Questions For @SenTedCruz
First, some background, via Mark Levin’s Daily Recap:
…If a party sways off in the wrong direction, we have a responsibility to defeat those doing it and take our party back. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are running Congress like mobsters; cutting campaign funding of fellow Republicans and removing them from committees if they don’t bend to their will. Now the Senate has passed, 98-1, to surrender treaty powers to President Obama; instead of no sanction relief until Senate approval of a deal, sanction relief will begin after 30 days unless 2/3 Senate vote against it. Whatever deal Obama has will be the deal put in place while nobody in Congress will be able to change it, and McConnell knows it. Every day this Congress meets and Obama exercises power not belonging to him, we lose more and more liberty.
Senator Cruz: Why did you vote to take away Senate’s Constitutional Powers? [a vote that violated your Oath Of Office]
Follow-Up Question: Why did you vote in favor of furthering The Rise Of Caesarism?
The only Senator who voted against it was Senator Ton Cotton – Bravo, Sir.
Over at the much-needed and useful Conservative Review website, Daniel Horowitz reports on the vote and it’s implications [tip of the fedora to Mark Levin][worth quoting at length]:
With passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill, it has become abundantly clear that Senate Republicans are utterly useless.
Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only 6 Republicans opposed shutting off debate (Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan) and only Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) voted against it in the final passage.
Now it’s time for House conservatives to stand up and be counted.
I’ve watched countless legislative fights over the years and have seldom seen such an outrageous level of dishonesty in selling a bill as something completely antithetical than its plain text political intent.
From beginning to end, the dishonest bipartisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing congressional approval of any Iran deal. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Obama’s point man in the Senate on the Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill:
It was in the 1990’s that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it. (Congressional Record)
This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress. He has officially gone on record as vouching for our position – that Congress must approve any deal made by the president – but refuses to admit that his bill does just the opposite. Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief unless a majority of Congress affirmatively approve of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president. Ben Cardin has no intention of ever doing that. This is a new low, even for a career politician.
And it gets even worse. Congressional Quarterly reports that House Democrats are signaling they will never give Republicans the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto under any circumstance. Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-IL) circulated a letter signed by 150 House Democrats cheering on Obama’s appeasement of Iran and urging him to stay the course.
Consequently, passage of the Corker-Cardin bill in the House would consummate Obama’s deal with no way of revoking it. And this is much worse than passing nothing because Obama can rightfully point to this illusory bill as a bipartisan and legitimate stamp of approval from Congress.
This gradual ceding by the Congress of it’s powers to the Executive is merely a re-staging of the Fall Of The Roman Republic in modern dress [with worse hair].
Caesarism doth not become America.
The Senate vote can be found here [and, no, clicking that link will not bring you to under a slimy, smelly rock].