Seriously. Does anyone believe anything Dick Morris says?
I have begun watching C-Span with hands over my face peeping out through my fingers occasionally to see if my vision matches my hearing. Unfortunately, it does.
The only hard work Congress is doing is earning a 10% approval rating. (I would like to know who those 10% are. I hear there are a lot of lobbyists in Washington these days.)
When I thought it could not get worse (I've stopped watching the House), the Senate votes Tuesday to reject a UN treaty that benefits disabled people worldwide. The disabilities treaty - modeled on US law - was negotiated by that wild eyed UN radical supporter none other than President George W. Bush. Barack Obama signed the treaty. 126 countries have signed on.
The treaty went down publicly and painfully. The vast majority of Republican senators voted no.
The fear of 38 of you that the UN would step in and tell your constituents they cannot homeschool is bulls**t and hopefully you all know it.
There are no black helicopters packed with UN troops in baby blue helmets poised to sweep out of the sky to force your constituents to widen their doors to accommodate wheelchairs.
What I now believe is that Congress is an embarassment to America. People overseas watch C-Span too. They watched, as I did Tuesday, as poor old Bob Dole sat in his wheelchair hoping for a miracle as GOP senators defied reason and reality to appeal to the dumbest of their constituents.
My own two Kentucky senators went right along.
I do not believe for one minute that Mitch McConnell is afraid the UN will come in and boss Americans around. McConnell's motivation was more along the lines of "if Obama wants it and Reid wants it, I'm agin it."
Sen. Rand Paul's motivation is both simpler and more complex. Paul trusts no government (not even the one he took an oath to uphold). The Senator, a medical doctor, might be expected to hail a measure as an example of how the world is following the US example of protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Unfortunately, Senator Paul, tamps down his native intelligence listening to the goofiness of Rick Santorum and the echo chamber of the far right chanting "they're coming to take us away, ha-ha. They're coming to take us away."
Senator Paul recently worked to pass an amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Mike Lee (R-Utal) on a bill dealing with indefinite detention of American citizens. While threatening a filibuster of the defense bill the amendment was on, Paul drew fire from Sen. John McCain. Paul also got a measure passed to count active servicepeople at their home bases even while deployed (a big deal for Kentucky).
He has shown that he can work with progressives and conservatives. He didn't do it this time. Taking the path of least resistance, he ran with the rest of the GOP and voted no.
Tell me Learned Gentlemen from Kentucky, in reflecting on the UN treaty defeat:
How did it feel to look at Robert Dole curled up in a wheelchair in the corner of the well of the Senate as you voted down something he came out of seclusion to support?
Were your hearts moved? Did you have second thoughts?
Or did you just not look?