Too bad our elected officials in Congress lacked the courage to stick their necks out for this much-needed check on executive power.
Reining in the power of the executive, ever so slightly, might not be the worst idea. Of course, it should be about principle, not political targeting.
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.
In their fight to preserve the House’s constitutional authority and stop propping up Obamacare, the proposed settlement would give conservatives precious little.
If military actions continue to be taken abroad by the inclinations of a single person, the nation could find itself plunged into a war it would not have chosen if its people were consulted.
Presidents have relied on their Article II powers to use force overseas, and their attorneys have argued that the Constitution authorizes them to do so.
The broad grant of authority to the executive could lead some conservatives to question whether they are being led into a potential ‘bait-and-switch’ scenario.
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