Monday, March 21, 2011

Dennis Kucinich should shut up.

Dennis Kucinich is not a stupid man.  So he must know that calls for the president's impeachment over the military action in Libya are not going to go anywhere. It seems questionable anyway to claim, especially at this very early stage of military action, that the President has done anything exceeding his Constitutional authority.  In addition to obtaining a Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force, and briefing heads of appropriate Congressional committees, the President did immediately inform Congress in writing of these activities, pursuant to the War Powers Act.  In any event, the US is not invading Libya, only attempting to stop the government there from slaughtering its own civilian population.  And the US is only leading this mission for a few days, so it appears to be exactly the kind of military action that the President is permitted to commence without a formal vote of authorization from Congress. At most, some Congressmen might feel miffed that they were not provided with more detailed consultations, or given a chance to vote.  Calling for the president's impeachment can only make them sound ridiculous.  Surely Kucinich can't be so childish that he would just grandstand about this issue to draw attention to himself. He can't just think it's fun to bring up the impeachment issue no matter who is President.

No, he must have a higher purpose in mind.  Perhaps he thinks that if people perceived as fringe Democrats, aligned with fringe Republicans such as Ron Paul, are calling for the President's impeachment over military action in Libya, that can only solidify the President's base of support among the all-important moderates and independents, who will ultimately determine the President's fate in the 2012 election. Maybe the President's supporters should thank Dennis Kucinich for being willing to appear foolish to help the President out in his re-election bid. On second thought, it would probably be better if Congressman Kucinich would just chill out and wait at least a few more days to see how this is playing out.

16 comments:

  1. A second article in a row calling for someone to shut up? Angry much Joe?

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  2. I like the titles -- and I can think of at least three additional possibilities: Michael Moore, Louis Farrakhan and Sarah Palin.

    Then, you could start a series of articles inspired by Aussie, Ronnie Johns (aka Chopper) using his signature HTFU. Don't watch this video link below if the f-bomb offends:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y

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  3. I can't help myself. I know it is terribly polically incorrect but I laugh everytime I watch Chopper in that video clip!

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  4. More amused than angry Harrison. I'm just here to give people friendly advice for their own good. Kind of like that Aussie. As I mentioned in my post, this kind of opposition actually could be helpful to the president politically.

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  5. Tonight I saw an interesting bit on Hardball, with Chris Matthews, where they were talking about trying to predict how those on both the left and right who are critical of the way Obama has responded in Libya would have been quoted if he had done nothing and civilians were slaughtered. It is relatively predictable. What was also intersting (and lost on the pundits) is that they are just as predictable (if not more so) than those they talked about.

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  6. Kucinich needs a tin foil hat.

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  7. Kucinich in a tin foil hat may be true. I don't agree with much of what he says but I find him refreshingly honest. I like that I know where he stands. Even if where he stands is sometimes on "The Far Side" with Gary Larson (respect).

    Right now the Middle East is like the game of "Pick Up Sticks" when the sticks are in the air (must be old to know the game). Once they land the next move will be more clear. My wish is that we had a commander in chief with more experience in decision making. I have a feeling that voting present is not what we need. As well, in the middle of this extreme chaos, I have the real feeling that anything Obama does, says or talks about in the next 18 months is tied to re-election in Nov 2012. That is not a good feeling. Hope he proves me wrong.

    On the good side he has some tested military brass to rely on and I do believe Hillary Clinton is looking more and more Presidential. I never thought I would say that -- ever. I do believe she has cajones. Even if misguided at times. There are others on the right who appear worthy. I do think most of whatb looks certain now will no longer exist in 12 months. This is going to be a long long haul.

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  8. My first time here. Anyone who thinks that Dennis is not 100% politician is a dreamer. His district is about to be gerrymandered. He is going to need a ton of money to get reelected. He is merely "politicking". He is stirring the pot in order to raise money.

    He also knows that The UN Constitution trumps the US Constitution on this issue. As I remember, a president must go to congress 3/4 weeks after going to war. So, in my mind there is no foul at this time.

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  9. Interesting points about Dennis and re-election. Similar to mine about Obama's re-election.

    My view, the UN Constitution never trumps the US Constitution. That would be frightening.

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  10. Actually, the UN Charter is a treaty, and treaty law is supreme. A lot of people might find that idea frightening, but it is one of the first principles of international law. A country can't refuse to perform a treaty just because their internal laws prohibit it. They would still be in violation of the treaty, period.

    In this case, however, it is a moot point, because I don't see any conflict between the Security Council resolution, which merely authorizes member states to use force in Libya, and our Constitution, which tells us how we can decide, or not decide, to accept that authorization.

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  11. Of course, that's not to deny the fact that countries violate treaties all the time, including the US, and they often don't suffer any severe consequences for it. Laws are made to be broken, right? But treaty law is still the supreme law, unless you want to consider divine law, or the laws of the universe. Remember what the Hebrew National hot dog commercials used to say: it's not enough for them to comply with USDA regulations, they must answer to a higher authority.

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  12. Treaties are only binding if ratified by the U.S. Senate and signed by the president. Just because the U.N. said we all must wear plaid doesn't mean we have to.

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  13. Joe, I believe the UN Mandate has to be followed if you are going to be a member. Frankly I do not even think it matters at this point. It was the right thing to do.

    It is only Kuninich and the repugs that are baying at the moon over this issue. Too fudge information at times is acceptable, bit to lie is something else.

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  14. Obama should be impeached but not for his current war efforts. I actually support his actions. He should be impeached for not having a clue how to run anything. Impeaching him will give him a chance to go get a real job in the real world so he can learn how things are really run and how businesses really run.

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  15. Thanks for dropping by, Anonymous. Remember we just tried having an MBA as President, someone who had a lot of experience with how businesses really run. And he caused the greatest market crash since 1929!

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  16. Although i am not joining calls for impeachment, I certainly didn't expect Obama to add to our number of military actions. The rationales given for this are bogus. If we want to pursue action for humanitarian reasons there are OTHER places we could go. But hey -- maybe charity should begin AT HOME. I don't think I'll be supporting anyone to the right of Kucinich, ever. And no, I'm not throwing away my vote. It's throwing away your vote to voet for people who don't represent your views. Now that I see what a Corporate Dem Obama is, my enthusiasm is sapped.

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