Unholy Alliance: Neocons and "Progressives" — United at Last Over Libya, War Powers, and the Constitution

Article by Justin Raimondo.
According to historian Thomas E. Woods, during the debate at the Constitutional Convention over the War Powers clause, only a single delegate – Pierce Butler, of South Carolina — rose to argue in favor of giving the President the power to make war without congressional consent. He was answered by Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts, who declared he “never expected to hear in a republic a motion to empower the Executive alone to declare war.” The rest of the Founders, to a man, concurred. That this is now reversed, and Gerry’s views are considered “crackpot” in official Washington, is yet more evidence that we are no longer a republic, alas, but a monstrously bloated empire headed for a fall.

Rubin’s smug dismissal of Republican “isolationists” is another case of wilful blindness: if the neocons have a major weakness, it’s a penchant for believing their own propaganda, a tendency that results in a debilitating tunnel vision. In the last Congress, there was no reliably “isolationist” group of Senators: this time around, there are as many as ten. At this rate, we’ll be a majority in no time.

Whatever their differences on domestic and other matters, the neocons and the Obama cult agree on one thing: their mutual disdain for the Constitution. The “progressives” sniff at “constitutional fundamentalism,” and the neocons regard Constitution-citing conservatives such as Paul and Lee as “dogmatists.” They hate the Constitution because it restrains their overweening (if often competing) ambitions, and holds them accountable – not merely every few years, at election time, but all the time. In a constitutional republic, such as we once had, there’s always someone looking over the governing elite’s shoulder – and would love nothing better than to dispense with this archaic custom.

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  1. It looks like your prediction of a split within the American left is happening at a faster rate since the Libyan situation.

  2. Yes. I’ve always thought the Neocons and left-liberals would eventually bend towards one another over foreign policy issues, and that the liberal-left and the radical antiwar war would split. But I really did think it would take longer than this.

  3. I’ve always noticed that Democracy Now presents a combo of PC left crap and excellent antiwar/pro-civil liberties commentary. When Julian Assange was accused of rape, I sensed they were choosing sides. They seem inclined to believe the rape charge is bs and have refused to throw Assange under the bus.

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