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You Too Can Confront the Holy Executive

by MARCELLE CENDRARS

 

“The broad statement that the federal government can exercise no powers except those specifically enumerated in the Constitution, and such implied powers as are necessary and proper to carry into effect the enumerated powers, is categorically true only in respect of our internal affairs.”

— U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. 299 U.S. 304

 

Why are people so surprised, pissed off about the Democrats giving Bush a blank check?

Congress always goes –throughout our history– merrily along with whatever The Exec wants, declares when it comes to wars. Obsequiously. Nothing new.

Do I really have to give examples?

When it comes to foreign military forays, you’d think we were working with a monarchy, not a constitutional government with checks and balances.

And speaking of checks and balances, why don’t we attack what’s been going on in the schools forever, the teaching of the misinformation respecting checks and balances? Why are there so many tears with regard to political betrayal/misrepresentation, and virtually zero blowback for the blowhards compounding ignorance with ignorance in so-called educational realms?

There should be a reversal demanded vis-a-vis U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp. which gives our presidents complete control/power over foreign policy. (1)

People want to know what to do?

Let’s all stop the dramatic hand wringing with regard to Congress, and confront our local school teachers, school boards and students –for starters– over the fact that the Constitution can be legally ignored by The Holy Executive.

Forget the hired flock of sheep in D.C., and travel all the way down the block to the next P.T.A. meeting AND MAKE A FUSS.

You might as well be playing fusball with yourself if you’re wasting energy over what most others are complaining loud and often about regarding congressional duplicity and cowardice.

And speaking of cowardly behavior, perhaps we all should consider going head-to-head with all the enablers on our next protest march. That’d be the disgruntled, well-intentioned citizens who keep the game going by angrily salivating whenever congressional members ring that ole proverbial blah blah bell and perpetuate their Pavlovian palaver.

We’re at liberty to stop it.

MARCELLE CENDRARS is a Algerian-American freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She can be contacted at bcendra@yahoo.com.

Footnote:

(1) Howard Zinn, in Declarations of Independence, notes that Constitutional Law (by Jerome Barron and C. Thomas Dienes) point out the following about the Curtiss-Wright case: “While this declaration of inherent foreign affairs powers, operating independently of the Constitution, represents a questionable interpretation of history, it has never been rejected by the Court, and has, on occasion, been embraced.”

 

 

 

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