So why is Vice President Joe Biden going to be conspicuously “out-of-town” when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the U.S. Congress? Why is the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) pleading with the Prime Minister of Israel, to not disrespect the president by making a speech to the U.S. Congress and threatening a boycott if he doesn’t comply with their request?
Really? Boycott? Disrespect?
To disrespect someone is to act in an insulting way toward them. When you disrespect someone, you hold that person in low esteem. So when the Prime Minister accepted an invitation from the Speaker of the House to speak to Congress, he did so because he has low esteem for the president?
The opposition to Netanyahu’s speech seems to be two-fold: 1)the first black president is not receiving the respect he deserves from a white foreign leader, primarily because the Republicans who asked him have not been forthcoming in giving the respect the first black president deserves; and 2)a foreign leader is inserting himself into a U.S. political process.
As for Joe Biden, perhaps he really did have a previous commitment that he couldn’t change. Uh huh.
But the second group of non-attendees-to-be puzzle me greatly.
The president of the United States is much larger than race, gender, age, or any of those other identifiers. The presidency is a ‘strong man’ (or strong woman) destination and designation.
‘Strong man’ is defined in the biblical Greek lexicon as one who has strength in body or in mind, boisterous, powerful, and valiant.
Scripture expounds on that definition by 1)asking a question (Mt 12:29) as to how a strong man can have his good’s spoiled unless the strong man is bound, and answers that question in (Mr 3:27) by stating that it can’t be done.
Mt 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mr 3:27 No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
Isn’t this black man the president of what is the most powerful country in the world?
Netanyahu can’t bind the president or take away from his office, especially in a speech.
The exact opposite is occurring. Netanyahu has humbled himself in recognition of the help he needs from the ‘strongman’ who is the United States president. He comes knocking on the U.S. door seeking empathy and a willingness to join in constraining one common enemy (Iran) from gaining nuclear capability.
Let’s be honest here — Iran hates America (The Big Satan) and Israel (The Little Satan)! So why wouldn’t we want to hear what a friend has to say?
So again, why is the Congressional Black Caucus relegating this president to less of a strong man status than the Israeli strong man? As the CBC retreats (under the guise of a boycott), they reinforce the notion that one strong man can indeed enter this president’s house and spoil his goods.
If you’re the master of your house and a strong man is soon to visit, would you retreat and leave the visitor to do what he wills in your own house? Ludicrous!
This U.S. president should welcome this visit from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fellow strong man. The president should greet this visitor with a heart of good will, yet exude and assert authority, confidence and control (in his own house).
So to the Congressional Black Caucus and Vice President Joe Biden– Stop diminishing the president! Stop diminishing yourselves!
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission” ~ Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi