An American Rubicon and a Few Good Men
By Scott Rohter, September 2015
Out of the depths of despair a nation was born. From under the yoke of tyranny the faint sounds of freedom began to ring. They echoed in the hearts of a few good men. At first there weren’t many who heard the sounds. There were even fewer still who knew what they meant, but they kept resonating until it was hard to find anyone in the thirteen colonies who didn’t know what those sounds meant. They kept resonating until a people of no little consequence was united in a common cause and bound by a shared destiny. Through trials and tribulations they became convinced that their destiny was to be free.
Soon a consensus emerged that something needed to be done to facilitate that goal. What a few good men decided to do next was something that none of them had ever contemplated doing before. None of them had ever considered starting a revolution. The very thought of it was daunting, but they believed in their cause and for the rectification of their grievances they put their faith in God. We can read about their decision to start the American Revolution in the Declaration of Independence. It took a profound act of courage by a few good men to launch our country. Their names are written in the first chapter of America’s history. Some of them are listed at the end of the Declaration of Independence. This article is not just about those good men, but it is about a few good men of uncompromising character in Congress today.
After they declared independence from Britain a few good men began a Revolution which would change more than just one nation. It would change the entire world. If a few good men thought their lives had been difficult before they crossed their American Rubicon, it was nothing compared to the kind of suffering they were going to endure in their immediate future.
At first nothing went right. A few good men went from failure to failure. They went from one defeat to the next. The news was always bad just like the news we hear in the media today. There were traitors in their midst just like there are traitors in ours today. The situation looked bleak and hopeless in the winter of 1776, but a few good men refused to give up and they never lost their determination not to give in.
They suffered horrible defeats on and off the battlefield. Each defeat seemed worse than the defeat that preceded it. Most of their defeats were much worse than the one that we suffered in Congress last week when President Obama’s nuclear arms treaty with Iran passed the Senate without so much as a debate or even a single vote being taken. The United States Constitution which our nation’s Founding Fathers risked their very lives for to bequeath us means absolutely nothing to our political leaders in Washington D.C. Even the city that bears his name no longer honors America’s first Commander in Chief.
The vote in the Senate on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was 98 to 1 with one abstention. The lone dissenting vote was that of Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas.. He is one of the few good men that we have left on Capitol Hill. The vote in the House of Un-Representatives was not much better than that. It was 400 to 25 with seven abstentions. Some of the dissenters who can still recognize a violation of the Constitution when they see one were Congressman Louie Ghomert of Texas, Congressman Tom McClintock from California, Congressman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Congressman Dave Brat of Virginia and Congressman Daniel Webster of Florida. These are a few of America’s good men. There were not many others in Congress who refused to go along with the President’s plan to implement a nuclear arms treaty with Iran by executive agreement instead of with the consent of two thirds of the members of the Senate. For a full list of Congressman who refused to strip the Senate of its Power of Consent over this treaty click the link above to view the vote in the House of Un-Representatives. Just a few good men is about all we have left on Capitol Hill.
The final stab in the back occurred on September 10th, just one day before the 14th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. The person who thrust the knife into America’s solar plexus was Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He is the Senate Majority Leader who put forward the motion for cloture which prevented any debate on the Iran Treaty from ever occurring. It also prevented a vote from occurring. Normally cloture is used to end a filibuster or to limit a debate, but not to prevent one from occurring. On this occasion Senator McConnell used it to prevent a debate from taking place and to prevent a vote on the treaty with Iran from being recorded. It also spared the President from having to take out his veto pen. The Iran Treaty passed the Senate and became law without a single Senator voting for it. This is not the end of the world. It is just one battle in the war. The war is not lost and the cause is not lost.. not as long as we have a few good men.
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