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… Senator Rand Paul [R-Ky] to SecState JohnBoy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

.. U.S. Senator Rand Paul [R-Ky] sharply criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his statement that President Obama had the constitutional authority to order military intervention in Syria, telling him that if the U.S. Congress voted down authorization but Obama acted anyway, he would be “making a joke of us” and this would be mere “constitutional theater.” [link]

PAUL: Make me proud today, Secretary Kerry. Stand up for us and say you’re going to obey the Constitution, and if we vote you down, which is unlikely by the way, but if we do, you would go with what the people say through their Congress and you wouldn’t go forward with a war that your Congress votes against. Can you give me a better answer, Secretary Kerry?

KERRY: I can’t give you a different answer than the one I gave you. I don’t know what the president’s decision is, but I will tell you this. It ought to make you proud because he still has the constitutional authority, and he would be in keeping with the Constitution.

PAUL: Well, I disagree with you there. I don’t believe he has the constitutional authority. I think Congress has this. Madison was very explicit. When he wrote the Federalist Papers, he wrote that history supposes, or the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch most likely to go to war and therefore the Constitution vested that power in the Congress. It’s explicit and runs throughout all of Madison’s writings. This power is a Congressional power and is not an Executive power. They didn’t say big war, small war. They didn’t say boots on the ground, not boots on the ground. They said declare war. Ask the people on the ships launching the missiles whether they’re involved with war or not. If we do not say the Constitution applies, if we do not say explicitly that we will abide by this vote, you’re making a joke of us. You’re making us into theater, and so we play constitutional theater for the president. If this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress. You’re probably going to win. Just got ahead and say it’s real and let’s have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that in the end you lose and say, ‘Oh well, we had the authority anyway, we’re going to go ahead and go to war anyway.’

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… Ah , No , JohnBoy , you Cannot …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,August 14th,2013

.. meaning that you cannot do such ecosocialist things like that , unilaterally .

.. There are some things that one can like about our nation ‘ s environmental laws that I like . One is that it requires a comment period . The ecosocialist agencies cannot avoid the commentary ; They also cannot ignore the comments . They can try to ignore the comments , but they do so at their peril . Also , it requires scientific proof . If there is no scientific proof on an issue , then no soap . There is nothing that can be done . Nothing at all. Also , it requires legal jurisdiction . More on this later ….

.. Ironic that on “Climate Change” that there is no real scientific proof . None whatsoever . Ecosocialist interest groups may try to present so – called “evidence” as proof , but this stuff is nothing of the sort . It has been peer – review , but it has also been independently reviewed , as well , whether they like it or not . And the evidence of “climate change” that is man – made is non – existent . Complete and total .

.. Where so – called man – made “climate change” is concerned , there is a great deal of dispute on whether the environmental law allows legal jurisdiction of it . A ” sue and settle ” action just will not cut it . Now that people are much more wise to the tactic , it will be next to impossible to try to get away with it . Also , the courts are wise to it . They will realize that this stunt is depriving millions of interested parties both substantive and actual due process . Whether the goals are good , or not , the settlement can and should be thrown back in the government ‘ s face .

.. This article from CNSnews shows the extremist arrogance of the ObamaCrap Administration . They think that when they know , or are sure that Congress will not be co – operative , they will try to take action on their own . Much of what they want to do administratively involves taxation , as well as tax law changes . For that one , Congress must be involved . You cannot get around that fact , JohnBoy … No Way ! …

Kerry: Obama Will Act on Climate Change Without Congressional Approval

August 14, 2013 – 7:10 AM


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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry adjusts his earphone during a joint press conference with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota at Itamary Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Evaristo Sa, Pool)

( – At a joint news conference with his Brazilian counterpart on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry praised Brazil for its commitment to climate change initiatives, and he promised that the Obama administration also is determined to do something about it.

“So the challenge is ahead of us, for all of us, and I know that the United States has a great commitment under President Obama to take our own initiatives, not even to wait for congressional action, but to move administratively in order to do our part. I know we can continue to work with Brazil on this issue of climate, and we look forward to doing so.”

President Obama repeatedly has said he won’t wait for Congress to act — on jobs, recess appointments, immigration, gun control, and other issues — where “we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization, and just get it done,” as he said in October 2011.

Congressional Republicans have done little more than complain about the president exceeding his constitutional authority. One of the most vocal critics is Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who told Fox News on Monday that he agrees with those who say that Republicans should sue the president to check his executive overreach:

“I would sue,” Paul told Sean Hannity. “We did sue over the recess appointments (to the National Labor Relations Board). Remember, the president declared a (congressional) recess even though we said we weren’t in recess? And the court has rebuked him severely on this. When it goes to the Supreme Court, I think they’re going to once again say he usurped power that’s not his. We should do the same thing here,” Paul said, referring to Obama’s decision to delay various elements of the new health care law.

On Tuesday, Sen. Paul told Fox News, “The way our country works is, legislation is written by Congress, passed by your representatives. The president doesn’t get to write legislation. And it’s illegal and unconstitutional for him to try to change legislation by himself.”

‘Phase down hydrofluorocarbons’

Back in Brazil, Kerry touted his longtime concern about climate issues, noting that he has “great memories” of his first trip to Brazil for the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio — where he met his wife Teresa.

Kerry said the mission now is “very clear.”

“We need to inspire meaningful reform and action within the Major Economies Forum (on Energy and Climate Change). We need to lead the effort to phase down hydrofluorocarbons in the Montreal Protocol. (Hydrofluorocarbons are “greenhouse gases” used for refrigeration and air conditioning.) And together, Brazil and the United States need to join with other countries in an effort to negotiate a climate agreement in 2015 that is ambitious and flexible and that works for all of us.”

The first question posed to Kerry at the news conference had nothing to do with climate change. A reporter asked him about “this issue of espionage — and if by any chance…the United States will stop spying…”

Kerry told the Brazilian reporter he was prepared to take such a question, and that he would answer it. But first, he urged the people of Brazil to “stay focused on the important realities of our relationship.”

In response to the spying question, Kerry said he wouldn’t discuss “operational issues,” but he did say that “all three branches of the American government have been involved in reviewing” the NSA surveillance program.

He said the Obama administration will continue to discuss the issue — “with a view to making certain that your government is in complete understanding and complete agreement with what it is that we think we must do to provide security, not just for Americans but for Brazilians and for people in the world.

“So I would respectfully say to everybody that the United States, as the president said last Friday, the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations in order to protect their citizens, in order to protect our citizens. And our activities are firmly based on law and they are subject to oversight by all of the branches of our government. We are convinced that our intelligence collection has positively helped us to protect our nation from a variety of threats, not only protect our nation but protect other people in the world, including Brazilians.”

Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota called concerns about the NSA data-gathering program “legitimate,” and said the “clarification process” is “not an end in itself.”

Kerry, in response, said the U.S. “will guarantee that Brazil and other countries will understand exactly what we’re doing, why and how, and we will work together to make sure that whatever is done in a way that respects our friends and our partners…”

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