Skip to comments.Flashback: Lindsey Graham defends Democrats from Rand Paulís foreign aid attacks
Posted on 06/07/2014 7:59:58 AM PDT by cotton1706
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has started airing ads attacking Democrats who recently voted to continue foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan, but one of his GOP Senate colleagues has risen to their defense.
On Tuesday, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham joined West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on a conference call defending Machins foreign aid vote, the Charleston Gazette reported.
A lot of debate goes on about foreign aid, Graham said. Foreign relations are not a Democrat or Republican issue, but a American issue.
Joe Manchin works with Barack Obama to send billions of our taxpayer dollars to countries where radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag and kill our diplomats, Pauls ad states.
Paul proposed an amendment that would have suspended aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan that was overwhelmingly defeated on Sept. 21.
Another version of the ad is running against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida. Pauls political action committee announced Wednesday that the 60-second spot will start airing against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio.
In recent months, the Pakistani government has imprisoned and tortured Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped us get Osama bin Laden. Egypt and Libya have failed to protect our embassies, while militants stormed them, burning our flag and killing Americans, Paul said in a statement. Unfortunately, Senator Sherrod Brown has stood with President Obama and against the American taxpayer to continue sending foreign aid to these very countries. I recently offered an amendment to strip their aid, an amendment that was strongly opposed by Senator Brown.
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I don't know where Sen. Graham got his law degree, but he should have picked a better school. This is because Justice Joseph Story had noted that the Founding States had never delegated to Congress, via the Constitution, the specific power to tax and spend for foreign aid purposes.
If the tax be not proposed for the common defence, or general welfare, but for other objects, wholly extraneous, (as for instance, for propagating Mahometanism among the Turks, or giving aids and subsidies to a foreign nation, to build palaces for its kings, or erect monuments to its heroes,) it would be wholly indefensible upon constitutional principles [emphases added]. Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution 2 (1833).
In fact, since foreign aid is not listed in Congress's Article I, Section 8-limited powers, Justice John Marshall had noted in general that Congress is prohibited from laying taxes for such purposes.
Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States. Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
So what Sen. Graham needs to do concerning his misguided ideas about foreign aid is the following. He needs to rally Congress to propose a foreign aid amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification. And if the states should choose to ratify Graham's amendment, then Congress will have the specific power that it needs to tax and spend for foreign aid purposes and Graham will be a hero.
I get it: Lindsay Graham is bad; you’re preaching to the choir here, and not really getting much accomplished unless you at least post a link to one (or more of his opponents websites) and ask for us to give funds..