It’s no secret that the Republican party loathes President Obama. Before he even took his Oath of Office they were already trying to blame him for the problems caused by the Bush administration. Hell, to this day I run into quite a few conservatives who blame him for the economic crash and the TARP bailout of Wall Street – even though both things happened well before he ever moved into the White House.
And during these last six years I’ve never seen such blatant disrespect shown toward a president as I have toward this one. I’ve seen many members of Congress not even refer to him as “president,” instead just calling him “Mr. Obama” or his name. I’ve seen Fox News continually call him “Mr. Obama” or his name instead of President Obama. They don’t view him as their president. A lot of it is also tied back to the ridiculous birther nonsense that came about when he was first elected. You know, back when a bunch of racist white conservative voters couldn’t mentally grasp that our nation had just elected its first African-American president so clearly they had to find a way to delegitimize his election.
We’ve also never seen a party in Congress that so obviously and blatantly try to sabotage a presidency. I’m sure we all remember the debt ceiling nonsense. Funny how Republicans didn’t mind raising the debt ceiling 7 times in 8 years for George W. Bush, but suddenly it was a “huge issue” once President Obama moved into the White House. And I’m convinced to this day that if poll numbers would have shown them that they could have won the presidency and control of Congress in 2012 by allowing this nation to default on its debts (most likely crashing the economy in the process), they would have let it happen.
But I’m not sure if anything has been as disrespectful as when House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress, completely circumventing the president. Not only that, but it seems that arrangements were made between the two to not bring this visit up to the Obama administration as Secretary of State John Kerry had just met with the Israeli ambassador before the announcement was made and no mention of Netanyahu’s visit was mentioned.
And it’s clear that this invite, and subsequent speech, are in direct response to the Obama administration’s attempts to negotiate with Iran on their nuclear program. Negotiations that are currently supported by most of our major allies and are seen by many experts on national security as very fragile and volatile.
My question is, how is this invite not venturing into the gray area of treason? Especially when it seems clear that it was purposely setup by John Boehner and Republicans to undermine the Obama administration’s foreign policy, especially as it relates to Iran.
It’s unprecedented, especially considering the circumstances. Could you imagine if Democrats did something like this to George W. Bush? Or envision for a moment if President Obama set up a visit to Israel outside of the prime minister’s office – with no plans to meet with Netanyahu? Republicans and conservatives all over this country would be losing their minds.
Even some pundits on Fox News have publicly criticized this move by Boehner.
What if this speech ends up causing irreparable damage to the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and Iran? I think that would venture into the area where treason might need to be mentioned.
When members of Congress (especially someone who’s third in line for the presidency) are blatantly and actively trying to undermine the policies of the President of the United State; risking scuttling over a year’s worth of peaceful negotiations; potentially driving two nations toward a very bloody war and potentially weakening the national security of the U.S. by doing so – how is that not betraying your country?
I don’t doubt for one second that this entire situation is an outright attempt to put strain on the talks between the Obama administration and Iran while trying to embarrass and undermine the president’s authority in the process.
In my opinion, these are maneuvers that warrant talk of treason. It’s one thing to actively try to sabotage legislation here at home based on petty partisan differences, but for some members of our Congress to seemingly be trying to undermine the President of the United States on matters of national security and foreign policy…that’s a whole other very dangerous story.