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Thursday, December 10, 2015

US Congress talks war against evil ISIS but won't use War Powers Act

Shame on the US Congress. Bearded Speaker Paul Ryan is clearly not leading the Congress to vote according to the War Powers Act to defeat evil ISIS.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wears a beard....but can't lead.

Although the British Parliament wasted no time responding to the threat of evil ISIS, the self declared caliphate and terrorist group, when murderes affiliated with them attacked on November 13, in Paris, the United States Congress has yet to formally respond.

(CNN- British fighter jets took part in their first airstrikes in Syria, hours after United Kingdom lawmakers voted in favor of bombing ISIS strongholds there.)

Nevertheless, the US Congress, led by the bearded Speaker Ryan,chose to waste time with yet another useless vote to curtail the important Obamacare aka Affordable Care Act provisions, a vote that will be vetoed by President Obama. 

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution, sometimes referred to as the War Powers Clause, vests in the Congress the power to declare war, in the following wording:[The Congress shall have Power...] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water...

The Korean War was the first modern example of the U.S. being taken to war without a formal declaration, and this has been repeated in every armed conflict since. 

Meanwhile, the Republican conrolled US Congress continues to point fingers about how to protect Ameria's national security against terrorism without accepting their responsibility to enact the War Powers Act. Why don't they just do it?  Clearly, the American public is ready to eradicate the evil ISIS movement in Syria and Iraq, so a declaration of war seems to be essential.

In my opinion, the US Congress is cowardly about using the War Powers Act. They won't act because, in fact, to use this power means the war must be paid for, with tax revenues.  Evidently, Republicans prefer to protect tax cuts for the rich over supporting our military, who protect Americans against the spread of international terrorism.

So, indeed, let's get this right. Americans are fearful about terrorism and seriously worried about the risk of evil ISIS attacks in the US, like the deadly killings in  San Bernadino California. Nevertheless, the US Congress will not act to defeat evil ISIS.  On the other hand, the British Parliament has already taken action.

Obviously, Americans are entrenched in partisan politics and right wing extremismm, led by Republicans, especially Donald Trump, and his polarizingly negative charisma.

Rather than lead the American poeple to a sense of security by declaring a war against evil ISIS and funding it, the US Congress is, instead, wasting time engaged in finger pointing and even took on another usless attempt to tank Obamacare (50 votes have been taken to repeal Obamacare!)

It's time for Americans to wake up to the reality of the war against evil ISIS.  Our US Congress, led by the bearded Speaker Paul Ryan, must accept its Constitutional authority and support a war to defeat evil ISIS. 

Moreover, the war against evil ISIS in Syria and Iraq must be funded with  tax revenue and money budgeted to care for our US veterans, who will fight to win it.  

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