Once again, the GOP and voters who keep electing Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should be ashamed of themselves.
The US Constitution established a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government became stronger than another and to avoid any one person from abusing authority.
So much for that.
Mitch McConnell is once again trying to prove that rules don’t apply to some Republican lawmakers.
Let’s have some honest conversation, here. Forget about the fact that around this time eight years ago, senior Republican officials were questioning President Obama’s citizenship, despite the fact that he had produced his birth certificate. Wait, maybe we should first be reminded about the fact that never before in US history had a President’s citizenship been questioned the way Mr. Obama’s was.
However, if someone doesn’t call shenanigans on the fact that McConnell is calling for an entire process to be skipped, the US government will totally discredit itself as a respectable world power.
You read that right.
According to McConnell, Elaine Chao should be Secretary of Transportation without being properly vetted. It’s no big deal that she is married to Mitch McConnell and her role poses the potential for major conflicts of interests with her husband’s.
It’s even less of a big deal that Chao’s father founded, and her family still runs a large and highly profitable global shipping company. Neither the Chaos nor the McConnells have anything to gain from this appointment, right?
While we’re giving folks jobs without vetting them, let’s just let Carl Icahn be Trump’s adviser on cutting government regulations. This will allow the energy companies that have allowed Icahn to amass his billions to become more profitable.
The rich get richer; the American way wins again!
These are just two of the conflicts that Trump’s potential cabinet picks bring with them. Just two, yet McConnell says that Dems need to “grow up” and stop blocking the appointments.
There are so many ironies here, perhaps paramount of them is the fact that just a few years ago, McConnell passively aggressively tried to bully Sen. Harry Reid (ret. D-NV) into upholding its obligation to vet potential appointees. Writing:
‘The senate has the Constitutional duty to provide its Advice and Consent on Presidential nominations, a duty which we taken seriously.’
McConnell’s full letter to Mr. Reid is available here. Note the date on that letter.
McConnell gave Mr. Reid this scolding when President Obama was trying to appoint his cabinet. The rules change when one of the good ol’ boys is nominating his buddies into positions that are potentially detrimental to US citizens and America’s relationships with other countries, but beneficial to those changing the rules as they go
The hypocrisy is real.
Mitch McConnell is the epitome of privilege. His blatant disregard for The Constitution and the very duties he preached about when trying to block President Obama’s picks, is disgusting and shameful and shouldn’t be tolerated.
The American people deserve better. Kentuckians, you’ve officially been challenged to do better: Ditch Mitch!
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