"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

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Obama and the end of the American Republic

Obama tells Congress to shove it . . . and Congress rolls over and says thank you.

James Madison
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
- - - - James Madison

Under the War Powers Act, President Barack Obama had until Friday to get congressional authorization to continue U.S. military operations in Libya. But the day passed without his even asking for it, which means he has to disengage within 30 days. Obama may not heed that requirement either.

What is interesting to me is how happy Congress is to give away the Constitutional powers granted to them by our Federalist Founding Fathers.

All together now Congress.  Drop your pants, bend over
and say "Hail Caesar".
Ever since World War II members of Congress have hidden under their desk quivering in fear that they might be called upon to obey the Constitution and declare war.  Heaven forbid they might have to take a position on matters of life and death.

So we can use 1945 as the point where we can say an Imperial America was born.  Congress has granted Presidents the Imperial authority to wage war as they feel like it.

In Libya, Obama went to war at the orders of the United Nations.  Not the Congress. 

Six Republican (only six) senators, led by Kentucky's Rand Paul, sent the president a letter, challenging him to comply with the War Powers Resolution. But they got near zero help from their colleagues. There's no Senate action scheduled on the WPR, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., says it's because "we're deferring to NATO."

Republicans in the House are falling all over themselves to kiss the Imperial Ring of Caesar Obama and back and fund him in whatever wars he wishes to start.

The slow Fall of the American Republic is there for anyone with eyes to see.  Bit by bit holes are being punched in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The rule of Law is breaking down.  Politicians do what they want to and then retroactively look for the stamp of approval for their acts later from corrupt and boot-licking partisan judges.

“No president,” says Sen. John McCain, “has ever recognized the constitutionality of the War Powers Act, and neither do I.  So I don’t feel bound by any deadline.”  Oh? No law is actually a law if presidents and senators do not “recognize” it?  Now, there is an interesting alternative to judicial review, and an indicator of how executive aggrandizement and legislative dereliction of duty degrade the rule of law.

"The last nail is being driven into the coffin of the American Republic. Yet, Congress
remains in total denial as our liberties are rapidly fading before our eyes. The
process is propelled by unwarranted fear and ignorance as to the true meaning
of liberty. It is driven by economic myths, fallacies and irrational good intentions. The
rule of law is constantly rejected and authoritarian answers are offered as panaceas
for all our problems."

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas)  May 25, 2011

James Madison and the Constitution

James Madison's Declaration of War in 1812

An Act Declaring War Between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Dependencies Thereof and the United States of America and Their Territories.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That war be and the same is hereby declared to exist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America and their territories; and that the President of the United States is hereby authorized to use the whole land and naval force of the United States to carry the same into effect, and to issue to private armed vessels of the United States commissions or letters of marque and general reprisal, in such form as he shall think proper, and under the seal of the United States, against the vessels, goods, and effects of the government of the said United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the subjects thereof.

APPROVED, June 18, 1812

War of 1812

Our Federalist Founding Fathers saw with their own eyes the corrupt power of a King.  For that reason a vote by both houses of Congress was required to go to war.

When the 1812 conflict with England came along the Founders put their words into action and voted an official declaration of war.

Our current crop of third-rate political hacks are frightened of their own shadows.  They do nothing without polls and focus groups.  They live in fear that any action they take on any subject might cost them 2.7% of the vote of some special interest group. 

These Congressional cowards are only concerned with personal political power so they have abdicated their Constitutional authority to the President and vote him whatever money he needs so they cannot be attacked for being "unpatriotic".  Our brave men and women are being sent into danger and death and these hacks are afraid to even vote on a declaration of war.

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