HEATED: Rand Paul Vs. John Kerry At Syria Military Action Hearing

Rand Paul: Make me proud today, Secretary Kerry. Stand up for us and say you’re going to obey the Constitution, and if we vote you down, which is unlikely by the way, but if we do, you would go with what the people say through their Congress and you wouldn’t go forward with a war that your Congress votes against. Can you give me a better answer, Secretary Kerry?

Kerry: I can’t give you a different answer than the one I gave you. I don’t know what the president’s decision is, but I will tell you this. It ought to make you proud because he still has the constitutional authority, and he would be in keeping with the Constitution.

Rand Paul: Well, I disagree with you there. I don’t believe he has the constitutional authority. I think Congress has this. Madison was very explicit. When he wrote the Federalist Papers, he wrote that history supposes, or the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch most likely to go to war and therefore the Constitution vested that power in the Congress. It’s explicit and runs throughout all of Madison’s writings. This power is a Congressional power and is not an Executive power. They didn’t say big war, small war. They didn’t say boots on the ground, not boots on the ground. They said declare war. Ask the people on the ships launching the missiles whether they’re involved with war or not. If we do not say the Constitution applies, if we do not say explicitly that we will abide by this vote, you’re making a joke of us. You’re making us into theater, and so we play constitutional theater for the president. If this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress. You’re probably going to win. Just got ahead and say it’s real and let’s have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that in the end you lose and say, ‘Oh well, we had the authority anyway, we’re going to go ahead and go to war anyway.’


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  • Dwightmannn

    Kerry is a dis-interested fool. . . and Lurch looking like Franky Stine. . .
    A silver spoon is stuck up his peckered old arse. He is a communist sympathizer, and has spent way to much time in the halls of DC doing nothing.


      He’ll look much better hanging from a tree. Maybe with a cute little sign across his chest that reads, “TRAITOR.”

  • Sarah Conner

    nancy kerry is an embarrassment to the Secretary of State office as was hitlery clinton…these people have no conscience or morals and we must not let these keystone clowns continue in political office…Syria is a civil war and is none of our business…mr.obama…stand down…the same order valerie jarret gave on 9/11/2012,while you,obozo,was smoking crack and playing spades…oxymoron?…yeah there’s a moron…

  • John Rodgers

    The man who throws his medals for peace, becomes a hypocrite war hawking rubber stamping partisan DEMOCRAT hack when his party is in power. I hope those who reelected Obongo love their “change”, though all they really accomplished was empowering more of the “SAME”

  • Silverado

    Ours is a govt of LIARS and criminal psychopaths & here’s one of the major culprits right here – John Kerry.

  • ynot202

    John, have you sold those shares in Raytheon?
    Didn’t think so.

  • stew redmen

    I’m pretty sure they will think it’s war in the “conventional sense” senator kerry while we are murdering
    their people in the name of saving them.

    And yes, we will be less safe in the world as a result of such reckless actions by mad men such as you.

    I thought democrats were suppose to be against war, lol I guess that’s just another lie like all the rest.
    And we are suppose to believe you clowns when you tell us they are using gas on their people, when it sounds a lot like our people are the ones over there using the gas
    But even if what you say is true, who made us the police of the world?

    Who are we to judge governments, bombing the countries we do not approve of?

    that dosen’t sound like freedom to me at all.

    The power and greed of world domination has clearly made all these chicken hawks mad with power.
    I say if kerry, Mccain, or any of the rest of these SOB’s want this war, send them in by themselves
    Let them risk their hides for what they believe so deeply in…. fucking never happen.
    They are cowards in suits

    Just because you have been to war doesn’t mean you own it, or are the ultimate judge of when it’s right to fight..
    If anything you are suppose to be on the other side of this… that should say a lot about this “men”….

    Saying he and some of the others had been to war was another cheep shot imo

  • http://denialator.blogspot.com/ denialator

    “I will never conduct a war or start a war because we want to; the United States
    of America should only go to war because we have to. And if you live by that
    guidance, you’ll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up
    in protest.” – John F. Kerry