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Will the Next William Borah Please stand up

In Executive order, Government Reforms, Obama, Terrorists on July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Will the Next William Borah please stand up, known as the “Lion of Idaho” during his 33 years in the United States Senate. Elected as a Republican in 1907, Borah established himself as a prominent progressive with a fiercely independent spirit. This superb orator who had a knack for courting publicity was once named by Time magazine as the “most famed senator of the century.” Despite his leading role in the creation of two constitutional amendments–establishing the graduated income tax and the 17th amendment – Borah is best remembered for his impact on American foreign policy. In 1917, he was instrumental in the Senate’s rejection of American entry into the League of Nations.

The League of Nations was considered Woodrow Wilson’s singular achievement and the entire world watched as Wilson attempted to get the treaty through the US Senate.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth who was married to Nick Longworth the Speaker of the House started informal gatherings which became outright meetings of destruction of the Treaty.

The League of Nations treaty was considered a bad deal for America by the Senate giving the League a virtual vote over the soverity of the Untied States.  Wilson who was basically a socialist loved the idea of the world council voting on world affairs.  Today the United Nations fills this void, which was pushed into being by Eleanor Roosevelt who was in agreement with Wilson. Ironically Eleanor was a cousin of Alice Roosevelt Longworth who was the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.

In January 1940, Borah suffered a brain hemorrhage and died. His funeral service was held in the U.S. Senate Chamber.  

It was Borah who stood in the Senate Chamber and lobbied his fellow Senators to veto the bad treaty.  Much like the Iran Deal that Secretary of State Kerry has put forward.  President Obama has threatened a Veto, but when does the Administration get to tell the Congress how things are going to be.

We need a Senator Borah to take the lead.  Are there any Senators who are Statesman left in the United States Senate?  We will soon find out.

Will the Next William Borah Please Stand up: if there is one!

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