I am concerned with long-term consequences: the Senate’s ability to protect the rights of those with minority viewpoints, and to check an unruly majority and an overly empowered executive.
The Jeff Flake of yore makes the current Jeff Flake, now a U.S. senator, look like a tinny, whiny, self-congratulatory version of his former self.
Conservatives are in the position of having to fight like hell for their priorities to be included, only to be publicly shamed for ‘obstructing’ the process when they do.
While Article II of the Constitution makes the president the commander-in-chief, and later laws give him the authority to repel sudden attacks, it does not afford him the power to declare war.
U.S. counterterrorism operations are active across the globe all under the authority of a 2001 authorization intended only to sanction individuals directly involved in the 9/11 attacks.
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