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Monday, March 9, 2015

Did You See What Kansas and Missouri Congressional Members Did?


It's a beauty:


Kansas' Senator Pat Roberts and Representative Jerry Moran and Missouri's Senator Roy Blunt all signed this letter.

Bloomberg News reports on an open letter signed by 47 Republicans warning Iran that whatever they negotiate with President Obama can be undone in two years by the next President, who they presume will side with them.
Organized by freshman Senator Tom Cotton and signed by the chamber's entire party leadership as well as potential 2016 presidential contenders Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the letter is meant not just to discourage the Iranian regime from signing a deal but also to pressure the White House into giving Congress some authority over the process.
“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”
There are a great deal of people on social media just now, suggesting, if not saying that these legislators who have signed the letter have committed treason by way of our own Logan Act, which states:

"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.

It's rather difficult to argue with them or with the idea, to me and a lot of us.

Naturally, the usual warmongers like Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are in the group but so are possible 2016 presidential candidates like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and even "Libertarian" Rand Paul.   Mr. "I Don't Do War Because I'm a Libertarian" Rand Paul.

I don't know what's worse here--the idiocy or the demagoguery.

Links:  Logan Act - Wikipedia

Logan Act legal definition of Logan Act


'It's unbelievable. Americans support this deal by a two-to-one margin, but Republicans in the Senate have chosen to put politics before country.

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