Wednesday, December 03, 2008

But We're At War

"Those of us who still mention the Constitution, even now, and our obligation to observe it, are sometimes answered with the curt reply, 'We're at war.' We are indeed fighting undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an open-ended war against terrorism worldwide. But if the president claims extraordinary wartime powers, and we fight undeclared wars with no beginning and no end, when if ever will those extraordinary powers lapse? Since terrorism will never be eliminated completely, should all future presidents be able to act without regard to Congress or the Constitution simply by asserting, 'We're at war'?" (Ron Paul, The Revolution, p. 124)
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