Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I now hold here in my hand a copy of the letter that was begun by Representative Rigell and was then sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by express courier. I bet they didn’t put this one in the mail. It is now signed by I believe last I saw Representative Rigell had 120 signatures on it. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
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Mike: I now hold here in my hand a copy of the letter that was begun by Representative Rigell and was then sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by express courier. I bet they didn’t put this one in the mail. It is now signed by I believe last I saw Representative Rigell had 120 signatures on it. I’ll have to go to his Twitter feed and get the exact count. They’re all listed on the letter and I posted the letter in today’s Pile of Prep. Here’s what it says, addressed to “The President, The White House, Washington, D.C. 20500.” I didn’t realize the White House had a zip code. If you addressed a letter to “President Obama, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.” and just left the zip code out, do you think it would get there? I would think it would still get there. I’ve never seen the zip code before. Anyway, I digress.
Dear Mr. President,
We strongly urge you to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
While the Founders wisely gave the Office of the President the authority to act in emergencies, they foresaw the need to ensure public debate – and the active engagement of Congress – prior to committing U.S. military assets. Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.
Mike: Mr. Rigell, what is this Constitution you speak of? I’d like to ask the question: What are these statesmen that I hear some people speaking of today? Why have statesmen? We have armies, we don’t need statesmen. When some actor out there acts up and bombs someone or gasses someone, it is the United States of America’s responsibility to fix it. We are the world’s great fixer-uppers. If something goes wrong somewhere or if an atrocity is committed anywhere on the face of the planet, we should marshal our troops to go in there and deal with it.
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