Tom Cotton and Being a Good American
By now everyone in the free world has heard of Republican Senator Tom Cotton’s open letter to Iran’s Leaders. If you haven’t, you can view it here. I am also certain that Americans everywhere have already divided into their personal political camps over the matter.
The point of this blog is not to discuss my political views or to pontificate as to whether I am anti or pro anything. Today’s blog is about what it means to be a good American, and how with the crafting of one letter, Senator Tom Cotton and forty-six of his Republican cronies fell woefully short of that ideal.
I will state up front that I am neither Democratic nor Republican, Pro-Obama or Anti-Obama. What I am is a Patriot- a citizen who loves, supports and is loyal to his or her country. In short, a Good American. So it is as a Good American that I feel compelled to call Senator Tom Cotton and the rest of his ilk who penned their letter to Iran exactly what they are- traitors.
As a United States citizen you can say what you want about our Nation’s President. As a United States citizen you are free to disagree with his opinions, motivations and decisions as long and as loudly as you wish. Our Nation’s First Amendment affords you that right and our Military defends it. You also have the right to vote into office the person you deem best fit to represent you and your interests. Sometimes your fellow citizens will not agree with you, and their numbers will be heard despite your wishes. That is the price of living in a democracy.
What you as a citizen cannot do is disrespect the OFFICE of the President of the United States, regardless of how you feel about the individual who holds that office. Drafting a letter that deliberately and publicly undermines the efforts of the President is an act of disrespect at best and at worst, it’s treason. Treason because of the very real possibility that Cotton and his fellow signers committed an unprecedented breach in protocol which could be deemed unconstitutional.
The saddest commentary to this whole debacle is that we don’t need to go as far as lawbreaking to find the chink in Cotton’s thinking. One of the infamous forty-six should have told him that it doesn’t matter if you disagree with the President’s policies- you keep your bickering behind closed doors. If you cannot find a solution, you agree to disagree and then vote accordingly in November. You don’t reduce our Nation’s system of checks and balances to an amateur production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif published a response stating that he saw Cotton’s letter as a “propaganda ploy” meant to undermine Obama and suggested that Iran would disregard its threats. Proof positive that Cotton’s letter paints our Nation to Iran and to the rest of the world as divided, as compromised, as weak. Is weak really how we want to be perceived by any Middle Eastern Nation?
I’m willing to bet 2,977 lost voices would vote “No.”