Republicans in Congress to Crown Obama King

By David Swanson   

In what will come as a shock to the Tea Party and yet probably not rival the recent royal wedding in London for viewership, Republican Congressman Buck McKeon and Republican Senator John McCain plan to crown President Barack Obama King of America. They’re not kidding, and this is no stunt.

Here’s what noted Republican Abraham Lincoln once wrote on the subject:

“Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose — and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, “I see no probability of the British invading us” but he will say to you “be silent; I see it, if you don’t.” The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.”

But what if you can create laws that violate the Constitution, and then obey those laws, the Constitution be damned? And what if being a Republican today means striving to expand presidential power as far as possible — in fact beyond the power ever held by any king? And what if being a Democrat today means the very same thing?

Then you get something like H.R.1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and in particular Section 1034:

“Congress affirms that– (1) the United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces and that those entities continue to pose a threat to the United States and its citizens, both domestically and abroad;
(2) the President has the authority to use all necessary and appropriate force during the current armed conflict with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note);
(3) the current armed conflict includes nations, organization, and persons who–
(A) are part of, or are substantially supporting, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners; or
(B) have engaged in hostilities or have directly supported hostilities in aid of a nation, organization, or person described in subparagraph (A); and
(4) the President’s authority pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) includes the authority to detain belligerents, including persons described in paragraph (3), until the termination of hostilities.”

Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. This language would put into law the perilous policies now acted upon outside of the law. President Obama’s war in Libya is absolutely unconstitutional, and nobody is about to do anything about that; so perhaps this doesn’t matter. But with this language on the books, Obama and every future president would be able to legally, albeit unconstitutionally, justify launching any war at pleasure.

This new “legal” language would get presidents around the restrictions of the War Powers Resolution, which does not permit unauthorized wars when the United States has not been attacked, which requires the reporting of information to Congress that, in the case of Libya, has not been reported, and which only permits wars — when it does permit wars — for 60 days, a deadline that has now been reached in Libya. According to the War Powers Resolution:

“The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to
(1) a declaration of war,
(2) specific statutory authorization, or
(3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”

In addition:

“The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and after every such introduction shall consult regularly with the Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in hostilities or have been removed from such situations.”

In the case of Libya, Obama carefully avoided any consultation with Congress but took the time to consult with just about everybody else around the world.

The War Powers Resolution also requires that:

“[T]he President shall submit within 48 hours to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and to the President pro tempore of the Senate a report, in writing, setting forth —
(A) the circumstances necessitating the introduction of United States Armed Forces;
(B) the constitutional and legislative authority under which such introduction took place; and
(C) the estimated scope and duration of the hostilities or involvement.”

Obama’s report to Congress on Libya fell short of A and B and did not even attempt C.

When it comes to the now-surpassed 60-day-limit, the law is clear:

“Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 1543 (a)(1) of this title, whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress
(1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces,
(2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or
(3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States.”

The War Powers Act, in allowing 60-day unconstitutional wars is itself, of course, a step back from the Constitution as its authors, most readers, and President Lincoln have understood it. The Constitution devotes Article I to bestowing the vast majority of governmental power on Congress, including here:

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States; . . . . To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations; To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces; To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress; To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

In tiny little Article II, the U.S. Constitution establishes the duties of the president:

“[H]e shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

What else shall he do?

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States.”

Let’s go to constitutional scholar, Barack Hussein Obama for an explanation of this supreme law of the land:

“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” — candidate Barack Obama, December, 2007.

“No more ignoring the law when it’s inconvenient. That is not who we are . . . . We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers.” — candidate Barack Obama, August 1, 2007.


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  • Parvez Amin  On May 20, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Our best reaction is to cut off American/IMF etc. aid and learn to live without it.Accept the sanctions they impose – nothing will happen. We have enough to eat anc can park our cars indefinitely. All foreigners including those in the embassies, other than the Ambassador, his family and immediate clerical staff must leave. Let us shut down Pakistan and put our house in order. We do not need foreigners to tell us what to do. There are many here who know what to do and are doing it. You will soon see the results.

  • Sarwer  On May 20, 2011 at 2:54 am

    An interesting recording even though nothing new is revealed there.

  • Salim Ullah  On May 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    No boundaries for dreamers.

  • Salim Ullah  On May 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Carol: Dig out the facts of 9/11 & than express your ridicluous comments

  • brian  On May 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Bush claimed either you are with us or against us. This obviously is suitable only in acute and critical emergencies. And only if the power making that claim can enforce its writ, will it be anything but buffoonery.
    9/11, whether the Fable is 100% true, or less, is not the point any longer. It is done. OBL is pronounced dead. Whether he continued on the CIA payroll after the defeat of the USSR in Afghanistan, or not; whether he and his organization acted alone on 9/11, or acted at all is not known. Whether they initiated the plot, and thread the needle in just the most “lucky” way, evading several layers of security, or with the connivance of a Kabul of intelligence operatives, is not known. Whether or not Al-Qaida knew they were striking though a deliberately left-open window, or not, we do not know.
    We do know that the Military-Industrial-Security-Congressional-Lobbyist Complex was rescued from the specter of peace in the post Cold War World. A new evil empire had to found, and quick! Or the USA would return to the Republic we had been until WW1. Too many careers in defense contracting and engineering, and too much funding was at risk! A new enemy was immediately needed. Al-Qaida with the tall photogenic Osama Bin Laden was as perfect a villain as a James Bond movie would cast. Dr. No, Goldfinger, OBL, etc.
    OK he is dead. Let us now claim victory and come home. America is in debt to China and borrows in order to support “moderate” governments. ENOUGH!
    The lesson of the Taliban for the world ought to be, if an attack upon the USA or our allies has been organized from within a schismatic nation, failed state, the government that allowed it will be targeted. Cruise missiles from offshore, BUT no more “Break it, we own it” crap of Colin Powell. No, if an attack upon the USA comes from your country, you must expect swift and devastating aerial attack, and not one cent for re-building.
    If Pakistan believes an alliance with China will benefit them, go for it. It will be quite awhile before the Chinese Navy can compete with NATO in the Indian Ocean.
    But the USA ought to back out of the Indian Ocean. We have the Atlantic and Pacific, and the Indian Ocean is diverting too many resources. We need to delegate to India, Indonesia, and Australia much of the Naval security to maintain the flow of oil at market prices. (We have never sought to “steal” anyone’s oil. We only were insistent that the price reflected free market supply and demand, and would not allow the flow of oil to be made a hostage to other extrinsic events.)
    So, Pakistan, go with China, go in peace. From my vantage point half your population has voted with their feet and became Americans! India is expanding itself into a world class economy. Pakistan seems to determined to descend into a medieval tribal/feudal Islamic State.
    Do NOT fuck with the US. We are in a pissed off mood. Go, but watch yourselves.

    • Intellectus Motiva  On May 22, 2011 at 5:07 am

      Dear Brian,

      Oh how pissed off you are. I’m scared… can’t you see me shaking in my boots? Brian I have news for you, um… the rest of the world really doesn’t care about your type anymore, or America for that matter. Well it does, the way a guy would care about wild eyed gorilla in the room. We have to tread carefully, we have to give you your banana every so often, we have to feed you, stroke your fucking ego, but BRIAN, we hate your guts. Why Brian? Let me tell you why in a list:

      America(Brian) | Gorilla
      gets pissed off | goes crazy (pissed off?)

      has an insane ego | goes crazy (insane ego?)

      needs a pound of | needs a whoooooole
      flesh from other | lot of food
      countries |

      is a bully | weighs over 300 lbs

      thinks its great | weighs over 300 lbs

      doesn’t know shit | doesn’t realize it
      about the world | has the iq of a
      (at all) | 5 yr older

      I could go on. Brian brian brian. You and your STUPID STUPID FUCKING STUPID ilk have been pissed off since vietnam, we don’t give a damn anymore. Isn’t 5 million in vietnam, over 1 million in Iraq and not responsible for 911 and 1.5 million in Afghanistan and at least 50k in Pakistan enough for you dogs and bitches? Face the music all. I remember when the US was called a “HYPERPOWER” what a fucking laugh. The US can’t even put down a half-assed, guerille rebellion from 2 no count 3rd zero countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Don’t you get it? You people SUCK! You never liked us, that is a fact, but for some stupid reason we used to like you but if you keep killing our folk I guess one day some of us stupid “house niggers” will get the message that you all still think that we are niggers no matter how many time we lick your feet.

      Let me get to the heart of the matter. Your fucking government and the MOSSAD did 911 you silly silly SILLY ASS. Your fucking government then blamed OBL and Afghanistan then railroaded Pakistan into compliance. The niggers in Pakistan said “yessa massa” and danced and played the banjo. Even those niggers don’t care about you anymore. People like me, I can see right through guys like you, MY FELLOW AMERICAN. Yeah a whole bunch of Pakis come to the US, but they aren’t stupid like you, I could care less about your twit degree, or who you talked to, you are still stupid. They know the real facts, but are too chicken shit to talk. That America is living in a fantasy world, and that America can’t afford to let the truth be known that the City Upon The Hill was responsible for 911. If that be known the whole charade will be up, and then America will have to nuke the rest of the world for actually saying the forbidden words, “911 was an inside job”.

      Be pissed off Brian, be VERY pissed. I need my entertainment. No please send yourself to hell before someone else has to send you there?

  • Ayesha Khan  On May 22, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I think recent History has shown without a doubt that the US were and are a war mongering and greedy nation using all instruments of propaganda to grab the wealth of resource rich nations, e.g. South America, Middle east, Africa. Pakistan has been well and truly f****d by Uncle Sam, and I do not know why Pakistanis are surprised. The writing was on the wall but no one listened to those of us who kept saying don’t take US aid, the US of A is run by CIA and Zionists in Washington D.C. Even now the TTP is just BS its manipulated by the US center and supported by traitors here. Why are we mad at the US, the devil will do what is his nature, why do we bend over and ask for it all the time.

    I am grateful to people like Brian for their open enmity, it is the “fork tongued” hypocrites that we should have been wary of and that we should continue to be wary of.

    it is our internal strife, poor domestic policies and pathetic foreign policies and absolute lack of our identity as Pakistanis and more importantly our denial of our strength as Muslims that got us to this state. The US has not even begun to realize the favor they did for Pakistanis by openly invading us. Now, no one will listen to the liberals and it has united Pakistanis in a way that nothing else could. Just as one swallow does not make spring nor does one battle mean the war is won. Pakistan has been and always will be against extremism and terrorism be it State Terrorism of global powers like the USA or of groups like AlQaeda (created by CIA).

    Alliances are made and changed in the history of nations, just like in US history you allied with France against the Britain and with Russia against Germany in WW2 and with Pakistan against Soviet Union and so on….all this talk is inconsequential.

    As for f***g with the Giant US, then Brian needs to remember his Bible and Torah it was a small stone from a slingshot that brought down the Goliath. It is a gnat that often brings down the big beast of the Jungle. I would tell Brian to read his Bible and remember that Pride comes before fall. So when they f*** with small countries they should remember that Nature has a way of humbling great empires simply because they underestimated the “size of the fight” in the small dog!

    So Brian, come forward with your plans and aggression and hatred, Allah is the best of Planners and His Will be done. There is only one Truth, that is Islam ….you can fear it, fight it or accept it but in the end Truth prevails.

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