Friday, March 13, 2015

Obama's JV Team & Al’s Used Car Lot

Jersey McJones
A couple, let’s call them Pat and Mel, are having a marital spat over buying a car. Pat really, really wants that car, no matter the cost, but Mel points out they don't need it. Pat heads down to Big Al's Used Car Lot anyway, and the salesmen see an eager buyer who hands them concessions before a deal is even close. They're licking their chops. Their car lot has fallen on hard times, but a few patsies like Pat, and they are back in business!

As Pat is being worked over in the showroom by the salesmen, Mel storms in, marriage license in hand and reminds everyone that the marriage, along with the bank account, is 50/50. Pat may really want that car, but Mel sees it as a bad deal and is prepared to do everything to kibosh it if the terms are no good.


Do Mel's actions help the dealership pocket the money for an overpriced lemon that will blow up once it leaves the lot? Or do Mel’s actions increase Pat’s bargaining power by putting the salesmen on notice that he won’t put up with any crap? 

Obama's JV Team at the Persian Bazaar

Of course, we’re really talking about Senator Tom Cotton's open letter to the virulently anti-American Iranian dictatorship. His simple constitutional tutorial has thrown the Democrat establishment into paroxysms of sputtering outrage.

Obama's White House put an Orwellian "Up is down," "War is peace" spin on it, which the stenographers in the press swallowed whole:
The White House has characterized Cotton's primer on America's constitutional form of government as a "rush to war." (AP News)
Obama, noting that some in Iran also want no part of any deal, said "I think it's somewhat ironic that some members of Congress want to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran. It's an unusual coalition." (AP News)
That last quote is particularly galling, since it is President Obama and Secretary Kerry who are enabling the Iranian hardliners.  Cotton is the one putting Iran’s hardliners on notice that if Obama and Kerry come back from the Persian bazaar with nothing more than a pocketful of magic beans, the deal is off.

Harry Reid added his howl to the chorus...
"Republicans don't know how to do anything other than juvenile political attacks against the president," the 75-year-old Reid said with the 37-year-old Cotton listening.
"Let's be very clear: Republicans are undermining our commander-in-chief while empowering the ayatollahs," Reid said.  (AP News)
Nonsense. Obama handing the ayatollahs billions of dollars in exchange for the privilege of sitting down at the table and talking with them is what empowers them. Democrats are dangerous, moreso because the press and their voter base unquestioningly lap up all this Orwellian propaganda. What is it about leftists who rightly excoriate the stinking Saudi Wahhabists, but go all goo goo eyed over the Shia religious terrorists?

Iran's Fascist Regime Defends President Obama:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif responded via state media, dismissing the letter as a "propaganda ploy" and noting that many international deals are "mere executive agreements." He suggested the senators were undermining not only the prospective deal with Iran but other international agreements as well. (CBS News)
I'm not going to waste valuable Western Hero real estate on fascist propaganda from blustering Iranian pantloads, but suffice it to say the Iranian dictators are ignorant of our constitutional form of government. The US Senate, whether controlled by Harry Reid and the Dems or Mitch McConnell and the Repubs, is not a "political pressure group." It is clear the Iranians are terrified the adults will step in before they can finish shaking down the naifs. 

Senator Cotton's Open Letter to the Iranian Dictators

Here is the text of Senator Cotton’s "provocative" letter that has the leftwing propaganda machine bellowing black smoke as it kicks into full outrage mode:
An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.

First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them. In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote. A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate). Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.

Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics. For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms. As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.

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 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.

We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.
(Source:  Senator Tom Cotton)
We need less shriveled up Harry Reids, Diane Feinsteins and Nancy Pelosis, and more Tom Cottons.

See Also:
Five Times Democrats Undermined GOP Presidents with Foreign Governments
Treaties v Executive Agreements: When does Congress get a Vote?

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