The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our convention understood to be the most oppressive of all kingly oppressions, and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood. Write soon again.I await Mr. Herndon's response, although I fear it will not be forthcoming. . . .
Sunday, June 12, 2011
A Response Against the Undeclared War
Billy Herndon left a comment that he thought that President Obama was authorized to attack and bomb Libya under his powers as Commander-in-Chief. I disagreed, offering the following rejoinder: