Did you ever think that you would see the day on which the United States, the former proud leader of the free world, was ridiculed, mocked and laughed at during an open session of an international conference?
That national embarrassment occurred yesterday when the American delegate to the global climate conference in Poland pitched "beautiful clean coal" as part of the solution to combatting global warming. Hysterics ensued.
The US did win the support of a trio of allies, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait backed the beleaguered US delegate Wells Griffith, advisor to president Trump. But as the old saying goes, with friends like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait…..
Griffith's laughable position on global warming comes as scientists warn that the Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its thickest ice, the glue that holds the Arctic together. Those scientists are from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a group that is hardly in the back pocket of China, the nation that president Trump fingers as the mastermind of a global warming hoax.
Meanwhile as the US is mocked on the world's stage, 44 former Democratic and Republican senators warn that the country is "entering a dangerous time" that may lead to a constitutional crisis as investigators close in on the tweeter-in-chief.
The Washington Post today published their open letter to Senate colleagues in which the former lawmakers said the convergence of the special counsel Robert Mueller and Congressional investigations come at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.
"We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld," they wrote.
While the letter-writers often disagreed with one another, they never viewed an opponent as an enemy. "We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else."
The authors state that at critical times in America's history, when constitutional crisis threatened the country's foundations, the Senate rose in defense of our democracy.
The time to take a stand is here again. "Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest," concluded the Senators.
The ex-Senators make it very clear that if the Senate wants to Make America Great Again, it must begin to function as an equal branch of the government and hold the president responsible for his actions.