Edith Sitwell said: “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” I, on the other hand, am not patient with stupidity in any form—specifically when it comes to politics.
Stupidity is ignorance intensified, and it has proven more dangerous to politics than any other force combined. Neither cunning, nor lies, nor laziness, nor power-hunger can bring to the political process as much destructive force as sheer stupidity.
On March 9th, Republican Senator Tom Cotton — Iraq war veteran, and Harvard Law graduate — authored an open letter to the leaders of Iran, explaining to them the limitations of any agreement they may make with President Obama regarding nuclear weapons. 46 other Republican Senators co-signed this open letter.
The letter, which can be read here, essentially states that any deal made with Iran must be approved by the Senate, otherwise it will not be accepted by the Senate, nor will it be official. Being unofficial, such a deal could be later revoked by Congress, or the next sitting President.
This is all true, mind you. Damian Paletta explained for The Wall Street Journal in a piece titled: “Treaties vs. Executive Agreements: When Does Congress Get a Vote?” that “Treaties are binding,” but “require approval by the U.S. Senate.”
“That is one reason why presidents in recent decades have opted for executive agreements, which typically don’t require congressional input. But they carry a major drawback: they can be reversed by the next president.”
Paletta also explains that, according to Robert Einhorn of The Brookings Institute, Obama could try to skirt Senate approval by striking an “executive agreement.” But even then, if the President is attempting to appease Iran by lightening sanctions—which it appears as though he’s doing–it would stillrequire Congressional approval, because according to Einhorn:
“The agreement will provide for the eventual removal of sanctions, and that can only be done by the Congress…So the Congress will get a vote, but it will be down the road.”
So, as Senator Tom Cotton (Harvard Law) has repeated multiple times, the President does not have the power to make the legacy-deal he is attempting to negotiate.
However, the left has gone ballistic over this letter, so much so that they have stirred up a notion that the 47 Senators who signed the letter are behaving treasonously. Yes, a narrative has evolved in which the Republicans are traitors, who out of simple hatred of Obama, are out to help Iran. The front page of The Daily News even showed photos of Senators Cotton and Cruz, with the word “TRAITORS” in all caps.
The hashtag #47Traitors was even trending on Twitter yesterday. This is no joke–though it should be, because those participating in it have no idea the volume of their own stupidity. I’ll share but one example of the insanity:
Now, all this “traitors” talk has infected the stupid masses who like to start whitehouse.gov petitions. A new petition is demanding that the 47 Republican Senators who signed the letter be brought up on charges:
“…forty-seven United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.”
Yes, the petition, authored by anonymous intellectual giant C. H. of New Jersey, has over 206,000 signatures as of today.
The Logan Act deems possibly treasonous negotiation with foreign governments by “citizens” who are “without authority of the United States!” C. H. even uses an approximation of those words in the petition (unauthorized citizen)! The United States Senate does not even remotely fall under the umbrella of those “without authority of the United States!” They are part of the authority! It’s almost as if intellectual giant C. H. simply tried to find an old law that dealt with treason, and called it a day.
Did he even bother to understand the Logan Act as he summarized it from Wikipedia at 2am while drinking a 20-pack of Budweiser in his mother’s basement, or did he just see the words “without authority” and “citizen,” then black out from sheer orgasmic liberal passion?
George Washington University Constitutional Law professor Jerome Barron (who, for his part, calls the open letter “disrespectful”) told ABC News “I don’t think they’re [the 47 Republican Senators] in violation of the Logan Act.”
It doesn’t take a law professor to see that, but thanks to ABC News for clearing that up.
But here’s the thing, at least 200,000 people are stupid enough to believe that these 47 Republican Senators can be tried for treason because of the Logan Act–even when the Act (and the petition itself!) says “citizens…without authority of the United States.” At least 200,000 people believe that the members of the United States Senate are “without authority of the United States!”
It is absolutely terrifying to see stupidity like this trending on social media and gaining hundreds of thousands of signatures in just days. These people are part of our electorate. They go out and vote like the rest of us. It’s like watching cancer consume your body as the chemo does nothing.
This #47Traitors BS is a snapshot of the cancer that is devouring our nation. The scariest part is: I don’t know how long we have left.