Why can’t Congress find the moral courage for this constitutional ISIS crisis?

Trust me, I don’t think there’s anyone more adamant than I am about killing ISIS, but we are a Constitutional Republic and operate under a rule of law — at least we did before Barack Hussein Obama came on the scene.

I firmly support attacking Islamic terrorist groups wherever they exist. If they don’t see borders then neither should we. But we have a process in America prescribed within the Constitution that is once again being abjectly dismissed — only Congress can declare a war.

As reported by Politico, “Congress was already under pressure to vote on giving President Barack Obama authority to use force in Syria — then the Obama administration started dropping bombs on Monday. The White House has relied on previous authorizations of force to conduct humanitarian missions earlier in Iraq this summer and targeted strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Now that the president is expanding the U.S. offensive to Syria, a growing number of lawmakers argue Congress is unduly ceding constitutional power to the White House, and they are pushing party leaders to prioritize passing a new Authorization of the Use of Military Force during the lame-duck session.”

We previously reported here about Obama’s “flexible” mind about the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), the original was requested and granted to the Bush administration in 2001 after the 9-11 attacks. Obama now believes the original AUMF gives him cover to bomb his 7th country.

We all know what transpired in Libya where Obama advised us of an imminent humanitarian crisis and violated the War Powers Resolution in order to provide arms and air support to Islamists — look how that ended up. So here we go again with the imperial executive who believes the legislative branch is beneath him — you can just imagine the media outrage if this were a Republican president — all we hear now is silence!

But why is Congress so willing to cede its constitutional authority and wait until a lame duck session? What is more important, politics or the preservation of our Constitutional Republic? Speaker of the House John Boehner should cut off funding for any more combat operations, order the House of Representatives back to DC, and demand the president present his case before Congress for approval by way of a vote. I don’t give a damn about the politics surrounding this, it’s about the rule of law.

Even Democrat Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) says strikes in Syria “should create a real sense of urgency in terms of writing a timely and much narrower AUMF that reflects the challenge that we face today. I don’t think we should be using a decade-plus old authorization of the use of military force to be doing what we’re doing today.”

Politico reports, “To underscore how seriously lawmakers are taking the push for a congressional vote during an otherwise dead period on Capitol Hill, consider Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a first-term lawmaker who served as governor and party chairmen. He’s on a media tour de force to raise awareness about what he believes is a congressional duty to vote on the conflict that lawmakers are neglecting. And if it continues, he and Heinrich argue, the White House will garner power in a precedent-defining way that could linger for decades. The Virginia Democrat on Tuesday afternoon took to the Center for American Progress — a reliable Obama ally — to deliver an hour of scathing critiques for those that want the president to continue attacking the Islamic State without a vote in Congress.”

There is a true constitutional crisis developing and the representatives of the people are doing nothing. Nothing! Obama has committed the United States to war without Congressional approval — something that the hated George W. Bush did twice! So what gives progressive socialists? Is there a double standard when you all are ruling? Is this the new normal for America and is it ok for Obama to set this precedent?

Politico says “Kaine called the White House’s argument surrounding the old authorizations an “extremely creative stretch by extremely creative lawyers,” saying it amounted to “torture of the English language” and calling the logic “specious.”

He isn’t alone. This isn’t just some vast right wing conspiracy — as a matter of fact, we hear more from Democrats on this issue than Republicans.

According to Politico, “Former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas), asked Kaine at the Center for American Progress why this president seemed so much more reluctant than the previous two Republican presidents in prioritizing a successful, bipartisan military authorization vote on the House and Senate floor. George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush “maintained that they had the inherent authority of commander in chief but then they embraced Congress acting. So far, the president has not embraced Congress specifically passing an authorization,” Frost said.”

We are all asking the same thing Rep. Frost — and the answer is clear. Obama doesn’t feel bound by the Constitution at all. Furthermore, Obama realizes the GOP has no leadership that will stand up to him, they will cower and defer — something that I doubt a Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be doing!

So, while these congressional elected officials are back home, we should be pounding them to get back to DC and get this Obama administration under Constitutional control. Unless y’all are ok with just another example of Obama’s disrespect of our Constitution and our rule of law.

This is indefensible and we all want ISIS to be destroyed, but it’s not a unilateral decision for one man to make. When Julius Caesar began to see himself as an Emperor and not a servant in the Roman Republic the Roman Senate took a drastic action — all we are asking our Congress to do is find their moral courage. Is that too much to ask?

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Robert Shamp
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Congress voted themselves eligible for pay raises. To sit on their asses and not do jack when it comes to obamas lawless decision making.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Nope! Congress left town rather than do their job. This debacle is on Congress!

CheetoBuster
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This Congress are enablers of Obama’s lawless actions.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Give me a damn break! BOTH parties walked away from their responsibility!

CheetoBuster
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I believe both parties make up Congress!! duh

B52 EWO 72-76
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And BOTH parties make up, Congress! And BOTH parties abdicated their constitutional responsibility by leaving town. More important to get reelected than debate a critical constitutional issue. Now the Speaker of the House, is refusing to accept calls from his own party members to return to DC NOW! His response? “We will debate it in 2015.” Real sense of responsibility, eh?

CheetoBuster
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What part of me saying both parties make up Congress don’t you understand? The Speaker is the biggest enabler of them all!!

B52 EWO 72-76
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Sorry I misunderstood. I agree with you completely.

Earl Lee
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Comedy!!! You know that none of the leaders want a vote on this before the midterms! Any political novice would know this! It’s not about the constitution its about getting reelect!!

B52 EWO 72-76
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And that is a justifiable reason to abdicate their responsibility?

Thomas Meadows
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To them ,yes it is

B52 EWO 72-76
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And that is exactly why I love my country, but fear my government, Thomas.

Earl Lee
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Doesn’t matter/…they know no matter WHAT…u will VOTE for them. Its all political!

B52 EWO 72-76
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Got that right, Earl. Politics is more important than a constitutional issue.

Earl Lee
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Thats right…and this is what these LOONS do not understand!

B52 EWO 72-76
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Well, I prefer to refer to these “contributors” as: Nut Jobs. The Loon is one of my favorite birds. Wouldn’t want to insult my favorite bird by comparing them to these nut-jobs/wing-nuts. I think of these folks as cement. All mixed up and well set. Can”t or won’t think for themselves. Depend on agitators like West to form their beliefs. The scary thing? These nut-jobs vote! most likely consider themselves “good” Christians. They are examples of why I have a bumper sticker: God, protect me from your followers. You are correct, Earl. These nut-jobs do not understand. They don’t understand… Read more »
mblack
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you’re descending again

B52 EWO 72-76
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I’m not perfect. Are you? Sometimes my PTSD dogs-of-war slip their chains. Sorry.

mblack
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No, I am not perfect either. I have no dogs-of-war, but sometimes my petard hoists itself dangerously high.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Oh. Just reminded me about my own perard “incidents.” 😉

Anamchara
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It seems obvious to me – there are very few true patriots, fewer constitutionalists and even fewer people in Congress who have any courage. Steadfast.

B52 EWO 72-76
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AMEN!

Paul Sheridan
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This is a continuation of a long term trend. Congress has increasingly ceded control over the use of military force to the office of the Presidency over the last 40 years or so. Essentially the problem is that if Congress limits the authority of the President to act then he can blame them for his lack of success but he won’t share any of the credit if there is a military victory. However if they authorize him to do whatever he wants then he takes all the blame for failure in addition to all the credit for success. So politically… Read more »
Vincent Hare
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exactly!! Congress is trying to straddle the fence. They want the war, but not under Obama. If they tell him do what you want and if does not get immediate results, they can say he did not get our ok. If he succeeds, they can say we authorized him to before we LEFT FOR VACATION! The inactivity and disrespect of congress has risen to a new high since Obama has been president.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Spot on!

Lee Thomas Walker
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It’s because Obama is Black. That’s all.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Bigot and racist!

Lee Thomas Walker
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Yes. Obama is a bigot and a racist. And thus he has used his race to get away with so many things. Thanks for pointing that out.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Here’s my response, Lee. You are a perfect example of how one’s mind is like concrete: All mixed up and set.

Lee Thomas Walker
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And here’s my response to you: You are a perfect example of someone who are denying the obvious truth and trying to silence others from saying it. In other words, you are a coward.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Guess we are going to disagree. However, I will not descend to name-calling, nor do I try to silence others. Just looking for civil debate and better treatment than I have received from those who have tried to silence me on this blog. Consider me a member of the loyal opposition. Open to considering intelligently written posts with which I might not agree. But if treated as an “idiot,” for my beliefs, I will respond in kind.

mblack
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hmmm, you will not descend to name calling but the very first response you made to Mr. Walker was to call him a name. You are a very good progressive, B52, you can sleep well tonight knowing that you are more right about everything than anyone else. (THAT is how you don’t descend to name calling)

B52 EWO 72-76
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Re-Read my last sentence. I have given fair warning. “…more right about everything than anyone else! ” Have I ever posted that? That’s YOUR inference, not MY implication! Unless you believe confronting racism, religious bigotry and hate mongering as examples of me being, “…more right…”

Rafael X
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LTC. Allen West been demanding action against ISIS for months. Now that the President is taking action he’s upset the President didn’t ask permission first. Why do you think that is?

Vincent Hare
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Because Allen is a hypocrite and obediently holding true to his GOP roots. Anything against the president…..even if you have to make it up!

Lee Thomas Walker
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Maybe for the reasons he states in the article, dumbfuck.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Congress was given the opportunity to debate, hold hearings and vote. They ALL abdicated their Constitutional responsibility, dumbfuck!

Rafael X
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It’s up to Congress to have that debate and take that vote but they wont take the political risk. Boehner wont bring it to the floor because of politics like he also states in the article. Keeping the House and winning the Senate is more important. ISIS is either a threat or it’s not, President Obama has the brass to do what Congress is scared to do bar none. Dumbfuck.

B52 EWO 72-76
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Yup!

ghansen
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I am beginning to think that they have all been threatened in some way by the current administration. There are only three who seem to speak out, Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, and Ted Cruz. Others are strangely mute on any subject, which is unusual, I think. Especially quiet recently. Are they afraid to speak out?

B52 EWO 72-76
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Right! Congress leaves town. Fails to meet their Constitutional responsibility. And it is Obama’s fault? That’s tantamount to saying ALL of Congress is afraid of Obama. Since when does that argument have credibility on this blog?

B52 EWO 72-76
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Because members of BOTH parties are cowards!

Jerry Cat
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Nothing is done because Boehner will cry, embarrass the rinos, and people will make fun of him. I watched the PM from Ukraine address congress and there’s Boehner, bawling like a baby. It was emotional for me to watch as I am a first gen of Ukrainian immigrants but if you demand respect and want to exude power then you can’t cry…period. Can you imagine if he was a hostage? He would flood the dessert.

Vincent Hare
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Another amazing display of cowardliness and intellectual failure to speak the real truth by Allen! You conveniently forget that is was the GOP in congress that said obama was not man enough to attack ISIS and stand up for our foreign policy with israel and other countries over there and called for something to be done without thought!! Then when they were asked to give him auth like they gave Bush or any auth to do what they asked him to do, they found ways to ignore his request or simply…..go on vacation, while still criticizing the President for the… Read more »
majorwiblit
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One term Sally weighing in again,, some copy and paste,, and what you would do
what should everyone do,, cause you know what’s best
as always,, a crock….

TruConserv
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Geez, Allen, why do you lie when things are so easy to check?

Politico DOES NOT sustain your argument that Obama is violating the Constitution. It takes no position; rather it lays out the arguments and refuses to issue a “fact-check” because the issue is so open for debate.

Check it out here: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/jun/22/are-us-actions-libya-subject-war-powers-resolution/

kbs55
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John Boehner (coward of the country) and backbone are not compatible, since he doesn’t have one. Republican “leadership” does not exist in Congress.

James
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No matter what Obama does, West will find problems with it: either he is not acting like the strong commander-in-chief that we need, or he is acting like a tyrant. Congress has already punted the ball until after the election. Are we to wait until Congress gets off its collective lazy butts to do something?

Thill
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Boehner has been out smarted by Obama at every turn he has to be the lamest speaker I have ever seen. Boehner is either lazy or Obama is holding something over his head but whatever it is has Boehner frozen.

Thomas Meadows
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Boehner is just plain LAZY.he is another of the ‘do not rock the boat RINO”S

Mathew Miller
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The Republican controlled congress won’t do squat. It’s better politically if they don’t. If they do nothing, if this plan works they can say we didn’t stop the President from doing it. If it fails they can blame him. If they vote however their hands are dirty as well if the plan fails and they don’t want that. Republicans are hypocrites for saying the President is being political about this because so are they.

mblack
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The Republican Congressional leadership has been bought and sold, and is concentrating on keeping the dough rolling. States Convention is the only way this will ever be fixed.