Sunday, June 19, 2011

Obama challenges War Powers Act, ignores Congress

Frisco City, Al.-Barack H. Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winning warmonger, is now arguing that spending hundreds of millions of dollars to continually attack Libya does not constitute “hostilities” or “war” under the Constitution.
To any thinking person, this should be an affront to your intelligence. The Justice Department has not commented on their support of the White House’s new “creative” arguments to support the murder of civilians and backing of al Qaeda.
Yet, Obama remains unperturbed, even when 10 lawmakers file a lawsuit in an attempt to get a judge to order Obama to withdraw from Libya because Congress did not authorize the action.
The crux of the White House’s argument is that we have stepped back and taken a mostly supportive role, handing over most of the operation to NATO.
What they don’t mention is that NATO is the United States, for the most part. The United States has the most aircraft, most personnel, most cruise missiles fired, most sorties flown, and the most bombs dropped of any NATO country (See this as well).
The above statistics provided by the Guardian are quite outdated at this point. According to the White House, the Libyan operation has cost the US taxpayer $716 million thus far and if sustained at current levels will cost us $1.1 billion by September.
For a country that has so much debt that even the President of the Dallas Federal Reserve projects it to be around $100 trillion, we sure seem to be spending a lot on an operation in which we are taking a minor role in.
On top of Obama’s blatant disregard for the War Powers Act, which leaves little up for debate unless you think dropping bombs and cruise missiles on a daily basis is not a hostile act, Barack has ignored Speaker of the House John Boehner’s letter as well.
Earlier this month, Boehner sent a letter putting the president “on notice” for his unilateral decision to take America to war. The letter was so softly worded, it was little more than a friendly suggestion, rather than the stern warning it should rightfully be.
Not surprisingly, Obama has paid no heed to Boehner’s light scolding.
Even the NY Times has to admit that the lawsuit brought forth by lawmakers will likely be thrown out of court on some minor technicality long before being able to make any meaningful impact whatsoever.
Obama has become increasingly tyrannical as his terms has progressed and now it is coming to a head in his open and unabashed marginalization of Congress and unconstitutional actions.
Obama having a robot sign an extension of the PATRIOT Act has become tame compared to arguing that bombing a country 24/7 is not an act of war or “hostilities” just because they can’t return meaningful fire.
The law, in the hands of the Obama administration, has become something that can be interpreted in more ways than one of Nostradamus’ quatrains.
If you have not already done so, I highly recommend calling your representatives incessantly, whenever you can, reminding them that they are in violation of their oaths of office by not enforcing the Constitutional restrictions put on the executive branch.
By not forcing Obama to withdraw troops from Libya, our representatives are being party to a criminal act. They might not like to hear it, but we must make it clear to our representatives that we will hold them accountable if they do not exercise their rightful authority.
While voting might not make much of a difference, inundating an office with calls throughout the day for weeks on end both at their home district and in Washington tends to make them at least become aware of the issue.
We, as the people of the United States of America, must start exerting our rightful control over a government that is acting as if the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are no more than an aged piece of paper.

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