A Treaty by Any Other Name is Still a Treatyon Friday, April 3, 2015
A Treaty by Any Other Name is Still a Treaty
It Still Requires Two-Thirds of the Senate to Approve it, but
It Only Takes One-Half the House to Impeach a Sitting President !
By Scott Rohter, April 2015
Why are Iran’s leaders always raising their fists while America’s leaders are always shrugging their shoulders and pointing fingers?
Is the United States Senate under Barack Obama becoming just like the Roman Senate under Julius Caesar… an official rubber stamp for his orders? President Obama signs executive orders as frequently as I write checks. He uses a pen and a phone like no other President in American history. He recently signed an executive order not to deport illegal aliens unless they are convicted of committing another crime. He refuses to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
Now President Obama is going to sign a so called “executive agreement” with a hostile government in Iran. It endangers the security of the entire Middle East and threatens our own safety right here at home. It also promises to unleash a nuclear arms race in the world that no genie can put back in the bottle.… Obama says he is doing this in the name of normalizing relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Almost daily you can hear Iran’s leaders pledge death to America and to our ally Israel. Iran still supports various terrorist organizations all across the globe. Obama’s deal with Iran will only help to empower the hostile regime in Tehran and it will only further destabilize the Middle East. It will bring the whole world closer to the brink of war. If the Shiites in Iran ever get a nuclear bomb than the Sunnis in Saudi Arabia will insist on having one of their own. They aren’t going to wait for the Pakistanis or the Israelis to defend them.
Iranians keep insisting that they are only accumulating nuclear material for peaceful purposes and they have a right to the peaceful use of atomic energy. Let me remind you that since the meltdown of the Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukishima no country on earth except for possibly China is building anymore nuclear power plants. Most of the nuclear power plants in operation are slowly being phased out. When their licenses expire they will not be renewed . So why is it so reasonable to assume that the Iranians are telling the truth about all of the uranium they are amassing?
Meanwhile back here at home Barack Obama is threatening to bring down this constitutional republic with all of the executive orders he has issued over the last six and a half years. Our Republican Congress is not doing anything at all to stop him. I’ve seen many photos of Barack Obama since he was elected in 2008, but the one at the top of this article is the most characteristic of his attitude when it comes to following the Constitution. He is acting like a self appointed dictator instead of a duly elected President whose authority is constrained by the limits placed upon him in the Constitution which he swore to uphold.
Congress also has responsibilities that its members have sworn to uphold and it’s about time that they start upholding them. Their responsibilities are set forth in Articles I and V. It is the responsibility of Congress to impeach a President who refuses to comply with the Constitution. It doesn’t matter if that President happens to be the first Black President in American history. The Constitution doesn’t make an exception for being President while Black (BPWB).
The United States Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to approve a treaty even if the President of the United States is Black and he decides not to call it a treaty. He can call it whatever he likes but it is still a treaty. A rose by any other name smells just as sweet. The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate to approve a treaty but it only takes one-half of the members of the House of Representatives to impeach a sitting President… one-half plus one. I hope that the Senate will have the courage not to approve this treaty with Iran and the House of Representatives will vote to impeach Barack Obama.
He is a one man Constitutional wrecking ball right there in the Oval Office and he is getting away with it all because he has that thick coating of black Teflon all over him which is preventing him from being impeached.. It seems to be preventing him from receiving the usual recourse that is handed out to Presidential transgressors who violate their Constitutional authority and exceed the limits of their power. This is creating a dangerous precedent for future American Presidents and it has to be stopped.
Many Americans are growing disheartened and discouraged as the mainstream media keeps pounding away with their progressive propaganda. The rest of the country is too busy watching their favorite T.V. sitcoms to notice or even care about what is actually going on in their country. For months now the media has been reporting that the Obama Administration is negotiating an “agreement” with the government of Iran to limit their nuclear weapons program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Today National Public Radio said that an agreement has finally been reached with the Iranians and six other nations. They reported that it was “technically not a treaty.” N.P.R. claimed that since it wasn’t really a treaty therefore Congress did not have to approve it. King Obama’s executive authority to enter into this binding agreement with a hostile foreign nation is supreme they said. If so then he is just like the Supreme Leader of Iran with whom he is negotiating this treaty if it doesn’t require the usual Advice and Consent of the Senate.
The truth is that President Obama is not supreme. He is not like the Ayatollah of Iran with whom he is negotiating. His authority does not supercede the United States Constitution. We have this little thing in our Constitution called checks and balances. Congress is just as important as the White House. In Article II Section 2 of the Constitution it reads, “He (the President) shall have power by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate to make treaties provided that two thirds of the Senators present concur…”
Miriam Webster defines a treaty as, “an agreement or an arrangement made by negotiation between two or more consulting parties”.
Whatever was negotiated in Geneva, Switzerland between the Obama Administration and the government of Iran is a treaty no matter what John Kerry, Barack Obama, or National Public Radio chooses to call it. This treaty was negotiated between Iran and six other countries including the United States by our Secretary of State John Kerry. He was one of the principle negotiators and he was acting on the behalf and at the behest of Barack Obama.
It is neither arbitrary nor optional for the Senate to offer their Consent on the Iranian arms deal. It is mandatory. The Constitution requires it. The Constitution also requires a formal Declaration of War before America can start bombing another country like President Obama is doing in Syria and Iraq and previously in Libya. The Constitution insists on it.
It is time for America to stop fighting wars without actually declaring them. It is time for American Presidents and members of Congress to stop swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution without actually doing it… and it is time for this President to stop making agreements with foreign nations without the Advice and Consent of the Senate. It is time for the Senate and the House of Representatives to fulfill their Constitutional obligations too. It is time for Congress to impeach President Obama. That is the plain and simple truth in black and white so everyone can understand it and it has nothing at all to do with the color of anyone’s skin.
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