Congress and the American Czar

After the 1905 Russian insurrection against Czar Nicholas II, the czar was not toppled, but forced to relent to the moderate element of the revolutionaries of that era, and their demands for more freedoms through the creation of a Duma, a representative chamber of the people of Russia that would share power with the czar.  However, the powers shared by the Duma and the czar would not be anything like the powers shared in the U.S. Constitution between the Congress and the president, two of three main branches of government that each have broad, if not equal, powers.  Anything the Duma did, the czar could overrule, and overrule he did on a number of occasions.  In effect, the Duma was basically an advisory board that depended on the whims of a semi-benevolent autocrat to be effective.  Forward to 2013 and the American president, Barack Obama, who just told Congress he doesn't need their permission to go to war with Syria, but he will let them have an advisory vote.  Never mind that pesky constitution that says that the president absolutely needs the approval of Congress, and which takes precedence over the probably unconstitutional War Powers Act.  Welcome to the age of the new czar (Obama) and the new Duma (Congress).  For Congress to allow the Constitutional Scholar to usurp their constitutional authority is weak at best, and pathetic at worst.  You can be reasonably sure, based on the past record, that the new czar's loyal constable, Rep. Adam Smith, will follow the czar's orders to march to another illegal and unnecessary war, as Congress' advisory vote is coming up soon.

[revised on 9/5/13]

Note:  Congressional Candidate (WA - 9), Mark Greene, speaks out against intervention in Syria.

Mark is probably the only politician in Washington that had the temerity to keep the 2004 election shenanigans in the news as late as 2013 and to call out names. Help us solve the mystery of "The Other Curious Election of 2004" (WA 9th Congressional District U.S. Rep. primary) by contacting real journalists and asking them to look into it. Please, ask these journalists to use "Freedom of Information" requests to get to the bottom of this case. Elections are too important for shams to be ignored and for accountability to be neglected.

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