It wasn’t easy. I forced myself to listen to the President of the United States last night. He sent our military to perform kinetic military exercises and I felt it was important that I listen. I needed to know what was on his mind because I thought that bombing another country is very similar to an act of war.
Another reason I listened was because I wanted to hear firsthand how he was going to rationalize taking days to consult with everyone in the world except our elected representatives in Congress; you know, that co-equal branch of government with the Constitutional authority to declare war?
Now I do not want the President, the Commander in Chief, to be so hampered that he would be unable to respond decisively in a situation where the immediate welfare of our nation was in clear and present danger. Who would doubt that in this world the situation could arise that would require a decision to react in order to protect our nation?
However, even in his address, the President made it clear that he was responding to what he perceived as a humanitarian need. But what really bothered me was that the underlying moving impetus behind Obama’s decision was hubris.
He could talk with the UN, with the Security Council, with the Arab League; I’m sure he could even talk with the animals, but he did not “consult with Congress.” That is a disgusting lie. He informed Congress one hour before the attack.
Several times he used the expression “I refused”. What I heard was that he refused to admit his accountability to Congress before involving our nation in an act of war.
What I heard was a President who acted on presumptions and assumptions of such gravity that he supposedly needed to order kinetic military activity. but of insufficient substance to necessitate consulting with Congress before the decision and commitments were in place or could even be stopped.
I saw a President who needed to show the world that when he declares that a world leader “had lost the confidence of his people and the legitimacy to lead and I said that he needed to step down from power” that a man who answers to no one had made a declaration and it was now the law of the universe.
I listened to a man whose words were as meaningful and believable as the words of another President who once said “I did not have sex with that woman...” And then a blue dress showed up.
I listened to a man claim that the Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human rights when everybody knows that we have no idea who “the opposition” in Libya actually is.
I listened to a man who is a dangerous, arrogant wannabe king who glossed over the fact he completely ignored Congress and in so doing, he ignored the people.
Was his decision to bomb Libya the right thing to do? Time will tell. Was his noxious and blatant disregard for Constitutional protocol telling? Was the blue dress telling? Loud and clear; this man has to go. 2012 needs to be the year we save America.