|June 16, 2011|
|K's Have Good, Bad Day in Congress|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|Wednesday was a good and bad day in Congress for guys whose last name begins with the letter “K.” |
Representative Dennis Kucinich did himself proud by forging a bipartisan group of ten members who filed a suit challenging President Barack Obama’s right to wage war on Libya without Congressional approval.
In the complaint, Kucinich and allies argue that Obama’s “policy that he may unilaterally order combat operations in any country to protect the ‘universal right’ of foreign citizens is capable of repetition in countries other than Libya.”
They single out Syria, which in fact has bombarded its cities—just as Col. Gaddafi threatened to do before U.S. intervention. The President is said to be in violation of the War Powers Resolution.
Kudos to Kucinich and co-sponsors John Conyers (D-MI), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Ron Paul (R-TX), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN). Let’s hope this rare bipartisanship extends to knotty problems like financial overhaul, healthcare reform and the effort to get the economy moving again.
Congressman Peter King didn’t have such a good day as he rolled out the second round of Muslim bashing hearings.
The Long Island Republican presided over the sideshow of the “threat of Muslim-American Radicalization in U.S. Prisons.” In his opening statement, King took an advance shot at critics. While repeating the old chestnut that the “overwhelming majority” of Muslim Americans are outstanding Americans, King went on to say:
“The first radicalization hearing which this Committee held in March of this year was met with much mindless hysteria—led by radical groups such as the Council of Islamic Relations and their allies in the liberal media personified by the New York Times.”
It seems like old Peter has a chip on his shoulder.
Among those that whipped up King’s mindless hysteria the first time around were “bomb-throwers” such as AARP, AFL-CIO, Anti-Defamation League, Common Cause, Episcopal Church, Hadassah, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Bar Assn., National Organization of Women, National Urban League, Newspaper Guild, Planned Parenthood Federation, Presbyterian Church, Project Vote, Sikh Coalition, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Assn., Women of Reform Judaism and YMCA.
King must have more serious things to do.
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