Andrew Bostom: Rubio – Cruz – Paul – Not Worthy Of The Oval Office

Andy BostomWriting in the February 4th edition of, historian Andrew Bostom, M.D. presents us some very hard truth:

Three of the GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination looked the other way when the Constitution’s Senatorial Advice and Consent responsibility presented itself in the form of President Obama’s Iranian nuclear weapons development deal.  Dr. Bostom posits that, having shirked this solemn responsibility on a matter of grave national interest, none of the three is deserving of consideration to hold the office of the presidency.  With a few of my editorial comments and bold print emphasis included, here are some salient pieces of Andy’s  brilliant essay, which I encourage all who follow this blog to read in its entirety:

By Andrew Bostom

By voting for the Corker-Cardin amendment, S.615, “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015,” all three Republican senators running for president – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul (who just “suspended” his presidential campaign) and Marco Rubiorelinquished their constitutional authority to manage one of the most important global security matters of our time.

Back in March of 2015 I supported the only member of the Senate who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Sen. Tom Cotton, and his March 9, 2015, “Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Cotton’s letter, endorsed by 46 other GOP senators, informed the theocratic totalitarians of Iran – and reminded U.S. citizens – that, In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote.” Commendably, and consistent with the “advice and consent” power of the Senate, Sens. Cruz, Paul and Rubio, co-signed Sen. Cotton’s letter. As signatories to the Cotton letter, these senators and presidential aspirants were cognizant – then – of the anti-constitutional Obama administration approach to such a dangerously destabilizing nuclear “agreement,” shorn of senatorial review and debate, and mandatory two-thirds approval vote by that august body.

The subsequent months leading to eventual passage of the Corker-Cardin senatorial “oversight” bill, and eventual approval of the Obama administration’s agreement with Iran, however, were punctuated by ignoble, capitulatory actions on the part of Sens. Cruz, Paul and Rubio. I maintain this shared sacrifice of one their most sacred constitutional duties as senators – advice and consent – disqualifies each of them from consideration as worthy presidential candidates.

April 14, 2015, a much ballyhooed “compromise” – but in fact a constitutional capitulation – regarding S.615 was unanimously agreed upon within the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The next day, April 15, 2015, I reported my worst fears about what had actually transpired, citing p. 32 of the updated bill, under a section entitled, “EFFECT OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION WITH RESPECT TO NUCLEAR AGREEMENTS WITH IRAN,” which states in lines 16-19:

16”(C) this section does not require a vote by
17 Congress for the agreement to commence;
18 ”(D) this section provides for congressional
19 review …”…

April 28, 2014, in a belated, rather feeble effort to restore constitutional advice and consent, as the Cotton/ the GOP-47 letter emphasized a mere seven weeks earlier, Sen. Ron Johnson proposed an amendment to the Corker Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, “To declare that any agreement reached by the President relating to the nuclear program of Iran is deemed a treaty that is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.”… Sen Cotton, of course, voted to approve the amendment. To his credit, Sen. Paul voted “yea” as well. But the two other Republican presidential candidates, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, did not even vote on the amendment…

At this point, as Andy tells us, Ted Cruz said one thing – then did another:

The next day, in a Washington Times op-ed, April 29, 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz observed, appositely:

“Thus, Corker-Cardin motion of disapproval reverses the ordinary presumptions. Instead of the President needing 67 Senate votes to ratify the Iran deal, it would now require 67 votes to stop an Iran deal. This makes no sense.”

Less than a week later, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Cruz redoubled his criticism of Corker Cardin, calling it a “bad bill.” Cruz added that legislation, “is unlikely to stop a bad Iran deal … this issue [the Iran nuke deal] is far too important to send a bad bill simply to send a message. This legislation at best will slow down slightly a terrible deal. Don’t have a fig leaf vote.”

But the very next day, May 7, 2015, while brave Sen. Cotton alone held fast to principle, Sen. Cruz joined the rest of the senatorial lemmings, including Rubio and Paul, all three disavowing their constitutional responsibility, and voting 98 to 1 to approve the shameful Corker-Cardin capitulation.

Dr. Bostom writes that Senator Cotton, still the Lone Ranger in the forthcoming Iran nuke deal disaster said this:

…“A nuclear-arms agreement with any adversary – especially the terror-sponsoring, Islamist Iranian regime – should be submitted as a treaty and obtain a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate as required by the Constitution.”…

Ah, yes.  As required by the Constitution.  What a quaint, archaic idea that is.

The indictment, the devastating blow, Andy then presents is this:

Senate Republicans, most notably GOP presidential contenders Cruz and Rubio, shirked their constitutional and moral responsibility, to avoid confronting the implications of Iran’s religiously inspired bellicosity…

Dr. Bostom lastly informs us that in November of 2015, also  sprach Senator Marco Rubio, the currently rising Gang of Eight conspirator, the media-darling-star, in the ongoing GOP battle for the nomination:

“I have always taken seriously my ‘advice and consent’ role in the Senate.”

Indeed.  Really?


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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