What the founders ACTUALLY said and wrote about the President’s powers to make war.

What the founders ACTUALLY said and wrote about the President’s powers to make war.

On my show on January 22, 2016, I took after “conservative constitutional scholar” Mark Levin and his insistence that the President had the Constitutional latitude (authority) to begin offensive military operations without a formal declaration of war from the Congress in keeping with Article 1. Section 8, Clause 11. To be sure, Levin is correct in one sense; the Commander in Chief has an inherent authority to respond defensively without a formal declaration of war should the country come under attack. This is obviously common sense isn’t it? If China decides to invade Hawaii this afternoon, I think we’d all agree that Obama would have all the authority necessary to call the Joint Chiefs of Staff and authorize defensive military operations. Right?

But that is not what “conservative constitutional scholar” Mark Levin is talking about in this 2011 article and on this audio clip. These are his words:

“There are many occasions where we don’t have a declaration of war because a declaration of war would require that we use all of our might to destroy our enemy. So you can be involved in certain battles or military activities that would not require a declaration of war.” Continue Reading

If it’s broken…FIX IT!

If it’s broken…FIX IT!

Indeed, this is a play on the old axiom; “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!” But if you’re reading this, you know that something is terribly, terribly broken in our government. As we head towards the 2016 elections, the latest “most important election of our lifetime” (I’ve heard that for the last 30 years),… Continue Reading

Just War Theory

The classic Just-War Theory has its origins in Christian theology. Saint Augustine is usually identified as the first individual to offer a theory on war and justice. The Saint referred to the Bible and regarded some wars as necessary to amend an evil. Saint Thomas Aquinas revised Augustine’s version, creating three criteria for a just… Continue Reading

The MYTH of the “American People.”

The MYTH of the “American People.”

As we all know, it’s campaign season and candidate after candidate will say “the American people” want this or that or something else. Talks show hosts on mainstream left and right talk radio will discuss this monolithic but mysterious people called the American people as well. These hosts will talk about how the American people… Continue Reading

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone. My sincere hope is 2016 is a fruitful year for each of you. By the way, thanks for tuning in to the Mark Kreslins show on the Veritas Radio Network, we really are trying to offer a new type of radio experience for everyone. As we head into 2016, obviously,… Continue Reading