"The President is to be commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States. In this respect his authority would be nominally the same with that of the king of Great Britain, but in substance much inferior to it. It would amount to nothing more than the supreme command and direction of the land and naval forces, as first general and admiral ... while that of the British king extends to the declaring of war and to the raising and regulating of fleets and armies—all which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature."
Alexander Hamilton
(1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury
The Federalist #69.
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"president" Fauxbama clearly thinks of himself as a sovereign. I'm surprised he hasn't slipped out a royal "We" yet (at least, not that I know of).
 -- Byron, Fort Collins     
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    Unconstitutional Bill declares US a battlefield for the military... http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2011/11/unconstitutional-bill-declares-us-a-battlefield-for-the-military/...there's some "Change You can believe In"
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    From a former administrator for the DoD in response to the link I provided above...Wonderful! Carl Levin is my senator and is responsible for bringing huge DoD contracts to this area. TACOM has always been here in Warren, MI, and United Defense in a neighboring burb. But TACOM has really grown since I was there. They have absorbed TROSCOM, AMCCOM, ARDEC and many arsenals and depots. There are buildings going up around here like crazy. If we are not at war, what are we going to do with all of this hardware and human resources? Doesn't it gall you to hear people referred to as human resources? Soylent Green here we come. ~ M
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The President inferior to the King of Great Britain? What a concept. I bet most Americans and even Congress would be surprised to learn about the Constitutional checks and balances of powers.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    There's a legislature that appertains to the Constitutional consideration for war ? WOW, what a novel concept. How do you suppose we help our hired servants recognize that ? OH we can't, there are no more representatives of 'We The People' - only helot, serf, and slave masters.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    A leader, is what we need, a true leader, Obama is not a leader, as he does what he is told, by those who paid for him. Sad, so many of us understand the law, and the fact they are ignoring it. As usual, Mike and Archer continue to state the truth, in a very intelligent way. No government, or group of men, will ever erase the knowledge that free men hold dear.
     -- Kimo, USA     
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    Well, obviously the American government has yet to realize this difference.....
     -- robert, Somewhere in the US     
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