Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crucify Him!!!


"Seriously: What the fuck?"

Ron Paul—a funny Libertarian in the guise of a Republican—and Dennis Kucinich—a weirdo—are both calling for the impeachment of the hailed Second Coming of Christ, President Obama over this whole Libya business.  I don’t like hanging on one specific topic for too long, but I gave you a sound medical PSA straight from the Center for Douchebag Control (CDC) so you’ll just have to deal with it.

Should Obama be impeached for his use of force in Libya?  At first I guffawed, as I always do when the big I-word is dropped, but after doing a little research I’m actually ambivalent about this one.  According to the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which is actual Congressional legislation, the President does not need Congressional approval to use military force.  He doesn’t even need a declaration of war.  The President can use force for up to 60 days without a single supportive voice in Congress.
 
Well that’d be all fine and dandy for Obama if that was the only provision in the resolution.  Although the President can use force for up to 60 days without a Congressional declaration of war, the President is required to submit a report to the speaker of the house giving his reasons for using force within 48 hours of the initiation of hostilities.  John Boehner said that he didn’t receive that notification.

"Shit."

 So what the hell, Obama?  I mean how hard would it have been to shoot Boehner an email?  “Johnny Boner, going to face-rape Gadhafi tomorrow.  Enjoy your recess.  G2G, ROFL!”

Now, the resolution says the President has to consult Congress about it, but it never says that he needs consent as long as hostilities stop within 60 days.  And it never says what exactly “consult,” means.  From the legislation, we can infer that the report is considered the consultation, since that report is the only thing the legislation mentions.

So should Obama be impeached?  I guess if we’re going by the letter of the law, which we should I suppose, then yes he should be impeached.  But doesn’t that seem like sort of a douchebaggy way of going about it?  We want to impeach him because he didn’t submit a notification?  I said that I was okay with him bombing Libya out of principle, so it’s hard for me to swallow the impeachment pill.  But should we just cast aside the rules for expedience, for principle?  Should we look the other way just because something might be morally justified?

I didn’t vote for Obama.  I made a lot of predictions about his presidency that have come true (much to the behest of my Liberal friends), but if I do decide that impeachment is in order, please don’t lump me in with Obama haters.

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