you and your constituents the idiots.

        • idamag says:

          I would not respond to him. He was raised by nazies and does not understand Democracy.

          • kenndeb says:

            Where did you get your communist indoctrination? Was it in the old soviet union, or Cuba? I guess now it could be at a democratic convention.

      • 1standlastword says:

        Joe, I said it once and I’m saying it again…become an equal opportunity critic and your credibility on NM will go up profoundly. If a democratic senator led a munity like this I smack his grill just as hard!

      • Teddy says:

        He did not refuse to work with them. They met and decided they would be the party of no and not help him at all. How quietly we forget when listening to lies.

      • dpaano says:

        Boy, have you ever checked into how many times Bush Jr. and his buddy, Cheney, betrayed the Constitution and did what they wanted? Maybe you need to do that before you start spouting off about who’s a traitor and who’s betrayed the Constitution!!!

  46. stsintl says:

    The problem is with the electorate of the states who put these idiots in to the Senate.

  47. midway54 says:

    Cotton is a loathsome scoundrel who is a shining example of the membership in his majority Plutocratic Party, already at work warring against labor unions, social safety net programs and most of all against dissent. A little more than thirty percent of voters showed up in November, most of them dupes and crackpots in the Red(neck) States of Dupedom South. who themselves will become victims along with the rest of us as our Gilded Age II Plutocracy’s Operation Phornicate agenda grinds on serving the one percenters.

    • FB Adams says:

      Sorry you dislike him so much. He is one of the few Harvard graduates with common sense. And I thoroughly dislike your characterization of fellow Americans in the South – they are every bit as valuable as all the pasty-skinned bigots north of the Mason-Dixon line. [confession time: when I am dealing with a northerner I make sure to cover my wallet – perhaps uncharitable, but nevertheless realistic]

      • Charles Evans says:

        Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia. Is Virginia considered a Northern State?

        Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll (R) On March 12, 2013, Carroll abruptly resigned on the same day she was questioned by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement about a gambling racketeering case concerning her consulting work. She has not been charged.

        Florida State Representative Mitch Needelman (R) was arrested for bribery and official misconduct while Clerk of Brevard County.[27]
        Florida State Representative Ray Sansom (R) resigned from the House and his position as Speaker due to an ethics complaint involving his acceptance of a job at Northwest Florida State College and state funding that he apparently steered to that college when he was House Budget Chairman.[28]
        Florida Chairman of the state Republican Party Jim Greer (R) was sentenced to 18 months in prison plus one year of probation after pleading guilty to four counts of theft and one count of money laundering, admitting he stole some $200,000 of party donations.[29][30]
        Florida State Representative Dane Eagle (R) sponsored House Bill 1435, titled “Drug Free Public Officers Act” which would require public officers and elected officials to take drug tests. Anyone refusing to take the test would have to resign.[31] Eagle was arrested and charged with DUI after officers observed him driving erratically, speeding and running a red light. Eagle refused to take a field sobriety test and later refused to take a breath test. The charges of DUI were later dropped and he pled guilty to a charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to 6 months probation.[32][33]
        Georgia State Senator Charles Walker (D) from Augusta, was convicted of 127 felony charges related to various schemes. Walker paid $698,047 in restitution and another $200,000 in fines and court fees. July 13, 2013[34]
        Georgia gubernatorial candidate Linda Schrenko (R) served as the state’s schools superintendent for eight years and then made a run for governor. She stole $600,000 in federal funds set aside for educational services for deaf children and the governor’s honors programs. She used the funds for her campaign for governor and facial plastic surgery.(2006)[35][36] She pled guilty to fraud and money laundering, and was sentenced to 8 years in prison, fined and will be required to serve 3 years probation.[37]
        Georgia State Representative Robin Williams a Republican from Augusta, stole more than $2 million from the local community mental health center.[38] He was convicted of conspiracy; theft; health-care fraud; money laundering; and bribery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervision.[39]
        Kentucky U.S. Senator Republican Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jessee Benton (R) resigned his post when details of a bribery scandal from McConnell’s 2012 presidential campaign came to light.(2014).[

        Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter, who was made famous for finally convicting Byron De La Beckwith in 1994 for the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, pled guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in an unrelated case and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.[81][82][83]
        Mississippi Press Secretary Dan Turner resigned from the staff of Governor Haley Barbour (R) after Turner e-mailed jokes about the Japanese earthquake and Democratic Attorney General Janet Reno were made public. (2
        You were saying?

      • midway54 says:

        Your remark about Harvard grads and your confessional about pasty skinned citizens and of course the inclusion of Mason-Dixon are revealing. I do not regard citizens in the South as having no value but in the context of election choices they have simply been duped as shown by the election statistics: Why would ordinary Americans fall prey to those who undertake once in office to help the plutocrats war against them as well as against all those traitorous left-winger socialists constantly railed against by the plutocrats and their multitude of propagandists? It’s because they were successfully duped as low-information voters or as voters lacking critical thinking.

        • idamag says:

          As long as they are solid Republican they show they are still racist. I have been to several southern states and they are out in the open with it. Remarks, I have heard, there, would get them glared at anywhere else. Just because the law won’t let them lynch and use jim crow laws, doesn’t mean they got smart.

          • midway54 says:

            Late getting back, since I happily have another life (although some of the more rancid posters tell me that I should get one). Your are correct about that region. The Klan mentality is still alive and well and always will be from all indications. Recall that back when LBJ signed the civil rights and voting rights acts, the sun in Dupedom South promptly set on a Democratic voting tradition (because Lincoln was a Republican) and the next morning rose on a Republican stronghold. Seemingly, LBJ was seen as much worse than Abe and millions of us know what the rednecks were using as a criterion in judging the two men’s actions

          • idamag says:

            The Israeli senator, elected by my state, and sent to Washington, was in town today and two of us put cards in every windshield until we ran out of cards.

          • idamag says:

            btw, you got it about the south.

      • oldtack says:

        People of the “Glorious South” are lost in the antebellum past. They put on a facade but underneath ,their philosophies are as reprehensible as those of 1860. The majority are racist bigots. All one has to do is scrape off the glitter paint to find the true ugliness. About like some Southern religions.

        • kenndeb says:

          Funny how liberals like to call everyone that does not agree with them racists. That is reveling.

          • oldtack says:

            “That is reveling”?? Hmm. But your reply is very revealing. Anytime someone makes a comment different from your beliefs you automatically call them a name. Why? You don’t know me.
            You don’t know if I am a Christian, a Muslim or a Jew, a diest, an agnostic or an atheist. or whatever. You don’t know if I am a Libertarian, A Democrat, a Republican, an Independent, a Communist or a Supporter of ISIS. Ah -But you do know that I don’t subscribe to your philosophy so you automatically brand me as Liberal.
            Dream on friend as you wander in your little myopic existence.

          • idamag says:

            With these bullies, name calling takes the place of real facts or even checking out their sources. The latest polls, in the paper, shows that even the Republicans do not agree with the hate mongers.

  48. duif100 says:

    Unlike Hillary’s emails and Obama’s secret negotiations, the GOP letter was made public and immediately available to the American public.
    The GOP is obviously a lot more transparent than the liberals who claim to be transparent.
    Obama and Hillary should come off their high transparency horses!

  49. duif100 says:

    The entire letter discloses only what should have been disclosed in every honest negotiation of the Obama team with any foreign nation.
    Obama’s unilateral actions can all be reversed with a stroke of the pen by the next president!
    Obama and his administration have not been very honest, transparent or forth coming in disclosures and might very well have withheld such information to close a deal.
    Such a deal would not have lasted very long after Iran becomes aware of the limitations.

    The deal is “necessary” to give the Dems a chance at winning the 2016 elections by pointing at their only “success”.

    • kenndeb says:

      The promise of total transparency from this regime has left a bad taste, or should, in every Americans mouth. All we get from the regime are lies and deceit.

    • Teddy says:

      You are wrong. Our senate cannot undo 6 countries treaty.

      • duif100 says:

        You are right that our senate cannot undo 6 countries treaty.

        You however seem to miss the point that our dictator cannot enter into any treaty without congress.
        Without congress they will dream up some other name for the “agreement” and that agreement can be nullified by the next president just like every single one of Obama’s executive orders can be nullified by any president after him.

  50. Charles Evans says:

    Tom Cotton is your typical fake Republican patriot looking to line his pocket with Judas silver. The smoking gun:

    IMMEDIATELY AFTER LAUNCHING EFFORT TO SCUTTLE IRAN DEAL, SENATOR TOM COTTON TO MEET WITH DEFENSE CONTRACTORS

    https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/09/upon-launching-effort-scuttle-iran-deal-senator-tom-cotton-meets-defense-contractors/

  51. Charles Evans says:

    ” A letter from Senate Republicans to Iran’s leadership has divided the GOP and forced it to play defense, endangering the party’s chances of passing a new round of sanctions that would kill President Obama’s nuclear talks with Tehran.”

    http://thehill.com/policy/defense/235301-gop-letter-to-tehran-backfires

    • idamag says:

      These war mongers need to put their money where their mouths are and join Israel’s mercenary army. I hear they pay well.

  52. anothertoothpick says:

    Iran cannot humiliate the United States!

    It takes a group of Koch Sucker led republiscum senators to do that.

  53. Teddy says:

    Something needs to be done to these senators to stop them from hurting America. There are 5 other countries involved in this and their hatred for Obama is hurting us all.

    • FB Adams says:

      Please stop making silly comments. They do not hate Obama; they hate his anti-American policies, which are inspired by his capitalistic cronies Styer and Soros.

      • Teddy says:

        You are one of those that listen to the lies. Obama has done more for this country than any of the last few republicans. Live with it and be happy the country is coming back. Soon our dollar will be worth more than the Euro again

        • FB Adams says:

          Teddy, the currency is on the verge of collapse and you are whistling past the cemetery. This administration is so inept that reasonable people don’t know where to start with the criticism. I suspect strongly that this president will go down in history as the worst president ever to have been elected, making even Jimmy Carter look like an Einstein.

    • idamag says:

      Yes, it is. No matter what the trolls say, it has affected the approval rating of Congress. Other countries must see us as war mongers and dolts.

  54. Angel Perea says:

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Enough of this republican arrogance and disrespect that only isolated us further from our allies & the international community. Has the Logan Act been violated by GOP individuals in Congress? Such unheard of direct destructive attempted congressional intervention into diplomatic negotiations, Republicans stated “ leaders of Iran “may not fully understand our constitutional system.” Huh? It turns out these 47 senators are the embarrassed and ignorant ones or some say they didn’t read their letter they signed ? Their misinformed letter of
    Obstruction was signed by them, except for 7 wise and thoughtful senators: Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Americans have had enough with these treasonous s actions by rightwing chicken hawk republicans? The 47 are nothing more than traitors to our American interests. They continue to use political party election games to create a potential Home Security mess at the expense of our Country’s defense and to undermine our President’s international relations efforts and as well as risk isolation from NATO Allies. Our allies are getting the republican message of our inability to govern with competence due to dysfunctional warmongering game playing .These recent reckless actions are absolutely inexcusable and essentially border on an act of sedition. Putin, China, North Korea and Iran as well as Isis are laughing and taking comfort, while our Allies are quietly wondering if another type Iraq war invasions is on the future horizon?. It is time for Americans to see these dangerous GOP (Boehner’s House leadership and the 47 Senators) as nothing more than traitors and /or graceful
    political irresponsible clowns that need to be discredited. At the very least, Americans
    should insist the 47 to retract their letter and publicly apologize to the American people.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/bernie-sanders-iran-letter-war-115934.html & http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/gop-letter-to-iran–breat_b_6833560.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

    http://news.yahoo.com/criticism-builds-us-republican-letter-iran-194004186.html & http://news.yahoo.com/150-000-sign-treason-petition-us-republican-letter-195011270.html
    & http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-stand-iraq-letter-despite-furor-204108876.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-pelosi/dear-gop-senate-saboteurs_b_6840246.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
    & http://news.yahoo.com/netanyahu-says-sees-worldwide-effort-topple-him-114542253–business.html
    & http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/iran-letter-could-backfire-gop-dissenters-say-115922.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/world/asia/white-house-faults-gop-senators-letter-to-irans-leaders.html?ref=politics
    & http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/11/1370231/-John-McCain-s-excuse-I-sign-lots-of-letters?detail=email#

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