Well we can't say that we didn't see this one coming.
Given the colossal, indoctrinated ignorance of the American people and MSM journalists regarding the U.S. Constitution (thank you, leftist-controlled public school system), not to mention the fundamental misconceptions they harbor concerning it (thanks again), the House Democrats' assault on this document tonight will likely go by without so much of a whimper of critical analysis, from a constitutional viewpoint.
The U.S. Constitution vests only one authority with the power to direct America's armed forces: the President of the United States, acting in his capacity as the Commander in Chief. Whether acting against an imminent danger, or via the authorization of Congress, which solely has the power to declare war, the President's orders are formulated in consultation with a body of advisors who he (or she!) chooses. But the President's instructions --- and only the President's instructions --- are directed to the Secretary of Defense, and on downward through the chain of command.
According to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution:
On Tuesday night, however, the U.S. Congress will attempt to fundamentally --- and unlawfully ---- subvert this basic Constitutional provision.
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
According to The "Responsible Redeployment from Iraq Act" (HR 2956) ---
SEC. 3. REQUIREMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ AND TRANSITION TO A LIMITED PRESENCE OF THE ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ.(a) REQUIREMENT.—The Secretary of Defense shall commence the reduction of the number of Armed Forces in Iraq beginning not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall complete the reduction and transition to a limited presence of the Armed Forces in Iraq by not later than April 1, 2008. [blah, blah, blah...]
Newsflash, Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Reid, and the MSM: neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has the authority to issue orders to the U.S. military.
The only thing the U.S. Congress can legitimately do is to cut off funding for military operations. That's it.
Bottom line: This bill is invalid, even if all 100 Senators, and all 435 Representatives voted to approve it.
Now, the question is this: Will the mainstream media acknowledge this little fact --- or continue to act as swooning, unquestioning lapdogs to the Democratic Party?
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