Lemmings in Congress

Introductory Note: Lemming “suicides” is a frequently used metaphor in reference to people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences (Wikipedia).


I find it inconceivable that not a single Republican lawmaker plans to vote in support of the nuclear deal with Iran. This despite the fact that a rejection of the accord would lead to a degradation of the international consensus that brought it about, as well as the isolation of the United States, which would be seen as losing its role as the world’s leader.


What is the reason behind this extraordinary situation? I do not think that the interference of Israel in American national affairs is at the heart of the issue. Rather, it is the iron discipline imposed by the Republican Party on its members, who are otherwise faced with losing their seats in the next election. This discipline is backed by a hatred of President Obama that is shot through with racism.


Who can believe, with an issue as crucial and as complex as this one, that all Republican lawmakers are thinking as one man (or woman)? Is there no diversity of opinion? We are light years away from the thinking of the Founding Fathers of a group of disinterested representatives voting for the common good. Also, they did not envisage the position of lawmaker as a lifetime sinecure.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.








Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s