Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: The Constitution and the Iraq War

Now I know that in reality the United States Constitution is nothing but an old, dirty piece of paper that was written by slave owning white people. However, the scumbags dirtballs slimy bastards Senators who serve in Congress did swear they would uphold the document when they took office. And now they're trying to tell President Bush that they're going to order a withdrawal from Iraq. That should have exactly as much effect as me telling Jesse Jackson to pull down his pants and moon Chicago from the top of Soldier Field. The Senate can ask all they want, but they don't have ANY power under the Constitution to do any such thing. What CAN they do?

Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Now, did you see anything in there about giving orders to the President or the military? It's not there. Why? Oh, there's another section of the Constitution:
Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

Oh yeah, there it is.

The President, if we actually followed the Constitution, is the ONLY person with the power to give orders to the military. The Senate, again, IF we followed the Constitution, has NO such power. If I were president, I'd remind them.

If the Senate honestly wants to end the war and they want to follow the Constitution (neither of which I think they want to do), they have ONE option and only ONE option available to them. They can defund the military -- ALL of it.

It's all crap, it's all politics from the billionaire boys club. Miserable S.O.B.s, the lot of them.

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