The new GOP's strategy in the 112th Congress is apparently to shut down the entire economy and undermine the U.S.'s global credibility to agitate for policies that even their new majority could not otherwise enact.
Senator Graham, after visiting the tar sand pits in Alberta, Canada, hailed the toxic mines, the source of the world's dirtiest fuel, as "an industrial ballet," adding that the project "really blends with the natural habitat." Huh?
During the 2008 campaign, it didn't seem that the Republican party could move further to the right on immigration. What it doesn't seem to understand is that the stakes on this issue are, politically, far greater than most.
There is not much courage these days in the Halls of Congress. While faux-moderates worry that someone could accidentally lose their right to buy a gun, they call for stripping citizenship for the very same potentially accidental terrorists.
Nations were built on access to salt and wars waged for it. Sound familiar? We still buy and enjoy salt, even for industrial purposes, but we don't build foreign policy around it. And that's where we need to get with oil.
By offering a path to citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that are in our country right now, we are giving them a path to become more active in American life -- including military service.
As I understand it, Lindsey Graham's argument goes like this: Some people who support closing the terror gap also support banning handguns. I don't support banning handguns. Therefore, I don't support closing the terror gap.
Flying in the face of conventional wisdom and airborne by his own elocution, Senator Graham states that "civilian trials create confusion," an astonishing assertion given their 89% conviction rate of suspected terrorists.