It is always time for Constitutional patriots to pay attention to what happens in Washington DC. Now is one of the more urgent times.
Here’s the latest bulletin from the ACLU:
The House of Representatives recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains a reckless provision that would give the president — any president — the power to unilaterally take our country to war wherever, whenever and however he or she sees fit. The Senate Armed Services Committee will begin debating the NDAA next week,
The Senate Armed Services Committee is about to consider a new stealth law authorizing America to be in a worldwide war.
We are very concerned that one or more senators may try to sneak this new amendment authorizing worldwide war into the National Defense Authorization Act. As early as Wednesday, the committee may vote on the new amendment, which would give this president — and all future presidents — the sole power to send American service men and women into war anywhere and everywhere around the globe, wherever there is a terrorism suspect. There would be no more checks and balances on these critical war decisions. The worldwide war amendment would have no clear enemy, no expiration date, no geographical boundaries, and no connection to the 9/11 attacks or any other harm or threat to Americans.
It is shocking that Congress is entertaining such legislation at a time when many are looking to see an end to escalating conflict and abuses of power in the name of fighting terrorism.
The worldwide war amendment would have no clear enemy, no expiration date, no geographical boundaries, and no connection to the 9/11 attacks or any other harm or threat to Americans. Congress should not wholesale hand over to this president -- and all future presidents -- the authority that the Constitution gives to Congress alone to decide whether, where, and why the country will go to war. If this provision passes, there will be no more checks and balances on the use of the military.
The time is now to restore respect for the Constitution and the system of checks and balances. The decision to go to war is too important to be decided in a secret debate on an amendment to a much bigger bill, and Congress should not turn over all of its power to this president and all future presidents.
President Obama says he opposes this provision. Let's hope he means it. That was not true for the previous president and will likely not be true for the next president. If the National Defense Authorization Act passes with this provision, with enough votes to over-ride a veto, our Constitution will be gutted.
Call your senators, please. Now.