New Amendment proposalSubmitted by yonemoto on Sat, 07/26/2008 - 19:57
Maybe we should propose a new amendment at the campaign for liberty-- something that will have broad appeal across the country, and across the political specturm be easy to pass (yes, even amongst those who might not see eye to eye with the rest of us on all the issues) so that we can say that we made a big difference towards advancing liberty. Consider it a way of tractoring people to our cause by opening their eyes in one place.
This would codify as constitutional some of the principles embodied in the War Powers Resolution and the Posse Comitatus act (with a higher level of stringency in the War Powers act). Of course the details should be hammered out at the CFL.
War Powers/Posse Comitatus Amendment
1. In the event that Congress shall not have declared war, the President must inform Congress within 48 hours of deploying military forces in combat outside of the United States. The president shall recall all military forces from foreign combat if both houses of Congress do not authorize deployment by a 2/3 majority within sixty days of notification. The president shall recall all authorized foreign combat deployments if not reauthorized by a simple majority in both houses of Congress within 6 months of a previous authorization.
2. Congress may determine by a 2/3 majority that a military combat deployment is a direct domestic or foreign response to a foreign nation which has engaged in combat within the United States. The President shall not require reauthorization on such a deployment, but Congress may recall the deployment at any time by a simple majority vote.
3. Members of the federal uniformed services shall not be used to execute laws in the various United States except on federally owned property. The federal uniformed services may execute laws on the various bodies of water which comprise some of the borders of the United States, and may coordinate the execution of the law when a fugitive enters the United States from a body of water.
4. The President shall not deploy the various militias of the states without direct consent of the state governor and state legislature. However, if a state shall be the site of combat with a foreign military, the president may incorporate its militia into the federal military until such time as the state government shall detach its militia.