The UnConstitutional War
March 31, 2011 by Bob Livingston
The silence of supposed Constitutional conservatives on President Barack Obama’s attacks on Libya is deafening.
While partying in South America, Obama ordered America’s military into battle. Scarcely a word was spoken to Congress beforehand. And he certainly didn’t follow Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which puts the authority for declaring war on the Congress.
Calling it a kinetic military action doesn’t negate the fact that United States military forces are shooting at people in another country. And it’s a country that had not attacked the U.S., nor did it pose a threat.
The Founding Fathers intended for the United States to stay out of foreign entanglements. The President was given the authority to call the military into action if the U.S. was being attacked. He was not given the authority to employ the military for humanitarian means, nor any other instance without a Congressional declaration of war. And no amount of doublespeak by Obama, Congress or any of the bought-and-paid-for corporate media or other talking heads can change that.
As Founder James Wilson told the Pennsylvania ratifying convention, “This system will not hurry us into war; it is calculated to guard against it. It will not be in the power of a single man, or a single body of men, to involve us in such distress; for the important power of declaring war is vested in the legislature at large: this declaration must be made with the concurrence of the House of Representatives…”
Conservatives have often claimed the high ground when it comes to adhering to the Constitution. On this issue they’ve lost any moral high ground and have failed the test miserably.