WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – The year was 1799 when a Congress and a President, John Adams, came together to sign into law the Logan Act. Named in honor of Philadelphia County, PA. Senator George Logan who took it upon himself to negotiate without permission, openly, on behalf of the still newly minted United States of America with the Republic of France in 1798. It was enacted so that ‘no one but an authorized Citizen of the United States shall have the Power to Negotiate on behalf the U.S. with any other foreign entity or government except for the President himself’.
Simply put the Logan Act gives the President of the United States, whomever he or she may be, the Power to Negotiate. Much like Congress has the “The Power of the Purse,” when it comes to Wars & Budgets. The Logan Act gives the President, any President, the Power to Negotiate with Foreign and Domestic Actors on the so-called, “World’s Stage”.
The Congress, in its current form, seems to forget history or and in fact they may not know or UNDERSTAND that a President has this power?
With this posting I hope to remind them, refresh them or perhaps better inform them, openly, that these are the FACTS when it comes to the nuclear negotiations with Iran or T.P.P. (Trans-Pacific Partnership).
I freely admit any negotiation with a so-called, “Bad Actor” like Iran is troubling at best, given their government and military’s History of Violence. Their representative governments, in any form, have been bad ones, at least, since 1909.
But I believe we have turned a corner, and leadership, as well as governments their, in their current form, are good and decent ones, and will lead their people and the World accordingly especially when it comes to this latest effort.
But the Congress of the United States and in particular those in the United States Senate see it differently. And they have in fact taken steps to undermine, deliberately and effectually, this President, Barack Obama, dramatically.
Enter: Bob Corker.
The Honorable Robert P. ‘Bob’ Corker, Jr., U.S. Senator – Republican, Tennessee…
To his credit Bob Corker did not sign the Iran Letter – once more he said, in so many words, “Hell no! I won’t sign that letter because it undermines everything that I am trying to do…”
But I don’t trust or even like Bob Corker this also-rand Mayor turned Statesman has never met an angel or a deal that he didn’t like especially if it gave him some height, besides the lifts in his loafers. Nor did I like much less TRUST his predecessor Dr. Bill Frist, M.D. Both men have never met a deal or an angel that they didn’t like or couldn’t cut, and if they can’t or won’t undermine publicly they’ll do it privately. And its sad. Really sad.
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness…” – President John F. Kennedy
At every turn this Congress has elected to undermine this President rather than let him govern. They have ignored the law on matters of convenience and narrative in order to boast and brag and say, “See! See! We told you. We told you. This President is bowing to our enemies. Negotiating with the enemies of Israel. And so, now, we gotta go in and clean this mess up…” In the mean time though to hell with the rest of the World and its problems ‘we’ve got far bigger fish to fry’. “When’s that next vote up to name that post office John [Boehner]?”
And We as Americans, and as Citizens of the World have every right to say, “Whoa! Wait a minute. Hod up here chief. This deal. This negotiation is what we want, it’s what We the People of the United States of America want. We want Iran, under new leadership, to be able to come to the table and negotiate with our President…”
In retort though you have the Congress, and in particular Republican members of Congress, who have sought to undermine, inappropriately, this President at every turn.
To be sure I am no ardent fan of Barack Obama. But he is the President of the United States, like it or not, he was duly elected by a Majority of the American voter on two separate occasions. Period. Full stop.
President Barack H. Obama, II. speaks to reporters on Wednesday at the New Executive Office Building press room, near The White House, 2015…
You don’t like it or him Impeach him! And while you’re at it REPEAL & REPLACE the Logan Act of 1799 which gives the President, and the President ONLY, the Authority to Negotiate.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects. – Logan Act, 1799
The above and titled is not coming from me that’s coming from the Law, the Act, itself folks. And at every turn this President has been making use of the Act. And this is a good thing, because, and truthfully, this President is very well aware of the Law.
So I have to wonder then, IF it’s not ignorance, and it’s not being caught unaware then that leaves a deliberate undermining of both this President and the “Separation of Powers,” as it pertains to the Legislative and the Executive, and when two of the three legs of the stool of government aren’t working that then leaves the third and final leg, the Judicial.
The Nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, 2014 picture…
And given the ‘tug of popular sentiment’ I’m not exactly sure if a Majority of the American People want democratized governance left up to them entirely. Although I could be wrong? – See what you think.
So that then leaves the Legislative and the Executive. The legislative refuses to Govern. At least in the odd chance that President Obama might be deemed successful. Then an Executive branch of Government that is, by all accounts, doing all it can to Govern. Bottom line.
Something, folks, has got to give. That is WHY I am calling on this President, Barack Obama, to Act. Act on behalf of the We the People because and clearly sir, the Congress, this Congress, won’t.
It is time to ARREST & PROSECUTE the 47 Traitors who signed that Iran Letter — TODAY. It is past time Mr. President for you to Act. Thank you.