On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the United States Senate voted 97 – 2 in favor of sanctions against Russia, with one abstention, a majority so overwhelming that it invokes comparison to the congressional response to the Terror attacks of September 11, 2001. To say that the majority is veto-proof would be the very model of comedic understatement.
Early on the morning of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Steve Scalise, was shot while playing baseball in Alexandria, Virginia. To say that The Republic is under attack would be the very model of comedic understatement.
My fellow Americans, we are faced with a choice. We can continue to play the familiar and comforting game of intramural politics, or we can recognize that the enemy without is already playing intermural war.
Representative Scalise was shot for the same reason that all of Vladimir Putin’s political rivals are killed, because he stood in the way of a madman’s quest for power. This isn’t a gun control issue, it’s a Russian sanctions issue. The legislature can take away the power to lift sanctions, and a certain Russian criminal enterprise is voting against this measure with bullets. Every member of Congress must say, “I do not negotiate with terrorists.”
The Bible teaches us that discipline, correctly applied, will save our children from their own baser impulses. We as a country have a discipline deficit. It’s time we start saying no, and meaning it. We must say it to our children. We must say it to ourselves. Most of all, we must say it to those whose titles deserve our respect but whose behavior does not.
We knew Trump was working for the Russians when Paul Manafort, the well known Russian operative who staged Yanukovich’s crooked campaign, took over Trump’s campaign in the primaries. We’ve been ignoring the tantrum ever since. Now the toddling tyrant has got the antique pistol off the mantle and is shooting the guests. It’s time we put our foot down. If not now, when?