This past Tuesday, republicans committed a sort of political treason against one of their own, former Senator and GOP Presidential nominee, Bob Dole. Mr. Dole, who is 89, was wheeled onto the Senate floor by his wife, Elizabeth, so that members could see him as they entered the chamber before voting to ratify a U.N. treaty to give rights to those with disabilities. The measure failed to win the two-thirds vote needed for approval.
Why would someone not vote for this measure? And who were some of those 38 senators that voted against the ratification of the treaty? None other than Kentucky’s own Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. For Mitch McConnell, a lawyer with 28 years in the senate, you would think that he would understand that ratifying the treaty would not have any impact on the enforcement of our own Constitution and laws. As for Rand Paul, a tea party candidate who claims to abide by only the Constitution, but apparently hasn’t even read it.
Ratification of the treaty would have had no impact to our laws or ultimate sovereignty, but would certainly make some strides with other countries that are part of the U.N. The U.N. needed a certain number of countries to ratify the measure so that other countries could enforce laws for the disabled, similar to our own Americans with Disabilities Act. This was basically a win for both sides, but senate republicans would not give their former senator and Presidential nominee a nod for something he supported.
Where does the nonsense end? Another news making event with our two senators occurred this week when Mitch McConnell had to filibuster his own request to vote on the debt ceiling. Senate democrats called his bluff when McConnell asked for a straight up or down vote on whether the President could raise the debt ceiling on his own. When Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, approved the proposal for a vote on the floor, McConnell backed off and had to filibuster his own request. Classic.
Not to be undone in the embarrassment category, Rand Paul was being interviewed on a radio station on Wednesday and claimed that the speculated candidate for Senate in 2014 against McConnell, Ashley Judd, was too liberal for our country and the state of Kentucky. Apparently Mr. Paul forgot that this country just re-elected a liberal President one month ago and his reference to Ms. Judd not knowing about the biggest industry in the state, coal mining, was another slip. Manufacturing is actually the biggest industry in Kentucky, with coal mining coming in a distant 13.
This state needs to be represented well on a national level and to have two elected politicians that seem to go out of their way to compete for ‘most politically challenged’ is unfortunate, to say the least. Paul will undoubtedly make an unsuccessful run in 2016 for the GOP nomination for President, which shows he’s completely unaware of his utter lack of appeal outside the state lines, and as for McConnell, his relevancy has passed. He will never be Senate Majority Leader. Maybe Ashley Judd’s liberal thinking about the environment and women’s rights is too much for Kentucky, according to Rand Paul, but at least she wouldn’t make idiotic comparisons between equal pay for women and the soviet politburo.
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