I just sent this to Wally Herger.
This afternoon I had the misfortune of coming home just in time to see Mr. Obama delivering a speech in which he attempted to justify his unlawful attacks upon the military of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
By the end of Mr. Obama’s speech I was so incensed that my synapses nearly short circuited. What the hell has happened to our government that a president can usurp the powers of Congress and attack a sovereign nation, no matter his excuses or justification, and you, the Congress sit back without a sound? Have you people become so neutered that you lack the spine to speak out against such blatant abuses of presidential power?
Where exactly in the Constitution does it say that a president can give the order for our military to even throw rocks at another nation’s military assets, let alone launch a full scale air attack upon them?
I don’t want to hear about the War Powers Resolution passed by Congress, as I believe that to be an illegal piece of legislation which enables a sitting president to sidestep the Constitutional requirement that Congress MUST declare war before the U.S. commits itself to military actions against another nation.
I also don’t want to hear about UN resolution 1973, which instituted a no-fly zone over Libya, and authorized “all necessary measures to protect civilians.” Since when does the United Nations have the authority to supersede the United States Constitution?
What if the UN passed a resolution against the United States and sent UN coalition troops onto U.S. soil to enforce said resolution? I don’t know about you, but I would consider that an act of war.
Sure the attacks by Muammar Gaddafi upon his people seeking democratic change are a travesty. But by God we have no legal authority to interfere in the internal affairs of another nation! Mr. Obama said we have the responsibility to do so. If so, I would like to know which Article and Clause of the Constitution supports that.
Since our nation’s birth, presidents understood this simple principle. Jefferson said that “Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.”
John Quincy Adams must be rolling over in his grave due to our nation’s continued intervention in the affairs of other nations. After all, didn’t he say, “America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity. She has uniformly spoken among them, though often to heedless and often to disdainful ears, the language of equal liberty, of equal justice, and of equal rights. She has, in the lapse of nearly half a century, without a single exception, respected the independence of other nations while asserting and maintaining her own. She has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when conflict has been for principles to which she clings, as to the last vital drop that visits the heart… Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.”
I am completely disgusted because Congress sits back like neutered dogs and allows Mr. Obama to attack Libya with no legal justification, or declaration of war from you. How utterly pathetic!