The President and War Powers

...The favorite Presidential excuse for claiming the right to initiate war unilaterally is nothing more than the reasoning of a child: Everybody does it.

But, the Constitution remains valid even after Presidents violate it...

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Power and powerlessness

I'm power hungry. I'm not afraid to admit that. So I'll say it again: I'm power hungry. Guess what? There's nothing wrong with that. And the time has come for we progressives to recognize that fact.

Sure, it's easy to harbor distaste for power, especially when we see what those in charge today have done with it. But I contend that power, in the sense that it represents the ability to achieve a purpose, doesn't make people inherently good or bad. It just allows them to make their vision of the world a reality.

If you have a positive vision, which we do, then to be afraid of power is to be afraid of the means we need to see our hopes realized. Powerlessness, therefore, is a far more dangerous concept, one that prevents us from reshaping our world for the better.

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Dubai and Dubya: America's political free-for-all

...Under the theme of "the ports' controversy," what we are seeing is a political free-for-all. This controversy has as much or more to do with prepping up by the duopolistic politicians for next election as with Dubai Ports World (DPW) and any bona fide security concerns. This is a controversy where politicians coming up for re-election must reposition their sails to conform to the direction in which the public wind blows...

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