"The Constitution supposes, what the history of all governments demonstrates, that the executive is the branch of government most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the legislature."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
in an April 2, 1798 letter to Thomas Jefferson.
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And look at what Fauxbama has done in Libya. That incompetent Narcissist punk is single-handedly taking America down.
 -- Byron, Fort Collins     
    Our government threw us all overboard a long time ago in pursuit of their own interests. And now they themselves are the greatest threat to our way of life.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    With the big election coming upin November, the democrats and republicans are fussing as to which party is best while they are both just two sides of the same coin. To me it's more like which party is worst and I have to give a slight edge to Nancy, Ralph, Obama, and the their gang. Barney Frank gave us all a nice Christmas present when he decided to retire. That's the best thing that he has done since he first got elected.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    From Bush Sr. on we have been in a perpetual state of national emergency due to non-declared foreign wars. Even the peace-loving Democrats have waged war. And we keep letting our fascist congress invent more rules for circumventing the due process of law. And it is never enough apparently since we lost habeas corpus with the Patriot Act and the congress wants to take it even further in the National Defense Act to declare US soil as 'battleground' and thus putting our nation under military jurisdiction. And we all just watch it happen. Never in all my years have I seen such a sadder state of affairs. For years we have been warned that America would be turned into a Nazi police state. Who would have thought that 95% of our congress openly supports it. Civil war is imminent.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
    E Archer - Well stated and I absolutely concur with you. The 'War Powers Act' under FDR is still in effect and now we have more unlawful Acts piled on and usurping our constitutional protections.
     -- Mary - MI     
    Stop blaming "the government." We ARE the government. Start acting like it. MAKE these public servants do OUR bidding, and not that of their elitist, corporate friends.
     -- ED, NYC     
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