Will Obama Break the Law?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

The President is very close to being in violation of the 1973 War Powers Act. May 21st marks the sixtieth day since BHO made the decision to involve the United States in the Libyan civil war. The act says specifically... "if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days."

Washington (CNN) -- President Obama may be on the brink of breaking the law.

At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.

The president formally notified Congress about the mission in Libya with a letter on March 21, which makes Friday the 60-day deadline.

Inaction is angering lawmakers from both the left and the right who rarely agree on anything.

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, tells CNN he believes Obama is trying to "bring democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States."

"He cannot continue what he is doing in Libya without congressional authorization. When a president defiantly violates the law, that really undercuts our efforts to urge other countries to have the rule of law," Sherman said.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, concurs.

"You could say, 'Well, we have a good president, he'll do the right thing.' Well, someday you may have a president who does the wrong thing, and that's why you have rules, because you can never count on people being good people," Paul told CNN.

He called it "appalling" and a "terrible precedent" to engage in military action without the people's representatives -- Congress -- debating it. {Read More}

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Could this be yet another case of a statist leader attempting to push out the goal posts defining the limits of his power? I wonder given his belief in highly centralized federal power. Especially with himself at the top of the pyramid.

We will soon know.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum


  1. He don't need your stinkin' laws. He is in violation of court orders, in contempt of other courts and his Dept. of Social Justice makes it's own laws up as they go. This will be known as the most corrupt administration in America's history....If the historians aren't gagged first.

  2. Is water wet?! Is fire hot?! Do dogs pee on trees?!
    But more important, will we the peiople hold him accountable?!


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