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Conflict Over The Libyan Conflict

Posted by Billy On June - 16 - 2011

Nearly three months ago, President Obama invaded Libya with the consent of the United Nations and NATO, but without Congressional approval. According to the U.S. Constitution the president has the authority to take military actions he sees fit, but only for sixty days along with thirty days for withdrawal. After that he must have Congressional approval to continued action in any foreign conflict.

The problem is that the ninetieth day of the Libyan conflict is this Sunday, June 19th, 2011 and no action has been taken to have the troops in Libya home in the next three days. Rep. John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a meeting with Obama, urged him to explain the legal issues of the continued military actions. The deadline for Obama’s response is Friday.

Now we have ten Congressman filing a law suit against the president for taking military action in Libya without Congress approval. The suit states that Obama bypassed the proper channels to take this step of going into Libya. The plaintiffs are Democratic Reps. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, John Conyers of Michigan and Michael Capuano of Massachusetts and Republican Reps. Walter Jones and Howard Coble of North Carolina, Tim Johnson and Dan Burton of Indiana, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland and Ron Paul of Texas.

What annoys me about the whole situation is 1) Obama had no reason to send troops into Libya since there was no security threat to our country. 2) Congress is wasting time with this law suit and involving judges to take action when in fact they (Congress) hold the power to control funding of such actions. Instead of this latest step by Congress, they should be writing legislation to de-fund the military action to bring our troops home.

This past Monday, the House voted to prohibit any money for the Libya conflict, backing an amendment barring the use of any funds in contravention of the War Powers Act. The vote was passed 248-163 on a spending bill that still needs to be reconciled with the Senate. So why hasn’t the Senate done anything in the past three days? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the Senate is controlled by the Democrats and they’re just helping out the fellow Democrat in the White House. At the same time Sen. John Kerry stated that there will be a delay in a meeting to write a resolution so it would allow lawmakers time to review the White House report on the Libya conflict. A report that Congress has been asking for from the White House for weeks, and they are still dragging their feet on submitting it. Kerry also stated the possibility of some action on a resolution next week. “We just want everybody to see the information and see how it impacts their thinking,” Kerry said. Well guess what Senator, next week is after the deadline of ninety days the president was to remove the troops. What the hell were you thinking?

To add to the matter, Sen. McCain of Arizona is warning Republicans against taking any steps that would send a positive signal to Qaddafi. “I caution my friends, both here in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, that we don’t want to do anything or pass legislation which would encourage Qaddafi to remain in power,” McCain told reporters, even though there are continued signs that Qaddafi’s hold is deteriorating including defection from high level members within his regime. “I would say to my Republican friends: If this were a Republican president, would you be trying to impose these same conditions?” McCain said.

This is a clear case of following the money. There is no reason for us to be involved with having a military presence in Libya. Who is going to benefit from this action? I haven’t looked deep enough into it to really know, but then again since I’m not connected to anyone in Washington or the media, I doubt I’ll ever get to the bottom of it. I do know that Libya has two hundred miles of pristine beach front on the Mediterranean Sea where the climate is spectacular.

We saw with the involvement of U.S. troops in Iraq how Halliburton made a killing in being the private company to get the contract for the oil fields. So who is going to “win” in Libya? We need to see how this will play out since it took a while before we saw how Dick Cheney’s involvement with Halliburton helped the company make billions of dollars from President G.W. Bush’s actions. The one difference between Bush’s actions compared to Obama is that at least Bush received Congressional approval before going into Iraq. Say what you want about G.W. Bush, but at least he followed the necessary steps to do what he did. I’m not surprise by Obama’s decision to go to an international entity to hide behind for something he knew we had no right to be involved in.

Congress has not declared war with any country since WWII. Even though we’ve been in quite a few since. Presidents have taken some sort of military action throughout the world and Obama is no different than any other president even though he said during his campaign that there would be transparency in his Administration. He said he was going to do things differently. Well he has, by going into a military action without Congressional approval and according to the Constitution, that is an impeachable offense. So why isn’t Congress just taken action by either de-funding the Libya conflict or impeaching the president? Again like I said before…FOLLOW THE MONEY.

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Alex Snitker Makes Florida History In Senate Bid

Posted by Joanne On April - 23 - 2010

The race for the Florida U.S. Senate seat just became even more interesting as Alex Snitker becomes the first Libertarian to qualify for the ballot in the state’s history.

TALLAHASSEE – Standing on the steps of the historic State Capitol building, Alexander Snitker made some history of his own by becoming the first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate to ever appear on the Florida ballot. Snitker announced that he had met all the requirements to qualify for the ballot, which included paying the $10,440 filing fee.

“This race just became at least a three-way dogfight,” Snitker told the assembled media at a press conference in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

Prior to the announcement, the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat was considered a two-way contest between the Democrat and Republican nominees, with Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio being the front runners from each respective party.

Rumors continue to grow that Gov. Charlie Crist will drop out of the GOP primary to run as an independent, which would result in a four-way contest between the two major parties, a Libertarian, and an independent.

Snitker is running on a platform centered on a Constitutionally-limited federal government. While Snitker and Rubio agree that the government is too large and spends too much money, they differ on how to solve the problem. Snitker proposes a balanced budget Amendment, abolishing the IRS in favor of the Fair Tax, an audit of the Federal Reserve, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.

However, on moral issues, Snitker sometimes sounds more like a Democrat. When asked his position on gay marriage, he queried, “Why should the federal government be involved in marriage at all? Isn’t marriage between two individuals? I haven’t found anything in the Constitution that governs individual relationships, so it is a power reserved to the states or to the people.”

The 34-year-old former Marine and office equipment salesman for AXSA Document Solutions considers himself to be a “citizen statesman” in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. “The framers of the Constitution never envisioned that someone would want to make a 40-year career out of serving in Congress,” he said. “They looked at it as a civic duty — you made the laws and then you went home to live by the laws that you made.”

To achieve that goal, Snitker proposes a two-term limit in the Senate, and a six-term limit in the House, both equaling 12 years maximum. He also supports ending Congressional pensions and perks.

After the announcement, opinion in the blogosphere seemed to be split right down the middle. Many tea partiers and conservative bloggers viewed him as a better alternative to Rubio; a regular guy as opposed to a career politician and lawyer. Most said they liked his strict Constitutional interpretation of the issues. However, others angrily warned that he would split the conservative vote, with a few even speculating that he was part of a progressive conspiracy.

Snitker addressed the split-the-vote issue by saying, “The two-party political class has gotten us to where we are today. If my opponents are concerned about splitting the vote, I suggest they do what is best for the country and drop out of the race.”

While most pundits give him only the slimmest chance of victory in November, Snitker says don’t count him out just yet. “I’m in this to win.”

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Some Links Of Interest

Posted by Joanne On September - 15 - 2009

I come across good, and not so good, sites in my daily internet travels and I wanted to share some of the ones I’ve enjoyed. Hopefully you’ll find a few you enjoy as well.

The Liberator is a free newsletter from the Libertarian site, Advocates for Self-Government. The latest issue has an article on health care being called a ‘right”.

The right questions to ask about medical care and medical insurance:

* Which laws, regulations, or government mandates drive up the costs of medical care, medicine, and medical insurance?

* Which of these laws, regulations, and government mandates can your state legislature and governor repeal? Which need to be repealed by the U.S. Senate, the House, and the president?

* Which government-granted privileges and special protections has government enacted for the benefit of pharmaceutical corporations, hospitals, doctors, nurses, lawyers, or insurance companies that make medical care more expensive?

* Which of these privileges and special protections can your state legislature and governor repeal? Which need to be repealed by the U.S. Senate, the House, and the president?

100 Stimulus Projects Guaranteed To Make Your Blood Boil, is from June but I wanted to share it with you. The article comes from American Thinker and is just a fraction of what our tax dollars are paying for.

A California skate park will get a $620,000 “facelift.” Plans to refurbish the skate park in Long Beach, California, had stalled for months as local funds put towards higher priority park projects. With $620,000 in federal stimulus funding available to upgrade the skate park, the city council decided to move forward.

$800,000 for a backup runway for the now famous airport to nowhere, also known as the John Murtha airport in Johnstown. This is critical, because if they were to lose their current runway, all three flights a day and 20 daily passengers might have to find an alternative airport.

Last, but not least is Free Talk Live, a pro-liberty radio show that you can listen to on their website.

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Main Stream Media: Double Standard

Posted by Billy On July - 7 - 2009

Throughout the past election I witnessed how the main stream media held the candidates to two different standards. To watch any of the network television stations was quite hard for me to do because of the favoritism that was given to President Obama (then candidate), while those same channels attacked the integrity of Senator John McCain and Governor Sara Palin.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more obvious, I was proven wrong.

On Friday, Sara Palin announced that she was stepping down from her duties as governor of the state of Alaska. Whatever her reasons for doing so is her business, but she did share them in her announcement. Since it was a holiday weekend and most of the commentary media were off for the holiday, it wasn’t really discussed until Monday.

After listening to many different show on TV as well as the radio, I find myself appalled by the treatment that this woman is having to go through again. All I heard from the people who didn’t support her last year was that she is a quitter because she still has another eighteen months in her term.

She may be a conservative and a republican, but I see her more as a Libertarian. That is why I supported the McCain/Palin ticket. She’s turned the state of Alaska around and has cut spending and unnecessary waste by an unbelievable amount. Palin had even sold the governor’s private jet. Before she announced her departure from office, she made sure that the right people were put in place to carry on with the policies that she felt that would benefit the state. Again all I hear is that she is a quitter. I don’t look at it that way.

If these people want to label Palin as a quitter, then I guess they have many other politicians to add to that list. Let’s start with Barack Obama, a State Senator who spent most of his time campaigning for the U.S. Senate during his first term. As a U.S. Senator he spent two years of his term campaigning to be President (and continued be be paid) and then still left that office to fulfill his duties as President.

The sad thing is that it doesn’t end there. What about Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel and Janet Napolitano? They too did the same thing when it came time to take the position that Obama offered them.

The main stream media has sold out to politicians at the price of the American people. So the next time you’re watching TV, be aware of who you’re listening to.

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