The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order, and so all forms of legal and illegal resistance are justified when it tries.That Confederate worldview has NEVER accepted the legitimacy of President Barack Obama. Those who thought that had been put to rest after talk about birth certificates calmed down have recently seen it revived with talk about how he's not really one of us and doesn't love this country.
But nowhere has this President's legitimacy been challenged more than in this letter to Iran from Republican Senators in a blatant attempt to undermine the negotiations over nuclear weapons. This isn't simply the blathering of Tea Party rabble-rousers. Those signing it include: Mitch McConnell,Tom Cotton, Orrin Hatch, John Cornyn, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Mark Kirk, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.
The message is clear. They are telling the leaders of Iran not to bother negotiating with our President (and the other 5 nations involved in these talks) because he's simply passing through. It is an attempt by Republican Senators to directly challenge the authority given to presidents by our constitution.
To say that lobbying a foreign govt to reject a diplomatic effort of a US president is inappropriate doesn't do justice to how bad this isEven if you are not concerned about the threat posed by a confederate insurgency, this kind of undermining of one branch of our government by another on the international stage is incredibly dangerous. I don't think I'm over-reacting when I say that this - more than what Matt Yglesias wrote about - is a real threat to our democracy and it's institutions.
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) March 9, 2015
Whether or not these Senators agree with President Obama's approach to the negotiations with Iran, he was elected by the people to lead this country...twice. They have a right to speak their mind. But they DO NOT have the right to de-ligitimize his authority to carry out the duties assigned to his office.