House Democrats passed an appropriations bill that includes blocking Trump from going to war without congressional approval. Of course, it’s a purely political stunt as they didn’t make a peep when the usurper Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah was in Libya, Yemen and Syria, did they? Nope, not one peep. They backed it, which led to the creation of the Islamic State, which was funded, trained and armed by Americans via the CIA. All they really had to do was to point to the Constitution for their assertion, but who needs that, right?
The Daily Mail reports:
House Democrats passed an appropriations bill Wednesday that includes a measure that would block Donald Trump from using the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to go to war with Iran as tensions with Tehran continue to rise.
The 11-line measure, approved as part of a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill that includes funding for the military, health programs and the Energy Department, will likely be struck down in the Republican-controlled Senate.
It’s reasonable to anticipate that Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, would not send the version of this bill to the president’s desk – especially since it takes away power from the presidency.
The Trump administration has signaled it would used the war authority to take military action against Iran, especially after two attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers last week that the U.S. intelligence community has confirmed was carried out by the Middle Eastern nation.
Of course, after Trump decided he wanted to attack Iran after they allegedly shot down an unmanned drone over their airspace, he thoughtfully reconsidered and wisely decided not to kill quite a bit of Iranians over what was, in effect, something that did not result in the loss of life.
However, this issue of constitutionality continually comes up but sadly, no one, and I mean no one will actually cite the Constitution. It happened when Trump talked about imposing tariffs on Mexico because we weren’t dealing constitutionally nor lawfully with the illegal alien invasion along our southern border. Now, we’re going to hear the babbling from both sides on this issue, but very few will actually cite the powers in the Constitution for declaring war, which are delegated to Congress, not the Executive Branch.
Contrary to popular opinion, the Constitution does not allow the president to either call up the armed forces or the militia nor does it allow him to just do with them whatever he decides to do…
…unless, Congress initiates such a call upon the military, militia or declares war. Then, and only then, per the Constitution, does the president become Commander-in-chief.
Let me prove the point.
The Congress was delegated the following powers, and they were never delegated authority to delegate their power to the Executive Branch.
The Congress shall have Power To . . . provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”
—U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 8, clause 1
“The Congress shall have Power . . . To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules conquering 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”
—U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 8, clauses 11–16
So, you may ask, how does Congress write such “laws” to delegate their authority to the Executive Branch or other unconstitutional legislation? It’s because we have been ignorant of our Constitution and have chosen to play political football with a two party system that both play on us.
As for the president in this area, the Constitution is clear about the limitations of his power as Commander-in-chief. Article II, section 2 states that the president becomes:
“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.”
In order to actually follow the Constitution and attack a country like Iran, Trump needs congressional approval, period. And he’s not the only one. Every president needs it to be constitutional.
The last time Congress passed joint resolutions saying that a “state of war” existed was on June 5, 1942, when the U.S. declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
Since then, it has not declared war, and yet, we wonder why we get involved in so many unconstitutional wars.
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