Ever since President Barack Obama forced the illegal and unconstitutional Affordable Care Act upon the American people, I’ve heard many citizens calling for his impeachment, but Congress failed to act until now. With only eight months left before the November general election, is it too little too late?
A resolution of impeachment (House Concurrent Resolution 107) has finally been introduced into the US House of Representatives, but not for the reasons you might have expected. Introduced by Rep Walter B Jones, Jr (R-NC), charges the president with violating the US Constitution by using offensive military force without the authorization of Congress. When Obama sent US forces into Libya, he did so without the authorization of Congress and according to Jones, this is “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”
Jones cites Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution which says,
“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 declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”
Jones’ resolution of impeachment may have been spurred over comments made this past week by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services on the current situation in Syria. When asked by Sen Sessions about the issue of legal permission to send US troops into action in Syria, Panetta tells him that he would first get international permission and then inform Congress of their plans.
At the end of his response, Panetta states that the US Constitution gives the president the power to defend the country from invasion. I just finished reading Article 2 of the US Constitution three times and nowhere does it state that the president has the power to declare war or to send troops into action. The only reference to the military mentioned in Article 2 is found in Section 2 which states,
“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;”
Yes, it says that he shall be Commander in Chief, but no one seems to notice that is says, “when called into the actual Service of the United States.” Everyone assumes that the president is automatically the Commander in Chief, but he isn’t. It’s only when he is called to such and the only one that can call him is Congress. Without Congress’s call and authorization, the Constitution says that president actually has no say over the military and therefore has no legal means of sending them into action.
I can only hope and pray that this aspect of the Constitution is brought up in the impeachment proceedings, if they happen.
But is this too little too late? Impeachment proceedings takes months and there is only 8 months left to the general election. The only real advantage of impeachment at this point in time would be to prevent Barack Hussein Obama from serving a second term.