Voice of America (VOA) Congressional correspondent Cindy Saine and show host Carol Castiel sit down with South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) to discuss a number of hot political topics. They covered the role of Congress in race relations, the Voting Rights Act, excessive force by police, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority… but I’d like to focus on Congressman Clyburn’s comments about a possible deal with Iran.
It was when discussing the possibility of a deal with the Iranian regime that Rep. Clyburn exhibited some righteous (and hypocritical) indignation about GOP intransigence in the negotiations.
“Be very, very careful about how you treat this President, because turnabout is fair play.
And that, to me, is a big problem here.
So I support this country speaking with one voice when we get beyond the water’s edge.
That is not taking place now…”
It’s as if Rep. Clyburn suddenly just developed amnesia and completely forgot the tone and tenor of Democrat dealings with President Bush between 2000 and 2008. President Bush was constantly being belittled, maligned and disrespected by Congressional Democrats and other important liberal voices.
When it came to dealing with foreign countries, Democrats hardly cared about “speaking with one voice” (Just one example; remember when the House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chose to visit Syria against the counsel of the State Department? At the time, the Bush administration was in the midst of tense and difficult conversations with the Assad regime… only to have Pelosi undermine the Bush administration’s efforts.).
In fact, more often than not, it seemed that Democrats were doing their level best to undermine the President abroad.
Rep. Clyburn can save his “warnings;” the GOP should continue to do everything they can to minimize the damage being done to our nation by our incompetent President.
“Well yes, I think so. It’s one thing to review it. It’s something else to veto. I don’t think that Congress ought to have any right to circumvent the president. And this foolishness that has been going on up here, it’s just foolishness. And we have to be very, very careful and for people to not see … Look, I am old enough to have seen and paid close attention to many presidents, all the way back to Truman. I first, got interested in politics when Truman ran against Dewey back in 1948. And I have following closely every president ever since. And so I will say to my friends, ‘Be very, very careful about how you treat this President, because turnabout is fair play. And I think that this president has not been treated with dignity and respect that he should be treated with. Especially when it comes to his dealing with foreign countries. And that, to me, is a big problem here. So I support this country speaking with one voice when we get beyond the water’s edge. That is not taking place now. So these shenanigans that took place here, the letter that they wrote, the invitation to Netanyahu to address them, to me went beyond the pale.”
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