Sunday, March 5, 2017

Veto Power

This topic is something many people do not understand about our government. This misunderstanding about the powers our president has must be addressed now as the President Trump works to undermine President Obama's efforts while in office. The Iraq War created a schism between the Republicans and the Democrats. Trump's agenda does not create a sense of unification, Congress and the nation appear to be permanently split. With almost half of the nation supporting Trump, it is his approval rating that allows him to do what he is doing, not the powers President Trump has granted to him by the Constitution.

Is Trump getting revenge on Obama? We have been looking at how revenge works and why it doesn't work. Do we who are watching this unfold recognize revenge when we see it? We know revenge is based on five power games. If this is an act of revenge against Obama, who else has the same goal? The Russians?

The Iraq War kicked Iraq off its evolutionary course, and it created the schism in our government. Now we are addressing what got everyone into this crisis in the first place. Everyone must understand what we did wrong so we don't repeat the same mistake. The idea is to undo the damage so everyone gets back on course, and revenge is not a tool to wield to create the life you want. You cannot get the life you want by getting revenge on others. Creating what appear to be win-win agreements to get revenge on someone is not a win-win agreement. Revenge includes two power games that weave an illusion. How can you build trust based on an illusion?

The constitutional power the president of the United States has is derived by the people. It is not authoritarian. The powers the president has is to execute the laws created by Congress. With the Checks and Balances between the Branches, it is up to Congress, not the president, to wage war, for example, and the executive orders are only based on the application of the laws that are passed.

When the president vetoes legislation, it can go back to Congress to be decided on again, but by a larger majority of the vote. If the legislation creates chaos in the courts, then it goes through the courts and appellate courts and finally reaches the Supreme Court to decide whether it is constitutional. It can be rewritten in Congress or stricken from the law books.

Iraq is facing the same constitutional crisis our founding fathers went through. Saddam Hussein was a very powerful man, and when he was deposed and a new form of government was instated, no one wanted to put into power another leader with so much power, and so the natural reaction was to create a government with weak central government, but a weak central government doesn't have the power to stop the chaos from spreading. It takes a strong central government to do that, and so the powers must be checked and balanced, and the duties and responsibilities and privileges must be delineated, including how to remove an elected official from office for abusing his or her power.

The Exit Strategy for Iraq proposal addresses conflict resolution, and power and the abuse of power, but the proposal is contingent on the United States working to undo the damage that has been done by the abuse of power. If the power our government has is derived from the people, it is up to the people to take back our power, and that is the role of the Article V amendment convention.

Under the Constitution, it takes 2/3 of the state legislatures to send to the joint resolution to Congress, but our goal is to get 100% of the states to support our plan. With the split in Congress and so many people supporting Trump's agenda, we must demonstrate to every American how the plan for the international government benefits them. This is where the people have the right to "veto" the plan--and to have a voice in our government.

Our government has relied on foreign policies, such as regime change, to gain power and prestige, and like all power games, it seemed to work for a while but then it reached its ultimate conclusion. The games stop when played on an innocent person. The fact that there were no WMD means that Saddam Hussein was attempting to comply with U.N. sanctions, and while many people did not see him as an innocent man, the charges against him that led to the justification for war were false. He was innocent of the charges, and the power grab backlashed on the United States. It collapsed our power base.

If Donald Trump is getting revenge on Barack Obama, and if President Obama was exercising his constitutional executive powers, and is therefore innocent of the charges against him, it will collapse Donald Trump's power base.

This month, we will address the U.S. Constitutional amendment proposal. We will address the principles, the application of the principles and the planning stages that enable everyone to rise above this crisis.