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The War Power, The Sergeant, the Senator: Treason or Heroism

The Sergeant who some years ago left his post in that unnecessary and unwinnable war in
Afghanistan is either a hero, a traitor, or just a terribly young man in the wrong war at the wrong time. He spent terrible years of torture and probably said things he didn’t really mean.

Some years ago in Vietnam, Senator McCain was shot down over Vietnam, another unconstitutional war, and equally unwinnable war, confessed repeatedly to things he later recanted, once safely in the United States, and is, quite rightly regarded, despite his confessions to American war crimes, a hero. The two cases are not quite completely on all fours, as we say in the law. But the similarity is sufficient to compare with each other and with the undergirding of law.

Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, who are visited by war, either their own or, like Obama, inherited from another (in Obama’s case two other) fools who preceded them, have always had this power. While not yet president, and without this act may well not have become president, Ronald Reagan communicated with Iran, telling them, in effect, just to refuse to deal with Carter on releasing our citizens from the U. S. Embassy in Iran, and await his presidency. Their deal (which killed Jimmie Carter’s hope for a second term and by the way was treason, meriting a firing squad.)

The 30, 60, 90 day notification of Congress is also unconstitutional, but not for the reasons the Republicans and Democrats alike, trumpet. Saint Paul, as I recall, said “this trumpet has an uncertain sound.” And I know he said that some leaders have “zeal without knowledge.” This is Republican and Democratic leaders on steroids, just like my former wife.

The reason the War Powers Act is unconstitutional is not what is now said by either Republicans or Democrats, as I told Joe Biden when he was both Minority Senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate and when he was chair. I testified before his committee a few times, and he called me at the law school sometimes to chat about this. The reason is simple. Due to both a few but very senior Democrats and almost all Republicans, Congress forced the Demo’s to give the president 30, 60, or 90 days to play with Congress’ army while he picked his nose. War has not been officially declared since FDR did it in WW2. George Bush (the first) and Colin Powell, in my opinion, got it right, constitutionally, by voting 50-50 in the Senate, and then the Dark Lord, Vice President Cheney, broke the tie and we went to war in Iraq the right way by law; and they had the smarts to stop when their limited mission was accomplished. And until this time, the President, as Commander in Chief, has no constitutional power to use the United States armed forces, save self-defense.

In the Framers’ mind that means only when the United States of America, not our allies, are attacked. For Utahns, the reason J. Reuben Clark, my hero and a great patriot, a rock-ribbed Republican who served under many Republican presidents, served variously as chief legal adviser to the Department of State (then, as an deputy Attorney General on loan from Justice to State,,,,,,now called Legal Adviser to the State Department; and Vice Secretary of State, and Ambassador to Mexico; and advised many presidents between world wars one and two, on all arms control treaties between those to dreadful wars) opposed NATO was because it delegated the war power to a generation not yet born and for the defense of people, and nations, not yet born. Neither the United Nations (Korean War) nor NATO (Ukraine?) can declare war for the United States of America. This is the statement of law, the War Clause, that makes this beyond debate. Remember, that it is also the sole right of Congress: not the President of the United States, nor NATO, nor the United Nations, that decides what constitutes International law, as well. So, both Constitutional Law and International Law, save an attack on the United States, inform us that Congress, not the president or these international bodies, who determines for war or peace.

So screw the people and the Congress and president now living. When the president, any president, has this army to use, that army will never return to Congress’ care. This is unconstitutional because it is an illegal attempt to delegate to the President a plenary power, given exclusively, textually, to the Congress. Like the power over interstate commerce (the road by which most civil rights legislation is constitutional), along with the equal protection and due process of law clauses of the 5th and 14th amendments. It’s as if Congress were to say to Obama, “Say, friend, we’re so damned tired of life in Washington, despite the cherry blossoms, we will do what the Supreme Court does, and reconvene when good weather returns. We’re going to go to Balboa Island, California, where it’s nice and sunny, in ocean or on the beach, and pick our nose and scratch our butts. And better yet, we have one in eight chances not to pick both with the same finger. Even though we’ve proven, time out of mind, that we in Congress cannot chew gum and pick our nose, simultaneously (a great blessing). So, pres., you now have the taxing and the spending power, and we’ll sweeten the loaf by throwing into the pot, since you do have to stick around in this shitty weather, and give you the power also to fund and provide for the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Navy. And don’t sweat it about financing things by the provision in the Constitution that spending bills begin in the House. Since you already have the taxing and spending power, do all this in the White House. P.S. please instruct the Treasury Department to deliver our checks, our salaries, and all the REALLY big bucks from the armaments industry and all those other lobbyists. We really have earned this right by selling our souls to the devil. Have a good life.

I say that both Senator and Soldier are bona fide heroes. Ed Firmage xoxox


Is Herbert Cashing In as Governor of Utah?

for_sale_sign_4_Is there a specter of  corruption in the Herbert administration? Uh, yeah, apparently.

There used to be a time when civil servants went out of their way to avoid ANY appearance of impropriety.

But this begs an interesting question – Is Governor Herbert inept or corrupt? link

Here’s what I know; after almost two terms, were there EVER ANY appearance of influence or corruption in the Corroon Mayoral Administration, you’d have heard about it.

Both my predeliction as well as my instinct tell me, no contest. If we elect Peter Corroon, Utah WINS BIG!

PLEASE help make the unimaginable happen!

The Mansion is NOT For Sale Rally tomorrow is designed to flesh out the facts.



About that Mason-Dixon Poll on the Governor’s Race; Hopeful Information for Corroon

I found the article from the Trib about Herbert’s lead fascinating for all kinds of reasons.

Let’s start with the issue of taxes:

And Herbert has taken a hard line on taxes, insisting the state can balance its bleeding budget without an increase. Corroon, on the other hand, chose to raise property taxes to help balance a 2010 ledger that also whacked spending by $142 million, shrunk the size of the county’s work force and imposed a new police fee on unincorporated burbs such as Magna, Millcreek and Kearns.

Those issues could make a difference.

“To tell you the absolute truth, I am angry,” said Sharon Hatch, a poll respondent from Spanish Fork. “We are dinged here and dinged there. Everywhere you turn, there is a new tax.”

Hatch plans to vote for Herbert, whom she believes will be less likely to burden her with another tax.

Sharon Hatch lives in Spanish Fork, in Utah County, one of the most Republican Counties in the nation so chances are better than good that all her local taxes have been implemented by Republicans.  Her state legislature has been controlled by a Republican majority since the 1978 election.  The last Democratic governor of Utah left office in January 1985, 25 years ago.  She’s angry about taxes, she lives in the most Republican county in the state and she somehow thinks a Republican is going to fix her tax issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Corroon for Governor – The Blogger Lunch

You have to ask yourself – what do you want in an elected official?

Curtis at Blue In Red Zion described it this way:

Not only was Corroon listening, he is actively engaged.  I find his subtleties the most telling part of his governing style – things I always suspected, but never got the chance to see: sharing his chips, telling of jokes about past parades, the relaxed but confident way he asks for our assistance, and how he admitted that he practiced his opening speech about 10 times the night before.  All of these things point to his commitment to not only the job of running the state, but that he is a real and honest person that truly feels he can make a difference.

I first met Peter Corroon in 2004 when he was running for County Mayor.  I was a volunteer with another campaign (Paul Van Dam’s senate campaign) and what impressed me about Peter Corroon then was the sense of centeredness he exuded – he knows his values, he’s comfortable with them, and he can listen to people around him, hear what they’re saying without feeling or needing to be defensive.  For a while, it seemed that every campaign event I attended, I ran in Peter Corroon.  By election day, it was easy to vote for him for County Mayor.

As he runs for governor, Peter Corroon is clearly approaching the job in a very practical way.  Who do you talk to?  What do you learn from them?  What works and how do you reach the voters?  The battle of ideas is between the pragmatic Corroon and the ideologue Herbert. 

Corroon has some challenges – I fully expect Herbert will engage in a full-fledged “God, Guns and Gays” campaign and pull out all the stops and engage in a right identity politics campaign (he’s going to have little choice – I don’t think Herbert is very popular among Republicans – he has to rally his base).  At some point, the Corroon folks are going to have to figure out how to tackle glbt issues, abortion, public education and sex education (all of which will be unavoidable during the legislative session).  Taxation is a tough needle to thread in Utah – frankly I expect Herbert to attack Corroon endlessly – but that gives an opening to talk about fiscal responsiblity – actually finding ways to pay for government services.  Ultimately, despite the Corroon campaign wanting to avoid it, I think they’re going to have to find a way to tackle the issue of religious identity; Herbert will bring up issues that serve as surrogates for the Mormon non-Mormon divide in Utah – alcohol laws chief among them – and try to tar Corroon as some sort of interloper, an outsider who is  threat to Utah’s cultural identity and by extension to Mormonism (expect Corroon to be called on to defend the Obama administration on several ocassions as well).

The Corroon campaign seems to be thinking in very smart ways – building a statewide operation, connecting with the party base (which I think is harder than it needs to be because Matheson has done a poor job of building that base).  That statewide operation will help shift politics in Utah back toward the center – closer to where actual Utah voters reside (our state’s elected Republicans are more conservative than most Utahns – it remains a perennial challenge). 

Utah’s legislature and leaders are not representative of Utah’s voters and that needs to change.  Governor Peter Corroon would be a huge and important step toward taht change.

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Utah Governor’s Race is On!


Corroon Leadership PAC $

Update: Event Photos by me. As you will see from the photos, the reason Corroon will compete is because he is NOT a self-serving power hungry rich guy.  The reason he will win is because Utah LOVES (and needs) Amy Corroon!

Please join us this morning for Peter Corroon’s announcement!

Be sure to meet his better half and future first lady of Utah, Amy Corroon (I know Mary Kay would endorse her if she could)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 (TODAY!) 9:30 a.m.

Salt Lake Community College South Campus – West Steps 1575 South State Street Salt Lake City, Utah Map

12:30 p.m. Ogden Municipal Building 2549 Washington Blvd Ogden, Utah Map

6:30 p.m. Ancestor Square 2 West St. George Blvd. St. George, Utah Map

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

9:30 a.m. Provo City Library 550 N University Avenue Provo, Utah Map

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