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Justin Amash to Draft Legislation Declaring the Libyan Action Unconstitutional

Justin Amash and Tim Johnson are going to introduce this soon...

...let's see if they can follow through with a house vote!

“Constitutionally, it is indisputable that Congress must be consulted prior to an act of war unless there is an imminent threat against this country. The president has not done so,” Johnson said. “In fact, this is the same man who questioned President Bush’s constitutional authority to commit troops to war."

“Our country has no business enmeshing itself in another country’s civil unrest. We were not attacked. Our national security interests are not at stake. It is the American people, through their elected representatives, who are constitutionally empowered to take this kind of action. Not the president."


"Amash is correct in concluding that Senator Obama is right and President Obama is wrong, and he has the Founding Fathers in his corner as well as Senator Obama. James Madison wrote to Thomas Jefferson on April 2, 1798: "The constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature."

Madison also explained in an anonymous 1793 letter (Helvidius #1): "In the general distribution of powers, we find that of declaring war expressly vested in the Congress, where every other legislative power is declared to be vested, and without any other qualification than what is common to every other legislative act. The constitutional idea of this power would seem then clearly to be, that it is of a legislative and not an executive nature.... Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. They are barred from the latter functions by a great principle in free government, analogous to that which separates the sword from the purse, or the power of executing from the power of enacting laws."

Even Alexander Hamilton, that great proponent of executive power, conceded in an anonymous 1793 response (as Americanus #1) to James Madison that "war is a question, under our constitution, not of Executive, but of Legislative cognizance. It belongs to Congress to say—whether the Nation shall of choice dismiss the olive branch and unfurl the banners of War."


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I'd rather see articles of impeachment than new legislation.

We need to abolish unconstitutional laws, not enact new ones.

Agreed! Though...

Declaring it unconstitutional could be used as an important first step. Recall that Thomas Jefferson suggested that it was the duty of all branches of government, as well as the citizenry and the States, to nullify and rule other branches out of order. That the role of ruling something unconstitutional would be delegated solely to an unelected Supreme Court would be anathema to Jefferson.

If determined to be unconstitutional by the House, then the House would have to determine whether or not articles of impeachment ought to be introduced.

Or perhaps I'm just being optimistic that this will get us to the impeachment hearings sooner! Then again, it doesn't matter much because the democrat-controlled Senate will never convict the President.

Cuimhnigh orm, a Dhia, le haghaidh maith.


Why is legislation needed when it is already on the books?

ie. He stole the car thus breaking the law...therefore, a law against stealing and theft must be legislated? wtf?

Its over lol


I'm guessing

It's because of the war powers act granting the president to attack whoever he wants as long as he give congress a letter explaining it. Even tho many people have considered the war powers act unconstitutional as it is.

It is a silly game they play and yet they get away with it because of a docile ignorant mass of individuals. Thank you floride lol

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"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

At last we hear something

At last we hear something from Amash. However, with the mostly crooked Congress, they will probably just hem and haw, and give Obama 60 days. Congress is IN on it!!


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Biden agrees with impeachment

This should to be a front page

post of it's own.

I'm not holding my breath for Biden's resignation, which is the only thing that could save his integrity after speaking these words.

It's a must watch at 2:04


& Kucinich is drafting a Bill to defund the Libyan war adventure.

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i knew this guy was the real deal

thanks for posting.

Justin is the man! Posts all

Justin is the man! Posts all his votes on facebook. True statesman.

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT