Mobilization Underway To Override Obama Veto
Sept. 24. 2016 (EIRNS)—In the wake of Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) has gone into full mobilization to demand that Congress do its duty to override the veto. The next step, as presented by LaRouche movement leader Jeffrey Steinberg on LPAC’s Sept. 23 webcast, must be to move for impeachment of the President.
During the webcast, Steinberg and host Matthew Ogden repeatedly urged viewers to bombard their Congressmen and Senators with the demand that the override be done immediately. Call 202-224-3121, and deliver the message, they said.
Steinberg also conveyed direct marching orders from Lyndon LaRouche:
“Mr. LaRouche’s marching orders are very simple: Get the veto override. Mobilize your Senator, mobilize your Representative. But, on top of that, anyone who is unclear about the strategic implications of an Obama veto, should think long and hard and should join in the chorus that must immediately demand his impeachment from office. This is a dead serious matter, and that’s the step that must be taken.”
Despite indications from the Congressional leaderships that an override is certain, the scale of mobilization on behalf of the Saudis and their sponsors, including the British, is putting an excruciating squeeze on elected representatives, most of whom are up for re-election. Representatives of the 9/11 victims’ families are in constant mobilization to press their point home, but the balance of responsibility lies with the legislators’ constituents.
Steinberg put it this way:
“For those citizens out there who’ve not engaged in this kind of level of political mobilization, let me be very clear. If you walk into any office on Capitol Hill, the first thing you encounter are several young people, usually they’re new employees—fresh out of college—sometimes they’re even interns. They’re there taking phone calls. And they are instructed by every member of Congress, to take detailed notes on every constituent call that comes in there.
Those members of Congress—and of course, we’re two months away from elections in which every member of the House and one-third of the Senate are up for re-election—want to know what issues are on their constituents’ minds. When Congress was considering whether to give President Obama the authority to bomb Syria back in September of 2013, the switchboards were ringing off the hook on Capitol Hill. Every office received massive numbers of phone calls, emails, letters; and they were running 100 to 1 against any kind of new wars in the Middle East involving the United States. So, you do make a difference.”