Rep. Kirk is beamed up, on another planet
By Roger Bybee at Jul 08, 2009
Imagine if a Democratic congressman had visited a nation with whom the
Limbaugh. Cheney, and Gingrich would be organizing an instant lynching on the grounds of treason.
But somehow, there has been relative quiet around a freshman Republican congressman named Mark Kirk of
The Straits Times
reports that Kirk told the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a conservative
"One of the messages I had -- because we need to build trust and confidence in our number one creditor is that the budget numbers that the
Essentially, Kirk was not only directly questioning the credibility of the Obama administration on soil of a nation whose authoritarian government and economic interests diverge sharply from the values of the American people, but also clearly stating that the full faith and trust of the
Kirk's statement was no attempt to build "credibility with the Chinese, but an undisguised effort to sabotage the
Many progressives have laughed off Kirk's maneuver as the delusional ravings of an egotistical freshman with hallucinations of grandeur. I view it differently: it was an act of treason, pure and simple, and should be prosecuted as such.
For decades, the Republicans have been playing by hard-ball rules against Democrats for minor infractions, and the Democrats have rarely if ever responded in kind. But this is no minor infraction: it was a direct and conscious effort to sabotage the
Rather than writing memos in support of the Defense of Marriage Act and withholding pictures of