Guest Column: Boehner’s bypassing of president on welcoming Netanyahu before Congress shameless

By Gregory John Campbell

Shameless: 1: having no shame: insensible to disgrace 2: showing lack of shame.[1]

This is the abysmal moral state America has descended to when the media recount “stories,” not truth, when expedience replaces vision, when gizmos shatter attention, when civility replaces protest, when national surveillance mocks political freedom, when stratocracy usurps democracy, when corporations abandon national loyalty, when privacy replaces public liberty, when legal law denies moral justice, when entertainment replaces content, when consumption eclipses conservation, when narrative replaces history, when vocation replaces humanities as curriculum, when corporate incursion destroys public education, when rational discourse is reduced to cultural nonsense, when television eradicates character, when money negates morality and when shameless Somali politics trumps the Republican Party and the Congress of the United States.

In the African state of Somalia, “anything goes.” There is no long-term order, rule of law, common sense, human decency or humanity, parallel to the Somali nature of short-term Republican politics, economics, capitalism and corporatism now abolishing our nation. Hence, the Somali politics of the Republican Party and Somali “free rape-it” economics, capitalism and corporatism.

So, when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran, bypassing the president, not a flicker of shame crossed Washington, the media or America for this Neronian act on his part.

For in so doing, Mr. Boehner placed the state of Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Republican Party and Congress as more important to them than the presidency, the Constitution and the American people.

Has Speaker Boehner, his party and Congress no shame in doing so, when this violates the oath of allegiance and trust they pledged to uphold our country and Constitution before any other foreign head of state or nation? Have they no decency, when this egregious act by them is moral — if not literal — treason to our country and the American people? For where are their patriotic loyalties and allegiance? To the state of Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Republican Party and Congress, or to the president, the United States and the American people?

The United States does not exist to serve the state of Israel, because it makes no sense that an island nation should rule our continent.[2] And there could be no greater political, religious or historical fiction than to presume the U.S. does. But to Speaker Boehner, the Republican Party, Congress and Mr. Netanyahu, it does.

If Israel were to disappear overnight or over time, world history, other nations and mankind would continue. And to presume otherwise is to assume that world history, all nations and mankind exist at the command of one country or culture only, which is preposterous and tyrannical. No nation in world history has, nor will the U.S. or Israel. Great Britain, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union prove this.

This citizen is no champion of Mr. Obama. But this American is a champion for placing the presidency, the United States, the Constitution and the American people before any other nation or head of state, or shameless politician, party or Congress not doing so.[3] And on these terms, demands that Speaker Boehner, the Republican Party and Congress answer to the American people for failing to do so.

We are a free people beholden to no one but God, not religion. And if Speaker Boehner, the Republican Party or Congress thinks otherwise, they should resign for traitorous disservice to our nation. Contact your elected officials. Demand that Speaker Boehner, the Republican Party and Congress apologize to the American people for this shameless moral treason to their Constitution, president and nation. Make them pay for their shameful political duplicity. Thank you.

Gregory John Campbell is a Rockford resident.

[1] Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus, Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2013.

[2] Or any other nation state. Thank you, Thomas Paine.

[3] Including the Democratic Party.

From the Feb. 4-10, 2015, issue

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