Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Does Anybody Read The Constitution Anymore?
Not on Capitol Hill, at least not in the US Senate.
The Founders of this great nation saw fit to endow the President of the United States with the power to wage war. Article II Section 2 makes that very clear. This power is checked (slightly) by the power vested in Congress to declare war and also by the power of the purse. In short, Congress cannot tell the President how to wage war.
Several members of the United States Senate (Republicans and Democrats alike) would like you to believe otherwise. Arlen Specter (r-PA) mistakenly believes
...the president...is not the sole decider. The decider is a shared and joint responsibility.Well, Senator Specter, if you check your legal database you might be surprised to find you've already done your part as "co-decider". You see, on September 18, 2001 you authorized the President of the United States to
use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.So, Arlen, you and your fellow "wanna-be deciders" are in a bit of a pickle. You can be like your spineless defeatist colleagues on the left (minus Old Joe, of course) - or you can "decide" to win the war.
Some Senators make the mistake of citing Congress' impressive history of cutting off funds for unpopular wars, police actions, and other conflicts. Let's review - Vietnam, Somalia, and Bosnia. Anybody care to comment about how many of those conflicts ended with a US victory?
Last among my senatorial quotes for this post is none other than the infamous Babs Boxer. Surprisingly, she says something that borders on the coherent:
Read the Constitution...Babs - heed your own counsel.
Here endeth the lesson.