by baldilocks

The following text is the first part of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The last time that I reminded readers of its existence was in 2011, when President Obama decided, without congressional authority, to pull the rug out from under Muammar Qaddafi.

PURPOSE AND POLICY

SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicate by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.

(b) Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

(c) 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.

There are some who dispute the constitutionality of the Act, but I don’t think it matters anymore. I don’t think that President Obama ever got the approval of Congress for the incursion in Libya and I don’t think he will bother to get one for this war in Syria–which he is pursuing with a coalition of ten nations. Interesting number, that.

What I do expect: more unchecked tyranny by the person in the Oval Office.

Also, there’s this:

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

–Isaiah 17:1-3

It’s fairly certain that I’m not the only one who is a bit unnerved at watching baldilocksbiblical prophecy unfold before my eyes.

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No one can deny that life is harder than it used to be. We have an unemployment rate that does not seem to want to come down, we keep getting into firefights in the Middle East, and prices at the supermarket keep rising yet salaries don’t keep pace.

I have identified at five reasons (and there are more) that are feeding this decline spawning from our Federal Government and the actions they force upon the general population.

Cloned politicians holding the same office time and time again – This one takes on many forms. We have issues in this country that need to be solved. We have tried a certain set of solutions and it didn’t seem to work. We can look at Senate and Congress and realize that some of those people have been there for 3-4 decades.  When this is not the case in all but a few cases congressional seats seem to never change parties, and the next person to hold the office is virtually the same as the last.  The same ideas come out again and again.

We can turn back the metaphorical clock for a few decades and realize that sitting in the Oval Office there has not been a wide range of views.

We have President George Bush Senior, a reasonable man who did set some goals and solve problems that existed at the time in the Middle East by building an international coalition.

We have President Bill Clinton who oversaw the .com boom and a healthy economy spawned by Silicon Valley inventing a new industry. To his credit President Clinton stayed out of the way of Silicon Valley and there was some growth. Once regulation started to hit we saw a .bust but I suspect those policies came from Congress not the oval office.

We have President George Bush Junior. He tried to rerun parts of his father’s presidency after we were attacked on 9/11. We got hit and hard, were his responses reasonable and appropriate? I think it was well intentioned but I think naïve that just re-running the last set of solutions would fix it. Our enemy evolved and we really didn’t.

We have President Barack Obama who is trying to re-run the great society. He brought higher taxes and more government spending to stimulate an economy that was being crushed by a crash due to exploding mortgages (a policy begun under President Clinton). Now he seems to be re-running a weakened version of the first President Bush’s Middle East policy by bombing ISIS/ISIL targets. The trouble is he wants this to stay as an advisory role. This sounds suspiciously like the start of Vietnam to me. We can only have mission creep from here. This is an era I have studied carefully; so much so I wrote a fiction novel about it (Forest of Assassins is available on Amazon). When I say the similarities to that failed policy are eerie I mean eerie.

Now leaping into 2016 we have many people talking about running. We have former Governor Mitt Romney, former Secretary of State/Senator/First Lady Hillary Clinton, and former Governor Jeb Bush. Sounds like a lot of repeats to me.

As voters we need to recognize the insanity of this and find a new direction that offers real solutions not just speeches and platitudes.

An economic policy that matters – We have an economy policy that ensures a few things. First is guarantees that government spending will continue to expand. How can this happen and not crush those who don’t work in government? Federal spending can’t expand forever without massive increases in taxes or high inflation rates. Which of these two would you prefer? One or the other could happen.

An international policy that doesn’t piss off the rest of the world – In our recently announced, soon to become reality, air campaign against ISIL that told the public where this would they would take place. I did a little digging and realize that there are troops from other nations imbedded in that area. Those nations are Iran and Russia. Does it sound like a good idea for us to drop bombs that may kill people from either of those two locations as collateral damage? It sounds like something that could cause our well intentioned bombing runs to go badly very quickly, especially without ground troops to tell us who are the ISIL targets and who aren’t. Combat can be a confusing place and you either go all in or you don’t go. Air strikes only are not all in. We need to either be serious about this path we are on or go back to the entry point and not enter.

No longer separating Americans into groups – People have a natural tendency to group themselves in a variety of ways. Some years ago some marketing guru involved in politics starting keying in on this and came up with hyphenated Americans. Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, etc, etc, etc. How about if we go back to being Americans. All equal under the eyes of the law, all equal under consideration to one another. I know judging people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character isn’t a new idea, but how about we put it into practice instead of just as a line in a speech?

Government isn’t always the answer – So often when things happen we are turning to the Government. We think the neighbors make too much noise? Oh no, don’t go next door, call the cops. McDonalds runs out of Chicken McNuggets, don’t go to the next McDonalds, call 9-1-1 (sadly that happened). I could go on but I think the point is made.

 

We are a Nation in decline. There is no good reason for us to be. We have natural resources, we have hard working people, we have engineers and doctors and farmers…What we need is a Nation where we once again work together to solve problems and stop yelling at each other for the mere fact that I might be of one political party (or insert your favorite hyphenated American type) and you are another.

Let’s fix this nation and stop yelling about it, and for goodness sake, let’s find a President or other Federal Official we are excited to vote for, not someone we will vote for just so that that ‘Other Guy’ doesn’t get the job.

UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

Continue reading ““Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies”

Sir Humphrey Appleby: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?
Sir Arnold Robinson: Sorry, I can’t talk about that.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

The most transparent administration in history™ is spreading their own definition of transparency on the road to Ferguson Missouri 

The Justice Department closed a series of town hall meetings in Ferguson, Missouri, to the media, saying the presence of reporters would be disruptive, a spokesman for the city said Monday. A five-week series of meetings, the first of which was Monday, was organized to resolve racial tensions that erupted in the wake of the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

The Justice Department’s Community Relations Service Friday ordered the meetings, which are to update residents “on changes the council wants the community to consider,” closed to the media and non-residents.

In a racially charged atmosphere during an election year when the administration is desperate to motivate their base, nothing is more likely to confirm to the public that there is absolutely no attempt by any party to manipulate events or decisions than to make sure those pesky people with recording devices and notebooks be kept out of meetings that would normally be open under Missouri sunshine laws.

I’ll give the last word to the Mayor

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the meetings were intended to let residents “know exactly where we stand on things with full transparency.”

Well I certainly find Eric Holder’s Justice Department’s motives in ordering reporters banned from these meetings transparent in the extreme.

Update: Gateway Pundit has much more:

Ryan Reilly with the Huffington Post reported a Ferguson resident was kicked out by the Obama administration for recording the meeting.

Some live tweeting here

Update 2: Good thing we have the media to complain about this kind of stuff eh?

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