New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

We the People: War power - Practice and abuse


January 4, 2021

Unilateral presidential war-making, remarkable for its direct violation of the War Clause of the Constitution, is a sharp reminder of the widening gulf between constitutional principle and governmental practice. It recalls the observation of a 17th Century English judge: “The practice of government is but feeble proof of its legality.”

Since 1950, every president, with the exception of Dwig...

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