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Capricious Veto or Political Theater?
[Opinion] Bush, Congress face showdown over Iraq War
Claudia Nelson (minuetcz)     Print Article 
Published 2007-03-26 18:27 (KST)   
President George W. Bush and the United States Congress are going head-to-head on a bill passed by the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 23, 2007. The legislation would set a cutoff date on the Iraq conflict. Bush has presumptuously claimed that Congress is performing a "political theater," and threatened to veto the bill.

Does Bush have the final say on legislation according to U.S. law? Or is this another attempt to mislead the American public through media manipulation?

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Well, lets start by dissecting the U.S. Constitution, which is the law of the land in the United States. According to Article I, section 7, all legislation passed by both houses of Congress must be presented to the president. The president will either approve the bill by signing it, or if he chooses to disapprove it, he then must return the bill, unsigned, within ten days (excluding Sundays) to Congress, where it originated. This is known as the veto process. When vetoing a bill, the President is constitutionally obligated to put his objections down in writing before Congress. Congress is than constitutionally required to consider them, and to reconsider the legislation. However, Congress can ultimately override the president's veto by a two-thirds majority vote in each house, at that time the bill then becomes law without the president's signature.

Bush seems to be following his usual perpetual tactic of media manipulation, the same tactic that got the American people involved in the Iraq invasion back in March of 2003, when his entire administration swore before the United Nations and the U.S Congress that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that Saddam Hussein was guilty of harboring the perpetrators of 9/11. Bush and his cabinet have since admitted to having mislead the American people into Iraq.

Congress is not completely candid in all of this. In fact, without a legal declaration of war, Congress could end the Iraq invasion tomorrow, if it chose to, according to both the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Act. Of 1973.

Perhaps Bush is right in claiming that Congress is playing its role in a political theater, since both he and Congress are equally derelict in their duties under the U.S. Constitution.

The American public have been very clear on their stance as far as the Iraq invasion. They have spoken, through acts of protests like the most recent "March on the Pentagon" that took place on March 17 2007, which D.C. police estimated to have had approximately 200,000 participants despite severe weather. National polls have shown that now 57 percent of Americans think the Iraq invasion was a mistake.

To make matters even worse, American active duty troops have appealed to Congress for redress from the Iraq Invasion. This, within itself, is a historical event never before witnessed in American history. Yet the mainstream media refuses to cover it.

So what are we Americans to do? Our first line of defense is the U.S. Constitution. We must demand that the legislative, the executive and the judicial branches uphold the law of the land, the United States Constitution as mandated by their oaths of office. Failure to do so is a clear dereliction of duty and grounds for immediate expulsion and, or impeachment. (Pursuant to Deschler's Precedents of the United States House of Representatives,Volume 2, Chapter 7, 짠 13 (1977), and VI Cannon's Precedents of the House of Representatives, 짠 65 (1935); note, e.g., United States Constitution, Article I, Section 6., which states that a representative can be removed because of disloyalty to the United States Constitution.)

We as Americans must stand united and become proactive in the process, which will require our due diligence not only for our sake but for the sake of our nation and generations to come. Get proactive, know your rights, read the constitution and call your representative today: 888-851-1879.
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