“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom”
People keep telling me that military intervention in Venezuela would be perfectly constitutional because of the War Powers Act. Newsflash — a congressional act does not amend the Constitution. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give an overview of constitutional war powers and explain why undeclared wars are still illegal despite the War Powers Resolution of 1973.
Thoughts from Maharrey Head focuses on constitutional issues and political decentralization. When you’re finished listening, you’ll be 10 minutes closer to freedom!
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“The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States. In this respect his authority would be nominally the same with that of the king of Great Britain, but in substance much inferior to it. It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the military and naval forces, as first General and admiral of the Confederacy; while that of the British king extends to the DECLARING of war and to the RAISING and REGULATING of fleets and armies, all which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature.1 The governor of New York, on the other hand, is by the constitution of the State vested only with the command of its militia and navy.” – Hamilton, Federalist #69