After one of them called for the “forced resignations” of President Obama
and congressional leaders in response to multiple grievances, including
the alleged political purge of hundreds of senior military officers,
two retired U.S. generals are creating a citizens’ commission to
scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and
“America’s Provisional Leadership Council” will look at major
concerns, as outlined by Army Gen. Paul E. Vallely and Air Force Brig.
Gen. Charles Jones, in an eight-point paper titled “The Americans Project.”
In calling for the forced resignations of Obama and the leadership of Congress, Vallely outlined suggestions for nationwide rallies and said a peaceful “civil uprising is still not out of question.”
You might be interested to know that Vallely, an Islamophobe, is
senior military analyst for Fox News and that Jones, an apparently VERY
angry old white man, wrote an open letter in support of birther Orly Taitz, claiming that the president was “possibly [a] citizen of Kenya.”
We are told that “In their paper, Vallely and Jones call for
adherence to the Constitution with strict congressional oversight of all
What a great idea for saving our Constitution! Except…
NOTHING in the United States Constitution provides for using force to
terminate a presidency. NOTHING. Yet the claim made here is that this
would be done in order to protect the Constitution. Yes, protect the
Constitution by violating it.
Interesting concept. Something that would make sense only to a tea party mind.
It’s kinda funny too, in a way, in that these generals are angry at
Obama for “forcing resignations.” Did they forget their oath? Did they
forget that the U.S. president is the “commander-in-chief”?
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States….
ARTICLE II, SECTION 2, CLAUSE 1
Did they forget that the president was legally elected according to
the Constitution and that neither a military coup nor leading a civilian
uprising would not be in accord with the Constitution they swore to uphold?
“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and
allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President
of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me,
according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So
help me God.” (Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the
wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
This is Vallely back in 2010 telling a bunch of Republicans in Virginia City, Montana, about his plans:
Perhaps he doesn’t remember the
significance of the oaths he is talking about here? Is it possible he
does not see that violating the Constitution does not protect the
The current crop of leaders, he said, must face a “demand
resignation” process, which he explained requires massive grassroots
protests and social networking which he envisions can be undertaken
through his organization. And example of a “forced resignation,” he
said, was that of President Richard Nixon.
“Our federal government continues down the path of destroying
America,” Vallely said. “Americans must now stand up and put America
back on the right track.”
Vallely and Jones in their paper say “The Americans” leadership has
developed workable solutions to “help solve and fix what has without
question stunted our nation’s ability to clearly, legally and peacefully
function as a constitutional republic.”
Never mind that Nixon – who, unlike Obama, actually did something
wrong – was not forced to resign – he chose to resign rather than face
Vallely, if he really cares about this country, should be pointing
the finger at the tea party anarchists in the House of Representatives,
at the Citizens United ruling, and at a host of other problems that can
be laid at the door of Republican ideology and governance from
Republicans really can’t get over the fact that Americans have
rejected them – twice, and that their brief tea party resurgence in 2010
did not imply that President Obama relinquish his role as president to a
small band of lunatics in the House of Representatives. It did not
alter Democratic control of the Senate. The Constitution did not change
in 2010 from what it was in 2008. Barack Obama is still the president of
the United States. He was re-elected president of the United States by 5
million votes in 2012.
Recent elections and polls show support for the Republican and tea
parties to be at an all-time low. Deadly diseases are more popular than
the Republicans in Congress.
What part of this do you treasonous clowns not get?
You can stomp your little feet if you want, sure. You can rant and
rave, which is something you have shown us all you love to do. But you
don’t get to shut down the government because you don’t like how America
voted. How is that patriotic – or constitutional? And you certainly
don’t get to impeach the president simply because you don’t like him,
and what in the world gives you the idea that the military can remove a
legally elected president because you don’t like the results of an
Don’t even pretend that you are doing this for us. What you want has
nothing to do with what polls and elections show the American people
want. Don’t even pretend you are doing this to protect the Constitution.
Neither is true.
You are conservative reactionaries. You are doing this for
yourselves, because you don’t like the fact that we as a culture have
moved on, that the American people are no longer interested in what you
have to offer. You ran our country into the ground and we aren’t going
to let you do it again.
Not on our watches. Government OF the people, BY the people, and FOR
the people. It is no more government of, by, and for the military than
it is of, by and for the corporations or of, by, and for God.
If you don’t like the results of the last election, win the next
election if you can, a possibility that is daily – thanks to your own
insane behavior and ideas and actions – becoming more remote.
Ex-Generals Say President Obama Must be Forced to Resign was written by Hrafnkell Haraldsson for PoliticusUSA.