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The #47Patriots

Senator Tom Cotton in Battle Dress

According to The Washington Post’s David Ignatius the open letter sent to the Iranians by 47 Republican Senators is “grossly irresponsible,” another Post contributor called it “appalling” and Washington’s “foreign policy establishment” has seen in the letter, organized Senator Tom Cotton, an unprecedented effort to “undercut” the president in his role as commander-in-chief and diplomat-in-chief.

And as the Post’s Dana Milbank noted, The New York Daily News branded Senate Republicans “TRAITORS” in large type across its cover Tuesday, saying, “GOPers try to sabotage Bam nuke deal.”

Vice President Joe Biden weighed-in saying, he could not remember a time in his thirty-six years in the Senate that Senators had taken such an action, “This letter sends a highly misleading signal to friend and foe alike that that our Commander-in-Chief cannot deliver on America’s commitments -- a message that is as false as it is dangerous,” said Biden.

And Democratic Colorado Rep. Jared Polis took personal shots at Cotton on Twitter Tuesday, labeling the Iraq War veteran as “Tehran Tom” for his role in a letter sent to Iran.

“Tehran Tom took his case directly to the Iranian government,” Mr. Polis tweeted to his nearly 32,000 followers according to multiple media reports.

“Tehran Tom asks Iranian Revolutionary Guards for help in battle against US diplomats,” Mr. Polis added, receiving 53 retweets.

Note to Congressman Polis – the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are right now in Iraq battling our interests and Obama’s willingness to allow the regime that sent them there to acquire nuclear weapons does nothing but embolden them.

Having worked for the Vice President of the United States during a time of war and international crisis (the 1991 Gulf War) I’m acutely aware of how jealously Presidents guard their constitutional military and diplomatic prerogatives.

And I’m also acutely aware of what a quaint fiction the idea that “politics ends at the water’s edge” has been over the past 25 years and how publicly and strenuously the Democrats on Capitol Hill have opposed Republican presidents in the exercise of those constitutional powers.

And how disastrously wrong in their opposition they have regularly been.

During President Reagan’s time in office Democrats held weekly, if not daily news conferences to denounce his anti-communist policies in Central America and to undercut the President’s decision to confront communist Nicaragua and support the anti-communist governments in the region.

Reagan was right about Cuba and Soviet communist influence in the Caribbean and Central America as the intelligence trove discovered after the invasion of Grenada revealed and Democrats were not just in communication with the communist government there, but that Democratic Rep. Ron Dellums and his staff were actively colluding with it.

Likewise Democrats made their opposition to the liberation of Kuwait known, indeed the opposition was so public and so vociferous that passage of the legislation authorizing the use of military force for Operation Desert Storm appeared to be in doubt, thereby emboldening Saddam Hussein during the negotiations prior to the first Gulf War.

Democrats and the liberal “foreign policy establishment” will no doubt argue that Democrats in Congress were exercising their constitutional prerogatives to debate and exercise the power of the purse in those instances.

And that’s exactly the point.

Obama finds himself in this position because he has chosen, as he always does, to skirt constitutional processes and govern unilaterally.

The 47 Republicans who wrote the open letter to the Iranian leaders are right on the substance, and they are by no means out of the mainstream in publicly disagreeing with the President and letting our erstwhile opponents know of their opposition. The difference here is that this time congressional opponents of a president’s foreign policy are trying to stop the president from making a bad deal for America, instead of encouraging the enemy to hold out for one.

If you use social media we urge you to include the hashtag #47Patriots in all of your posts, tweets and messages to show your support for the 47 Senators who stood against Obama's secret deal to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's A veteran of over 300 political campaigns, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle and as spokesman for now-Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry. He has served as a staffmember or consultant to some of America’s most recognized conservative political figures. He is a member of American MENSA.

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Free Speech + Checks & Balances

First off, it is a free country, and the Senators that signed the letter are hardly being traitorous by expressing their views in an open, public letter. Its a free speech issue first and foremost.

Secondly, the Executive Branch does not exist separately from the Legislative and Judicial Branches. They all co-exist together in balance and keep each other in check. It is within the rights of these Senators (as well as their duty) to express their views on matters of national importance.

The letter is legit. Its just the stupidity of status quo politics that attempts to punish anybody in high office who dares to be assertive and proactive in their views rather than remain quiet so as to avoid risk.