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McCain adviser: President should have near dictatoral powers in national Security"

In 2008 Presidential Elections, neoconservatives, politics, U.S History on June 3, 2008 by Editor Z

The McCain campaign has invested most of its energy in foreign policy (especially of the hawkish and neo-conservative percussion).

According to Glenn Greenwald and Crooks & Liars, neo-conservative writer and ex-chief of staff to ex-Vice President Dan Quayle; has been gushing about the hiring by the McCain campaign of fellow neo-conservative commentator and editor of Kristol’s Weekly Standard Michael Goldfarb as a Deputy Communication’s Director for the campaign.

The Weekly Standard is a well-known out post for neo-conservative writers (after all, Kristol and Bush/Cheney brown noser Fred Barnes are its founders). It has on its writing staff Cheney Biographer Stephen F Hayes, John Podhoretz, Neocon and son of Neoconservative founding father Norman Podhoretz, amongst others. So it comes as no astonishment that McCain, in his attempt to make further inroads into the 28% of the country and the conservative base who approves of the President’s policy, would be someone who espouses the same world view of pre-emptive invasions of country’s to deliver democracy to country’s that are well springs of tyranny.

But Goldfarb, in addition to this and in an April 2007 article about an interview with Iraq war critic and ex-Democratic majority leader Senator George Mitchell (D-ME), states that the congress was meant not to have power of the Executive branch regarding National Security issues and foreign affairs and that the founding father’s had envisioned an executive branch with “near dictatorial powers” regarding national security and foreign affairs.

Michael Goldfarb on Executive power:

Paul Hess, the UPI reporter who gave us this extremely moving and persuasive glimpse of the liberal case for the War in Iraq, asked if timetables for withdrawal “Somehow infringe on the the President’s powers as commander-n-chief?” Mitchell’s less than persuasive answer. “Congress is a co-equal branch of the government.” True enough, but they sought an energetic executive with near dictatorial power in pursuing foreign policy and war. So no, the Congress does not put congress on an equal footing with the executive in matters of National Security.

MY TAKE: This is frightening if this is the type of figure who McCain is going to seek policy advice from. The American people don’t support such an executive role, nor does the constitution, and the founding fathers certainly did not. Well most of them. Alexander Hamilton basically believed in a monarchical/dictatorial type federal executive of sorts and constitutionally the President is the Commander n Chief of U.S armed forces. But the majority such as Jefferson, Washington, and Madison did not. They believed in power in many, not one. That is why domestically we have a system of federalism, and that we also have a system of checks and balances. To abuse and chafe at that goes against the historical values and convictions of America.

Also in case Goldfarb didn’t know it the U.S Constitution vests the power to declare war with Congress not the President (although a declaration of war hasn’t officially been declared by congress in accords with the constitution since World War II. Like wise we have really won only one war, the first Persian Gulf War (1991) since World War II. We lost Vietnam and we are losing Iraq. If we are not careful and don’t get back to it, we could lose Afghanistan, and we only had a ceasefire in the Korean war which has been in place since 1953.)

Here are some of those powers according to Article I section 8 of the U.S Constitution that lists some of the power that, according to Goldfarb, the U.S Congress supposedly doesn’t have.

To establish Tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;

To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas , and offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning captures on Land and Water.

To raise and support Armies, but no appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer term than two years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and regulation of the land and naval Forces;

Not to mention that the Constitution allocates the power to ratify treaties to the U.S Congress not the Executive Branch. (Contrary to the Bush/Cheney administration’s ‘Declaration of Principles’ with the Iraqi government’).

Now, I know we no longer really raise armies. That was when we didn’t have a standing Army. But the U.S Congress does have the soul power to fund war and the operations of government. They also have the power to advise and consent in the selection of such posts as Secretary of Defense (formerly the Secretary of war) and the Secretary of State. Also Thomas Jefferson and the founders believed in a well-informed public, (although not explicitly in the Constitution, these were sentiments espoused by many of the founders) thus their representatives who are closer to the decisions and information are privy to such information.

In short the Executive Branch’s function is to execute or enact the laws, the legislative is to make laws, and the Judicary’s role is to interpret the law in accordance with the U.S Constitution and common law.

But Goldfarb isn’t describing America. Like so many in this administration and its allies they believe that the office they hold makes them Gods and thus they have the power to create their own reality. He is describing the totalitarian Orwellian Haliburton centered bad acid trip of a nightmare, that is Dick Cheney’s “America”. God Help us if we have to endure four more years of that.

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