Big Les

My rhetoric is my rampart!

    Calling the Shots

    August 30th, 2013

    The viability of military action in Syria and the credibility of McCain aside, the President as Commander in Chief has supreme authority over the US military and requires no authorization to employ the armed forces at his command.
    The balance of power does not lie in any illusion of Congressional authority or War Powers Resolution, but in the power of Congress to cut off funding.
    Congressional power to “declare war” refers more to a total war effort of the nation as a whole and not to all military action. We see evidence of this all throughout US history. There’s been military conflicts initiated by Presidents and funded by Congress since the late 18th century, just 11 years after the ratification of the Constitution. See “The XYZ Affair and the Quasi-War with France, 1798-1800”.
    This is all rather academic and does not make the prospect of war any more appealing, but I find it disconcerting when folks incorrectly invoke the Constitution selectively or ignorantly.

    Hack Attack

    August 6th, 2013

    This is my newly rebuilt blog after having been hacked (no doubt) by some unemployed victim of communism. Whether it’s Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe, so often tech-savvy kids are left with nothing better to do with their talents than virtually break in to other people’s websites. I offer no statistical data to support my claim but merely assert these young folks have a potential their leaders will never realize. Without both guidance and opportunity, they’re left to their own devices. Idle hands, people…

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