Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark) is one scary dude. Right now, the Arkansas legislature is trying to pass a law making it possible to run for the senate and president at the same time. I wonder why.
The youngest Senate member (37), a right-wing extremist, wasted no time heaving out the big guns. He tells us how it works in Cotton World in his Harvard thesis, as reported by The Atlantic:
??people are inherently selfish, narrow-minded, and impulsive. He defends the idea that the country must be led by a class of intellectually superior officeholders whose ambition sets them above other men.”
Here are seven points that prove we should be afraid, very afraid.
1. Mutinous Letter To Undermine Nuclear Talks
Last week Cotton wrote the letter sticking it in the eyes of Iran leaders. You know, the note that he and 46 other senators signed. In essence he said, “Hey, when Obama’s gone, your nuclear deal is gone.”
Cotton is a Harvard-produced attorney, so he’s no dummy. As lead negotiator in the Iranian talks, Secretary John Kerry called the letter ?utterly disgusting? and ?irresponsible.? Nearly 300,000 of us signed a petition,
??asking the senators to be charged for violating the Logan Act, a law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.?
2. Cotton: Prosecute Journalists For Espionage
Obviously Cotton’s big on the second amendment, but he hates the first one? I’m beginning to see a crack in his judgment.
According to Snopes, the New York Times published this:
“…an article about how the government was tracking terrorist financing, Cotton called for the journalists to be imprisoned. This news story got a lot of heat from various conservative outlets, but before he was even running for office, Cotton took it upon himself to publicize his grievances in a sarcastic?letter?to journalists Eric Lichtblau and James Risen… It seems that Cotton’s letter to Iran a few days ago was not the first of its kind.”
3. Cotton: Food Stamp Recipients ?Addicts?
Cotton hates food stamps?because he feels?the system is ?riddled with fraud and abuse? and ?has resulted in long-term dependency.? Clearly, he has never been hungry and unable to find work.
Maybe that’s why Arkansas is top in the U.S. for the number of people suffering from food insecurity. Salon wrote:
“If Cotton had his way, there would be much harsher restrictions on food stamps, and the overall budget for welfare would be cut severely. Considering the high level of poverty in Arkansas, Cotton is actually voting against the interests of the people he is supposed to represent…?If he’s concerned that the system is ‘riddled with fraud and abuse,’ an audit of the Pentagon should be at the top of his to-do list.”
4. ?Bombing Makes Us Safer?
?He was an infantry officer in Iraq and served in the Army Rangers with distinction. Now Cotton is one of the top national-security hawks?in the Senate. According to Raw Story,
?Tehran must capitulate or face military force – apparent proof that 430,000 Arkansans elected a Commander in Chief while nobody else was watching last November.??
He could have said, “War is fun – for me – so line up your kids and grandkids.” Cotton is so gung-ho, I imagine he might actually like to get out there on the front lines and play G. I. Joe. We can always hope.
5. “Rot In Hell” Guantanamo Prisoners
Last month at an Armed Services committee hearing, Cotton railed against the president’s promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“In my opinion, the only problem with Guantanamo Bay is that there are too many empty beds and cells there right now…?We should be sending more terrorists there for further interrogation to keep this country safe. As far as I’m concerned, every last one of them can rot in Hell. But as long as they don’t do that, they can rot in Guantanamo Bay.”
Yes, Sen. Cotton, we realize you have anger issues. Now hop onto the couch. Tell us when all this anger started.
6. Collected $700,000 To Support Israel
That is no typo. When he was campaigning, Cotton collected $700,000 from the Emergency Committee For Israel. All that special interest money guarantees,
“Cotton is one of the most pro-Israel senators in Congress. During the 2014 Israeli invasion of Gaza, when over 500 Palestinian were killed, Cotton called the Israeli defense force ‘the most moral, humanitarian fighting force in the world…?In December he said Congress should consider?supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called ?bunker-buster? bombs for a possible strike against Iran.”
7. Like A Serial Killer
Colleagues describe him as aloof and distant. He is shy and ?has actually never taken naturally to being the center of attention.?
Harvey Mansfield, a conservative scholar at Harvard where Cotton studied said,
“He was not the type of student that you sometimes see ? the future politician ? who’s good at making friends and looks around to do that.
Isn’t that what neighbors say on television about killers who live next door? But after Cotton practiced smiling, others called him ?fiercely focused ? a politician who relentlessly stays on message.?
Psychologists describe serial killers differently.
“Organized killers plan their attacks methodically, where the?planning process itself becomes part of a consuming mental fantasy. They?choose their victims carefully and may stalk them for extended periods of?time. They carry, weapons…?Missionary killers murder strictly a particular group, class, or race of ?people in an effort to eliminate them.”
But then, I’m against war, which is after all, condoned serial killing.