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Rep Walter Jones Defends the Congress Against A Dictatorship

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According to Leon Panetta and the Obama Administration, the authority for making war resides with NATO or the UN not the Congress and not the Constitution. This is the next logical step in the steady usurpation of war-making powers which has been ongoing since the end of the second world war. Here is the video:

Rep Walter Jones Introduced H Con Res 107 which is short and sweet:

112th CONGRESS
2d Session

H. CON. RES. 107

Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 7, 2012 Mr. JONES submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress that the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Whereas the cornerstone of the Republic is honoring Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

    That it is the sense of Congress that, except in response to an actual or imminent attack against the territory of the United States, the use of offensive military force by a President without prior and clear authorization of an Act of Congress violates Congress’s exclusive power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution and therefore constitutes an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under article II, section 4 of the Constitution.

Just to be crystal clear, here is the clause in the constitution referenced:

The Congress shall have the power…
11. To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water:

It is also important to note that the role of commander-in-chief is a temporary role and is only exercised during war-time as described in Article 2 Section 2 clause 1 of the US Constitution:

1. 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;

Leon Panetta is not describing a military called into service of the United States, but rather a military called into service of the United Nations. One has to wonder about the Constitutionality of the US troops fighting UN sanctioned wars even with Congressional consent since there is no authorization for our military to be called into action on behalf of any other power other than the United States. Of course the argument will be made that there is a shared interest which would certainly obscure the issue. Still, our President has no war powers outside of a declaration of war by congress except under well-defined conditions of emergency defense of our country amid attack.

Previous Related Post: https://federalexpression.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/the-rise-of-an-american-dictatorship-for-the-21st-century/

Written by federalexpression

March 9, 2012 at 4:23 am

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