There are many things that President Barack Obama could be proud of as president of the United States.
He has the power of the Executive Branch vested in him. He acts as head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces and is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by the legislative branch or Congress. These executive powers also allow him to appoint heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet.
In short, itâ��s no easy task to be president of this country and the position holds a tremendous amount of clout and prestige. It is presumed that the person holding the position is capable of carrying out these duties, as well.
\In this handout photo provided by the White House, President Barack Obama speaks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office September 27, 2013 in Washington D.C. Getty Images
As the person who appoints his or her own Cabinet, should Obama lack expertise in any particular area, he has a suitable array of individuals from which to seek help. He can â��pick the brainsâ�� of those hailed as potentially some of the brightest individuals in the U.S. Together, they can determine how to accomplish a specific task without looking for assistance outside of our country.
Therefore, hypothetically speaking, if the president canâ��t convince the Republicans to agree to get on board with a nuclear deal with Iran then all he would have to do is call on his appointed Cabinet members to assist him in figuring out how to win over the Republicans and get the job done.
In Obamaâ��s case, the scenario is real. Republicans are strongly opposed to his nuclear talks with Iran and have voiced their opposition by penning a letter to Iran.
Although it has been dismissed by the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as a â��propaganda ploy,â�� 47 Republican U.S. senators warned Iranâ��s leaders that any nuclear agreement with Obama would potentially last only as long as Obamaâ��s remaining term in office.
The U.S. Capitol Building stands in this photo taken with a tilt-shift lens in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images
While the president may enter into treaties or agreements with other countries, ultimately it is Congress that will decide if it should consent to the agreement by a two-thirds majority vote. If ratified, the agreement would become legally binding. The Constitution also allows for Congress to play an active role in forming an agreement with another country by providing â��advice and consentâ�� to the president before an agreement is reached.
Congress has yet to exert its powers under the Constitution to demand that it be included in the treaty process by offering Obama â��adviceâ�� during the negotiations and before an agreement is reached. However, the GOP-led Congress claims that the Senate is working on legislation in the coming days that will permit them to address this issue, even though new law is not necessary because the authority for Congress to act already exists.
Obama has attempted to assure the public that Congressâ��s advice is not needed during this process by making it clear to CBSâ�� â��Sunday Morningâ�� that the U.S. would â��walk awayâ�� from nuclear talks if thereâ��s no acceptable deal and that any agreement must allow Western powers to verify that Tehran isnâ��t going to obtain an atomic weapon.
Obama said, â��If we donâ��t have that kind of deal, then weâ��re not going to take it.â�� Obama concluded by saying that the U.S. and others would still have â��enough time to take action,â�� if Iran â��cheated.â��
Should Americans feel secure with Obama moving forward on an agreement with Iran and without Congress when the potential for a widespread and devastating global impact exists? I think most of us know the answer to that.
US President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting on January 14, 2014 in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
To add insult to injury, Americans are now being told that Obamaâ��s â��quasi-Cabinetâ�� member (my words, not theirs) from the Middle East is here to help America end its dispute between our political leaders. Obama has expressed that he is open to accepting this offer.
Although, this is satirical, would you doubt for a moment that it could be true if you heard the following?
Iranâ��s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wanting to act as mediator because GOPsâ�� â��continuing hostilities are a threat to world peace,â�� said following Republicansâ�� â��worrisome letter,â�� that â��as a result, Iran feels it must offer itself as a peacemaker.â��
Who better to act in Americaâ��s best interest as a â��peacemakerâ�� and help Obama sort out an agreement between the two countries, than the leader of a country known for its not so â��peacefulâ�� ways?
Khamenei said that his nation was the â��logical choiceâ�� to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the GOP because it was clear that each side talks more to Iran than to each other.
Obama, at the behest of Khamenei, was invited to come to Tehran with Republicans in order to hash out the differences between â��two bitter foes.â�� Khamenei said, â��It is time to stop the madness.â��
I couldnâ��t agree more. It is indeed time to stop the madness!
Congress, pull it together and stop this idiocy. You have the ability to demand to be part of negotiations â��ifâ�� you believe that doing so is in the best interests of â��thisâ�� country.
As a member of the Congress, you are responsible under Article One of the Constitution to â��represent the American people and make the nationâ��s laws.â�� Additionally, you have the power to investigate and oversee the executive branch.
If you believe Obamaâ��s agreement concerning an Iran nuclear deal is not in the best interests of the American people, then let me remind you of your sworn duty under the Constitution to intercede.
Stop your letter writing campaign to Iran. Stop writing new legislation to oppose Obama. Start doing your job and face Obama.
You have the authority. Now act upon it!
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