Sen Paul – Constitutionally Congress Declares War, President Trump Should Come To Capitol

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is concerned with the process by which a strike on Syria was crafted, believing it was not done in accordance with the United States Constitution. The wisdom of the strike itself, and whether it benefits the United States or is in the national interest, he believes, is a separate issue. The Constitution places the power to declare war in the hands of Congress, not the executive branch and that is the standard that Senator Paul applies in his reasoning.

Paul tells host Stuart Varney, “This is why our founding fathers said, under the Constitution, that war should be debated fully by Congress, initiated and declared by Congress, but the President really doesn’t have the authority under the Constitution to initiate war. And so I think what we’re doing now is illegal and unconstitutional. And the ramifications could be extreme, they may not, but there is a great danger in bumping up against another nuclear power.”

Varney asks if President Trump should appear physically before Congress and seek an authorization to go to war. Paul notes that the only way a President is allowed to act unilaterally is in matters of imminent attack, citing an example of FDR visiting Congress the morning after Pearl Harbor to seek authorization.

As for whether or not the action was advisable, Paul believes Congress should have “a big, robust debate,” noting how, “In the Iraq war everyone was gleeful to go after an evil dictator, Saddam Hussein, and yet the end result was that Iran became stronger. And now the same loud cries for war against Hussein are the same loud cries for war against Iran [Syria?]. So if we topple Assad, what comes next. Will we like the Islamic rebels that take over. Perhaps they hate us and Israel more than Assad does.”

Varney notes that the assumption is that this was a “one-off shot” into Syria to teach Assad a lesson, punishment for the dropping of poison gas on children. Paul asks if it’s a $75 million finger wag at Assad, what if it doesn’t have the intended effect? He points out “it may well take a lot more, and the question is a lot more really is getting us much deeper involved into their war.”

Varney notes the euphoria surrounding the attack by most of the Republican Party, as well as some Democrats. Paul admits there’s only a few left in Congress who still believe in the Constitution. Time will tell if this was the right action to take practically, from the perspective of world affairs. It has served to bolster the President’s stature around the world so it may well prove to have been the right move from an analysis of the end result.

Constitutionally, it’s not in doubt, and we must remember that President Trump opposed the Iraq War from the beginning out of concern for the same risks that, through unexpected consequences, we’re positioning ourselves to potentially face today.

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7 Comments on Sen Paul – Constitutionally Congress Declares War, President Trump Should Come To Capitol

  1. Sharon Murphy // April 9, 2017 at 2:51 am // Reply

    I’m really beginning to get tired of everyone’s remarks about WHO declares war according to the Constitution!!! I must’ve missed the HUGE announcement that Trump declared war against Syria!!! He did what he did and most people agree it was the right thing to do!!

  2. Deplorable Doctor // April 8, 2017 at 10:39 am // Reply

    I totally agree with Sen. Rand Paul! We do not want to get involved in another WAR!

  3. Kelleigh Nelson // April 8, 2017 at 10:38 am // Reply

    Well, I’m still glad Trump is there and not my old h.s. chum, Hillary…thank God for that, but he needs our prayers for discernment because he’s not wise on who’s who that he’s choosing. I’d dump all but a few of the confirmations,top one to go needs to be DeVos. Keep Sessions and Bannon, rehire Flynn, lock Pence in a closet for 4 years, dump CFR member and Islam lover McMaster, and same goes for Mattis who is just too loving of Islamic terrorists. Scott Pruitt is a keeper, but Pompeo is not. What the hell is he thinking to put a military man in charge of DHS? DHS should be run by a top lawman who has had all the terrorism training from Israel and all the FBI school training, who flies helicopters and has had decades of experience.

    I do believe Trump will make mistakes and I never doubted that, but he’s only been there 3 mos., and he has a lot to learn. First thing he needs to learn is that he has to keep to his words that he uttered while he was campaigning, and he’d be wise to remove his 35 year old liberal democrat daughter and her 35 year old liberal Democrat husband. The people didn’t elect them, and they’re not Robert Kennedy.

    Pray for him, he’s a good man and he needs God’s guidance and discernment. Bottom line, he’s no longer listening to the American people who put him there, and this folks is why we need to pray daily for this man.

  4. Trump is the best thing this country has had in eight years….we hear your words, but you were not elected president, were you, and just what do you think this congress would have to say to TRUMP….ya RIGHT….We the people who voted for him trust him and thank him and from what I hear, the people of Syria are also thanking him….so STFU…..

    • Rick Wells // April 8, 2017 at 8:34 am // Reply

      I believe Senator Paul also voted for President Trump as did I and we both support the Constitution as you surely do as well, which includes that First Amendment – how well did Libya work out, or Iraq or Egypt until the people took it back from the islamists that Obama installed. And that $75 million spent on missiles could have been used to repair the freeway interchange in Georgia that just got destroyed. I understand Congress is a lot of hot air, but if it’s a legitimate action, they are the ones that the Constitution grants the authority to, before the fact, in theory. And President Trump was not elected king, unlike the prick who was squatting in our White House for the last eight years and he doesn’t pretend that he was.

    • Well, there an awful lot of us who supported Trump with donations and defending him on news sites. Who are you to tell anyone to STFU.

      We are not all sycophantic echo chambers, and have independent thoughts as we see this attack as a complete reversal of what he said on the campaign trail.

    • TONYA PARNELL // April 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm // Reply


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