Sunday, May 22, 2011

Obama Shredding the Constitution over involvement in Libya?

Is President Obama shredding the Constitution over the U.S. involvement in Libya? It appears he may be doing so. This of course wont be the first time he has chosen to shred it. According to the War Powers Act, passed in 1973 and signed by the President, President Obama can deploy U.S. troops for 60 days without congressional approval after that he has to get the approval or withdraw the troops with in 30 days. He has reached that deadline without seeking or getting congressional approval. As you recall President Bush asked for and received a vote of congressional approval for his actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg recently testified that the president has operated under the War Powers Resolution since the beginning of the Libya mission and that he will continue to do so, but if he does not get approval or withdraw in thirty days he is in violation of the constitution.

Lawmakers on both sides of the isle are not pleased with how the President is handling this. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, tells CNN he believes Obama is trying to “bring democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States. He cannot continue what he is doing in Libya without congressional authorization. When a president defiantly violates the law, that really undercuts our efforts to urge other countries to have the rule of law” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said “You could say, ‘Well, we have a good president, he’ll do the right thing.’ Well, someday you may have a president who does the wrong thing, and that’s why you have rules, because you can never count on people being good people.”  It seems to me this President will follow what laws he chooses, and violate any that stand in the way of what he wants to do. I am almost certain he will violate the War Powers Act and get away with it like he does everything else. Congress needs to get some backbone and stand up to this man!

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