Hah! Sen. Rand Paul Busts John Kerry: Do You Believe in Candidate or President Obama on War Powers Clause? (Video)

Terrific!
Senator Rand Paul thumped Secretary of State nominee John Kerry today at his hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. Right out of the blocks, Senator Paul stumped Genghis John with a question on the War Powers Clause of the US Constitution,

“I believe in candidate Barack Obama who said in 2007 that the president doesn’t have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack. I’d like to know if you agree with me candidate Barack Obama or if you agree with President Barack Obama who took us to war in Libya without Congressional authority unilaterally?”

Rand Paul then went to bust Kerry for double-standard on Libya and Cambodia.

Paul was ready for the hearing unlike most of the other senators with the exception of Senator Marco Rubio.

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  • CommieJuice

    Rand Paul has been very impressive since he came into the senate. I do like what he is doing lately. The libs hate him which is a great thing.

  • lincoln’s widow

    Rand didnt “stump” anyone. Here’s Kerry’s reply: “You can be ‘absolutist’ and apply it to every circumstance, the problem is, it just doesn’t work in some instances,” Kerry said, adding that as a senator, he supported unilateral action taken by President Ronald Reagan in Grenada, President George H.W. Bush in Panama and President Bill Clinton in Bosnia.

    “When 10,000 people are about to be wiped out by a brutal dictator and you need to make a quick judgment about engagement, you certainly can’t rely on a Congress that has proven itself unwilling to move after weeks and months sometimes,” Kerry said.

    http://mobile.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/24/rand-paul-marco-rubio-show-off-foreign-policy-cred-in-john-kerry-hearing

  • democraps suck

    Nothing to see here..the mooslime POS will find some way to get ketchup boy in office….

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  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    None of this Kabuki Theater will matter. If Rand Paul doesn’t have the guts to ask John Kerry about his dishonorable discharge from the US Military for secretly meeting with the VietCong during the Vietnamese War (while in uniform!) then I don’t want to have anything to do Rand Paul!

  • Patty

    Rand Paul is also a Doctor. You have to be precise and accurate, which it seems many in Washington get a failing grade.

    It seems Paul was ready yesterday, also. What is striking is “no fear” attitude and this is what we need in a President, a real shame Obama and other Republicans and Democrats don’t share Paul’s intelligence and honesty.

  • cavt

    Go Rand– Hope other GOP senators ask pertinent questions. If the last sentence of Kerry’s reply as noted above is correct, that is really scary. He’s saying an imperial President can commit us to war regardless of Congress and the constitution. Sounds familiar.

  • ★FALCON★

    Kerry said this –

    that he will do his best to implement “President Obama’s vision for the world” by giving “a voice to the voiceless.”

    That’s what were all afraid of, Lurch.

    Seems the voiceless have been alleviated over the voiced.

    Voiceless = future Democrat voters and likely communists.

  • Buzzy

    You are shameless Jim Hoft. Shamless. You post all these articles supporting Republicans/conservatives, but you include every damn leftist ad that agrees to pay you money, and those ads are buried within each article. Where in the hell do any Republicans/conservatives draw the line? It is reprehensible that any site calling themselves right leaning to agree to take money from the Democrats to run there sorry sick azzed ads.

  • ★FALCON★

    @ Buzzy – shut your filthy pie hole. Don’t like it here, shove off, dolt.

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  • lincoln’s widow

    Hahaha buzzy, you figured it out. Its not about the message, its about the money. Why else would someone sit on their fat @ss all day, ever day regurgitating pabulum for insurrectionist wanna-be’s? There’s a market out there to pander to malcontents, paranoids and conspiratorial nuts and GP is tapping it. Cha-Ching! let those cash registers ring!

  • bg

    ++

    “I believe in candidate Barack Obama who said in 2007 that the president
    doesn’t have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a
    military attack. I’d like to know if you agree with me candidate Barack
    Obama or if you agree with President Barack Obama who took us to war
    in Libya without Congressional authority unilaterally?”

    WoW!! just WoW!!

    we funded the mujahedin??

    no, no we didn’t Sen. Paul..

    ==

  • Patty

    bg

    she is a liar. and it was a love fest yesterday. and her who cares attitude appalling. She has done nothing as a sos.

  • bg

    ++

    Buzzy #9 January 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    suupoerting repubklcians??’

    sorry, but no, i haven’t seen much of that
    in here for at least couple of years now.. 🙁

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    re: #16 January 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm bg

    repubklcians??’ = Republicans

    ==

  • Patty

    Funny Hillary shot down in Bosnia…….liar!

    Now, this:

    KERRY CAMPAIGN ROCKED BY “LIAR”
    REVELATIONS – DNC LAWYERS TRY TO
    INTIMIDATE TV STATIONS INTO NOT
    RUNNING TELEVISION AD – “SWIFTBOAT
    VETERANS FOR THE TRUTH” EXPOSE
    KERRY AS A FRAUD – NEW BOOK “UNFIT
    TO COMMAND” COSTS SO-CALLED
    “WAR HERO” VIETNAM VET VOTE

    [………………………………….]

    http://www.militarycorruption.com/kerryrocked.htm

    BOTH USE MILITARY AND WAR FOR THEIR POLITICAL CAREERS

  • jb

    Kerry is dangerous. always was. He said Pakistani roads helped us get Bin Laden? Hmmmmm…. i guess that might be so if the helicopters we used in the raid were launched from inside pakistan or after they got him, got him out via the helicopters returning to roads in paksitan.

  • Patty

    #19 January 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    jb commented:

    sounds like insulting the seals or you didn’t build that attitude. Kerry is another Obama and in many ways worse.

    He is also the richest senator. Hope Obama takes 2/3rds of his income.

  • dmacleo

    funny how some idiots fail to realize the webmaster cannot control the pushed ads unless they themselves pay fees.

  • DomesticGoddess

    Kerry should have been thrown in jail for treason years ago. He was a liar when he was “enlisted,” injuring himself and claiming it was enemy fire:

    http://www.swiftvets.com/staticpages/index.php?page=Purple1

    He got a Purple Heart for his self-inflicted wound.

  • bg

    ++

    lincoln’s widow #13 January 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    re: [malcontents, paranoids and conspiratorial nuts]

    be careful, FaceBook already got in trouble for censoring a
    member because someone posted ill of Lieber Führer.. /s/

    oh yeah, “conspiracy theories”, Barry aces
    in those
    , unless of course, they’re not.. 😡

    [Boss and Obama, however, had a starkly different view. They believed
    that the economic stresses of the Carter years meant revolution was
    still imminent. The election of Reagan was simply a minor set-back in
    terms of the coming revolution. As I recall, Obama repeatedly used the
    phrase “When the revolution comes….” In my mind, I remember thinking
    that Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory that had
    characterized my own views while I was an undergraduate at Occidental
    College. “There’s going to be a revolution,” Obama said, “we need to be
    organized and grow the movement.” In Obama’s view, our role must be
    to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable
    revolution.
    ]

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Patty #20 January 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    nah, don’t think so.. believe Rockefeller
    beats him by a few trillion.. /truth sarc/

    ==

  • I say approve him and get him out of the Senate.

  • Buzzy

    at #13- Thank you, cha ching must be it. The Republicans/conservatives are consistently slammed because they just can’t get it right with messaging, and to a large degree that’s correct. Then you come to read articles that are unquestionably right of center, and you are hit with an onslaught of not only Democrat ads, but in some cases far left Democrat ads. It is something I will never understand, except it means $$$$$, or more accurately pennies.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    But the fact is that Kerry is going to cruise through his confirmation with the support of most of the GOP senators and nobody is going to remember what Rand Paul said.

  • Sasja

    It was another dog and pony show as with The Hag’s testimony on Benghazi. Rush always says it best.

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/01/24/john_kerry_who_served_in_vietnam_will_be_your_next_secretary_of_state_but_what_difference_does_it_make

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  • bg

    ++

    “I’m an internationalist. I’d like to see our troops dispersed
    through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.”

    [Yet, Vice President Albert Gore stated that these Americans “died in
    the service of The United Nations.”
    “It is patently clear,” a retired high
    ranking Army Officer told The SPOTLIGHT,”that this survey raises some
    very serious issues, not the least of which is that U.S. servicemen are
    not being properly educated as to the limits of their service in the civilian
    sector. This is most dangerous, and, I should think the Congress has an
    obligation to the people to take a careful look at this, not to mention the
    people at the Pentagon.”]

    Vietnam and the Media

    [“Illusionary events reported by the press as well as real events
    within the press corps were more decisive than the clash of arms
    or the contention of ideologies. For the first time in modern history,
    the outcome of a war was determined not on the battlefield but
    on the printed page, and above all, on the television screen. ”

    [..]

    “Never before Vietnam had the collective policy of the media sought
    by graphic and unremitting distortion, the victory of the enemies of
    the correspondents own side.”

    [..]

    Senator Margaret Chase Smith, “The press has become more
    sympathetic to the enemy than to our own national interest.”
    (Congressional Record, June 16, 1971)]

    Winter Soldier..

    [Enemy documents from 1971 show that Vietnamese communists guided
    the American antiwar movement via meetings between the communist
    delegations to the Paris Peace talks and American antiwar activists. John
    Kerry and the VVAW were working toward the exact goals set forth in
    the communist directives.]

    Military are now polled to ensure that
    they will fire on Americans if ordered.

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  • bg

    ++

    re: #30 January 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm bg

    re: Global Civilian Security Force

    [Advocates of limited government are concerned about comments by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) regarding his national service plans and views on the “burden of global citizenship.”]

    “citizens in uniform”

    [The armed forces, therefore, according to the decree issued by Chávez last July 22nd, in the practice will be responsible for enforcing by means of arms the failed socialist constitutional reform. To that end, in order to dilute the country into its militia-like organization, will “prepare and organize the people for integral defense.” In addition, it will “forge alliances or coalitions with the armed forces of foreign countries.” The ongoing military revolution will have not borders. At the end, there is one single purpose -retired military officer Chávez Frías will boast his five-sun insignia appropriate for his new rank of commander in chief, awarded by himself, and not by the grace of God.]

    Barack Obama explains the virtue of global citizenship

    translation: submit to the climate change hoax or die..

    Senator Obama, Citizen of the World

    [European socialists and Middle Eastern Muslims are wildly enthusiastic about Senator Obama, because he styles himself a citizen of the world who, like all liberal- progressive- socialists, aims for world government.

    American liberal- progressive- socialism, in the person of Senator Obama, is a carbon copy of European socialism, and Islamic jihadists recognize that socialism offers no opposition to their ruthless jihad to enslave the entire world.

    For historical perspective, let’s look to one of France’s leading socialist theoreticians, the late Jean- François Revel. As I wrote at the time of M. Revel’s death in May, 2006:

    Jean- François Revel, who died last week at the age of 82, was that exceedingly rare person: a French intellectual who didn’t despise the United States, an intellectual who understood the cancerous prognosis of liberalism.

    Revel’s 1983 “How Democracies Perish” described liberalism’s debilitating effect on confronting the threat of domination by the Soviet Union. His observations apply equally today in our long-term struggle against Islamic jihad.]

    RTWT!!

    ==

  • Injunjoe

    Look at it this way buzzy… The $$$ the democrats spend here is wasted… Let the enemy fund your enterprise….

  • bg

    ++

    Buzzy #26 January 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    IDIObots..

    tis the prog-dem-libs led by Barry and his purple
    crayon who are hypocritical anti-capitalists.. :roll:

    ie: Michael Moore being one of way too
    numerous to count RICH RICHY RICHES..

    ==

  • #2lincoln’swidow…kerry didn’t completely nail it. what he forgot to say when he said it is not absolute is that he is in favor of the war powers act if the president is a republican he is againist it if the president is a democrat. kind of like you.

  • BS61

    #1 January 24, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    CommieJuice commented:
    Rand Paul has been very impressive since he came into the senate. I do like what he is doing lately. The libs hate him which is a great thing.

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • lincoln’s widow

    tom wutnhell are you flapping about? “Kerry said, adding that as a senator, he supported unilateral action taken by President Ronald Reagan in Grenada, President George H.W. Bush in Panama and President Bill Clinton in Bosnia.”

    Buzz, im glad to contribute to a good cause 😉

  • lincoln’s widow

    “led by Barry and his purple
    crayon”

    Eww…is that something you know about personally? I had to look it up… ::puke::

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    re: lincoln’s widow #37 January 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    have no idea where you looked, but this is what i see..

    BARRY AND THE PURPLE CRAYON

    [SUMMARY

    BARRY AND THE PURPLE CRAYON concerns a little boy who literally
    “colors his world” by using a crayon to draw whatever he happens
    to need. The story begins with the little boy, Barry, wanting to take
    a walk in the moonlight. Because there isn’t a moon, Barry decides
    to draw one, as well as a path to follow on his walk. When Barry
    realizes that the straight path is getting him nowhere, he decides
    to draw a short cut. As the story moves along, Barry and his crayon
    move along too. Barry draws what he desires, finds himself in difficulty,
    and draws his way out of his dilemmas.
    ]

    ==

  • shadow

    You post all these articles supporting Republicans/conservatives, but you include every damn leftist ad that agrees to pay you money,

    Sorry, but that is not how it works. GP doesn’t necessarily pick and choose what ads you see. They are generated by an ad-pusher that selects ads based on your online behavior – sites you visit and searches you launch. I’d bet most here don’t see the ads you do.

  • bg
  • bg

    ++

    re: #41 January 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm bg

    How Chinagate Led to 9/11

    Jamie Gorelick

    [During the investigation of the first World Trade Center bombing,
    Gorelick instructed then-FBI Director Louis Freeh and United States
    Attorney Mary Jo White that for the sake of “appearances” they would
    be required to adhere to an interpretation of the wall far stricter than
    the law required.

    [..]

    “The Clinton administration neutered the American intelligence
    agencies that could have stopped the September 11 plot.”]

    The Mary Jo White Memo:

    [White’s 1995 memo effectively put the clinton-Gorelick cabal on
    contemporaneous notice that Gorelick’s Wall was placing America
    at grave risk from terrorism.

    The memo explicitly warned that the protective wall the clintons
    and Gorelick were busy erecting (doubtless to blind domestic law
    enforcement to the clintons’ illegal foreign schemes) would (also)
    blind domestic law enforcement to terrorist plots foreign and
    domestic.

    From this it follows that Gorelick’s Wall was not the clintons’
    and Gorelick’s simple (albeit monumental) blunder.

    Rather, Gorelick’s Wall was no less than the clintons’ and Gorelick’s
    malfeasance–willful, self-serving and seditious–with the metastasis
    of al Qaeda and 9/11 the sorry endpoint.]

    ==

  • lincoln’s widow

    yeah, sure, i don’t think so. You slick tho, like a weasel. you good at playing stupid. Link went nowhere, no such thing found this instead http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collateral.jsp?id=32380

    I hope you get paid well.

  • shadow

    He said Pakistani roads helped us get Bin Laden?

    Of course that is not what he said, but what fun would it be to quote him accurately. The roads, he said, are important in supplying out troops in Afghanistan, while shared intelligence helped us get bin Laden.

    sounds like insulting the seals or you didn’t build that attitude.

    Yes, it is exactly like “you didn’t build that.” Partisans hearing what they want to hear, yet blaming the speaker for their ignorance.

  • bg

    ++

    shadow #40 January 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    i also complained about the ads way back, but decided to just ignore
    them because i figured they were part and parcel of GP’s forum contract
    (or whatever it’s called), at any rate, it’s a load of crap, i go to very few
    places, one is my email, another GP, and albeit hard to decipher these
    days, the main bulk of my searches have not taken place via left leaning
    sources..

    oh yeah, i also have a FB page, but someone tried to hack into it, ergo,
    may shut it shut it down because i hardly use it for anything other than
    storage space anyways..

    ==

  • shadow

    I say approve him and get him out of the Senate.

    Fine. But can you say, “Senator Barney Frank?”

  • bg

    ++

    lincoln’s widow #43 January 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    idiot, i’ve been posting the same Barry and
    his purple crayon n crap for years now..

    and if i were your boss, i’d fire you, however, you probably
    belong to a union of Obot trollers and get a raise for every
    response you get from me, so enjoy yourself, it’s late than
    you think, oh wait, you already missed that train.. 😀

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    re: #47 January 25, 2013 at 12:25 am bg

    late = later

    eh, pardon typos/errors, or cry about them, me no care..

    ==

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …but you include every damn leftist ad that agrees to pay you money, and those ads are buried within each article.

    What’s the big deal? Do you actually think that most of the people that frequent this place are weak-minded squishes that are going to be swayed by those ads? That is extremely unlikely.

    If the proprietor is getting paid for running them regardless of their efficacy, I don’t see the problem with that. As a matter of fact, the same thing has happened on other conservative sites as well, and those site owners weren’t complaining. They even laughed about it.

  • shadow

    at any rate, it’s a load of crap, i go to very few places, one is my email, another GP, and albeit hard to decipher these days, the main bulk of my searches have not taken place via left leaning sources..

    Well, perhaps lacking any guidance, you just get the luck of the draw, but currently on my screen there are ads for Sawgrass Infiniti and Maroone Chevrolet. That would be quite a coincidence if it had nothing to do with information on my computer, seeing how both are within 10 miles of my house.

  • lincoln’s widow

    crococrap. Try again

  • bg

    ++

    shadow #51 January 25, 2013 at 12:46 am

    well then, i live around the corner from Rand Paul.. :roll:

    ==

  • shadow

    Mary Jo White

    Good timing.

    Obama Taps Mary Jo White To Run SEC

  • Cactus

    Re the Purple Crayon: the book is called ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon,’ not Barry… but I can see how the metaphor fits. Lincoln’s Widow, I don’t know what you looked up, but the book is an innocent children’s book. I had it when I was a kid.

    Re ads: I use Firefox with Adblock Plus. No ads at all for me 😀 But yes, webmasters don’t get to pick the ads that show if they use an ad service like Google. They may be based on your browsing history, or maybe they’re just picking up on keywords in the blog post… like “John Kerry.”

    So Widow, before posting, you might want to learn more about the subjects on which you rant…

  • RedBeard

    Buzzy, before slamming Hoft for the ads, you might want to consider educating yourself as to how blog ads work. Obviously you two have no clue as to how ad content is derived, or by whom. Try again after you read up on the matter. In the meantime, take a pill and relax, before you blow out an artery.

    And Lincoln’s Widow, thanks for the unintentional honesty, as you reveal your hatred for free enterprise and profit. Spoken like a true zealous leftie.

  • Hippies Still Smell

    “For tis the sport to haue the enginer Hoist with his owne petar”
    –Hamlet–

  • Jerry C

    @ #36 lincoln’s widow-“tom wutnhell are you flapping about? “Kerry said, adding that as a senator, he supported unilateral action taken by President Ronald Reagan in Grenada, President George H.W. Bush in Panama and President Bill Clinton in Bosnia.””

    So, basically liar kerry stated he supports the President whenever he agrees with him; to hell with the laws & Constitution! It’s easy to agree with a Dictator when you agree with him. Not so much when you don’t. Hence, the reason our founding fathers setup our three branches of government the way they did.

    Which helps to explain you. You don’t care for the Constitution or laws that are in place to prevent a Dictator from enslaving american citizens. You don’t mind laws being broken since you agree with what this adminstration is doing. There’s a term for a person like you. It’s called Useful Idiot. You fit it to a T. Or should I say to a UI?

  • bg

    ++

    January 25, 2013

    This is not your father’s R. Paul

    [Rand Paul is no Ron Paul when it comes to Israel — at least in rhetoric.
    TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein reports on the younger Paul’s latest pro-Israel statement:

    “Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul took what very well could be
    considered his most pro-Israel stance yet, saying in an interview
    that an attack on Israel should be treated as an attack on the
    United States. Asked in an interview whether the United States
    would stand with Israel and provide it foreign aid if the Jewish
    state was attacked by its enemies, Paul went a step further and
    said such an attack should be treated as an attack on the U.S.
    ‘Well absolutely we stand with Israel,’ he said in an interview
    with Breitbart News, ‘but what I think we should do is announce
    to the world – and I think it is pretty well known — that any attack
    on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States.’”
    ]

    ==

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  • Mick T

    That is correct #2 Lincoln’s Widow…just like Ghengis John, although not yet a Senator at that time, was sooooooo supportive of the Cambodian’s who suffered at the hands of the Khmer Rouge…or like when he was soooo supportive of Daniel Ortega in ’85…or even now, when he’s been sooooooooooooooooooooo supportive over the course of the 20+ month bloodbath in Syria…am I to suppose that 10,000 is the magical number we’re looking for here in order to trigger support from him?

    As far as the purported examples of support you’ve cited him as giving, I’d have to research the accuracy and context rather than just taking the them at face value.

  • abubaboon baboon

    Egypt 2013

  • dave

    Kerry is full of it! Rand Paul got him!

  • End the Fed Inc Tax at Individuals

    @lincoln’s widow……my question is. This country where 10,000 people are about to be wiped out. Did this country attack the US. If so, or if not, did the Representatives hold Town Hall meetings to see if their constituents wanted to go to war? How about just saying to Egypt and all the other nations we give aid to. Tell them we are broke. Because we are. That we cannot give aid until we actually have treasure in the treasury. Then per article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution. Our Representatives and Senators can once again start to get paid compensation.

  • Javier Gonzalez

    As always, Kerry proves himself to be a man of many faces…Eloquent, diplomatic, and glib.
    Above all, he is a Master Rationalist. A man who will yell in outrage over a terrible injustice, yet at the same time, say, “well, he was freely elected” or “we can’t interfere with their political decisions”. And I say to that, then why do we need you as Sec. of State?

    Shouldn’t he be the ambassador to the UN, where they assemble, look important, say lofty things, and the Middle East falls apart… You have extremist Muslim leaders threatening the Jewish state every week; You have another psychotic N. Korean leader threatening its neighbors; You now have a war between Muslim radicals and France. In essence, extremist Muslims start trouble wherever they are, and there is not a unified, unilateral pledge to stop warring Muslim factions around the globe.

    To top it off, we have the Pres. of the Divided States sending military weaponry and military jets to the new leaders of certain unstable muslim countries. Adding fuel to the fire? Is Obama crazy? Or is he sane, and wants more war in the Middle East? Why is Obama friendly to Muslim nations and we hear that there is growing division between he and Netanyahu?

  • Eric

    Bush had congressional approval. neither Clinton who was denied nor Obama who didn’t even ask had the Approval of congress. Bush had senate approval. Regardless of he intel at the time Bush did it legally. Clinton and Obama did not.