Senator Paul introduced a bill to cut off foreign aid to Egypt, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen unless they met certain conditions (which they would not.) He then used procedural moves to put the Senate into “slow motion” until he got his vote.
The bill failed, incidentally, 10-81.
Who voted for Senator Paul’s resolution?
Republican Sens. Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.) Paul, James Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Richard Shelby (Ala.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) voted for Paul’s measure.
I’ll lay odds that of the “NO” votes who are standing for election this cycle nearly all are returned to their offices come November.
There are a few in the Senate who “get it.” They understand that giving money to those people who really don’t like us and would, if they could figure out a way, blow us all to smithereens (particularly if they thought they could do it without us blowing them to bits in exchange.)
The real drama here is not just found in this resolution though — it is also found in the Continuing Resolution that was a “must pass.” And why did that happen? Because The Senate refuses to pass a budget, one of its primary Constitutional duties.
The ugly reality here is that The House and Republicans cannot claim the moral high ground either; the proper response to the Senate’s refusal to act is for The House to adjourn and go home, allowing the government to shut down. Yes, this winds up being politically dangerous and the people might not like it but to cooperate in a scheme to take a whiz on The Constitution is utterly unacceptable.
The Republicans love to try to claim the moral high ground here but they simply cannot. The truth is that neither party will act as the Constitution demands, as we have seen repeatedly. The budget is just one of the more-glaring examples; NDAA is another. These extra-constitutional actions brand both of the houses of our Legislature as lawless enterprises, operating in an entirely-rogue manner with authority gained only through the threat to use physical force.
This is not the nation our founders designed and left for us, but it is the ugly caricature that we have become. We then try to claim the moral high ground in foreign affairs but anyone with a hint of honesty in their view of the world can only guffaw with laughter at any such claim.
I weep for my nation and what, if we do not change course, is inevitably to come.