Sen­a­tors, stop grand­stand­ing

Re “NSA spy pro­gram shuts down,” June 1

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Sen. Rand Paul’s (RKy.) grand­stand­ing caused the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency’s data col­lec­tion process to be shut down. While the pro­gram’s ex­is­tence and scope can (and should) be de­bated, Paul’s ac­tions are sim­ply an­other ex­am­ple of an opportunistic GOP se­na­tor tak­ing it upon him­self to cause a ma­jor dis­rup­tion.

A dis­turb­ing pat­tern seems to be form­ing among Repub­li­can sen­a­tors. First, Texas’ Ted Cruz helped to shut down the gov­ern­ment. Then, Arkansas’ Tom Cot­ton sub­verted the Iran nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions. And now, Paul has taken it upon him­self to de­cide for all of us what’s in the best in­ter­est of our na­tional se­cu­rity.

In each of th­ese cases the GOP sen­a­tors were pil­lo­ried by some mem­bers of their own party. Yet the thirst for me­dia at­ten­tion th­ese types of dam­ag­ing po­lit­i­cal stunts at­tract trumps all else.

Th­ese ac­tions re­flect breath­tak­ing lev­els of hubris and self-in­ter­est. When will it stop?

Matthew Sin­er­man

New­bury Park

Now I can send China the ad­dresses of where our H-bombs are?

Jack Collins


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