Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.”
I’m not even going to bother arguing the merits of this “impeachment” or how ridiculous it is when opponents of any president try and use impeachment to un-do the will of the people. (As far as I’m concerned only the people should be allowed to impeach the president they elected — you know, like those recall elections the states have.) What really bugs me about this is how useless and wasteful it is.
There is a presidential election coming in November. If the people disapprove of Obama enough, they’ll have their chance to get rid of him then. It is offensive to me that our government is wasting time and money on something this silly. Not only will this bill likely die a miserable death, but even if it succeeded, what would it do? Eject the president a couple of months before the election? Give us President Joe Biden?
Seriously, Congress, this is what you’re spending your time on? As though no president has every used military action without declaring war before (and in much broader, longer conflicts)?
Besides, it’s pretty clear that Congress doesn’t really know when a war is legitimate or not anyway (ahem, Iraq)… so I’m not sure I trust them to be making the decisions either.
So here is my plea, please stop wasting our time and money, Congress, and start making some attempt to actually govern.