xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement

In the past two weeks congressional GOP leadership took measures that were not only historically unprecedented in their disrespect to the office of the president, undermining their own government, but were outright dangerous and un-American.

The first was the invitation by House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress without first consulting the White House.

Advertisement

This speech was clearly an attempt to boost Netanyahu's lagging polls before his election, but was one that harshly criticized the ongoing negotiations between the P5-Plus-1 and Iran over the latter's nuclear program.

The second was an open letter to the leaders of Iran written by freshman Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other GOP senators informing Iran's leadership, mistakenly, that any agreement with our government could be changed or negated "at the stroke of a pen" by the next U.S. president.

Advertisement

I have never seen in my many years following politics a party act like today's GOP; a party that is more out of touch with reality, and so full of disrespect and outright blind hatred for our president they would disgrace this country by communicating behind the back of our own government that is in active negotiations to ensure we do not go to war over Iran building a nuclear weapon.

Perhaps these GOP senators should learn our own laws first before pretending to play on the world stage. If they had, they would probably have heard of the Logan Act.

The Act dates to 1799 and prohibits unauthorized United States citizens from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments.

The Act reads: "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."

The actions of these 47 GOP senators are a dangerous disgraceful embarrassment and they need to be held accountable for what borders on treason.

Matthew George

Westminster

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement