Sen. Coburn’s Farewell Warning: America as a Republic is in Grave Danger
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December 14, 2014 11:09 am
In his farewell speech, Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn left his fellow United States Senators with a solemn tear-filled warning that the continued existence of America as a republic is in grave danger.
(One News Now) – Alluding to President Barack Obama’s persistent trend of avoiding the system of checks and balances via executive orders and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) fairly recent act of “tyranny” by deciding other senators’ rights, Coburn alerted dozens of his colleagues in the Senate that America’s failure to stick to the Constitution and the founding father’s intent will only result in the U.S. repeating history by becoming just another failed republic.
Despite the bleak warning, Coburn said that there is still hope for America, but that it must radically change its doomed course of turning its back on the very documents that birthed America hundreds of years ago — the U.S. Constitution.
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“Can we cheat history?” Coburn asked colleagues at the nation’s capital. “Can we do something better than has been done in the past?”
Coburn answered his own question by saying its possible, but not if America’s leaders continue to rewrite the documents and ignore the intent behind them.
“I honestly believe we can,” Coburn insisted. “But I don’t believe we can if we continue to ignore the wisdom of our founding documents.”
In his speech, Coburn reminded his fellow senators with a stiff warning that many have turned their back on the primary duty they vowed to uphold when sworn into office — to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution — noting how they instead concentrated on ways of allocating federal funds to their home states. Coburn went on to argue that bringing back “pork” to one’s own district has nothing to do with the oaths that congressmen recite to uphold before taking office.
“Your state is not mentioned one time in that oath,” Coburn asserted. “Your whole goal is to protect the Constitution and its liberties. Its not to provide benefits for your state. That’s where we differ. That’s where the conflict with my colleagues has come.”
After exhorting his colleagues to be about their country’s business and not their own, Coburn extended his apologies for offending a number of his fellow senators at different times in his career.
But Coburn’s remorse over his insensitivities in the past had no bearing on his conviction to indirectly blast Harry Reid — his nemesis on virtually every major partisan issue.
“Every senator has the power to introduce legislation, and until recently, offer amendments,” Coburn said, alluding to Reid. “No single senator should be able to decide what the rights of another senator should be.”
Coburn didn’t hold back when letting his fellow senators know exactly what he felt Reid was guilty of.
“That’s tyranny,” Coburn proclaimed. “It has nothing to do with the history … of the Senate.”
One particular practice to which Coburn was alluding is the questionable procedure Reid was found practicing — often dubbed “filling the tree” — where the Senate Majority Leader manipulated which amendments would be made available by which senators.
Another problematic procedure to which Coburn referred was when Reid bypassed the standard Senate rule that makes it mandatory for 60 senators to approve the President’s nominees. Reid gave to go-ahead to one of Obama’s nominees who only 51 senators approved.
A final word of hope
Rarely being one to cave in to any proposals that increase spending, Coburn forged a reputation as one who always opposed legislation that wastefully used taxpayer funds — often blocking popular bills and opposing big-government programs. His stalwart resistance to such agendas earned himself the nickname “Dr. No,” which sums up his 20-year history in Congress.
Coburn insists that the wrong direction in which Congress is currently going can be righted if his colleagues take a much-needed change of course.
“I tell people everywhere I go … we do not have one problem we cannot solve,” stressed Coburn, who announced his retirement earlier this year so he could apportion more time to his family “as a citizen.”
“There is nothing too big for us,” Reid concluded. “They’re all solvable.”