By: Brian Evans
On Wednesday, the United States Senate passed a ‘War Powers Measure’, that is designed to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to use military action against Iran without permission from Congress.
It passed the Senate with a 51-45 vote, with eight Republicans voting with the Democrats. Of the eight Republicans who voted to bypass Congressional authority, it included Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Indiana Sen. Todd Young.
Although the Senators know that upon passage, President Trump will veto the measure, but regardless, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) said that its passage sends a ‘strong message to the American people’! Interestingly, Senator Kaine is correct, but the message truly being sent is much different than the message he is implying! In fact, it tells the American people that Congress is taking Congressional authority to an unconstitutional level, as they try to usurp the powers of the Executive branch by trying to make the Congress the ‘Commander in Chief’s’, which never ends well! After all, TOO MANY CHIEFS, and NOT ENOUGH INDIANS, MAKES FOR DANGEROUS POLICY!
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who introduced the measure stated to CNN…
“We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress votes to authorize such a war. While the President does and must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there. An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote. This should not be a controversial proposition.”
However, Senator Kaine’s concerns are irrelevant, as the President has never authorized war with Iran! He has never declared war, but instead took out a known terrorist who has killed thousands of Americans and American troops, and was reportedly preparing an imminent attack on the United States! As a result, the Democrat Senator, like other Democrats over the past three and a half years, continue to propose legislation, file ridiculous and frivolous lawsuits and take other measures to interfere with the President’s authority, simply because they don’t like his politics, they don’t like the choice of the American voters, and they want to confiscate his power for themselves!
Sadly, what this Congressional Measure indicates, is that the Congressional leaders, primarily Democrats, but also some Republicans, are willing to strip powers of the ‘executive branch’, as to further concentrate greater powers within the Congress! Furthermore, in attempting to strip the Commander in Chief of his constitutionally authorized powers, they are endangering our nation’s homeland! Democrats claim to be doing so because they don’t trust President Trump, Republicans claim to be doing so because they don’t trust Democrat Presidents, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY TRUST A DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT OR NOT! IT IS UP TO THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE!
Ultimately, if they were to be successful, they would make it impossible for the President of the United States to defend our troops, defend our interests, and ultimately defend our homeland! In fact, if the United States is attacked, the President would have to get permission to launch ANY MISSILE TO TAKE OUT TERRORISTS, TAKE OUT ENEMIES, OR TO RESPOND TO ATTACKS ON AMERICAN INTERESTS! It would endanger our troops, our citizens, and our national security! Today, the President has the authority to respond militarily with strategic strikes to take out terrorists, respond to attacks against our troops, attacks on our homeland, or any other attack on America and our interests! Then, the constitution says “Congress can declare war and recall troops after 60 days.” Regardless, the power-hungry Congressional leaders want to confiscate the power of ‘Commander in Chief’ for themselves, and that is dangerous!
Today, our Congress has become a political cesspool of hate, false allegations, and confrontations, and as a result, Congressional leaders have become inept at being able to agree on… VIRTUALLY ANYTHING, LET ALONE NATIONAL SECURITY! We have Democrats who push for turning our backs on Israel, angry that the President took out a known terrorist Soleimani! Spiteful that President Trump ended the ‘Iran Deal’, which a former Democrat President implemented, even though it endangered Americans, our interests, and our national security! Many democrats and republicans have become angry that the President responded with a strategic strike in Syria, even though they supported it before he acted, but his actions kept Syria, Russia, and other nations in line, rather than going rogue and becoming more dangerous! Democrats were even angry over President Trump’s tough talk with North Korea, BUT IT BROUGHT THEM TO THE TABLE!
In the end, Congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans signed onto this measure, not because of it being the right or wrong thing to do, but because of power, of which they want for themselves! The power that the Constitution grants to the President. However, Congressional leaders want to confiscate that power for themselves, by castrating the constitution’s powers that are granted to the President!
Fortunately, it can be and will be vetoed by President Trump, just as he vetoed a War Powers resolution in 2019. Therefore, thankfully it will be ‘Dead on Arrival’ (DOA), once it hits the President’s desk!