Don’t Like the Rules? Then Ignore Them: Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

In politics, if you don’t like the rules, you ignore them. This philosophy only works if you are big enough and powerful enough to get away with it. I have some recent examples.
Shoot First Ask Questions Later
The Guardian comments Obama’s Legal Rationale for Isis Strikes: Shoot First, ask Congress Later.
For expanded Isis strikes, president relies on legal authority he disavowed only a year ago. Obama said he would welcome congressional support but framed it as optional, save for the authorisations and the $500m he wants to use the US military to train Syrian rebels.
Yet one of the main authorities Obama is relying on for avoiding Congress is the 2001 wellspring of the war on terrorism he advocated repealing only last year, a document known as the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) that few think actually applies to Isis.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 11, 2014.

Gallup Poll Shows Doom for Dems in November, But One Hope Remains

The 11 September 2014 Gallup Poll report shows that Americans are turning against the Democratic Party just months before the upcoming November elections. The answers to the survey question that has always correlated the most with which Party gained or lost how many House seats, in mid-term congressional elections, now overwhelmingly favor the Republicans. This question is: ‘Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous?’ In 2010, when Republicans gained a record 63 House seats, they enjoyed an 8% edge on this question. Their edge now is one point higher than that, 9%.
This Gallup report also finds that there is a record-breaking 55% to 32% margin, or a net 23% advantage, favoring the Republican Party, on their other key question: ‘Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats?’ That question also correlates highly (though not as highly) with each Party’s gain or loss of House seats. In 2010, Republicans had a 7% edge on that. So, Republicans gained 63 seats when the public favored their Party by 8% on the economy and by 7% on defense; and now Republicans are favored by 9% on the economy and by 23% on defense.
Both the economy and defense are actually primarily the responsibility of the President, rather than primarily of Congress. But (and other polls also confirm this fact) the mid-term congressional elections are largely determined by the rub-off of the President’s Party-label onto the congressional members of his Party. The reason Americans don’t like congressional Democrats is mainly that they don’t like what Barack Obama has been doing as President.
In other words: on both the economy and defense, Republican candidates now enjoy the far better brand after 6 years of the ‘Democrat’ Obama occupying the White House. The albatross dragging down the fortunes of congressional Democrats is ‘Democratic’ President Barack Obama himself.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 11, 2014.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: ‘I’m Glad People Have This 9/11 Mentality Again’

In the wake of non-stop propaganda from politicians of both parties, as well as a mainstream media desperate for ratings, the American public is finally terrified enough to support another war in the Middle East. This is an unfortunate development I lamented in yesterday’s post: The American Public: A Tough Soldier or a Chicken Hawk Cowering in a Cubicle? Some Thoughts on ISIS Intervention.
With just 6% of likely U. S. voters thinking Congress is doing a good or excellent job according to a recent Rasmussen poll, it’s no surprise to see so many of these corrupt clowns falling over one another to appear tough on ISIS, using myriad hyperbolic and Orwellian statements.
Let’s start with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) who decided to see if she could take crazy to a whole other level:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 11, 2014.

Waging War

James Madison is commonly referred to as the Father of the Constitution in large measure because, in the secrecy of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, he kept the most complete set of notes. He also had a very keen mind and a modest demeanor and an uncanny ability to solidify consensus around basic principles that are woven into the Constitution.
After he wrote the Constitution and before he became Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of state and eventually a two-term president, he was a congressman from Virginia. When he spoke on the floor of the House, the parts of the Constitution he was most adamant about restrained the president. Chief among those restraints, in Madison’s view, was the delegation to Congress, and not to the president, of the power to wage war.
Madison knew that kings became tyrants through war. He fervently believed that by keeping the war-waging power in the hands of the president and the war-making power in the hands of Congress, the Constitution would serve as a bulwark against tyranny. He explained:

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on September 11, 2014.

Obama: I Do Not Need Congressional Approval To Go To War With ISIS

President Obama is again asserting his right to act unilaterally and without congressional approval in going to war. In what has become a mantra for this Administration, Obama reportedly told members of Congress that he does not need congressional approval to unleash a comprehensive military campaign against the Islamic State. The President informed a few members at a dinner – a striking image of how low congressional authority has become in our tripartite system of government. We have been discussing the growing concerns over President Barack Obama’s series of unilateral actions in ordering agencies not to enforce law, effectively rewriting laws, and moving hundreds of millions of dollars from appropriated purposes to areas of his choosing. One of the greatest concerns has been his unchecked authority asserted in the national security area. I previously represented members of Congress in challenging Obama’s intervention in the Libyan civil war without a declaration from Congress. In the case, President Obama insisted that he alone determines what is a war and therefore when he needs a declaration.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 10, 2014.

Obama Plans To Fight ISIS By… Giving More Weapons To ISIS?

It appears that, in a rush to get his strategy out the door, President Obama overlooked his key “do nothing stupid” foreign policy plan.
OBAMA SAID TO SEEK CONGRESS AUTHORITY TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS So – to be clear – the strategy to defeat ISIS is to arm more of the same “rebels” that ultimately split off and became, well, ISIS?
Perhaps it’s better if Obama sticks to his original “no strategy” plan after all… if only for the people, not so much the military-industrial complex of course.
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Remember Those ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels That The U. S. Armed? ISIS Got Some Of Those Weapons Too
As the Syrian Civil War has waged on over the past few years, the United States, along with Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, decided to arm the Syrian rebels under the ‘Free Syrian Army’ umbrella.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/10/2014.

Obama Plans To Fight ISIS By… Giving More Arms To ISIS?

It appears that, in a rush to get his strategy out the door, President Obama overlooked his key “do nothing stupid” foreign policy plan.
OBAMA SAID TO SEEK CONGRESS AUTHORITY TO ARM SYRIAN REBELS So – to be clear – the strategy to defeat ISIS is to arm more of the same “rebels” that ultimately split off and became, well, ISIS?
Perhaps it’s better if Obama sticks to his original “no strategy” plan after all… if only for the people, not so much the military-industrial complex of course.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/10/2014.

OBAMA SET TO IGNORE CONGRESS, ANNOUNCE SYRIA STRIKES TONIGHT

President Barack Obama is set to ignore Congress once again by launching military strikes inside Syria without consulting lawmakers, a move that threatens to enflame the entire region given that the Assad government has repeatedly insisted it will consider any military activity inside Syrian territory as an act of war.
‘President Obama is prepared to use U. S. military airstrikes in Syria as part of an expanded campaign to defeat the Islamic State and does not believe he needs formal congressional approval to take that action, according to people who have spoken with the president in recent days,’reports the Washington Post.
Obama is set to deliver a prime time speech tonight during which he will make the case for U. S. air strikes inside Syria in the name of targeting ISIS militants.
In citing ISIS, which was armed and funded by the United States’ biggest allies in the region, as a justification for a military campaign inside Syria, Obama is set to accomplish what the administration failed to achieve last year after the chemical weapons attack in Ghouta was blamed on the Assad government, despite a subsequent MIT report which concluded the incident was more likely the work of US-backed rebels.
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This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 10, 2014.

U.S. Refuses to Declassify Information About Foreign Involvement in 9/11 Attacks

The Obama administration refuses to declassify the information about the involvement of certain foreign governments in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, despite the calls and efforts of the Congress members, congressman Stephen Lynch told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"We've had dialog. And the families have had dialog. But it hasn't been productive up until now," Lynch said.
H. Res. 428 is a resolution introduced to make public 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001. The pages, initially classified by President George W. Bush, have remained classified under President Barack Obama. The resolution states that declassification of the pages is necessary to provide the American public with the full truth surrounding the tragic events of September 11, 2001, particularly relating to the involvement of foreign governments.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Obama Tells Congress To Respect His Authority – Caption Contest

The White House says President Barack Obama has told congressional leaders he has the authority he needs to take the action against the Islamic State militants that he will outline Wednesday night, according to AP. Following the meeting, the White House said Obama still welcomes action by Congress that would “aid the overall effort” and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat from the Islamic State. So that’s that then… does he also have ‘authority’ to fund the $5bn (or more) he needs for this crusade?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/09/2014.

VP Cheney Issued 9/11 Stand Down Order While Missile Approached Pentagon: Tip Of The Government Conspiracy

The Pentagon Was Not Hit By A Boeing 757 On 9/11. All Evidence Points To A Missile Fired By The US Military
As difficult as this still stunning report is to believe, it has been confirmed by the most reliable sources, one of those being former US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta who was operating in that official capacity on September 11, 2001.
The Vice President of these United States of America officially issues stand down orders regarding an incoming airliner/missile heading toward the Pentagon and the Mainstream Media (MSM) goes completely AWOL on the matter … for 13 years? !
The entire US Congress is likewise OUT TO LUNCH for the past thirteen years, not having established a Special Prosecutor to thoroughly investigate this extremely demanding 9/11 crime against the American people.
Neither the Department of Defense nor any of the US Armed Services, including both Commaders-in-Chief Bush and Obama, have also refused to prosecute this weighty matter, much less open an investigation as required by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There’s simply Nobody Home at the Pentagon … … … for 13 long years … when it was their patriotic employees who were killed by the cruise missile.
A cruise missile fired by WHO?
Launched from WHAT ship or missile silo?
Why was it aimed at that extremely sensitive location in the Pentagon?
Each of these critical questions must be answered with complete certainty if those service members who sacrificed their lives at the Pentagon are to be properly honored and valued.
Here is some critical information which may explain exactly why the Pentagon was bombed in that particular location.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 9th, 2014.

It Will Cost Taxpayers $5 Billion To Help Obama Create An ISIS Strategy

We can hear the narrative now… how can Congress turn down President Obama’s demands for $5 billion to pay for a ‘counter-terrorism’ fund that could be used to support operations against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria… if they do, are they not supporting terrorism? As The Hill reports, White House press secretary Josh Earnest floated the $5 billion counterterrorism fund as something that ‘would strengthen the hand of this president and future presidents for dealing with urgent situations like this.” We await Wednesday night’s unveiling of the long-awaited strategy…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/08/2014.

House Republican Introduces Bill That Would Give President ‘Dictatorial Powers’ To Wage War

This article was written by Nick Bernabe and originally published at D. C. Clothesline
Following the clear failure of the ‘War on Terror’, launched by George W. Bush following 9/11, the US will re-up it’s efforts, which have only seemed to cause an increase in terror operations around the world.
Members of Congress, including many within the President’s own party, are looking for more blood to be spilled in the Middle East. The two main fronts in the ‘War on Terror’ have failed horribly. Iraq is now a failed state, where instability following the US backed installation then deposition of Saddam Hussein has served as a breeding ground for radical Islamists, angry at the West’s decades-long corporate imperialist designs on the region. Add to that horrible equation a government propped up by US and other foreign interests that alienated a large portion of the Iraqi people. A third of the country has now fallen to radical elements, despite GW and Obama declaring only a few years ago that Iraq was won.
Afghanistan, destined for a very similar fate, is already falling back into the hands of the Taliban – our Soviet era allies Reagan called ‘freedom fighters,’ turned sworn enemies, turned quietdiplomatic partners. Yeah I know, it’s confusing. Read this article we posted earlier today for an in depth look at the origins of the Taliban and how America helped create them.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 08 September 2014.

QUIT BASHING OBAMA

Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:
First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
First President to violate the War Powers Act.
First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U. S., including those with criminal convictions.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 7, 2014.

Obama Folds To Democrat Demands, Delays “Unilateral” Immigration Action

After infamously flip-flopping not only on interventionist US foreign policy, where he first promised no US troops would operate in Iraq only to see nearly 1000 marines “augmenting diplomatic security in Iraq“, but his core Iraq mandate, having fought tooth and nail against the Bush legacy of Iraq engagement only to see himself mired deep in a land war in the middle east, resulting in this humiliating headline fiasco, now it is Obama’s turn to boldly cross yet another red line, this time on immigration politics.
Recall from Obama’s infamous June 30 sermon:
‘I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress…. Deputies will identify actions my administration can take on our own, within my existing legal authorities, to do what Congress refuses to do and fix as much of our immigration system as we can. I expect their recommendations before the end of summerand I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay.” The reason Obama was “forced” to warn of even more executive action bypassing Congress: “the republicans’ fault.”
So fast forward two months and it turns out there will be a delay, and a substantial one at that, because earlier today Obama said he will wait until after the November midterm elections to announce any action on immigration reform, drawing criticism from Republicans who accused the president of playing political games. Even NBC observes the now constant flipflop, commenting that “the announcement Saturday reverses a statement Obama made in June when he ordered his team to suggest executive actions he could take to stem deportations by the end of the summer.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/06/2014.

Only 26% in Favor of Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants, 62% Oppose, Rest Uncertain

On August 28-29, in a national survey of likely voters, Rasmussen asked Five Questions on Immigration Amnesty.
How closely have you followed recent news reports about President Obama and illegal immigration? According to news reports, President Obama is considering granting amnesty to several million illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Do you favor or oppose the president granting such an amnesty? Does the president have the legal authority to grant amnesty to several million illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress? If the president does grant amnesty to these illegal immigrants, should Congress challenge that action in court? Which should come first – securing the border to prevent future illegal immigration or amnesty for some illegal immigrants now in this country? Results Results show Voters Strongly Oppose Obama’s Amnesty Plan for Illegal Immigrants.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 04, 2014.

Powerful Trend: Cannabis Decriminalization Emerges From a Do-Nothing US Congress

Current Congress might be history’s worst at passing laws … It seems like there’s not a whole lot being accomplished in the Capitol with the current group of legislators. The current Congress is on track to be the worst ever at passing laws since modern record-keeping began, with three of its lawmakers failing to introduce a single bill, The Post has learned. The divided House and Senate have managed to pass just 163 laws that garnered President Obama’s signature since the two-year term began in January 2013. At this rate, Congress will have no problem beating the previous record set during the 2011-2013 session in which 284 laws were passed. That was down from 385 laws passed in the 2009-2011 session. – The New York Post
Dominant Social Theme: We need more laws as soon as possible, and make them good ones.
Free-Market Analysis: This article appeared on September 1, and perhaps the editorial staff of the New York Post intended to use the paper’s “bully pulpit” to remind federal legislators that they had three more months to accomplish something significant.
There is however, one encouraging “activist” trend that runs counter to our general position that the less the US Congress does, the better.
More on that below.
First, let’s concentrate on why Congressional inaction is probably a good thing. Look at the US today and ask if the political system at local, state or federal levels has proven successful in ensuring US prosperity or building on the dominance that the US once enjoyed after World War II. The answer is obvious, and negative.
The US is in terrible shape, with moribund employment, serial wars sapping resources, a confrontation with Russia brewing, a Southern border that is being determinedly turned into a kind of regional sieve by an administration that wants to essentially merge Mexico and the US or so it seems.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 04, 2014.

It’s official: Public opinion of Congress sinks below that of used car salesmen

September 3, 2014 Santiago, Chile
Poll after poll confirms what I’m sure you’ve already been feeling.
People are disenchanted with the existing system. They don’t trust the government, they don’t trust the banks, and they don’t trust the media.
You can hear the rumblings of grumblings, and it’s only growing louder and louder.
Lost confidence in government
If you were to ask 10 Americans if they have confidence in Congress, less than one would now say yes.
And it’s not just disgust with the legislature. It’s all of government. Confidence in President Obama is at its lowest level ever.
Supposedly those in political office are there to act on behalf of the people. That’s what a republic is all about, right?

This post was published at Sovereign Man on September 3, 2014.

Don’t Blink, You’ll Miss Another US Attack!

US bombs have been falling on Iraq for several weeks now, and an attack is also planned against Syria. At the NATO summit in Wales this weekend it was agreed to position thousands of troops on Russia’s border to be prepared for an attack in a moment’s notice. It seems like it was only yesterday that the US conducted yet another attack on Pakistan…oh wait, it was only yesterday!But did you know that the US is also still attacking Africa on a steady basis? At the end of the day yesterday US forces conducted an attack on the what they claim are Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia. These small groups have been fighting against the US-backed regime in Somalia which is enough to earn them ongoing drone strikes from Washington. The idea that a small, localized Islamist movement in a place like Somalia is a threat to the United States is hard to comprehend. Also hard to understand how there is any legal justification for the Obama administration to conduct airstrikes on Africa at all. Has Congress declared war on Somalia? Nevertheless the endless US global war continues…

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 2, 2014.