Monday, April 03, 2006

Shame on the Republican-led Supreme Court...

Conservative dislike for American egalitarianism is blatant and disturbing. One need only look at the constitutional definition of war, who has the prerogative to declare it, and who has the prerogative to wage it, to conclude that the radical fringe of the conservative movement is determined to destroy America’s balance of powers.

“The Constitution," James Madison wrote, "expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war [and] the power of raising armies. A delegation of such powers [to the president] would have struck, not only at the fabric of our Constitution, but at the foundation of all well organized and well checked governments. The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it, is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted.”

Yet, radical conservatism has done just that. Under the guise of fighting a "war terror," the Republican-led United States Congress has relinquished its prerogative to declare war and have willingly surrendered that authority to Pres. Bush.

Decades ago, America would have been aghast at the thought of giving former Pres. Lyndon Johnson unprecedented presidential powers to fight his "war on poverty." Similarly, America would have been shocked if Congress had given former Pres. George H. W. Bush unprecedented presidential power to fight his "war on drugs." Yet, this Republican-led Congress has allowed Pres. George W. Bush to accumulate and concentrate power in himself to fight his "war on terror."


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