First, the lunatic, let’s get it out of the way; those-deserving-wider-recognition: Lubbock, TX judge Tom Head who claimed Barack Obama’s re-election would ignite a civil war by turning over US sovereignty to the UN. How do you turn over sovereignty? Executive order? Congressional vote? UN resolution? Amendment? Oh, the UN has no “army.” Countries contribute peace-keeping troops. So North Korea and Venezuela crack units attack LA and Miami under Ban Ki-moon to advance peace? He says images of Concord and Lexington dance in his head.
Now, Analysis: Denial and misdirection are GOP keys; as long as they cripple the national govt making it inept and ineffective and open the world’s biggest public treasury to private hands under the guise of deficit reduction, they mask the real action in the states. Look at your state. See the hand of ALEC. Add states refusal to accept 90% fed funded Medicaid or to set up competitive exchanges (a GOP idea for lowering costs!), creating new ethnic-based educational standards, laws making women’s bodies chattel, raising sales taxes hitting the poor.
Graham, a military judge advocate, is the federal actor in the new plan emerging from Heritage for state-based think tanks to act as shadow governments. Feb. 5, Jim DeMint announced the Palmetto Policy Forum to push conservative ideas in solid GOP SC. Graham creates both obstruction and misdirection as the grip tightens on power and the integrative fed-state model is refined. Soon coming near you!
There is serious political theatre in having the senator from South Carolina bird dog the President to embarrass him. A careful reading shows the inquisition about Benghazi, at each step targeted what did the President do? Susan Rice was asked, “did the White House send/know/write/approve the talking points . . ” Graham accused the President of being disengaged. Itls not the place, it’s the face.
Article II, section 2, paragraph 2 of US Constitution ascribes a power not given to Lindsey Olin Graham. It reads:
He [the President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, . . . and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, . . .
Graham managed to turn a senate rule into a mockery of democracy. As a single senator, he has done what China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela could not; he has undercut US defense because Graham wants to bring the President to heel.
Does the constitution remotely grant Graham the right to micro-manage the President’s minute-to-minute, crisis management style?
Done is done, but Graham won’t let it rest through he knows no action or Presidential phone call could have saved the tragic loss of American lives. He is willing to overstep constitutional bounds and play emperor as he cripples the nation.
Graham’s pettiness has enormous consequences.
~~Thank you, Walter,for making this clear.
Need to remember that TX judges are elected. so this guy probably represents his constituents. Lubbock is in the middle of what may be the most conservative House district in the country.