“Party politics must stop at the water’s edge.” No longer. The sad irony is that you would think on the anniversary of 9/11, we would form a united front, instead Congress and the President are doing just the opposite, passing an arms agreement without bipartisan support. We have never done that before in America.
1. We Must Never Forget
On 2010, Obama and Bush stand united at the Memorial in New York.
2. A vote in which our nation loses
Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1947 and creator of the now famous phrase that “party politics must stop at the water’s edge,” would be so severely disappointed. The Iran nuclear deal is being used as a divisive political tool instead of grounds to unite these bitterly divided political parties.
Fourteen years ago, after an unimaginable attack on our country on our own soil, our leaders — not all of whom supported the Patriot Act — stood shoulder to shoulder and faced the world together.
Our nation has a strong legacy of bipartisanship in foreign policy. And rightly so. Solidarity between parties, between our branches of government is essential in projecting strength and unity on the world stage. Now, instead of underscoring our nation’s commitment to national security by rallying to support each other, our leaders have further divided along party lines to prove a point — to each other.
This is to the detriment not just of the political players, but to our nation, and ourselves. We open ourselves to weakness when we show other countries just how far we will go to prove one party the “winner” and the opposing party the “loser.”
Many are calling this vote “historic” and it may be so, but not because it is a “vote for peace” or the day that our nation “agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction … in the hands of another nation.” It will be historic because, for the first time, our leaders did not set party politics aside to properly consider foreign policy.
History will be made for the sake of winning votes, winning favors, and winning elections. But it will be our government as a whole that history will look back on as having lost — lost the ability to effectively govern. via RealClearPolitics