H.CON.RES.107: Troubled Waters
H.CON.RES.107 Concurrent Resolution
On March 7th Congressman Walter B. Jones (R – NC, 3rd District) introduced a resolution implicating Barack Obama as violating the War Powers Clause of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548). The measure may be or may not be acknowledged by the house, senate concurring, which most likely won’t happen, but it represents a very uncomfortable position for congress because they in fact funded the very war they voted against supporting, which isn’t uncommon, stupidity seems to take a back seat only to hypocrisy in Washington. The fact of this particular matter is, Rep. Jones HIMSELF voted against the war, but FOR funding it, as did many of his republican AND democrat counterparts.On June 24th 2011 the House voted overwhelmingly — 295 to 123 against a resolution supporting the Libya mission. An hour later, however, it also turned down a measure that would have prohibited funding operations in Libya. That bill failed, 238 to 180.
The fact that so many members voted to fund the war they refused to support speaks volumes as to how long we can expect this resolution to live before it’s taken out back and put out of it’s misery. The reasoning behind Rep. Jones timing of this resolution is rather suspect in my opinion, especially when you consider his affiliation with Ron Paul, a current contender in the republican primaries and a member of the 10 congressman that sued Obama 9 days prior to this very vote. On June 15th 2011 Rep. Jones and a bipartisan group of 10 members of Congress filed a suit in federal court against President Barack Obama to challenge the commitment of the United States to war in Libya absent the required constitutional legal authority. That lawsuit is signed by Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), Jimmy Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI), Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN).
While it is possible that this is simply a political tactic waged against a democrat president by a republican congressman during an election year, this resolution does represent another straw on the back of a political camel that HAS to be nearing exhaustion. Obama’s presidency has been marred by hundreds of lawsuits, forged birth certificates, astronomically high gas prices, steep 10+% unemployment numbers and war; not to mention the broken promises of “hope” & “change” which have never materialized. If he makes it to November without losing his job, he would be well advised to step aside with what little dignity he may still possess intact.