#36 Congress – Fiddling With Impeachment – While Afghanistan Burns

Is A Presidential Veto – Obstruction of Congress?

Yes dear, forever wars, homelessness, opioids, health care, infrastructure crumbling, national debt as Congress fiddles with impeachment. Who’s the criminal?

The absurdity of these charges, made by our body of elected officials, reeks of arrogance and delusion. I am not a fan of Trump but I am a fan of the US Constitution. Congress needs to reflect and evaluate the damage that they have created by not following it. Instead they will continue to look for others to blame. The story of Nero comes to mind.

In July of 64 A.D., a great fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. According to a well-known expression, Rome’s emperor at the time, the decadent and unpopular Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” The callousness of playing music while his people suffered and the shirking of leadership responsibility when needed in a time of crisis are obviously similar.

The US House of Representatives has become a present day Nero. Sadistic and cruel while building Golden Palaces surrounded by pleasure gardens blaming others for the fires that continue to rage in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

The recent Washington Post report reveals that U.S. officials have been engaged in a campaign to mislead the American people. Under three successive presidents — George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump — who all promised to avoid getting sucked into an open-ended nation-building mission, civilian and military leaders, writes the Post’s Craig Whitlock “failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan…, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.”  “This dishonesty, in fact, is a big part of why the war persists.”

Why and on who’s watch was this allowed to happen? Congress is the common denominator. Look in the mirror, the cause is standing in front of you. It happened in 1964 with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and then again in 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. Why does Congress continue to let the Genie out of the bottle? 

The Congress Shall Have Power To …Declare War

When the US Constitution is compromised and the checks and balance of power is distorted, the Executive branch and its military goes rogue. The US Constitution makes it clear that Congress shall have the power to declare war. Article1, Section 8, of the US Constitution reads; “The Congress shall have PowerTo …Declare War…”

“The framers of the Constitution were reluctant to concentrate too much influence in the hands of too few. They had the vision to deny the office of the President the authority to go to war unilaterally. They firmly believed that if America was going to survive as a republic, they reasoned, declarations of war required careful debate in open forums among the public’s representatives.”

Fool Me Once – Shame On You

The Tonkin Gulf Resolution (1964) (H.J. RES 1145) dated August 7, 1964, gave President Lyndon Johnson authority to increase U.S. involvement in the war between North and South Vietnam. It stated that “Congress approves and supports the determination of the President, as Commander in Chief, to take all necessary measures to repeal any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent any further aggression.” As a result, President Johnson, and later President Nixon, relied on the resolution as the legal basis for their military policies in Vietnam.

Fool Me Twice – Shame On Me

On Sep 18, 2001: Congress Passed S.J.Res. 23 (107th): Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF): This joint resolution reads: “the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”

The AUMF was a free pass for the President to declare state force (war), on any nation, organization or person labeled “a terrorist.” The AUMF became the catalyst for sending our husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters into harms way. The US military force perpetrated on innocent people included; murder, torture, war crimes, bribery, lying and corruption. Just to name a few of the crimes.

Show Me The Money

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, is the latest budgetary monster created by the DC swamp. The 2020 version of the annual Department of Defense funding bill provides $738 billion to the Pentagon compared to pre-AUMF level of $429.45 billion. (see summary here)

https://republicansarmedservices.house.gov/sites/republicans.armedservices.house.gov/files/FY20%20NDAA%20Conference%20Summary%20_%20FINAL.pdf

U.S. military spending from 2000 to 2018 chart of budget:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/272473/us-military-spending-from-2000-to-2012/

The $30 billion increase, from 2018 budget, is to be wasted on failing weapons projects and an ever growing bureaucracy to support and promote the endless wars.  It requires our government coerced taxes to fund our state sponsored violence programs.

To approve the $738 billion NDAA budget, at a time when the annual federal budget deficit surpasses $1 trillion is criminal. Endorsing ambitious military strategies without considering obvious resource constraints is mind boggling. Our elected officials, in both parties, have failed to come to grips with the nation’s fiscal situation and our abusive military actions.

Bribery – That Is An Impeachable Offense

If this NDAA passes, it will be another sign of how U.S. foreign policy is writing checks that Americans who have not yet been born will have to pay. While Congress members, that vote to approve, will benefit financially from donation made by the corporations that procure the new and extended governmental contracts coming from the $738 billion. Taking payments of money in exchange for favorable treatment, government contracts – campaign donations. Is that bribery?

https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/contrib.php?cycle=2020&ind=D

Treason – That Is An Impeachable Offense

The oath of office that every member of Congress takes is a pledge to “support and defend the Constitution.” The Constitution clearly states that the nation’s war powers are vested in the Legislative branch, not the Executive. Members of Congress who have refused to revisit the AUMF are derelict of their duty. And those in Congress who have blocked any consideration of that question, are guilty of a far greater breach of trust: they are “subverting the Constitution.” Is that Treason?

Bring Them Home

The results of Congress passing its Constitutional responsibility on to another branch of government has been disastrous. How many Vietnam’s, Afghanistan’s, Iraq’s, Libya’s, Syria’s or Yemen’s do we have left before we implode as a nation? Put the Genie back in the bottle, rescind the AUMF and bring all of our troops home.

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