Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one of the four RINO members of the Senate gang of eight that attempted to shove the legalization of illegal aliens down the throats of the American people in 2013. Thankfully, the House was more respectful of the wishes of the citizens than their detached and largely politically prostituted counterparts in the Senate.
Now Graham has come back to his roots and is exposing his RINO horn as he pledges to abandon the Constitution and his oath to protect, defend and uphold it. He announces his intention to “leave it to the courts to decide,” which is effectively the Congress dialing 911 and waiting for someone to come to their defense rather than using the weapons they have holstered on their persons and acting themselves.
The judiciary is a crap shoot at best and Graham has a job to defend the power and the institution of the Congress, as well as the sanctity of the rule of law, our founding documents and the American people. Graham may be most comfortable when he’s rolling over and turning is back but this is no time for personal preference or weakness to rule.
The proper route of inaction, according to this sissy-boy political hooker, is to file a friend of the court brief in a feigned attempt to impress a judicial body and influence their decision. What he recommends is nothing more than a totally meaningless and transparent capitulation, utilizing the judicial branch as protective cover.
A court would clearly recognize that Graham is asking it to do something that the Congress didn’t feel strongly enough about to take the necessary action upon themselves and that could well weigh in as a negative, diminishing any argument made in a brief.
Graham may be most comfortable in a submissive role, allowing himself to be dominated, but he is not being paid to be comfortable. He’s also not being paid by the citizens to represent his corporate financiers. He’s being paid by both the people who elected him and those who had better sense to represent their interests. Funding a dictatorial action does not do that.
If he wants to get the courts involved in the process, he can still do that, he can file his brief in a separate action without submitting to the dictates of the executive branch.
Graham completely ignores the option of ending the filibuster that is allowing the Democrats under the still-obstructionist Harry Reid to control the legislative process. As Charles Krauthammer wrote in his February 19th article in the Washington Post, Republicans could not only seize the moment and the issue of unconstitutional usurpation of power, but also the entire agenda for the next two years. Harry Reid started it, Republicans, if they have the patriotism and the courage to act, can finish it. He wrote:
Reid went first. Time for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to finish the job. Push the button. Abolish the filibuster.
Then immediately pass the House homeland security bill and send it to the president. He is likely to veto it, but the politics will have been radically changed. The current story line is: Republican Congress won’t fund DHS, threatening to shut it down. New story line: Obama vetoes funding for DHS, threatening to shut it down.
The latter narrative is more accurate: Democrats are stopping the funding. Moreover, a presidential veto would lead to a more fair allocation of blame. And it’s blame allocation that determines which side blinks first. The president will have a major incentive to find some face-saving finesse.
But filibuster abolition is more than a one-shot proposition. It would radically change the next two years. It would give Republicans full control of the Congress and allow swift passage of a GOP agenda.
It would also clarify the antagonists: a lawless president vs. a willful Congress. The GOP could be sending bill after bill to the president’s desk — on tax reform, trade, Obamacare and, if it has the guts, immigration.
Obama’s choice? Sign, veto or negotiate a compromise. If he vetoes, then Republicans take that issue to the country in 2016.
It’s obvious where Graham’s loyalties lie, with the moneyed interests who got the unpopular Senator reelected. That is not the case with the entire Republican majority in the Senate. They could get a lot done if they would simply be even marginally bold and take Krauthammer’s suggestion, cutting the bonds of Democrat obstructionism.
The time has passed for playing nice. This nation is in a battle for its survival. Republicans must do their jobs and fight for this nation and its citizens, not pass the responsibility to another branch of government.
Submissively kissing the royal Obama rear end might be irresistibly attractive to sweet little Lindsey Graham but his doing so is a hideous sellout and an act which is extremely repulsive to the American people.
The fact that Graham is supposedly considering running for president underscores the sad state of affairs of what passes for leadership in this country today. Graham is emblematic of what has led to the horrible mess this nation is now mired in.
Graham made his comments in a February 22nd appearance on “This Week” in which he also said there was no doubt that Obama loves America. There’s plenty of doubt, Senator, and it isn’t restricted just to the occupier of the White House.
Rick Wells is a conservative writer who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please “Like” him on Facebook, “Follow” him on Twitter or visit www.rickwells.us