Tim Pawlenty: We Need More, Bigger Unconstitutional Wars!

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

In election years, candidates inevitably promise voters they will do more than their opponents. In practice that usually means increased debt-spending and expanding unconstitutional encroachments on liberty. Now one Republican presidential candidate has doubled-down on the most blatantly illegal action of this presidency, saying Barack Obama has not gone far enough in waging war-by-decree in Libya — and those who want to follow the Constitution are bead-wearing hippies bent on dragging America down in disgrace.

On Tuesday, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty gave what he dubbed a “major” foreign policy speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. In it, Pawlenty pouted, “parts of the Republican Party now seem to be trying to out-bid the Democrats in appealing to isolationist sentiments.”

“America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment, and withdrawal,” he said. “It does not need a second one.”

He fleshed out what he meant in the speech — calling on Obama to “commit America’s strength to removing Ghadafi” and recognize the rebels as Libya’s legitimate government. During a question-and-answer session afterward, TPaw agreed with President Obama that the War Powers Resolution “does not apply” to the war in Libya.

In March, Pawlenty told students at Vanderbilt University that getting Congressional authorization for a war, as required by the Constitution and the resolution, is “a very complex matter and it’s not something that lends itself to an easy answer.” He added, “we need to make sure we don’t tie the executive or the commander in chief’s hands so tightly that he or she can’t respond in an emergency quickly or in a situation that deserves and needs a quick response.” Pawlenty told the CFR on Tuesday he would consult with Congress “as a courtesy and gesture of respect.”

His speech and his attack on his fellow Republicans raises (at least) 15 questions this author would like to ask Gov. Pawlenty:

  1. You have stated the War Powers Resolution does not apply to the war in Libya. However, the administration’s best lawyers disagreed with your assessment. Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly sided with them. The highest legal scholar in the administration to hold to your view is Harold Koh, who advocates “transnationalist jurisprudence,” who once branded the United States a member of the “axis of disobedience,” and who often co-authors articles with members of the Center for Constitutional Rights — a pro-terrorist legal house founded by Marxists. How can a self-identified “conservative” find himself to the Left of Eric Holder? If elected, will you rely on the advice of Koh or others of his ideology?
  2. The Founding Fathers clearly placed the war-making power in the hands of Congress alone — in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution as well as their deliberations before its passage and their practice following its adoption. Since the Constitution has not been amended, what legal precedent do you believe suspended and nullified the Founders’ intentions?
  3. Since you do not believe Congressional authorization is necessary to initiate hostilities, at what point, if any, would you consider Congressional authorization necessary to continue military interventions abroad in which American personnel or weapons were killing or attempting to kill foreign nationals (referred to as “hostilities” in the War Powers Resolution)?

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Time to Fire Eric Holder

Susan Stamper Brown, FloydReports.com

During a recent speech at the American Constitution Society (ACS), United States Attorney General Eric Holder lauded our American civilian court system as “our most effective terror-fighting weapon.” Holder’s address, along with his whole attorney general career, reflects a flawed ideology that believes wrapping enemy combatants in the American flag will somehow steer them towards full disclosure.

We are fooling ourselves to believe our enemies aren’t smart enough to use habeas corpus against us — which the Constitution does not extend to non-citizens held outside U.S. boundaries. While the good cop routine might work on some of the more impressionable, the determined fanatics will take advantage of the situation. Sometimes you need a “Jack Bauer” to intervene to make these people sweat.

Holder’s implied moral high ground originates from the assumption that captured enemy combatants will be mistreated – unless they are blanketed by the security of our Constitution. Holder fails to recognize that our military is bound by the same Constitution, as well as the Geneva Convention.

The last time I checked, those who strayed away from their obligations to constitutional rule of law were duly convicted of crimes. Their actions, along with those of Attorney General Holder, do nothing but undermine the efforts of so many charged with keeping the rest of us safe from the criminals they imprison.

A lack of confidence in the military tribunal system seems to pervade the Justice Department under Holder as service members assigned to Guantanamo Bay do their duty honorably and faithfully, every day.

Case in point is the recent indictment of….

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Vermont Senate Candidate Says, “Impeach Obama!”

The following call to impeach Barack Obama was written by Robert Wagner, Independent candidate for the Vermont state senate. His platform calls for an end to foreign wars, localizing Vermont’s economy, and making “serious investments in alternative energy.” Readers may agree with some of Wagner’s criticisms or remedies and disagree with others, but his candidacy demonstrates the breadth and diversity of Americans who believe this lawless administration must be held accountable. Of course, we hope by 2012, impeaching Barack Obama will be unnecessary. For more information on Robert Wagner, visit his website. Click here to sign the petition to impeach Obama. Click here to learn more about the Impeach Obama Campaign. Click here to see what you can do to help impeach Obama. – Ed.

As your Independent candidate for the Vermont Senate for Addison County and Brandon, I am calling for the impeachment of the federal president. I am calling on my learned colleagues currently sitting in the Legislature, to direct this impeachment under Jefferson’s Rules.

Nobody is above the law, nobody.

For not only continuing but compounding the Bush-era coup of our Republic, this man deserves to have every single law-abiding citizen turn his back on him. On his hands is the blood of every Vermonter who has died or will die in these oil wars: Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya.

He is also responsible for:

  • The deaths, maiming, torture, homelessness of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in these and other countries.
  • The continuing genocide against North American Indians, Pashtun tribespeople, and anybody else who gets in the way of Big Oil, uranium extraction, pipeline deals…
  • Propping up an infinite growth economy based on cheap (often stolen) oil. Peak Oil is now past, and with it the brutality that built that economy and nearly ruined the planet on which we live.

Any congressman that votes to fund any illegal, unconstitutional war is also party to war crimes. Notably, Rep. Ron Paul (R) has consistently refused to fund these wars. Rep. Peter Welch (D) has also begun to question the legitimacy of this funding, and has voted against it.

I understand that many of you here in Addison County had high hopes in the ‘changing of the guard’. I regret to inform you that those hopes of reform… have failed. We must maintain the moral high ground, even if this man has failed to represent us honestly.

My call to arms: Plant your gardens, relocalize your economy. Find your community. Join and support the Transition Towns movement, start one in your area if one doesn’t exist. Reskill yourselves. A better world is at hand.

What’s left? We are! You want to know who’s the most important branch of government? Go look in the mirror. Educate yourself, become involved in local government. Plant your gardens.

And stay tuned, I will bring you the news on Impeachment and how to get involved. Look for a new page here at SenatorWagner.com!

Dan DeWalt’s Statement for the Impeachment of Obama

When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney acted against the Constitution in their illegal conduct of wars, wiretapping and torture, Vermonters called loudly for the logical remedy available to the Republic to correct these wrongs – impeachment.

The Democrat controlled Congress, craven and controlled by special interests, refused to act and instead said “just wait, we’ll soon have a Democratic President and these nefarious policies will be reversed”. *

Instead, President Obama has continued with many of the worst of these abuses and has further entrenched executive branch over-reach. These unconstitutional acts, unchecked and unchallenged are eroding the basic structure and hallowed tenants of our Republic.

Because our loyalties are to the Republic and not to any political party, we once again call upon our fellow Americans to recognize that this President must too be called to account and impeachment proceedings should be initiated against Barrack Obama.

Because the U.S. Congress has become dis-functional and serves only the interests of the moneyed interests and the two major political parties, we expect no such action to be taken. However, it is still our duty to demand that the principles of our Republic not be sacrificed for any reason by any President of any party.

The full legal argument for impeachment, as expertly outlined by constitutional lawyer Bruce Fein is included below. Any patriotic American is obliged to understand and accept the gravity of these charges and to advocate impeachment for the sake of the future of democracy, such as it is, in the United States.

Dan DeWalt
South Newfane VT
Patriotic Response to Renegade Government

Dan DeWalt initiated the impeachment of Bush/Cheney by organizing the Town Meeting Impeachment Drive, two years running that led to the 603 Impeachment Drive.

’603′ refers to Rule 603 from Jefferson’s Rulebook for the Congress, where (wisely) Jefferson extended the reach of democracy to the people, to defend the principles of the Republic, such that Articles of Impeachment could be forwarded to the Speaker of the House through State Legislatures. Dan’s leadership brought that movement through to successful passage by the Vermont Senate.

* John Conyers, speaking in Washington DC during an anti-war rally.

Obama vs. the Bushes: Whose War is More Disastrous?

Dr. Paul G. Kengor, FloydReports.com

The Libya situation is complicated. I envy no president stuck with the task. Among the complexities, the most daunting unknown is what’s behind the opposition. We would all like to see Moammar Gaddafi tossed to the ash-heap of history, but the rub is who, or what, would replace him. What a tragedy it would be if America intervened only to see Gaddafi replaced by an Ayatollah.

President Obama has a tough situation in Libya. I was more certain about what to do with Saddam, in 1990-91 and 2003 under two presidents named Bush, than Libya now.

That said, it’s disappointing to see liberals rally behind Obama in Libya in a way they refused under the Bushes in Iraq. I won’t go through all the maddening double standards, but there are two that really struck me after President Obama’s speech on Libya, and seem to mount by the minute, namely: coalition size and cost.

President Obama stressed that America has not “acted alone” in Libya, and is joined by a “broad coalition,” a “strong and growing coalition.” He named 11 countries….

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