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Congresswoman Gwen Moore Deserves Praise For Not Attending Netanyahu’s Address To Congress

March 3, 2015


Tonight I was pleased to find out that among Wisconsin Democrats, U.S. Rep Mark Pocan of Madison also opted not to attend. 

I need to thank on this blog Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore for doing what every member of her chamber should have done this morning.  That would have been not to attend the speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.   While there was a long list of members who did not sit and listen this morning to the prime minister it was Moore and Pocan who were the only two in the Wisconsin delegation who made the correct decision on the matter.

I called her office this afternoon and offered my sincere thanks for this action.

Last week I had also called my member of congress, Mark Pocan, and urged him to show some spine on this issue.

To have attended this speech would both legitimize House Speaker Boehner and Netanyahu’s actions which are overly partisan and work to undermine our foreign policy. By sitting for the address only provided a boost to Netanyahu’s reelection effort, which, if successful, would likely lead to the creation of a right-wing Israeli government whose values are alien to the Democratic Party.

Here is The Hill’s updated list of Democrats who did not attend.

  1. Tom permalink
    March 5, 2015 12:40 PM

    If there is a “down the road” during which we must contemplate what events led us there, the world will note that President Obama said over and over that Iran could not be allowed to have nuclear weapons, but that this message was not believed by Iran or Israel. I think people are more likely to look at Obama’s cool tone toward Israel and his support of Iran’s leadership during the insurrections in Iran at the start of the Arab Spring long before they get to N’s speech. They are more likely to ask if Iran thought they could take the US seriously–or if they could manipulate those who wished they lived in a better world.

    If Israel strikes Iran, I hope we would be helping from the start. I don’t know how carefully you have been paying attention to the news, but the Middle East and more of Africa is now infested with Islamic terrorists, any one which would be happy to use a nuke provided by Iran. In light of this, I don’t see how N’s speech puts us or could put us in a bad place that we are not already in.

    As far as N’s candidacy for office, is there some standard I am not aware of regarding the time between a speech and election which is an appropriate waiting time? I might be mistaken, but didn’t Obama–like many other candidates–travel and speak abroad during a campaign? I do realize that Congress is a different venue than most. But either way, Americans don’t vote in their elections.

    Finally, I wonder what is shameful about listening to and considering the opinions of N–or any other head of state–on this matter. I know liberals and democrats have all kinds of rules and restrictions in regard to free speech and the free exchange of ideas, but I was always taught that ideas needed to be aired and explored and debated. Sadly, Nancy Pelosi at least gets it. She responded that N was a fear monger whose speech made her want to cry. While her reaction is pathetic and laughable, at least she understands what the world’s most deliberative body is supposed to be about.

  2. March 5, 2015 11:35 AM

    I think the speech fostered more partisanship. The fact is that now Israel is a partisan target and one that was self-created. The fact the address was a war speech delivered by a foreign head of state will not be lost by many down the road when world events demand some memory of what precipitated events. Many feel that if Israel were to strike Iran and not be able to inflict enough damage on supposed nuclear sites they may need American help. This is all part and parcel of a larger international series of moves that has the potential for placing America in a very bad place. Also, I personally feel that we should not provide such a forum for a candidate for office from another country to use congress in this matter. But then again process matters to me. To have Republicans stoop to such a level for the sole purpose of trying to get a political win and score a point is shameful and a dark day–and that is what Boehner did and what you have condoned.

  3. Tom permalink
    March 5, 2015 10:56 AM

    Moore and Pocan condemn themselves. I’ve seen little evidence to suggest they think about anything. Moore has not contributes one meaningful piece of legislation, nor has she taken any notable position on any issue. I have to admit I don’t know as much about Pocan, but his weird blog posts from a few years ago are certainly telling.

    As for the issue, I have thought about the possible impact of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech on foreign policy. I’ve read several articles about it, including those which were made by Obama and Kerry. So, what impact?

    Or, is it that there is no impact whatsoever? –aside from demonstrating the closed-mindedness of democratic legislative drones like Pocan and Moore?

  4. March 4, 2015 12:34 PM

    You comment about Democratic members of congress in a condemning way and then ask in the next comment what impact the prime minister’s speech has on foreign policy! Might it not have been prudent for you to assess the ramifications of the speech before you start lobbing words about those who have actually thought about the matter?

  5. Tom permalink
    March 4, 2015 12:29 PM

    What impact? Enlighten me with your subtle intellect.

  6. March 3, 2015 10:03 PM

    You miss the impact this partisan move from Boehner and the prime minister have on foreign policy.

  7. tom permalink
    March 3, 2015 9:12 PM

    Like Gwen really needs an excuse not to work? And Mark Pocan? I read his blogs a few years ago. Lol!

    But I don’t know why they deserve any particular praise. They claimed it was a political stunt and responded with a political stunt. Impressive, hardly. They simply did the easy thing–as they always do. Two more lockstep liberals.

  8. March 3, 2015 7:57 PM

    The Hill did not have it listed. That was the link provided. And since you are commenting from Washington, D.C. you should know that, too. But do not worry as I am pleased to know Pocan did the right thing and did not bow to the pressure. I will adjust the post accordingly. And lighten up on your attitude. If Pocan had come out earlier and made it clear where he stood on this matter perhaps more of his constituents would have not needed to wonder if we was able to make the right decision.

  9. Truth guy permalink
    March 3, 2015 7:52 PM

    Read the news, Pocan didn’t attend either. But I’ll look for your apology blog on here, right……….still waiting.

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