Today we experienced a shameful first in this country. It was one of the most degrading acts of foreign interference – and in our own legislative chamber – ever witnessed by the American public. Sadly, it was led and made possible by Speaker of the House John Boehner and carried out by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Congress of the United States.
It was treacherous, and some might easily consider it a legislative coup attempt against the president of the United States.
I, as a citizen of this country, am lost for words. Angry does not describe the feeling. So I can understand fully why President Obama and some members of that same Congress, ones who did not attend in support of their president, are steaming mad. I would imagine the President is fit to be tied. And who’s to blame him?
Firstly, that Boehner, the third most powerful individual in this country in terms of succession to the presidency, invite a foreign leader to basically scold our president and denigrate those who would ever consider doing differently than what the Israeli leader demands is, I believe, unprecedented. As I already mentioned, it borders on treason.
Secondly, that Netanyahu dare come to our house and condescendingly tell us what to do … well, there’s really no better word for today’s performance than chutzpah. If you’re not sure, look it up, it’s a Yiddish term meaning “shameless audacity.”
It is time we came to the realization that Netanyahu is NOT the Jewish leader of the U.S. That’s why we elected our own president, who presides as political leader in this country of Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, in other words, all U.S. citizens.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews may have stated it best when he said of Netanyahu: “This man from a foreign government walked in to the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.”
Matthews then interpreted Netanyahu’s message like this: “[You] should trust me, not your president. I am the man you should trust. I am your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself you must listen to me and not to this president. …”
Matthews finished with this: “It is a remarkable day when the leaders of the opposition in Congress allowed this to happen. Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of U.S. foreign policy?”