The Executive and War Powers...

....Presidential orders, even those issued as commander-in-chief, are subject to restrictions imposed by Congress. A Congressional declaration of war, for example, limits Presidential powers, narrows the focus of the action, and implies, or clearly stipulates, a precise end-point to the conflict. Like it or not, the Constitution is clear, and the only way it can be changed is through the procedure for amendments as outlined in the Constitution. All Presidents that have waged war without a Congressional declaration, including Presidents Truman, Johnson, Clinton and Bush, have broken the law; the law specifically stated in the Constitution; thereby conducting themselves like dictators, albeit democratically elected, in order to determine the future of foreign people and nations....

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Remembering a Constitutional Congress

We should thus be thankful that, in its 1911 Reapportionment Bill, Congress chose to fix the House at 435 members.  That number has been defaulted from census to census, reapportionment to reapportionment, up to the present day because Congress has chosen not to change it.


It is time to revisit that calculus.


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What Happened To My Country?

...Vietnam taught us the danger and folly of going to war on a false pretext. Tonkin Gulf was to be a lesson to us all, as was the intended impeachment of Nixon for violating the law and the Constitution. We wouldn't let that happen again; no president was ever going to spy on his own people again, or persecute people who didn't agree with him or his policies...

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It Must Be an Election Year

It must be an election year.  Bill Frist has scheduled a vote on another flag burning amendment.

Frist:

   "The American flag is a proud and sacred reminder of the principles of freedom and opportunity that form the foundation of our Republic. Our flag reminds us that there is more that unites us as Americans than divides us, and a constitutional amendment will give one of our Nation's proudest and most treasured symbols the protection it deserves. It honors the sacrifice of countless brave men and women who died defending our flag and the ideals it represents. I look forward to bringing the Flag Protection Amendment to the floor at the end of June so we can debate legislation that respects one of the principal symbols of our nation, and appropriately honors the sacrifice and commitment of all those who've acted to protect it."

I wish someone would propose and amendment that would ban flag-related amendments.

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SD Anti-Abortion Legislation & Consequences

Governments can fuss around with petty abortion restrictions up to a point. However, if they cross the line into the violation of a woman's 14th Amendment right to have an abortion, then they violate the Constitution and some federal statutes. The consequences, something that Bush Era politicians are not accustomed to facing, are severe. The law is harsh, but it is the law...

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