Constitutional War Amendment Questions

Dan K, brought up several great questions in the comments of the Constitutional War Amendment, and I thought I would re-post my response here.

DK: Interesting approach, but I would be concerned about misapplication by Congress to justify maintaining the current military machine, especially with the shift in warfare to conflicts involving violent non-state actors.

RSW: Misapplication will certainly occur as the state cannot be trusted to obey its limits. After all, if the state stayed within its constitutional limits, this amendment wouldn’t be necessary.

Congress is hesitant to declare war; otherwise they would be doing it. A recorded vote on a war declaration is something the opposition can run against in the next election, and individual members of congress don’t want that.

Violation of the amendment is also grounds for impeachment, which means the congress will always be looking for overstep by the executive as long as they are not the same party. I believe that Bush and Obama would both have been impeached under this amendment at the points in their presidencies when they lost the super majority.

DK: If Congress declares war on North Korea, where would deployment of armed forces be okay? North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, etc.? Non-local regions/nations, e.g. Iran, Syria? What’s the limit? Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment Questions”

Constitutional War Amendment

war-venue-494345_1280As I have said HERE, I believe that there are several amendments that could be made to the US Constitution to reverse the course of destruction and tyranny travelled over the last several decades and clear a path for future liberty.

I believe that these amendments are worth working for even if you believe that the ideal society is voluntary and not constitutional, because they confront the government as it exists today, speak to a large segment of the population using a method they already accept as valid, and bring us closer to the liberty that we hold as ideal. Continue reading “Constitutional War Amendment”

Constitutional Amendments

We The People...Lysander Spooner once said “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”

I tend to agree with Spooner, except I would add the words “in its current form” to the end of the quote, because I do not dismiss the use of constitutional amendments to move us closer to liberty, as I have previously mentioned HERE.

I believe that passing new amendments to limit some of the evils of the current regime is significantly more achievable than convincing the indoctrinated masses to embrace Rothbardianism.

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The Executive Branch

Have you heard the joke about the United States government being a representative one?

It goes like this: “The people who make the decisions in Washington are accountable to the people, and if they don’t do what we want, we can vote them out”.

On the surface, this appears to be a true statement. The positions of president, house of representatives, and senate are all filled by elections.

The president leads the largest branch in the United States government, and constitutional or not, it is involved in every aspect of our lives.

There are roughly 4,000,000 people in the executive branch, a large number of which make decisions that impact your life every day, yet Continue reading “The Executive Branch”