The real misbehavior that occurred when a group of Congress members visited Israel last year was who paid for the trip, not what they did.
The real misbehavior that occurred during this Congressional junket wasn’t that a Kansas represented allegedly went skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee. I’m sure that’s been done before.
The real misbehavior is that these supposed representatives of the people were on a junket paid for by a lobbyist group. According to Politico.com, the trip was paid for by the American Israel Educational Foundation, a group related to the prominent pro-Israel advocacy group AIPAC.
These Congressman were supposedly on a fact-finding mission, yet they were staying in a $1,000 a night hotel. Rep. Renee Ellmers told WTVD news that they were ‘working hard.’ If the work was so hard, why was her husband along? And what facts could they possibly find about anything related to their Constitutional duties in a luxury hotel?
I’m sure the donation was all legally reported, and least according to the very loose rules Congress writes for itself. So technically it can’t be called a bride. Since all the Congressman are already avid supporters of Israel, perhaps the lavish trip could be called more of a “reward” than a bride.
Either way, anyone with any common sense recognizes that such a gift is wrong. But as the eminent American philosopher Will Rogers once observed, “Common sense ain’t so common.” Especially not in Congress.
Anyway, Rep. Yoder probably just thought he could walk on water. After all, most Congress members think they have the power to do anything. This trip is a perfect example.
The mainstream media, political pundits, and late night comedians will undoubtedly delight in focusing on Yoder’s antics, and divert the public’s attention from the real outrage – the arrogance and abuse of power by elected elites.