This Past Week, the Senate voted to confirm Samantha Power as our new ambassador to the United Nations. Among the Senators voting in favor of Power’s confirmation was Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander. Representative Joe Carr would have voted No.
“Given her questionable views including some anti-American and anti-Israel statements made in the past, I would have definitely had a compelling reason to reject her confirmation as the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the Senate to do,” says Representative Joe Carr.
Power has recommended in the past that United States officials should apologize to the world for its past failures in order to enhance credibility with foreign countries. “A country has to look back before it can move forward,” Power wrote. “Instituting a doctrine of the mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors,” said Power.
She also reasoned that terrorists depend for their sustenance on “mainstream anti-Americanism throughout the world” and that anti-Americanism is the fault of the United States. “Some anti-Americanism derives simply from our being a colossus that bestrides the earth,” Power argued. “But much anti-Americanism derives from the role U.S. political, economic, and military power has played in denying such freedoms to others,” said Power.
Power argued that the United States should stop spending money on the Israeli military and instead invest billions in a new Palestinian state. “It may mean sacrificing—or investing I think more than sacrificing—literally billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine,” Power said.
“This is yet another example of how those in Washington are not looking out for citizens back home. We need to be invested in the ultimate result and take time to think about the process and the authority the U.S. Constitution provides us. This long time associate and ally of President Obama should not have been appointed, yet Senators such Sen. Lamar Alexander confirmed it without a thought…without a fight. This is not acceptable,” says Representative Carr.
Representative Joe Carr is an announced candidate running against Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 Republican Primary. He is a principled conservative who believes that Washington needs to return to our founding core principles of personal responsibility, individual liberty, and free and fair markets.
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