[ Editor’s note: Notwithstanding the dogged and long time efforts of Barbara Lee to forestall ill-conceived military action, the United States is sixteen months away from a pivotal mid-term election, with an electorate that has shown some signs of exasperation with its élite politicians. The 2018 United States’ midterm elections will mostly be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested. 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be contested.
There are internet rumblings about the poetic justice of voting all the incumbents out – except for people like the Honorable Ms. Lee.
There was a sudden turnaround by some of the GOP on this House Committee vote. Could it have been just a fake to the left? A Hail Mary pass on 3rd down to avoid a turnover? Color me suspicious, since we are entering into the silly season of the 2018 elections, so It’s ON. The elite are always thinking ahead because they have the time, and they have focus groups and PR advisors.
Yes… I absolutely hear you thinking… “We can elect them on their promises, but 99% of them will turn right around and stab the electorate in the back by authorizing war and war expenditures as soon as they are sworn in.”
Avatars can have a conscience and can reject a script. So what is needed in this possibly non-prime hologram* are 2 amendments to the US Constitution: A) a declaration that corporations are not a person and not endowed with the human rights thereof; and B) authorization for the citizens of every state and US territory to use recall petitions to mobilize the citizenry and peacefully, firmly and legally remove politicians from office when they stab their electorate in the back by committing our defending armies to frivolous wars… ]
Debating U.S. War Law
A powerful committee in the US House of Representatives has voted unexpectedly to require Congress to debate and approve US military action in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other far-flung countries.
This has been described as a surprise victory for a longtime Democratic critic of the nearly two-decade-old war on terrorism: Representative Barbara Lee of California.
The amendment to the Authorization for Use of Military Force which was approved in the wake of the 2001 attacks in the US is only a modest first step in getting Congress to update the authorization of military force. But Thursday’s voice vote in the GOP-controlled Appropriations Committee is seen by many as a symbolic move forward.
Start watching at the 5:30 minute mark for the Mike Harris segment:
First published 3 July 2017: