Is it possible we will ever loosen the reins of this patently absurd and politically destructive orchestrated war between Democrats and Republicans, “leftists” and “conservatives”?
Mark Levin, the Westwood One talk radio host, considers himself a constitutionalist, and yet he appears to have issues with that document, specifically Article I, Section 8, Clause 11. It states only Congress may declare war.
For supposed “conservatives” such as Levin, the invasion of small countries is not tantamount to war, hence no declaration is required.
“I don’t believe in politicizing the Constitution,” Levin is quoted as saying. “I believe the Constitution is the rock of this society. So all this talk about the attacks on Libya are unconstitutional because we don’t have a declaration of war, that’s ridiculous. That’s absolutely ridiculous.”
In other words, going to war is at the discretion of the president—and he apparently also decides what is war and what is not—and Congress (where there are Democrats) is basically irrelevant on the matter.
I suggest Mr. Levin read what James Madison, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, had to say about the declaration of war.
The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature . . . the executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
For Levin, Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 is an excuse for Democrats to throw cold water on any attempt by the president to start a war.
Levin mentions Russia and China. Forget Syria, ISIS, Iran, and Cuba, those are small brush fires by way of comparison to an all-out war with either two—or both at the same time.
In effect, Levin’s reinterpreted Constitution is the Constitution of the neocons. It allows an imperial president to solely declare war without consulting the American people, represented—like it or not—by Congress.
The neocon Constitution will permit a president to conduct illegal and immoral wars endlessly with little to no input from the American people. The people are only required to pay for the wars and submit their sons and daughters to be chewed up and spit out by the state—not for the sake of freedom, but for imperial objectives: taking out countries and rulers that stand in the way of the neoliberal agenda and—specifically for the neocons—making sure Israel rules the roost of the Middle East.