The Branch Of Power Most Interested In War
March 24, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) says he plans to offer up a measure that would defund United States attacks in Libya.
Good for him. If the rest of Congress intends to assume its Constitutional authority, the measure will pass. If it doesn’t, we can assume Congress has no intention of following the U.S. Constitution and the Tea Party should immediately target all members of Congress who willfully ignore the Constitution.
Article I Section 8 grants Congress the power to declare war. The Founders’ intent on that was clear.
As James Madison wrote Thomas Jefferson, “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 in the legislature.”
In an interview with the Boston Globe Dec. 20, 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama said, “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The President obtained the approval of the United Nations to make war on Libya. He didn’t obtain the approval of Congress, as the Constitution requires. As Kucinich has said, that is an impeachable offense and, apparently, Obama knows it.