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Iran, the President and the Constitution

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Published in the News Virginian, April 8, 2015

Iran 2On Thursday, April 3rd, the White House announced that an agreement had been reached with Iran concerning its program to build nuclear weapons. The agreement is more than a threat to Israel and the Mideast, it is an attack on the Constitution.

Before we consider the agreement with Iran, let’s begin with a look at some recent events.

The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was passed by the Democrats in Congress late on Christmas Eve, 2009. The law contains substantial flaws, errors and contradictions that make it unworkable. The only legal way to address those flaws, errors and contradictions is for Congress to amend the law.

Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution reads, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.” Only Congress may enact or amend a law. You know that.

Because Congress has refused to change Obamacare, the President has amended the law numerous times by decree, the method of governance used by Absolute Monarchs.

On the issue of illegal aliens, the President asked Congress to pass legislation which would grant amnesty to those who have entered the Country illegally. The members of Congress, representing the people of the United States, refused to approve citizenship to those who have broken the immigration laws.

The President then, without Constitutional authority, issued a series of decrees to grant de facto amnesty. The President’s action is called a Coup d’état, which is an unlawful seizure of power from a legally constituted government.

With that prologue, we need to think about the agreement that the President has negotiated with Iran.

An agreement between two nations is defined as a treaty. And, here is what the Constitution says about treaties, Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2, “The President… shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…”

Every treaty that the United States has ever made was ratified by the Senate, according to the requirement of the Constitution.

But this time, it is different. Just as the President has seized power unlawfully on domestic issues, he is now attempting to seize control of the treaty-making power of the Constitution.

Because the President knows that the Senate will not approve a treaty with Iran that permits it to continue its nuclear program, he is calling the proposed treaty an agreement, and by decree he will declare it to be in force.

The President will now hold all power, domestic and foreign, in his hands. Never has America faced such a lethal threat to the Constitution.

That brings us to the question, what is to done?

In twelve months, the Republican Party will nominate its candidate for President. If that candidate is a true constitutional conservative and wins the General Election, he or she will be able to pull America back from the edge of an abyss.

First, I urge you to study the issues and examine the candidates. We need to find the real deal.

Second, I urge you to get involved. If you, and everyone else, sit passively on the sidelines, then we will lose the Country.

Third, I urge you to speak up. We live in perilous times. Share your concerns with others and encourage them to get involved, too.

Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.