I never heard of Tom Cotton the junior Senator from Arkansas untill Monday. Evidently he is the author of the Letter sent to Iran signed by 46 of his "co-conspirators". There was no question that there is a faction of idiocy that has taken over congress. However, their partisan racism and disrespect for the President has now become criminal.
All the signatories are immediately guilty of violating 18 U.S. Code, Section 953, “Private Correspondence with Foreign Governments,” also known as the Logan Act. Here is that law in its entirety.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, 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, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
There is no doubt that all 47 Senators are in violation of that statute, in my opinion. Disobeying this rule is a felony by law. However, this seems serious enough that they should all be charged with Treason. The harm they have done to the United States on a global level is much more damaging than the actions of Edward Snowden. This idiotic Senatorial letter panders to the Iranians by saying "they may not understand how OUR system of government works." I suggest that it is Senator Cotton who needs the refresher course in how our government works. His letter tells Iran and the world that no one should deal with the President of the United States because there is actually a group of 47 Senators who run the country. I'm not a Constitution Lawyer, but I am pretty sure that was not the idea Thomas Jefferson and the founding Patriots had in mind.
Politics used to stop at the border and if you messed with one American you messed with all of us. We Americans stand United. We speak with the voice of a people working together. That is unless you are a President we don't like, whom we want to embarrass and humilate. If that is the case then it is okay to invite Leaders of other countries to speak to Congress without informing the President. And it is perfectly fine to let a first year Junior Senator compose a letter to a country we do not even have diplomatic ties with saying, "Our duly elected two term President really has no power to speak for the country. As soon as we can get rid of him we will refuse to abide by any agreements he might have made."
In the movie the Godfather a war between the rival families starts because in a "meeting" Sonny opens his mouth and implies he is not totally in agreement with his Father Don Corleone. The Godfather knows how dangerous and damaging Sonny's actions are. When they are alone the Godfather says, "Don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again." Because of Sonny's momentary lack of solidarity he was eventually killed and an attempted assassination was made on Don Corleone's life.
I am not implying that our government works like organized crime. Government is much less efficient and street smart than the old Mafia. But I am saying that the principle of standing together as a country is paramount to our safety and security just as it was in the crime organization of the Corleone family. It is a law of the wild that an enemy will always strike at the weakest member of the herd. If the herd does not stand together to protect the weakest then all are vulnerable to attack. At this point Congress is not projecting a solid front, but an organized resistance to anything our elected President does.
President Obama is not the best President we have ever had but he is far from the worst and I would give him marks that are way above average. It is the nature of politics to find a way to work with others even if they have idealistically polar opposite beliefs from your own. That means WORKING together not holding your breath and having a tantrum when you don't get it exactly your way. It takes a special kind of diplomatic visionary person to be a Senator or Congressman when it is done right. We have lowered the bar so far for our representitives in Congress it is now populated by a group of entitled, gold digging, bible thumping, stuborn, spoiled children who see Governing as a game to become personally powerful and rich.
To aid the ememy in exploting the weakness in our country or system of government is TREASON. Sen. Cotton (head) and his 46 co-conspirators have betrayed this country, shown that we can not stand together and have spit on the chain of command and the rule of law that this country stands for.
I have recently unfriended several connections on Facebook because of hateful posts against the President. Freedom of speech is everyone's right, being my friend (even on Facebook) is only mine to bestow. One of the offending posts refered to President Obama with the right-wing jingoistic slur, "King Obama." I can assure you if this President WAS actually acting like a King, 47 Senators would be executed immediately for sedition.
As you were,