By Paul Gable
Sen. Lindsey Graham took his Strength Through Security presidential exploratory act to New Hampshire last week playing relatively well, according to media.
However, reading one quote he gave to the Concord City Republican Committee, one has to wonder just how far Graham is willing to go with the strength part.
According to the Concord Monitor, the local paper, Graham demanded restoration of defense spending cuts.
This kind of statement can play well with a Republican crowd, but Graham went much too far.
“…here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States, I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to.”
I don’t know about you, but visions of tanks ringing Capitol Hill until Congress passed legislation “President Lindsey Graham” demanded is not, I believe, what the framers of the Constitution had in mind.
Anybody ever hear about separation of powers?
Graham is no rookie in Congress, like another who made news this week with a letter.
He has been in Congress for 20 years, eight as a representative and 12 as a senator.
He is a Judge Advocate in the Air Force Reserve having served both as an attorney and judge in the military justice system.
Yet, Graham obviously has so little respect for our democratic republican form of government that he apparently would act more in the spirit of Fidel Castro, Juan Peron and Papa Doc Duvalier if elected president.
Is Washington so broken that it has sunk to the depths of a Banana Republic?
Apparently so if a 20 year veteran legislator of the system can even think such a thought.
The country faces serious challenges now and in the immediate future. It would be nice if the major parties nominate serious presidential candidates who will be ready to govern if elected.
But, that is not the general history of American presidential candidates either.
I guess I have to get ready for two more years of stupid as we move toward November 2016.