Mark Levin Wrong on War Powers

Yes, I’m as shocked as you are.  Let’s go down the list of fallacies:

“We’ve been involved in many military engagements; we’ve had very few declarations of war. And I’m including military engagements that were involved in by people you consider Founders of this nation. It’s because they’ve never, ever, required as a requisite—to defending this country, or even certain military actions—of getting Congress’ approval.”

Totally misleading.  Everybody knows we’ve had few declarations of war. But Congress has also authorized countless lesser military actions — including the ones Levin obviously has in mind when he refers to “people you consider Founders of this nation.”  Adams did not confront the French without congressional approval; same for Jefferson and the Barbary pirates.  I’ve explained this.

“The language was originally ‘Congress shall make war.’ The framers rejected that. And instead replaced ‘make’ with ‘declare.’”

I’ve covered this, too.  It doesn’t even come close to meaning what Levin wants it to.

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Obamacare Is Making Us Ill

cross-posted from the Nevada Tenth Amendment Center

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the Obamacare plan violates the Constitution.  What most Americans don’t realize is that it violates it on so many levels.

The average person can clearly see that the federal government does not have the power to force citizens to buy commercial products, such as health insurance, against their will.  But what most don’t see are the hidden violations of multiple constitutional provisions that are necessary to make this plan a reality.  Facing a Democratically-controlled Senate, Republicans in the House of Representatives have vowed to defund the program if necessary.  However, this is not as easily done as it may appear.

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War’s Unbelievable Price Tag

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Operation Odyssey Dawn—the bizarrely named military attack upon Libya—is a relatively small war. It is only because of this that Obama partisans are getting away with not calling it a war at all. It is indeed tiny compared to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It pales in comparison to the great U.S. wars of the 20th century that each inspired a slew of movies and stand as major watersheds in American history, with lasting impacts on our culture and social consciousness.

Yet this infant war has almost surely cost hundreds of millions of dollars already and will likely cost billions before it’s over.

Let’s put this in perspective. Republicans, holding high the banner of fiscal discipline, recently targeted National Public Radio for spending cuts. Now, I always opposed federal funding for this or any other media outlet. And I suspect NPR will only improve, freed from the stigma of being governmental, a heavy price to pay for the mere 2% or so of its budget that directly came from Washington, DC. (Even the executive who recently resigned, having been caught lambasting the tea party, agreed that NPR would have been better off with no federal funding.)

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