Monday, June 12, 2006

Bu$h ignores "Federalist 69" to illegally inflate powers

Alexander Hamilton, wrote Federalist 69 in 1788, as the nation was debating whether to ratify the Constitution. At the time, many Americans feared that the proposed Constitution might concentrate too much power in the president. Having just fought a war to rid themselves of the British king, they did not want to end up with a home-grown dictator.

The Constitution called for the American president, like the British king, to oversee the nation's military. But in Federalist 69, Hamilton explained that the American commander in chief's powers would be subject to strong checks and balances, including submission to regulation by laws passed by Congress. Hamilton describes the commander in chief as ``nothing more" than the ``first general" in the military hierarchy. The commander in chief's powers are ``much inferior" to a king because all the power to declare war and to create and regulate armies is given instead to Congress, he explained.Continued...


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