Ron Paul: End All The Unconstitutional Wars!

Date: 06/06/2011

Holding the President Accountable on Libya

by Ron Paul

Last week, more than 70 days after President Obama sent our military to attack Libya without a congressional declaration of war, the House of Representatives finally voted on two resolutions attempting to rein in the president. This debate was long overdue, as polls show Americans increasingly are frustrated by congressional inaction. According to a CNN poll last week, 55 percent of the American people believe that Congress, not the president, should have the final authority to decide whether the U.S. should continue its military mission in Libya. Yet for more than 70 days Congress has ignored its constitutional obligations and allowed the president to usurp its authority.

Finally, Congressman Dennis Kucinich was able to bring to the floor a resolution asserting that proper constitutional war power authority resides with Congress. His resolution simply stated that “Congress directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya by not later than the date that is 15 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.”

Opponents of the withdrawal resolution said the 15 day deadline was too abrupt. But as I pointed out during debate, the president attacked Libya abruptly – he didn’t even bother to consult Congress – so why can’t he order an end to military action just as abruptly? When members of Congress took an oath of office to defend the Constitution, we did not pledge to defend it only gradually, a little bit at a time. On the contrary, we must defend it vigorously and completely from the moment we take that oath. I was pleased that 87 Republicans were able to put the Constitution first and support this resolution.

House Speaker John Boehner offered his own resolution on the same day, which declared that Congress would not support the insertion of US ground troops into Libya. Although this unfortunately was far from adequate to satisfy our constitutional obligations, it certainly was a step in the right direction and I am pleased that it passed in the House. Just days before Speaker Boehner’s resolution, an amendment to the defense authorization act prohibited the president from using any funds in the bill to insert US troops into Libya. A separate amendment last week prohibiting any funds appropriated to the Department of Homeland Security from being used to attack Libya came within just a handful of votes from passing. All of these votes demonstrate that members of Congress increasingly understand that our foreign wars are deeply unpopular with their constituents. We are broke, and the American people know it. They expect Congress to focus on fixing America’s economic problems, rather than rubber stamping yet another open-ended military intervention in Libya.

I believe these resolutions and amendments indicate that the tide is turning in the right direction. I am confident we will see Congress move toward ending our unconstitutional wars. The American people are demanding no less. The president’s attack on Libya was unconstitutional and thus unlawful. This policy must be reversed.


  • strongarm0500

    I certainly do wish you the best in the upcoming election. However one man can do nothing. It’s already set in stone how the United States government is run, and always will be run. I fear the only solution would be to scrap this government as we know it and start over. I wonder how the senate and house would react to that suggestion. At least there’s at least one politician out there that understands this countries on the brink of civil war.

    • Omotenium

      I’ve thought about this and I’m not so sure. We may be revolutionaries, but the loss of our freedoms has been so gradual and both parties are the same on the truly important issues. With the media and public educational systems being overtaken by corporations and the federal government (who present Ron Paul as a crazy radical) I wouldn’t be surprised if America becomes authoritarian in another one hundred, two hundred years purely through legislation and any dissenters are treated worse than Paul is now. Either that or America collapses because we spend all our money on foreign wars. What I’m saying is, I think the average voter is apathetic or brainwashed into thinking there’s no alternative to big government.

    • Libertarian777

      Ron Paul has done a lot already… he’s woken up a lot of Americans.
      It’s up to the rest of us to carry on his work, whether he becomes president or not.

  • xadam2dudex

    Ron Paul just doesn’t get it.. the president is just a puppet and the congress is just a puppet of the elite corporate masters…congress is just as guilty as the president for not having the guts to stand up to the wealthy elite’s money..Bush began this fake war on terror and the powers that be want it to continue.. they even put up the fake Bin Laden death so they can turn people’s attention to other wars aims

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  • TheSentinelGuardian

    Ron Paul has my support in every way possible. He is the very first candidate I’ve ever donated to. It took a great man like this give me hope that a better America is still possible.

    Ron Paul 2012!

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  • envanje

    Vote the warlord out of office ! Ron Paul 2012 !!!!

  • wingsofliberty437

    Statistics are coming in that puts the death tool in Libya at 3-7,000. And I can guarantee half of those deaths were caused indirectly by NATO!

  • Yabuturtle

    Why are we still in Iraq and Afganistan? Didn’t they already finished? Saddam and Osama are supposedly gone, so please tell me what are we still staying there for? Let me guess, are we actually gonna stay there, like we’re doing with Germany, Japan, ect. Why are our troops spread all over the world? Stop wasting their time and bring back all of the troops. I mean seriously enough is enough. Vote for Ron because he may very well be our only chance at restoring the freedom we once had.

  • usexoticsltd

    Whether we like it or not, there’s no avoiding it. There WILL be a revolution in America. We will see either a Ron Paul Revolution, or the messier more traditional form of revolution. I’d prefer the peaceful option, but am prepared for the other. Compassionate, informed, intelligent, and proud Americans want their country back.

  • doogleandalix

    Congress has ignored its obligations because they’re chickens and afraid to do their jobs – so much corruption ,graft , kickbacks, the rich getting richer on these fake wars – only the poor and those who need the military for an eduation are suffering -damn shame . What the hell are we in the Middle East for – no more Saddam, no more Osama , but still lots of oil and money to be made , that’s why .They don’t want us there – we the people don;t want to be there-only Ron can save us !

  • hiyukenmusic

    Looks like Kucinich is at least doing something instead of just talking.

  • hiyukenmusic

    If you impeach the President for starting and continuing unconstitutional wars then they will stop, Mr. Paul. Apparently once again, you are more interested in rallying the base for your money bombs then you are interested in doing your job.

    If you believe in the Constitution, then use it instead of politics. If not then drink warm glass of STFU…because talking about it ain’t gonna do shit.

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  • AmadCatal1

    I hope you do win!

  • manoobo

    Well if you don’t win the presidential race in 2012, please come and run for Canadian prime minister…..

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    Yo nigga I gots yo back homie 2012 or die bitches!

  • narutocaprirequest2

    well said paul

  • SANDI954

    You better win cause i am voting for you