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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

None Dare Call It Treason

None, but the Daily News...

The GOP Congress has famously failed in basic governance since taking over the House in January of 2011.  We have careened from threats of shutdowns and defaults, important issues go unaddressed, the nation's infrastructure crumbles.

Their only animating feature seems to be opposition to whatever Obama is up to at any given moment.

The idea that the GOP would first undermine a sitting president by inviting a foreign head of government into the House chamber to criticize the president's foreign policy is remarkable.  To then actively seek to undermine the same president by communicating with the government of Iran as they  have...

The clearest historical precedent is when Nixon sent Claire Chenault to Vietnam to scuttle LBJ's peace talks in '68 before the elections.  The result was more war, more death and more disgrace.

There are only three viable options on the table:

A) Iran gets the bomb.
B) We invade Iran.
C) We reach a diplomatic agreement to limit Iranian nuclear capabilities.

By working to scuttle (C), the GOP makes two terrible options more likely, but fuck it, they don't care.  They aren't responsible for the results, because the President.  Boy Senator Tom Cotton wants a nuclear-free Iran.  And ponies.  Because he's a child or something who believes in magical thinking.

The GOP is not the Party of Reagan.  They are the Party of Nixon.  The Party of Nixon run by 5 year olds.

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