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Congressional Abdication on Foreign Policy

Former Democratic Senator Jim Webb decries the fact that Congress has surrendered its foreign policy and warmaking powers to the office of the president:

IN MATTERS of foreign policy, Congress, and especially the Senate, was designed as a hedge against the abuses exhibited by overeager European monarchs who for centuries had whimsically entangled their countries in misguided adventures. America would not be such a place. The Constitution would protect our governmental process from the overreach of a single executive who might otherwise succumb to the impulsive temptation to unilaterally risk our country’s blood, treasure and international prestige. Congress was given the power to declare war and appropriate funds, thus eliminating any resemblance to European-style monarchies when it came to the presidential war power.

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Wish Soc. Stud. teachers would hand this out

when teaching the Constitution and "checks & balances." In any event, I've forwarded it to my local tea party. Maybe we should send it to our Congressmen:

"This is not the same Congress that eventually asserted itself so strongly into the debate over the Vietnam War when I was serving on the battlefield of that war as a Marine infantry officer. It is not the Congress in which I served as a full committee counsel during the Carter administration and the early months following the election of Ronald Reagan. It is not the Congress, fiercely protective of its powers, that I dealt with regularly during the four years I spent as an assistant secretary of defense and as secretary of the navy under Reagan.

From long years of observation and participation it seems undeniable that the decline of congressional influence has affected our national policies in many ways, although obviously not everyone in Congress will agree with this conclusion. As in so many other areas where powers disappear through erosion rather than revolution, many members of Congress do not appreciate the power that they actually hold..."

[It's that steady erosion that former representative Curtis Bowers documented in "Agenda." That's just the way it was supposed to work.]

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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Abdication, yes;hunger strike, Gitmo prisoners force-fed day 52!

Gitmo hunger strike: Pentagon remains silent
3-29-13
[video at link]
The Guantanamo hunger strike has been growing in scale, with at least 11 of 31 protesting inmates currently being force-fed. However, the latest Pentagon briefing did not mention the crisis at the detention center.

RT’s Gayane Chichakyan attended a news conference with Chuck Hagel this Thursday at the Pentagon, during which time the Defense Secretary did not mention the Guantanamo hunger strike which now enters its 52nd day.
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Eleven of the hunger-strikers are being force-fed – a highly controversial practice, as must be tied down in a restraining chair while a feeding tube is inserted into their nose. Three men have been hospitalized for dehydration.

Earlier this week, the striking detainees complained to their lawyers that Guantanamo authorities were trying to halt their protest by denying them access to drinking water and keeping temperatures at the facility extremely low.
http://rt.com/news/gitmo-hunger-strike-pentagon-034/

Why run for Congress

....when that body seems to have surrendered 90% of its power to the executive branch?

For the money,

Booze, and sex. Like being on spring break.