Thursday, August 29, 2013
Light Up The Bat Signal!
It's obvious that Presidents since World War II have enjoyed the broader authority granted to the Executive Branch in matters of war and peace. But in a time of gridlocked government, Presidents should think twice about the signal that failing to get Congressional approval for acts of war sends to the American people.
I would submit that Congress should think twice about that signal. The Executive will unsurprisingly step in to fill the vacuum left by an ineffective legislature, particularly when it comes to war powers.
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And I would submit that the American people should think twice about that signal... but they probably will not.
If I recall correctly, one of our founders (you will no doubt enlighten me as to which) expressed your very same sentiment, that the executive will always have more of an inclination to initiate a war than the people or another branch. Maybe it is naive of me to lament the demise of that particular check and balance among so many we have lost, but that one held high survival value for the republic, and I hope I do not live to see the consequences of its absence tested... the hard way.
Posted by: Steve Bates | Aug 30, 2013 12:02:02 AM
"The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war to the Legislature."
- Madison to Jefferson, April 2, 1798
And I concur with you...
Posted by: NTodd Pritsky | Aug 30, 2013 8:05:07 AM