Republicans, and Obama, did not hear the people in the last election. WE WANT TRANSPARENCY AND OPEN DEBATE ON CRITICAL ISSUES. OUR VERY SURVIVAL IS CRITICAL TO US. The ratification of the 2010 START Treaty was another example of our elected officials turning their backs on us and playing politics with an issue that is critical to every man, woman, and child in the US. Instead, they engaged in horse trading and artificial deadlines and pushed through a treaty that we will all have to live with.
Is this a good treaty for the US? Partially, it does not matter. The process and the lack of transparency and engagement with the American People was pitiful to say the least and even Lindsay Graham condemned the process and the rush to push through this treaty.
Is this a good treaty for the US? Some say no based on the vague references to the creation and support of our missile defense system that Russia has been complaining about for years. While this topic is only referenced specifically in the preamble, Russia has stated publicly that they will consider it a breach of the treaty of we continue to develop our Missile Defense System. IF MISSILE DEFENSE WAS NOT AN ISSUE WITH RUSSIA, WHY ISN’T THERE LANGUAGE IN THE TREATY SPECIFICALLY SUPPORTING UNILATERAL OR MUTUAL CREATION OF MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS?
The current START Treaty goes back to 2002 and has been in force for the past 8 or so years. So why the big rush? Why not take a couple of months and engage the voters of this country in the debate and disclose not only the text of the treaty but also the negotiation meeting minutes? Why not hold Senate hearings on CSPAN so we can all view the details for ourselves? This is yet another sad indictment of our elected officials and their total disregard for the electorate.
Republicans, here is a list of the Republicans that voted FOR the treaty’s ratification:
Brownback and Bunning did not vote? While many of these are the “usual” RINO suspects, it does point out how wrong the Washington Elite Republicans were when they tried to convince the conservatives in the Party and the Tea Party supporters that as long as the candidate had an “R” after their name that was all that matters. With Murkowski, Bennett, Lugar, Collins, Snowe and Brown continuously crossing over, we have more evidence that it is not the “R” that counts but what the persons stands for. Apparently these 13 stand for a weak America which is not what conservatives stand for.