By: The Voice of Reason |
When it comes to the federal government as of late, there is bad news, and then there is really really really bad news, and this falls under the second category I mentioned… the really really really bad kind. This is a head scratcher to end all political head scratchers if you will… OR… if you look at this more cynically, does it make perfect sense considering the sick individuals we have in Congress?
As you’ll learn in the second video below, late Wednesday night, while the nation’s capital braced for a once in a century type snow storm, RHINO’s in the United States Senate were brewing up a storm of their own, a megastorm set to be unleashed on the American people. In a very sneaky, almost Dingy Harry type way, Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham were busy invoking Senate Rule 14, somewhat of an unknown Rule to anyone in Congress still possessing any ethics or morals, to craft a bill invoking Martial Law.
The same Republican establishment that knows full well it’s hated by both its opponents, and those within its base alike, wrote the Authorization for the Use of Military Force to fight the Islamic State group, but they did so in such a way as to make it a living nightmare for the American people. First, the new U.S. ISIS War Powers Act for the use of military force against ISIS allows the President to deploy U.S. military troops on U.S. soil without restrictions, meaning no limits on the number of ground troops deployed, no limitations on geographical areas, and no limits on the time frames for troop deployments, all under the “guise” of fighting terror.
Please recall that just last week, Navy Seals Were Told To Treat the American Public As Enemies or “Potential Terrorists” Amid a Two Year Long ”Training Exercise” Beginning in January. Do I even need to discuss how ridiculous this new bill sounds? Under Senate Rule 14, McConnell can spring a vote on this at any time without warning, and if passed by the Senate (you know every Democrat would be on board), that means that Congress is willing to give the same Barack Obama who was Caught Smuggling In Up To 100,000 Refugees Per Year on UPS Cargo Planes, and the same Barack Obama who cared so little about potential terrorism from Muslim refugees that he Promised to Veto Any Bill Increasing the Screening Measures for Said Refugees, the raw power to suspend the rule of law, and become judge, jury, and executioner himself.
The ISIS War Powers Act will allow that, all while giving Obama full use of the U.S. military (Or Don’t Forget the United Nations Multinational Forces Already on U.S. Soil) to do as he pleases! Try not to forget, during times the military is being used in a policing capacity, an act formerly outlawed domestically for the last 138 years “pre-Obama,” federal statute 10 U.S. Code § 332 now says “unlawful obstructions or rebellion against the authority of the United States, use of the militia or Armed Forces is authorized,” permits the federal government from being demonstrated against. An act of demonstration, or the most benign demonstrations of civil disobedience gives the government the authority to take “deadly action” against the public because there are no clear distinctions on when the use of lethal and nonlethal force is appropriate.
Yell “Conspiracy Theorist” all you want. The actual law can be read with your own two eyes. Unites States Code 332 (10 U.S. Code § 332)
There have also been changes at the Pentagon that give the Army the authority to Classify Journalists as ‘Belligerents’ Who Can Be Shot on Sight If Need Be. When might that be necessary? Oh, I don’t know… maybe when people are spreading truth via alternative forms of media, because the mainstream media is so in bed with the government… As a classic example, right now the FBI Is Attempting to Shut Down Alternative Forms of Media With Regard to the Oregon Standoff (Listen to a Recorded Call).
So, what in God’s name are McConnell and Graham thinking? I think I have an idea…
One thing is clear: That they are NOT thinking of the American people. Recall what I said over and over two weeks ago leading up to the January 13th vote by the RNC about whether or not they were going to take up a Resolution Drafted For Obama’s Impeachment Consisting of 48 Separate Criminal and Treasonous Charges.
At the time, Committeeman Dave Agema was spearheading the effort, and he made it clear, as did I, that without pressure from We the People, the RNC would never take up the articles that detailed Obama’s “malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office,” including the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, and bypassing Congress with the use of executive action on key issues, as well as “aiding and abetting known enemies of the United States,” citing the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas and the Taliban among others. Why wouldn’t they take up the Articles of Impeachment because it was the right thing to do, and without pressure from We the People making their phones ring until they broke?
Simply put: Because no member of Congress, not from either party, cares about ANYTHING more than they care about there own seat at the table. Period. Trying to impeach the first black President, when they weren’t getting any pressure from We the People? That would have been political suicide, so it’s no surprise they did nothing.
NOW, when you look at who the GOP presidential nominee is likely to be: either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, perhaps BOTH, the “establishment” knows their preverbal seat with either will be at the “Kids” table moving forward, so I submit to you that this underhanded sneaky Senate Rule 14 INSANE bill, is their “break open glass in case of emergency plan” if our absurdly corrupt electoral process doesn’t somehow end up with Bush winning the nomination despite all odds.
JEB: THE ESTABLISHMENT’S PICK AT ANY COST!
While parts of the nation braced for Winter Storm Jonas, Senate MaMajority Leader Mitch McConnell was busy preparing the way for a proposal on the floor that had many concerned.
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force, written by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is packaged as a proposal to fight the Islamic State group — but it would also allow the president to deploy military forces anywhere he chooses and for as long as he wants.
Simply put, the AUMF “would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography,” according to Defense One.
Graham, who has been critical of President Barack Obama’s handling of Syria and Islamic State group, said the AUMF is designed not to put limitations on where, when or how the United States military pursued the group.
Not surprisingly, some Republicans found issues with the proposal. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said there were still a wide range of opinions on the matter.
It’s been a difficult measure to pass, as Senate members argue over how to put restrictions on the use of force. Even as Obama tried to pass his own version of the bill last year, members said that before they could support such a measure, they would need additional restrictions on troop levels and geographic boundaries.
This proposal is quite a turn for McConnell, who has stayed away from the issue in the past. Clearly, something has changed his RINO mind.
It’s also surprising that he would clear a path for a proposal that would give Obama virtually unlimited war powers — something no president should ever be given.
H/T Right Wing News
Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF) permits a state of martial law to exist throughout the United States, as U.S. military personnel will, for the first time, patrol the streets of America.
The new AUMF was slipped in by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who invoked Rule 14, surprising the Senate.
Sarah Mimms for Defense One noted that invoking “Rule 14″ sets up the authorization for a future vote, but does not put it on the calendar, meaning a vote could come at any time. The resolution already has four Republican cosponsors: Senators Lindsey Graham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Orrin Hatch.
The AUMF put forward by McConnell would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered members a snow-weekend surprise late Wednesday night: Quietly teeing up a debate on the legal underpinning for the fight against ISIS.
After months of worrying that such a resolution—known as an authorization for the use of military force—would tie the next president’s hands, McConnell’s move to fast-track the measure surprised even his top deputy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, who was unaware that McConnell had set up the authorization.
“He did?” Cornyn asked National Journal on Thursday morning.
The AUMF put forward by McConnell would not restrict the president’s use of ground troops, nor have any limits related to time or geography. Nor would it touch on the issue of what to do with the 2001 AUMF, which the Obama administration has used to attack ISIS despite that authorization’s instructions to use force against those who planned the 9/11 terrorist attacks. By contrast, the legal authority put forward by the administration last February wouldn’t authorize “enduring offensive ground combat operations” and would have ended three years after enactment, unless reauthorized.
After sitting on the president’s proposed AUMF for nearly a year, amid deep infighting in the Senate over the measure, McConnell’s move came as a surprise to many members. Just in December, McConnell dismissed the idea of bringing up a new authorization, telling reporters: “It’s clear the president does not have a strategy in place, so it would be hard to figure out how to authorize a non-strategy.”
Don Stewart, McConnell’s spokesman, said Thursday in an email that the new AUMF “is not the one the [p]resident asked for” and “not one that would tie the [p]resident’s hands.”
Stewart added that the process McConnell used to set up the AUMF, known as “Rule XIV,” merely sets up the authorization for a future vote, but does not put it on the calendar—meaning a vote could come at any time, or not at all. The resolution already has four Republican cosponsors: Senators. Lindsey Graham, Daniel Coats, Joni Ernst, and Orrin Hatch.
That came as news to many members Thursday. Several senators said they were unaware that McConnell had moved to fast-track an authorization and some Republicans immediately pointed out issues with the proposal. Sen. Jeff Flake, who introduced a more limited AUMF with Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine last June, said: “We need to pass one—we don’t need to just make a political statement.”
“I just know that it’ll be difficult to get Democratic support on this,” he added.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said that there is still a “wide diversity” of opinions on the issue. Some Democrats were critical of even the president’s own draft AUMF, warning that they’d need additional restrictions from the administration on troop levels and geographic boundaries before they could support any authorization. Republicans, meanwhile, worried deeply about restricting the president as this administration, and the next one, work to combat ISIS.
Corker’s committee—and the Senate at large—was so deeply divided over the president’s AUMF proposal in February that the panel ultimately dropped the issue, with Corker arguing with the administration that no new authorization was needed. “I don’t think it changes anything,” he said, of the new resolution.
“I’m in the same place that I’ve been—and that is I believe the administration has the authority to do what they’re doing,” he added. “They believe they have the authority to do what they’re doing. If a consensus develops and I believe that something constructive relative to us dealing with ISIS might come out of it then certainly I’d be glad to consider it.”
Still, several long-time advocates for passing a new measure authorizing the administration’s war against ISIS were pleased to see an AUMF moving, however slightly, forward.
“This is the right thing,” said Graham, a cosponsor on the new AUMF resolution. “This is the right infrastructure to have.”
“If our Democratic friends don’t want to give this president and other presidents the ability to go after ISIS without limitation to geography, time and means—be on the record,” he added.
Kaine, a Democrat who has aggressively advocated for an AUMF, was thrilled Thursday that the Senate could soon take up debate, though he added that he hasn’t yet seen the details. “After 18 months, I feel like the institution might be finally waking up that this is a threat,” Kaine said. “So we’ll see what the plan is on it, but the notion that we may be finally taking our job seriously on it is something I’m hopeful about.”
Kaine said that although he and the vast majority of Congress support combatting ISIS, he disagrees with the administration that the president is within his authority to do so. “I believe the war is illegal,” Kaine said Thursday. “I don’t think there’s a legal justification for it. And I think the greatest danger we end up doing is allowing the president to wage a war without Congress weighing in.”
Kaine added that the president acted initially “to protect American lives” and credited the White House for sending over anAUMF last year. “We haven’t done anything. So just the notion that maybe finally there’s some interest in this, I find gratifying. But we’ll have to work through the details,” he said.
Several Democrats said they were unaware of or hadn’t read the new AUMF language, but some greeted the opportunity to open debate on the issue.
Sen. Robert Menendez, who helped to get a Democratic draftAUMF through the Foreign Relations Committee as chairman in December 2014, said that the new authorization was news to him, but that he supported bringing up the issue.
“I’m for the Congress voting on an AUMF; of course it depends what the AUMF looks like,” Menendez said Thursday. “I don’t want a blank check,” he said.
Cornyn, who in December said that Republicans would not present an AUMF of their own until the president outlined a strategy, said that he nonetheless welcomed debate on the issue.
“I don’t think we should be afraid of that debate, but we need a coherent strategy from the president which we still don’t have and we also don’t need to tie the hands of the next president by restricting what the president can do,” Cornyn said.
“What I find kind of ironic about this is the president apparently thinks he has all the authority he needs to do what he’s doing,” he added. “But I’m not afraid of the debate, I think it’s an important debate to have, and certainly the people we send in harm’s way need to know that the country is behind them. So, thanks for telling me.”
THE VOICE OF REASON is the pen name of Michael DePinto, a graduate of Capital University Law School, and an attorney in Florida. Having worked in the World Trade Center, along with other family and friends, Michael was baptized by fire into the world of politics on September 11, 2001. Michael’s political journey began with tuning in religiously to whatever the talking heads on television had to say, then Michael became a “Tea-Bagging” activist as his liberal friends on the Left would say, volunteering within the Jacksonville local Tea Party, and most recently Michael completed law school. Today, Michael is a major contributor to www.BeforeItsNews.com, he owns and operates www.thelastgreatstand.com, where Michael provides what is often very ‘colorful’ political commentary, ripe with sarcasm, no doubt the result of Michael’s frustration as he feels we are witnessing the end of the American Empire. The topics Michael most often weighs in on are: Martial Law, FEMA Camps, Jade Helm, Economic Issues, Government Corruption, and Government Conspiracy.