The silence of supposed Constitutional conservatives on President Barack Obama’s attacks on Libya is deafening.
While partying in South America, Obama ordered America’s military into battle. Scarcely a word was spoken to Congress beforehand. And he certainly didn’t follow Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which puts the authority for declaring war on the Congress.
Calling it a kinetic military action doesn’t negate the fact that United States military forces are shooting at people in another country. And it’s a country that had not attacked the U.S., nor did it pose a threat.
The Founding Fathers intended for the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements. The President was given the authority to call the military into action if the U.S. was being attacked. He was not given the authority to employ the military for humanitarian means, nor any other instance without a Congressional declaration of war. And no amount of doublespeak by Obama, Congress or any of the bought-and-paid-for corporate media or other talking heads can change that.
As Founder James Wilson told the Pennsylvania ratifying convention, “This system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it. It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is vested in the legislature at large: this declaration must be made with the concurrence of the House of Representatives…”
Conservatives have often claimed the high ground when it comes to adhering to the Constitution. On this issue they’ve lost any moral high ground and have failed the test miserably.
In Afghanistan and Pakistan, America’s military is killing—and being killed by—al-Qaida forces. In Libya, America’s Navy and Air Force provide cover for al-Qaida forces seeking to overthrow the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.
In a Monday night address to defend U.S. attacks on Libya, President Barack Obama said that America could not turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. Yet Obama and the corporate media ignore the slaughter of civilians in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, China and North Korea.
Obama says it would be a mistake to expand the allied military mission to overthrow the Gadhafi regime, but that Gadhafi must relinquish power.
Obama insists there will be no U.S. ground troops in Libya, yet the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit took part in the initial assault and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is set to head to the region to relieve the 26th.
Obama says America will not continue to lead the operation and it will be turned over to NATO. Yet, America is NATO, providing a fourth of its budget—more than the combined amount of the next two largest contributing countries—and the majority of its assets and command.
Such is the duplicity of American foreign policy.
There has been much “mystery” surrounding the identity of the so-called rebels America is protecting in the Libyan civil war. Author Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D., points out that, while all the lead players aren’t known, enough is known about them to understand they are some of the same people American is fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to Tarpley, the insurgency in Libya is a reprisal of a British attempt to foment an uprising in 1995 in which Gadhafi would be assassinated and Libya would descend into chaos, prompting Great Britain to swoop in to “protect” the oil fields. Already, rebel leaders are making oil deals with the French. And if there was any doubt the global elites were behind the chaos percolating in the Middle East, the fact that Libyan “rebels” have already established a central bank should put any doubts to bed.
al-Qiada was formed by the U.S. and Great Britain to fight the Russians in Afghanistan, and many of its leaders are double agents of the Central Intelligence Agency or MI-6—like Anwar al-Awlaki, America’s terrorist du jour. As such, al-Qaida is used for many purposes.
As Tarpley points out, for President George W. Bush, the presence of al-Qaida was used as pretext for starting a war on another country. The Obama method is to use al-Qaida to overthrow independent governments and either Balkanize or partition those countries or use them as kamikaze puppets against larger enemies like Russia, China and Iran.
Hat tip: Prisonplanet.com
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There are many shots now being fired across the bow of the Federal Reserve.
The latest occurred in Utah where the governor has a bill on his desk that would allow shops to accept gold Buffalo and Eagle coins, and silver Eagle coins as legal tender. The bill also ends State taxes on the transfer of gold.
There are at least 13 other State legislatures that have already begun consideration of or are about to consider similar bills, according to the Constitutional Tender Act website. They are Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Georgia’s seems to be the one closest to approval.
The Statists don’t like it—and neither does the Fed. They and their liberal mouthpieces in the media are dismissive of anyone desiring to follow the Constitution.
For instance, in an article in the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the bill that would allow North Carolina to issue its own legal tender backed by gold and silver was covered this way:
“Mike Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State University, said the notion of North Carolina reverting to having its own currency is outlandish.
“‘We dealt with this issue about 100 years ago when the Federal Reserve was established,’ Walden said. ‘If North Carolina were to have its own currency, that would put us at an extreme competitive disadvantage vis-a-vis other parts of the country and other parts of the world.’
“State Treasurer Janet Cowell joked that Bradley’s precious metals proposal could increase efficiency in state government by providing a good use for her department’s old basement vault, which is currently used for storage.
“‘I look forward to engaging in an important public policy debate about whose face should be on the gold coin,’ quipped Cowell, a Democrat.”
Never mind that Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution reads: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in payment of debts.” This means that every State in the Union has made some other “Thing” a tender by accepting Federal Reserve Notes.
Walden considers Constitutional currency outlandish. What is outlandish is what has happened to our wealth since the establishment of the Fed—an institution that is not a part of government and does not hold any reserves.
The Fed is a cartel of big banksters formed to steal the wealth of Americans. Begun under the auspices of stabilizing the economy—at least that is the claim of proponents from the time—it has presided over the crashes of 1921 and 1929, the Great Depression of 1929 to 1939, recessions in 1953, 1957, 1969, 1975, 1981, 1990 and 2008. So much for stabilizing the economy.
They called it the Federal Reserve in order to deceive the people who were opposed to a central bank. The people knew of the dangers of a central bank, but the elites were clever and used double-speak and sleight of hand to fool the masses.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.”
Like all the big banksters and political elites, Fed Chairman helicopter Ben Bernanke loves inflation. He no longer tries to hide this fact. In fact, he said the last round of quantitative easing (QE2), begun last fall, was to spur inflation.
But inflation is a hidden tax on Americans. It is the way wealth is transferred from “us” to “them.” Bernanke believes he can control inflation. He thinks he is smarter than the money creators before him who caused inflation but let it get away from them to become hyperinflation.
It will not end well. Already inflation is getting away from Bernanke, but he doesn’t see it. He also didn’t see the crash coming until it was here. His track record is not good.
The dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the Fed was formed in 1913. But States are fighting back. More and more people are becoming aware of the scam perpetrated almost 100 years ago.
Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) has led the fight against the Fed. Paul’s followers chanted “End the Fed” at Paul rallies during the last Presidential primary. Now the States are taking up the fight as well.
Isn’t it obvious to all that the Fed has failed its charter? Isn’t it obvious to all the Fed must go?
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he plans to offer up a measure that would defund United States attacks in Libya.
Good for him. If the rest of Congress intends to assume its Constitutional authority, the measure will pass. If it doesn’t, we can assume Congress has no intention of following the U.S. Constitution and the Tea Party should immediately target all members of Congress who willfully ignore the Constitution.
Article I Section 8 grants Congress the power to declare war. The Founders’ intent on that was clear.
As James Madison wrote Thomas Jefferson, “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.”
In an interview with the Boston Globe Dec. 20, 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama said, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The President obtained the approval of the United Nations to make war on Libya. He didn’t obtain the approval of Congress, as the Constitution requires. As Kucinich has said, that is an impeachable offense and, apparently, Obama knows it.