Secretary of State John Kerry made a statement last week that was so outrageous it even made a Hollywood actor’s jaw drop.
Rep. Reid Ribble asked Kerry why the administration didn’t feel it necessary to follow the provisions set forth in the Constitution when making the nuclear arms treaty with Iran.
Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides:
[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
Presidents have followed the Constitution for 228 years, Ribble told Kerry, by getting the advice and consent of 67 senators. President Obama doesn’t see fit to do that, Ribble said, before asking, “Why is this not considered a treaty?”
Kerry’s response was over-the-top audacious and arrogant.
“Because you can’t pass a treaty anymore,” he said.
So just tack on a different name and call it done?
The audacity wasn’t lost on actor Adam Baldwin, who tweeted a video of the exchange (along with the hashtag #tyranny):
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) August 1, 2015
That one tweet was all it took to ignite social media. Here are a few examples:
@AdamBaldwin Yea, so let’s just remove the Senate advise & consent role, so much for constitutional checks & balances.
— Steve Bussey (@Steve_Bussey) August 1, 2015
@AdamBaldwin By this logic, constitutional amendments (VERY difficult to ratify) should also simply be enacted by the executive branch.
— Tom Garrett (@TheAxisOfEgo) August 1, 2015
— Jay Dubb (@MidasRex1998) August 1, 2015
@AdamBaldwin – To sum it up: “F*ck the law, let’s just rule by dictatorship.” This is some legitimately scary shit.
— Critical Hit (@MagickalMan) August 1, 2015
@AdamBaldwin We’re at the point this administration brazenly discusses trashing the Constitution months in advance.
— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) August 1, 2015
@AdamBaldwin Not just basic tyranny. Kerry and his overlords want to destroy America. It’s their life’s work-They won’t rest til were dead
— Mathew S Harrison (@MathewSHarrison) August 1, 2015
— AmericanGirl (@Ameri_GRL) August 1, 2015
All of which prompted this question:
@AdamBaldwin Who is smarter? Lurch or The Founding Fathers?
— Rich Algeni, Jr. (@richalgeni) August 1, 2015
Clearly a rhetorical question given that the answer is obvious — and it’s not Kerry.
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