"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, May 23, 2011

Eight Gaddafi warships sunk as Nato launches air strikes on Libyan ports

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS:   "Congress shall have the power to declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water"   ---- Article One, Section Eight, Constitution of the United States.

Nato aircraft sank eight of Colonel Gaddafi's warships during overnight attacks on the Libyan leader's forces.

The Nato alliance took 'decisive action' against Gaddafi's commercial and military vessels during coordinated attacks on the seaports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte.  A Nato spokesman said the attacks were on targets 'directly linked to Gaddafi's regime', as six rockets struck in three strikes.
Attack: Flames and smoke can be seen billowing
from Tripoli's seaport

Where are the Republicans?

Six Republican senators wrote President Obama asking if he will comply with the War Powers Act.  The letter was signed by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Only six Republicans out of an entire Congress.

2008 Republican Presidential nominee Senator John McCain said he doesn't believe the president needs congressional authorization to continue the mission.

"We the People", brought to you by the Federalists
and ignored by  Republicans and Democrats alike
 Sen. Rand Paul told CNN congress should not let any president get away with launching military action without congressional approval, and that he and his colleagues may go to the Supreme Court and ask for a ruling on whether the president is in violation of the law.

It appears the Democrats were right after all. 

The reading of the Constitution on the floor of the House was a publicity stunt to make the Tea Party think that the GOP cared.   Apparently the Republicans themselves could care less about protecting the Constitutional rights of Congress to declare war.

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