That same year, President Obama nominated Sonya Sotomayer to the United States Supreme Court. Sotomayor, once a member of the National Council of La Raza (the race), was considered by many to be a far left extremist. As an appellate court justice, Sotomayor had five of her cases in which she was in the majority decision reviewed by the Supreme Court. Sixty percent of those were overturned on constitutional grounds. Yet, the GOP did not filibuster her nomination.
In 2010, President Obama nominated another far-left extremist to the Supreme Court, in Justice Elena Kagan. Kagan had previously served as Obama's Solicitor General and was in charge of defending Obamacare in court. Her nomination allowed her to rule on one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in U.S., of which she played a key roll in its implementation. Yet, the GOP did not filibuster.
That same year the Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill enshrined 'too big too fail' guaranteeing the government would rescue big financial firms. In addition, it levied a host of burdensome new regulations that drove many community banks out of business. Yet, the GOP did not filibuster.
For the first time in nearly 5 years, what finally gets the GOP to take a stand? The nomination of fellow Republican Chuck Hagel to the Secretary of Defense. Why? because he had the audacity to question America's unbridled support for Israel.
"The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here…. ‘I’m a United States senator. I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator.’ I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States — not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel.." from a 2006 interview with former Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David MillerThose comments, among others criticizing the Middle Eastern country's policies apparently upset Republicans in the Senate so much, that they couldn't focus on anything else. During the Senate's 8 hour questioning of Hagel they asked him about Israel and their interests 106 times. By comparison, Afghanistan and the American troops fighting and dying there were mentioned just 24 times.
At the same time, a crisis was brewing in the Pacific with China and Japan raising hostilities towards each other. A few days later Russia raised the tensions even more by violating Japanese air space. Yet, Senate Republicans apparently felt no need to ask Hagel about the situation that could quickly escalate into war.
The questioning was so absurd that SNL wrote a skit mocking it. They chose not to air it at the last minute because of possible blow back:
Republicans ignore President Obama's usurpation of the separation of powers. They ignore his repeated violations of the Constitution. They ignore his assault on energy. They ignore his crippling environmental regulations. They ignore his tax increases. They ignore his out of control spending. They ignore his continued efforts to expand the dependency class. They claim they are helpless to stop Obama because they only control one third of the government.
Yet, when it comes to Israel, they are willing to move heaven and Earth. Why is that? Does Israel have our best interests at heart when they conduct their policies?
The GOP needs to take a long hard look at what Israel stands for and ask themselves if they would support similar actions from our own government. Would we site idly by while the federal government secretly sterilized immigrant women? Would we sit idly by while the federal government began mass deporting African immigrants? Would we sit idly by while protesters beat blacks in the street? Would we sit back while our President ran anti-Assimilation ads, telling minority races to return to where they are from, that assimilation is bad and will destroy their cultural identity?
Time and again Israel has endangered America and violated its trust. In mid-2012, they unilaterally activated the Flame virus, a joint project between the US and Israel, allowing it to be discovered. They've been caught repeatedly spying on the U.S. and its allies. They've sold U.S. secrets and weapons to China. They attacked and attempted to sink a U.S. warship in an effort to create a false flag to draw America into a war with Egypt.
So, someone is going to have to explain to me the GOP's infatuation with Israel, because from my point of view, they appear to be anything but a friend to the United States.