I am starting to feel like a broken record.
The Constitution requires that Congress, specifically the Senate, ratify any international treaty before it can become US law. Ratification requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate.
This is important because it ensures that the American people, not the President, have the final say over what laws they will live under.
Obama has just announced that he plans on signing onto ANOTHER United Nations Weapons Treaty without ever putting it to a vote in Congress!
Barack Obama believes that he has the sole authority to determine whether the United States can ever again test a nuclear weapon. He believes that the Constitution is meaningless.
Now, whether you believe that we should be testing ‘nukes’ is largely irrelevant. That’s not really the issue at play here.
The issue is whether the President alone should have the authority to bind the United States to an international treaty without Congressional approval. That is what is at stake.
The constitution clearly says that the answer to this is ‘NO.’
This September marks the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Obama plans to push it through on this anniversary.
As you may remember, former-President Bill Clinton tried to get the Senate to ratify the treaty back in 1999. The Senate voted 51-48 AGAINST the treaty. This is important because the vote fell far short of the 66 votes required for ratification.
The Obama administration is already out in force trying to rewrite history by claiming that the Senate in 1999 did not adequately study the treaty or understand what was actually in it. Obama is claiming that the vote was political.
He is using this to justify he new plan to circumvent Congress and bind the United States to the treaty anyway.
We all pray that we never have to use nuclear weapons again. That does not, however, mean that we should disarm or continue into the 21st Century with one arm tied behind our back.
It has been almost a quarter century since the United States last tested a nuclear weapon. The day might come when it becomes necessary to test another one.
A lame-duck President with less than a year left in office should not be allowed to bypass Congress and use an international treaty to bind US policy for generations to come!
According to the constitution, we shouldn’t even be having this conversation. Only Congress can ratify an international treaty.
But once again, Barack “Ends Justify the Means” Obama has found a loophole.
By passing a Security Council Resolution, Obama believes he can bind the United States to this international treaty without Congressional approval.
It is up to you to prove him wrong.
This has nothing to do with the merits of nuclear weapons testing. If you accept that as the issue at hand, then we’ve already succumbed to an ends-justify-the-means mentality.
No, this is about whether or not the President has or should have the power to overrule and bypass Congress!
This is, unfortunately, par for the course for the Obama regime.
Back in 2013, the Obama administration tried to argue before the Supreme Court in Bond v United States that international agreements and norms should trump US law. Thank God, they lost.
Then in 2014, the President signed onto the UN Arms Trade Treaty and began implementing its provisions by executive action without any Congressional approval.
In 2015, President Obama signed on to the UN Climate Treaty. Even though you and your colleagues did not approve the treaty, Obama instructed the EPA to implement the “spirit” of the treaty through identical environmental regulations.
And now, in 2016, the final full year of Obama’s presidency, he is going for it all. He is trying to surrender our right to develop defensive weapons to the United Nations and shredding the Constitution in the process.
I know there is a lot going on. With summer winding down, now is the time to be focused on other things. I get it.
But if we don’t stop this tyrant from bypassing Congress, then it’s all over.
It is every American citizen’s duty to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
If you won’t answer the call and fight back right now, who will?
Your brother in arms,