Former Congresswoman and Potential Trump VP Tulsi Gabbard Shows Support for Defend The Guard Act

by | Mar 19, 2024 | News

At the Liberty Forum in New Hampshire on March 16, Tulsi Gabbard, a former congresswoman from Hawaii, endorsed the Defend the Guard Act, which seeks to reassert congressional war powers.

The bill, introduced in over 30 state legislatures in 2024, aims to prevent the deployment of National Guard units into overseas combat without an explicit declaration of war by Congress, aligning with the U.S. Constitution’s Article I, Section 8. Gabbard highlighted the legislation as a crucial step towards compelling Congress to fulfill its responsibility and criticized lawmakers for avoiding accountability on military engagement decisions.

“I think that the power of this legislation is it serves as a forcing function for Congress to do its job, really. That’s really what it comes down to. The fact that Congress has abdicated its responsibility in being held to account, on the record, for actually having to cast a vote to declare war, to authorize the use of military force,” Gabbard said while attending the New Hampshire Liberty Forum over the weekend. “There’s a reason why they have ceded, essentially all of that power, to the executive. It’s because they don’t want to be on the record. They don’t want to have to live with, as we saw with the Iraq War, that vote haunting them when they’re on the wrong side.

“It’s maddening to me because they’re so quick to call for war, to call for economic warfare through sanctions, call for proxy war where they say, ‘Oh don’t worry, we won’t have any American boots on the ground. We’ll just get other people to go, and give them our guns and pay for their salaries to go wage a war on our behalf.’ As if that’s a good thing.”

“They are refusing to take responsibility for putting people’s lives in harm’s way. When I was deployed—I’ve been deployed three times to three different areas—but I remember doing my first deployment to Iraq. You know, there were a few politicians who came through. And they generally come and they land and they’ll stay maybe for 24 hours, maybe a day and a half. Shake some hands, take some pictures; and then run back to Washington and say ‘Oh I just came back from the war.'”

Tulsi Gabbard recounted her decision to volunteer for deployment to Iraq, emphasizing her firsthand experience with the human cost of war and criticizing politicians for their lack of genuine concern for the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. She expressed disgust at witnessing war profiteering and highlighted the insensitivity of politicians towards the grave consequences of war.

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