On July 4th, 1776, a small band of patriots
declared that we were a people created equal — free to think and worship and live as we
please. It was a declaration heard around the world — that we were no longer colonists,
we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined
by us. It was a bold and tremendously brave thing
to do. It was also nearly unthinkable. At that time, kings and princes and emperors
ruled the world. But those patriots were certain that a better way was possible.
And this tyrant has robbed us of that better way, structured in our U.S. Constitution.
President Obama has taken it upon himself the power of a king or emperor.
Now, once again we stand poised at a precipice — forced to the edge by an Administration
which has thrown caution to the winds and our Constitution to the ground.
It is abundantly clear from a careful reading of our Declaration of Independence that our
nation was born from nothing less than the rebellion of the human spirit against the
arrogance of power. More than 200 years ago it was the awareness
of the unchecked arrogance of George III that led our Founders to deliberately and carefully
balance our constitution by articulating the rights of Congress in Article I, as the primary
check by our citizens against the dangers they foresaw for our republic. Our constitution
was derived from the human and political experience of our Founders who were aware of what happens
when one person took it upon himself to assume rights and privileges which place them above
their fellow citizens. The power to declare war is firmly and explicitly
vested in the Congress of the United States under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.
THAT is the Law. Let us make no mistake about it, dropping
2000 lb bombs and unleashing the massive firepower of our air force on the capital of a sovereign
state is in fact an act of war and no amount of legal acrobatics can make it otherwise. It is the arrogance of power which the former
Senator Fulbright, saw shrouded in the deceit which carried us into the abyss of another
war in Vietnam. My generation was determined we would never again see another Vietnam.
It was the awareness of the unchecked power and arrogance of the executive which led Congress
to pass the War Powers Act. Congress, through the War Powers Act provided,
the executive with an exception to unilaterally respond only when the nation was in actual
or imminent danger; to “repel sudden attacks.” Mr. Speaker, today we are in a constitutional
crisis because our me have an administration that has assumed for itself powers to wage
war which are neither expressly defined nor implicit in the Constitution, nor permitted
under the War Powers Act. A President has no right to wrest that fundamental
power from Congress — and we have no right to cede it to him. We, Members of Congress can no more absolve
a president of his responsibility to obey this profound constitutional mandate then
can absolve ourselves of our failure to rise to the instant challenge to our Constitution
that is before us today. We violate our sacred trust to the citizens
of the United States and our oath to uphold the constitution if we surrender this great
responsibility and through our inaction acquiesce in another terrible war. We must courageously defend the oath we took
to defend the Constitution of the United States or we forfeit our right to participate in
representative government. James Madison, the father of the Constitution,
warned us of all these forces that are in conspiracy against the desire and duty of
peace. He didn’t say “let’s just trust the president.” He was saying, you cannot trust
the president with the power to make war. He said the most important clause of our Constitution
was the one that kept that power out of the president’s hands. “In no part of the constitution
is more wisdom to be found than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace
to the legislature, and not to the executive department.” And this arrogant tyrant, he’s dropping bombs
on people and killing innocent people in countries where there’s no declaration of war. This
man is a tyrant and shouldn’t remain in office. And if we had representatives that cared about
our Constitution, he would be impeached. Please share this video by clicking here and
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