Iran Letter Backlash Grows As Bernie Sanders Accuses Senate Republicans Of Sabotage

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hit Senate Republicans right between the eyes by accusing them of an act sabotage in an attempt to start a new war in Iran.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:

It appears that for most of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, a war in Afghanistan and a war in Iraq were not enough. They now apparently want a war in Iran as well. President Obama is working with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China to try to negotiate a peaceful means to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. These negotiations must be allowed to continue and, hopefully, will succeed. It is an outrage that my Republican colleagues are trying to sabotage that effort.

Sen. Sanders’s statement came after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest accused Senate Republicans of trying to undermine President Obama, “I think the other thing that is notable here is that when you have a letter that is signed by forty-seven senators of the same party being sent to a leader of a foreign country, it raises some legitimate questions about the intent of the letter…It’s surprising to me there are some Republican senators who are seeking to establish a backchannel with hardliners in Iran to undermine an agreement with Iran and the international community.”

The Republicans have so grossly miscalculated the public reaction to their letter that even Iran’s Foreign Minister called it propaganda. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, “In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.”

The Senate Republican letter revealed how far they are willing to go in order to sabotage their own government. Republicans may have crossed the line into treasonous territory with their letter, but Sen. Sanders was correct. The letter was a definite act of sabotage.

Senate Republicans demonstrated that they were unwilling to support this president in foreign or domestic affairs. Republicans went far beyond having a difference of opinion with the president. They are now actively trying to jeopardize the foreign policy of their own country.

This sort of behavior is unprecedented in American history. Republicans are sabotaging their own country because they despise the president and are lusting for a new war in the Middle East. Republicans have once again brought shame to their country and embarrassed every American on the world stage. The Senate Republican saboteurs deserve to be punished.

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140 Replies to “Iran Letter Backlash Grows As Bernie Sanders Accuses Senate Republicans Of Sabotage”

  1. No worry, the american public will likely forget about this in 48 hours and elect an even larger GOP majority in 2016…

  2. It is time that when ever a democrat goes on the tube they call out republicans for their seditious behavior. No more my good friend

  3. A person with ANY self respect whatsoever would have retired after choosing Sarah Palin as his VP. He made a total complete arse of himself in front of the whole world. Since then, he has gone on to make himself appear demented, posing with terrorist claiming he KNOWS who are the good guys, now he is signing letters like this piece of doo-doo. Mr. McCain, do the country a favor, RETIRE. You lost to a much better man.

  4. The Republicans invite Bibi to speak before Congress & their open letter to Iran shows total disrespect of Pres. Obama & office he holds, nor do they believe in the Constitution.

    Not surprising, like they offer no alternative to the ACA, they offer no suggestion to how to improve negotiations with Iran.

    Republicans seems to never get tired of going to war.

  5. These GOTea Senators should have great shame and humility this evening.. Trying to warn Iran that their countries ‘best interests’ is to not negotiate with the Executive branch of the US.. WOW.. Just wow.. My heart is heavy and sick at the behavior of these ‘allegedly’ United States Representatives.

    That hate that they harvest against this President.. It must be one powerful thing.. Man o man o man.. ANYTHING goes.

  6. Of course they don’t get tired of war. Its your babies and your money that will pay for it and if the money is not there then feed the seniors catfood

  7. I’m sure the Iranians negotiating this deal with the US and our partners, are laughing their ass off at the morons who think they’re in control of our. The hillbilly from Arkansas is truly laughable in his own right. There are quite a few on that list who will go down in 2016.

  8. As usual, if you go to the right-wing sites, they think this is just fine. I used to think that Republicans politicians, especially at the Senate level, actually knew that a lot of what they said was BS and were just feeding their base red meat. After this, I’m not so sure that the Republican politicians aren’t just as stupid as their base.

    If nothing comes of this, our laws and our Constitution don’t mean anything.

  9. Warren’s Democrats should have no problem riding their campaign on this idiotic sabotage plan by Republican plebs. This show how heavily naïve Tom Cotton and his fellow signatories, believe they are doing the right thing which is to start the war while forgetting the recent history of second longest war, W. Bush’s failures in Iraq. Iranian’s armed forces are far more superior and well trained than Saddam’s soldiers. Republicans are the jokes.

  10. I just signed this petition and I’d urge everyone to do likewise… even the anonymous person that dislikes everything…

  11. I think I just became a fan of the Irani
    foreign minister, he replied to the republicans by schooling them on how these things work, he put them down in such a subtle way, I love it, please try to read it!

  12. Hopefully with stress positions, ear-splitting music, and females pointing at their exposed genitals and laughing while they are photographed.

  13. yeah… ya know the way to get the Republicans over this ‘let’s go to war’ bullshit is to reinstate mandatory military service i.e. the Draft…

    and this time the only allowable deferments would be physical disability…

    no college deferments… no National Guard deferments that ‘W’ used and NO Cheney I had more important things to do deferments…

    see how long that war hawk feeling lasts…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUBCF3KKxc

  14. They have stock in defense companies – war builds their portfolio. They dont have to send their kids, so they dont care.

  15. I don’t think Bibi is responsible, however, I wouldn’t put it past Cheney and his clan — after all he met with the repubs the day before Bibi came to the Capital.

    Both the senators from my state (NC) signed this letter. I would love to ask Burr and Tillis why they hate this country – where their true patriotism lies………

  16. Tom Cotton is missing all the fun he used to have in the house with his tea bag brothers and sisters. He’s going to shake things up in the senate now. PARTY!!!!

  17. that would be my point… once they have something to lose they’ll change their tune…

    and while we’re at it… make women eligible too… see how long that lasts by the ‘we don’t make war on women’ Party…

    since they’re so enamored of the ‘Israeli’ blueprint compulsory service and drafting women shouldn’t be a problem…

  18. Looks like we have some new openings in the Senate. That will be 47 names for the gallows. We still hang traitors, right??

  19. Why is it that people think the president is the only one that should be allowed to make decisions regarding this country? The reason we have 3 EQUAL co-parts of gov’t is to ensure no one area gets a big head and tries to become dictator. I am glad that some people are speaking out.

  20. These people should change the name instead the Republican party they should be called the party of Benedict Arnold.

  21. Unprecedented in diplomatic history… that says it all. These Republicans think they can do whatever they please. They have been bought by the highest bidder… God help them all.

  22. My letter to my Senator: Senator Rubio — You sir and your 46 Republican cohorts are a disgrace to this Nation and the State of Florida as well. As a veteran, I deplore your effort to stab in the back this Nation’s President and the American people as well with a letter to a foreign power which in effect negates any negotiating ability of the Administration. How dare you. Your intent was clear and your hatred for this President palpable. You and your fellow travelers would rather see this President fail and thus this Nation fail as well. You rightfully should be brought up on charges of violating the Logan Act…but you won’t be because our President has more class than any of you. Go ahead and run for President — you won’t be elected but at least it may get you out of politics. Shameful, absolutely shameful…You have embarrassed yourself, our State and the Nation before the world community. Despicable, just despicable…

  23. Republicans hate America and all it stands for. They want a neofascist state based on Ayn Rands gospel of selfishness where the superrich are above both criminal and civil law and held accountable for nothing. While the Middle Class and Working Poor are starved to death. Republicans are Social Darwinists, their cult is headed by the Koch high priests who are moral degenerates. Republicans are a greater threat to the survival of this nation that all the terrorists in history. ISIS are toddlers compared to them.

  24. Ever hear of the Constitution. The Executive alone has the power to negotiate treaties and conduct foreign affairs. Congree is limited two things: 1) declare war, and 2) ratify treaties. The branches are not equal, they are checks and balances on each other.

    Presidents negotiate treaties, yhe Supreme Court can declare a treaty as unconstitutional, and Congree can refuse to ratify a tresty.

    Or do you think the Supreme Court can negotiate treaties?

  25. i signed, but i’m not holding my breath while waiting for the 47 senators to be held accountable….nothing came of boners recent stunt nor with the cliven bundy standoff…..for some inexplicable reason the doj seems to sit idly by while these things are happening

  26. ARTICLE II, SECTION 2, CLAUSE 2

    The President shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.

  27. The clear intent of this provision [Logan Act] is to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. Nothing in section 953 [Logan Act], however, would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution.
    So in conclusion and with research of law on this matter the Letter was well within their rights. It is their job to guide negotiations with foreign countries. The President does not have the final say in any foreign negotiations. Congress does. Under the Logan act they are not considered private citizens. I would recommend you to actually read what the Logan act is and how and when it does and does not apply and it’s history. since in the end it has never been truly enforce except once against a farmer in Kentucky who was calling for separatism of the western states.

  28. Sorry, GB, but the Congress has many powers, mostly financial, none of which include the brokering of treaties with foreign nations; the Constitution in Article I, sections 8 & 9, lists both the powers of Congress and its’ limitations. The have a right to regulate trade, but not treaties, so if Iran was contemplating selling nuclear weapons, they might have had some modicum of legitimacy in penning a letter to them – though it would be a massive stretch. As it stands, however, they have neither moral, ethical nor legal grounds for this act of, at best insubordination, at worst treason. Funny how the Republicans spedn their time declaring Obama a tyrant, i.e. one who obeys no rules but their own, whilst they obey no rules but their own…

  29. Everyone who signed the letter should be charged with treason for betraying their country & jeopardizing the safety of its citizens. For shame!

  30. There is still the matter of unpatriotically undermining the President of the United States and those of 5 other nations attempting to find a peaceful resolution. Why do republicans hate diplomacy?

    Put in plain english, stabbing our President in the back. Disgraceful and certainly not patriotic. Shameful.

  31. ReplytoP. W. M. at 10:11 pm

    Point of Order

    The Executive alone has the power to negotiate treaties and conduct foreign affairs
    ~~~~~
    The Constitution gives Congress quite a bit of influence over foreign policy and the pursuit of American interests overseas.
    .
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    Congress is limited two things: 1) declare war, and 2) ratify treaties.
    ~~~~
    Actually, the Senate does not ratify treaties. It is supposed to provide “advice and consent” to the president in the making of treaties, and must “consent” by a two-thirds majority if the treaty provisions are to become binding (U.S. Const., art. II, sec. 2.). It is the president who ratifies the treaty if the Senate consents. Substantively, a small point I know, since many people conflate consent with ratification, since a treaty cannot be ratified absent Senate consent If Obama’s agreement is not approved and ratified, it will only have the status of an “executive agreement” between the President and Ayatollah Khamenei.

  32. The branches are not equal, they are checks and balances on each other.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The founders established a government in which the powers to create, implement, and adjudicate laws were separated. Each branch of government is balanced by powers in the other two COEQUAL branches.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government

    The letter from the Senators simply informs the Iranian leaders that the president doesn’t get to do this alone. Obama certainly has the power to negotiate treaties, but also says he will not submit the document for Senate approval. Therefore, the senators are putting Iran on notice that they will not consider the U.S. to be bound by an unratified agreement between Obama and the mullahs.

    And the Senate has every right to inform Iran that the document will have no force and effect beyond Obama’s term, unless it has the Senate’s consent.

  33. It is definitely not well within their rights; Article 1 of the Constitution gives them the right to discuss trade with foreign nations, not to broker treaties or discuss political reforms.

    As for the Logan act, these men were not speaking on behalf of the United States’ Congress, but as a collection of individuals; irrespective of how and when it has been applied, its’ text is quite clear that for any individual, or in this case, 47 individuals, “directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof”, they can be imprisoned for up to three years.

    It is the role of the Executive branch to implement foreign treaties and negotiations, though Congress can influence these by tightening purse strings, not by direct political action…

  34. I have a feeling we will see the reflection of this in November of 2016…..At the rate they’re going, there won’t be a Republican president again for a generation…..and I think there will be a lot of new Representatives and Senators in 2016….Democratic Representatives and Senators.

  35. I don’t think the repuglicans care one wit about what Sen. Sanders says or thinks. They are so focused on going to war with Iran that everything else is background noise to them.

  36. These people do NOT govern, they represent us and common sense has fled and our nation is out of control. We have got to get back to what our founders envisioned as a whole. The Pork Barrel provisions and the lobbyist have to go. Our “departments” have morphed into mega entities, with seemingly little Federal guidance or control.

  37. In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

  38. Sign whatever you want, the treaty HAS to be approved by congress or it has zero legitimacy. The senators were simply reminding the ragheads of that. Oh, btw. If you really believe Iran is pursuing ‘peaceful’ nuclear power I have some land under a bridge for sale.

  39. You’re right, Gloria. The Republicans are now a party that can only win via low voter turnout. Their candidates are chosen via tiny primaries, they gerrymander districts to over-populate Congress compared to their actual support, and they engage in deceitful anti-voter campaigns.

    It’s the only way they can win and they know it. That’s a clear sign of a dying party.

    Presidential years are brutal to any party that has to fall back on these kinds of tactics. The Blue Wall already gives the Democrats a 242-179 advantage. That’s a 63 electoral vote lead before the candidates are even picked. And it’s not like the Republicans are doing themselves any favors with actions that are arguably treasonous.

    A small hint to any politician out there. When people are seriously debating whether or not you should be prosecuted for treason, it’s time to take a good, hard look at your political strategy.

  40. I repeat: There is no treaty involved. The Senate cannot act on one until one is set before them. The *negotiations* underway might result in a treaty, a protocol, an executive agreement, or nothing, but right now, they are the sole prerogative of the executive. These members of Congress are trying to influence a foreign sovereign not to negotiate with the United States, and that’s a violation of the Logan Act.

  41. its not about speaking out. its fine to do that. whats not fine is to send a letter to a foreign government that sabotages our presidents ability to pursue Foreign policy with said foreign government and whats funny is how wrong the sendees are. they dont get the fact that this is just in the negotiation stages there hasnt been a deal struck yet. they reach a deal or Obama proposes one, the Congress gets to then provide “advise and consent.” then the Pres can either ratify the treaty or not ratify it. also the fact this may not end up as a treaty anyways so Obama wouldnt have to have their input.

  42. I don’t understand why Boehner is not brought before Congress to explain his reason for the Netanyahu debacle! GOP wants to investigate Hillary for e-mail gate? Another non-issue while Boehner’s treasonous actions are not enough to bring action – what does it take!!

  43. The GOP is run by the Koch’s billions! The Koch philosophy states: “the reason America needs less democracy is because “it leaves power to the majority,” and that there is a better form of governance based on ‘epistocracy.’ Epistocracy, according to the Kochs, leads to better governance “by the knowledgeable” whose only concern is long term economic growth borne of unrestricted free market capitalism. RIGHT!

  44. Martin the point is that these senators overstepped their bounds and should not have sent the letter. All of this insane hate against anything Obama is weakening America and for some reason these republicans seem to feel they should show the world how disfunctional our government is.

    This is an act of sedition and sabotage. Plain and simple. The GOP has simply lost their minds.

  45. Charlie, the rethugs never get tired of war because they never fight it. Most rethugs get richer with war. The hard working Americans fight their wars. The rethugs don’t spill their blood, never have and it looks like never will. Their Sons and Daughters attend college or social functions. finding “better things to do”.

  46. Iran minister is more knowledgeable about our Constitution than the GOP. Is anyone surprised? The GOP is an embarrassment to this country internationally and domestically.

  47. Unfortunately, this idiot is my senator. He is a Koch puppet. This is the same moron who stated that Isis is coming over the border from Mexico to invade Arkansas and they are bringing ebola with them. Truly! AND, yes a majority of christians in Arkansas voted for this guy (and our other brain-dead senator as well.) I just want to say again that we are not all rednecks in the south. Some of us actually went to college and learned how to think for ourselves…BYW, look for good ole boy Tom to be running for president in the near future.

  48. I am sorry but you are an idiot. There is no treaty at this time. The republicans have put negotiations in danger and the US in danger with this stunt. Ragheads? really? You are part of the problem.

  49. Darrel Issa is a Republican…that’s where he is now…same as he always is…on the side of those who are trying to undermine our President!

  50. I would close every base and consider pulling all Federal funds from those Senators states. They hate the government so much try living without Federal dollars.

  51. I see poor stupid Charlie commented and brought some stupid friends. The congress can’t do squat with an international law. They can go to GITMO for it though, if the P-5 choose to indict them. This is not just about the President and Iran. I would ask Charlie if her party’s designation this coming cycle will be (L) for Likud, or (M) for Mullah.

  52. support goes both ways sen sanders, pls give an example of how Pres Obama has tried to work with Republicans in Congress. Obama seems to have no skill in selling his foreign policy to Congress or the American People, he feels he should get his way regardless of the sensibilities of his “subjects”

  53. The budget that the President and the drunk one agreed too only to have Cantor and the rest of the crazies said no which led to sequestration. Damn you people are ignorant.

  54. Sounds exactly like what these thugs are trying to do, since it IS an end-run around the constitution. The ends justify the means, eh?

  55. I am starting to believe that having a frontal labotomy performed is a prerequisite to being ReThugliClown nowadays. Have these overpaid morons completely lost their collective minds or something?

  56. Send these republicans to jail for TREASON! the evidence is right there in writing! That will solve the problem and leave over 40 seats available for the demo. to move in. :)

  57. As long as the Executive Agreement is not in contradiction to US Federal Law, the President DOES NOT NEED to have the agreement ratified by Congress. Do your homework and read up on how the Government actually works! Not how you THINK it should work, but how it ACTUALLY works. Mmmkay?

  58. Unfortunately, Gloria, you’re wrong.

    The districts have been so gerrymandered that a huge portion of those Republicans will face NO challenge from the left.

    We might be able to get a House majority, maybe, possibly, but it’s unlikely.

    We have to keep hoping sanity prevails and the Senate and Presidency can fall to Dem’s.

  59. It is hard to argue that these buffoons who call themselves senators did not commit sedition.
    It certainly was inexplicably stupid, if not actually treasonous.
    Didn’t they stop to realize how their actions might discredit and offend those other countries participating in current talks with Iran and undermine all future presidential negotiations with foreign officials?

  60. The increasingly toxic level of rage these senators have towards a sitting president is leading them to more and more destructive behaviors. Although not illegal certainly a horrific undoing of long-held traditions that politics stops at the water front. Juvenile actions such as these only serve to provide aid and comfort to US enemies. http://wp.me/p589vR-3y

  61. I want to sign the petition that is circulating to charge those 47 traitors with treason. Can’t find it online. Where can I find it? Can’t wait to sign it!!!!!

  62. So does Iraq, how much oil did we get from them? If we had continued with alternative energy, we could thumb our noses at all of the oil producing countries. Carter put solar panels on the White House and Reagan took them off. We could also be the leader in alternative energy and creating jobs and making money by selling our innovations to the world. Speaking of Iraq, according to “W”, you were either with them or against them and they were lying!!!

  63. Look at how many countries are involved in stopping a war in the mid east.Republicans want WAR,
    they want to start another war fo Israel
    Bernie:It appears that for most of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, a war in Afghanistan and a war in Iraq were not enough. They now apparently want a war in Iran as well. President Obama is working with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China to try to negotiate a peaceful means to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. These negotiations must be allowed to continue and, hopefully, will succeed. It is an outrage that my Republican colleagues are trying to sabotage that effort. DON”T let them do it.

  64. …Captain Cotton, Metal of Honor recipient for ever tarnish, he and 47 other republicans in the year of 2015. If met, bordering on alleged treason and a coup d’e tat against the American people, he should be sanctioned and a write up be imposed. The 47 could face federal jail time. Why did the ‘rookie’ senator do this? An answer: Look to a Major, or a Lt Col, or a Col, and one of rank in American generals – one to four stars. They all would Captain Cotton with insubordination. But he’s not Captain Cotton, he’s Senator Cotton, and he’s a rookie…

  65. What a sorry bunch of assholes, their plan to undermine PO by inviting Nutanyahoo to speak to both Houses backfired so now they are trying a new tatic that will certainly blow up in their faces.
    They are as stupid as the people who voted them into office.

  66. The 47s got a smackdown and by the hated Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister no less who knows more about US Constitution and International Law than they do. Too bad these stupid RethgliCons/Teabaggies will not comprehend what just ocurred.
    Way to go Iranians!!!

  67. No, you are quite wrong. The American public, unlike the Republicans, are a patriotic lot and to see a group of lunatics make fools of their country as these nincompoops did, turns the stomachs of ordinary Americans. Read the blogs across social media. Even those in red states who aren’t, shall we say, fond of President Obama are embarrassed and outraged at this unpatriotic act of sedition.

  68. This is not a treaty. It is an agreement between Iran and the six world powers: USA, Russia, China, Britain, Germany, and France. It does not require approval or consent from the Congress. Presidents are given the power of foreign policy in the Constitution. This is not a treaty.

  69. can you ever think this could happen in our senate never. they should share this with their children and grandchildren and ask them what they think!!!! I am ashamed of them and to think Cotton has been a senator for only two months wellllll

  70. Should not thrown stones in glass houses.

    In July 2008, Obama traveled to Baghdad and met privately with Iraq leaders. In that private meeting Obama interfered with negotiations between U.S. and Iraq.

    According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari: Obama “asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,”

    Obama’s interference in those negotiations endangered our Troops. Dem Sen. Sanders says Republicans letter was sabotage. What Obama did amounts to Sedition.

  71. “he was the president at that time”

    Obama did not take Oath of Office until January 20th, 2009.

    Obama privately met with Iraq Officials in July of 2008 as a Senator.

  72. “Captain Cotton, Metal of Honor recipient for ever tarnish, he and 47 other republicans”

    Then what do you deem – then Senator Obama traveling to Baghdad in 2008, meeting privately with Iraq Officials, injecting himself into negotiations between U.S. & Iraq?

    Obama pushed for Iraq to wait until next administration was in power to complete negotiations.

    Why are people not calling for Obama to be held accountable for something that was clearly wrong and violation of Law?

  73. “it is true that most stupid people are conservative”

    What then do we deem people who condemn 47 Republicans for their letter, while ignoring –
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in April 2007 interfering with U.S. efforts to isolate hard-line Arab country?
    Former President Jimmy Carter writing a letter to members of U.N. security council asking them not to support a resolution involving Iraq?

  74. I’m with all the folks that say that unless it’s a treaty, it doesn’t have to be signed off by the President. He can send it before congress and have them look at it, but he doesn’t even have to take their recommendations if he feels that they don’t work for him and the country.

    At this stage of the game, if I were POTUS, I wouldn’t even give them the time of day, much less the opportunity to look it over. They need to be treated like the children that they are acting like, what with their temper tantrums and all. It really is shameful.

  75. Another asking for examples to be supplied…sigh. What ever happened to research and doing your homework? Even so… I guess if you have Fox News and Rush Limbaugh that there really is no need for more, right?

    What does your comment have to do with the fact that 47 Republican senators have made a serious blunder and made themselves look like a bunch of 5-year-olds throwing temper tantrums and making the US look stupid on the World Stage?

    It’s no secret that neither side gets along, and I certainly can’t blame Obama either. These idiots never wanted the government to work and most of them vowed to defy the POTUS in their last set of campaign speeches.

  76. Oath of Office
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. ~ United States Senate Website

  77. Welllllllll
    Since Sanders is an Avowed Socialist, and slightly insane, I’m having a hard time taking him seriously.

    Lots of talk about how this communication might violate the Logan Act, but I cannot see it myself… I have read every article and it seems like a real stretch to say it violated anything.
    It is an affirmation of our Constitution and the limitations of our Government…
    With a President and Democrat Following who don’t blink when the president violates Due Process by going around Congress every chance he gets, or abuses Executive power… but when the GOP reminds them of the Law, they get upset?

    Makes me laugh. They hypocrisy and irony is just too thick to not laugh.

  78. Charlie – MOST international agreements like this are executive agreements. And they DO NOT need Congressional anything. We are part of the U.N. Permanent Security Council,here plus Germany, and are negotiating within that framework. This goes under International Law, where our Congress has no say. This is the way it’s done. They need to grow up and GET OVER IT!

  79. President Obama has not violated due process or anything else. Executive Orders are LEGAL – just as they were for Bush, Reagan, and every other president

    For 6 years Obama did everything in his power to “work with” Congress, all to NO avail. They FORCED him to go it alone. So just STUFF IT!

  80. In 1983, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy concocted a scheme meant not only to undermine President Ronald Reagan’s nuclear arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union, but to propel the senator into the catbird seat for the 1988 presidential election.

    The Kennedy plan was only revealed after a treasure trove of documents from the dissolved Soviet empire was released. London Times reporter Tim Sebastian brought the story to the world in 1991, revealing a memo from then-KGB head Viktor Chebrikov to the Soviet leader, Yuri Andropov.

    In the note, Chebrikov detailed Kennedy’s plan, presented in person, by former U.S. senator and close Kennedy friend, John Tunney. (Kennedy was the best man at Tunney’s 1977 wedding.)

    Chebrikov’s account of two days in May 1983 included Tunney detailing a series of steps that would undermine Reagan’s negotiations with the Soviet leader while strengthening Kennedy’s position and making Democrats look like they were leading the push for a peaceful w…

  81. You still FAIL because the circumstances couldn’t be more different. There were no delicate diplomatic discussions going on, and Obama wasn’t trying to incite a war. I’m also quite sure he didn’t bend his hosts’ ears with childish condescending warnings that only proved how pathetically ignorant he was.

    CONTEXT is everything. Lord have mercy!

  82. Of course they do. Cheney enriched himself and his company by manipulating the system for no bid contracts.Made billions off the dead bodies of our loved ones,and thousands of Iraqi innocents.

  83. I fail to understand where you have been hiding for the past six years. How did you expect the President to ‘work’ with a group of people who don’t even have the words ‘reasonable and compromise’ in their vocabulary? He tried,all the way through the debt ceiling fight,and the government shutdown in 2011. Republicans offer a proposal,Obama agrees with it,and BECAUSE he agreed,they voted against their own idea! Can you imagine the cries of ‘treason’ and ‘unamerican’ from Repugnants if the Democrats had done something similar with saddam?

  84. You can’t lose what you don’t have. Why do you think the GOP’ers have to check with Limbaugh before they even take a crap?

  85. Of course the voters are stupid. What else explains electing people who treat them with such contempt,and have been waging a thirty year war of economic genocide on the middle class? That said,the 2014 results don’t mean squat. A 50.659% collective GOP majority,of a 34% voter turnout is not exactly a mandate.

  86. Dear God
    Please protect the Workd Peace from the Republicans and help them with Geography and World History so they may stop embarrassing our nation every time they open their mouth! Bush, Pailin, Coton…Oh God…Seriously?

  87. The public is seeing first hand what the Republicans truly are! Traitors without an ounce of ethics or morals and all because their racism drives them to the real stupidity in their genetics!

    2016 will be an ousting year for these special interest whores!

  88. The stupid Republicans will never let us forget how corrupt they are! They do not have the morals to turn it around – their daily acts and dumbness will continue right up to the elections and then they will be gone! OWN WORST ENEMIES – DEMS WON’T EVEN HAVE TO CAMPAIGN!

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